& cplSiteName &

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service

Jason Meyers
News Analysis
Jason Meyers
5/22/2015
50%
50%

The race to make the US a Gigabit Nation gets more competitive by the minute. Seemingly every week, another communications service provider, utility or municipality announces a new initiative to bring gigabit-speed broadband to residents and businesses in another city, town or village across the US. (See Comcast Targets 6 New Gigabit Markets and Gigabit States Anyone?)

One of the most compelling aspects of the Gigabit Cities movement is that no one of those deployments is the same as the next. Each is unique in a wide range of characteristics, from technology format to branding to pricing to customer targets to marketing strategy.

Selecting the winner of the inaugural Leading Lights award for Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service, then, is an especially challenging task. The award will go to the communications service provider (fixed, cable, utility, municipality) that has launched the most innovative gigabit broadband service offering during the past year.

Here are the finalists in the Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service category:

AT&T Inc. – U-verse with AT&T GigaPower
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has the obvious size advantage of all the finalists in the category. The carrier has its eye on adding GigaPower-branded gigabit service to its U-verse offering in 100 cities across 25 major markets. AT&T also has the advantage of being a broad-based provider with the heft to layer applications and services (from video to smart home to security and analytics) on top of its gigabit pipes. The challenge for the behemoth will be in convincing customers to spend more, and in competing with similarly sized gigabit hopefuls such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Cox Communications Inc. .

Related posts:


Interested in attending this year's Leading Lights Awards dinner/party? Join us as we recognize the top companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements and have a generally fantastic time with hundreds of industry colleaugues. Reserve your ticket today. Don't miss out on the party of the year!


C Spire – C Spire Fiber to the Home
C Spire 's gigabit service is distinct in its focus on engaging and enabling communities -- a critical component of giving community-based momentum to the Gigabit Cities movement. Early on, C Spire engaged Mississippi communities to register for the service and participate by opening up their fiber infrastructure to the company. The buy-in of those communities both expands the market positioning of the service, and potentially allows C Spire to offer services at more accessible price points.

Related posts:

Paul Bunyan Communications – GigaZone
Much like the eponymous mythical folk hero, the distinction of Paul Bunyan Communications ' gigabit rollout is its size. In a rural region not known for advanced, high-speed communications technology, Paul Bunyan's GigaZone undertaking ultimately will envelop 5,000 square miles of north central Minnesota geography -- one of the largest gigabit networks in the US, once the project is complete. The community transformation potential of an initiative of that scale truly defines the Gigabit Cities movement.

Related posts:

TDS Telecom – TDS 1Gig
TDS Telecom is taking on the cable competition in the markets where it is rolling out gigabit service, in parts of Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Georgia. The carrier is pairing its 1Gig service with TDS TV and adding its Remote PC offering for free in an effort to enhance the customer experience and provide the additional support its customers might need to fully embrace gigabit broadband. The TV-first strategy is smart because it doesn't require too much from an infrastructure standpoint (the network connection is already there because the carrier is providing TV service) and it makes the 1Gig service incremental revenue.

Related posts:

The Leading Lights 2015 winners and newest class of Hall of Fame inductees will be unveiled at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held the evening of Monday, June 8, at Chicago's Field Museum. The star-studded soirée will follow a day of special workshops covering topics such as SDN, 5G and Carrier Ethernet for the Cloud that take place ahead of Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which this year is being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center on June 9 and 10. (Details and the agenda are on our show site, Big Telecom Event.)

— Jason Meyers, contributing editor, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2015 | 11:48:17 AM
Re: CenturyLink my new ISP
<. Instead of cherry picking most profitable urban areas, I'd like to see getting out to wide open areas where rural folks have a chance to keep up with the city folks!> I can understand that @k14ym but can you make a business case for the organizations that have to invest in stretching out where there are few users over a huge area?
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2015 | 9:47:06 AM
Re: CenturyLink my new ISP
CenturyLink has been pretty good about that.   Nearly every place in the State of Washington, even rural cities, have at least some neighborhoods covered with their broadband services.  In my case, which is suburban-rural, I can get up to 40Mps.  That is in many cases faster than what my Seattle counterparts can often get!

