Google hired construction firm Bechtel to help deploy its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Atlanta. Google said it is building metro fiber rings in all three markets. These rings will give the company the flexibility to launch deployments in additional neighborhoods.
AT&T is talking about investing $3 billion to build an LTE network in Mexico that will tie into its U.S. wireless network, but so far it's not saying much about whether it will deploy LTE-Advanced or VoLTE.
AT&T overcame another hurdle in its ongoing wireline union negotiation process as the Communications Workers of America union have voted to ratify a three-year agreement covering 12,000 employees in the Midwest.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the continuing declining costs for equipment will make it easier for service providers of all sizes to expand the availability of broadband to more homes and businesses.
Continuing the 1 Gbps network rollout it started in Austin, Texas, AT&T said it has expanded its U-verse with GigaPower service to several communities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The expansion brings the number of cities with GigaPower to 12, with five more cities slated to receive the service.
AT&T said it will spend $3 billion during the next four years to cover 100 million people in Mexico with LTE by the end of 2018.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.
T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a Washington Post report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire.
BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.
AT&Tis laying further challenge to Comcast's emerging presence in the gigabit fiber-to-the-premises race by officially launching its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service in Chicago.