 
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2015 | 8:36:26 AM
Re: CenturyLink my new ISP
That's an interesting CenturyLink service. Our's here in smaller town Florida is not quite to up to speed. But, I'd vote for a Paul Bunyan outfit that rolls out bigtime in a giant area for most innovative. Instead of cherry picking most profitable urban areas, I'd like to see getting out to wide open areas where rural folks have a chance to keep up with the city folks!
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/22/2015 | 10:24:03 AM
CenturyLink my new ISP
Clear Wimax is finally shutting down the local WiMax antenna in my neighborhood, so I jumped over the CenturyLink.   Having been burned twice a couple of years ago by DSL, I was pleasantly surprised at the high quality and fast speed I get from their ADSL2+ network!

The big change is they have put their DSLAMs all over the neighborhood so instead of connecting to a CO 12,000 ft away, the tap from the twisted pair from my apartment to their fiber optical network is more like 100 to 300 feet.

I went nosing around their web pages and it looks like they are positioning themselves in the "new IP' world of cloud computing and perhaps NFV and SDN.

They are also just starting to roll out 1G service in Seattle (I live in a far suburb of there) it seems like with the work they've done on distributing DSLAMs that is now a "last mile" (or rather last 200ft!) problem.

 
From The Founder
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T: Creating Dynamic Networks to Meet Business Needs

5|26|17   |   4:24   |   (0) comments


As enterprises need more dynamic networks, service providers need to deliver on-demand, virtual services to meet those needs. AT&T is creating a networking fabric to mix-and-match SDN technologies for enterprise customers, says Roman Pacewicz, AT&T senior vice president for offer management and service integration, in an interview at Light Reading's
LRTV Interviews
EdgeConneX on Industry Headwinds & Tailwinds

5|26|17   |   2:41   |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's Big Communications Event 2017, EdgeConneX CTO Don MacNeil discussed the value of partnerships in the digital world.
LRTV Documentaries
4 Steps Toward a Higher Network IQ

5|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


At the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, EXFO CEO Philippe Morin explains how sensors and analytics can boost a network's intelligence and enable on-demand customer experiences. Find more BCE 2017 coverage here.
LRTV Interviews
BT's McRae Sheds Light on 4K Strategy

5|25|17   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's Big Communications Event 2017 in Austin, Texas, BT Group's Chief Network Architect Neil McRae talks about what it took for BT to broadcast live sports in 4K. Catch up with all our BCE coverage at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
From the Founder
How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV

5|25|17   |   08:07   |   (1) comment


Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
LRTV Custom TV
Better Solutions That Address Growing Scale

5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


For Comcast, the X1 rollout and 17-fold increases in broadband speeds in the past 16 years are among factors driving the need for Energy 2020 solutions that reduce cost and consumption, says Mark Hess.
LRTV Custom TV
Ethernity Network Delivers Instant Offloading of Network Functions With All-Programmable Intelligent NIC

5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


David Levi, CEO of Ethernity Networks, explains that programmability of the hardware makes the company's All-Programmable Intelligent NIC uniquely beneficial for communications service providers that need advanced data appliances with agile support of virtualization. Utilizing the company's patented network processing technology, Ethernity offers data path ...
LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2017: Vodafone Gets Obsessed With Cloud-Native

5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


Vodafone's Matt Beal updates us on Project Ocean and explains why simple virtualization isn't enough of a goal for network transformation. Catch up with other BCE 2017 keynotes and news at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2017: Intel's Take on Network Transformation

5|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


In this BCE 2017 keynote, Lynn Comp discusses Intel's vision for areas such as analytics, automation and service assurance. For more videos and BCE coverage, see http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
LRTV Documentaries
Order From Chaos: The Steve Saunders BCE Keynote

5|24|17   |   17:27   |   (0) comments


Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability testing.
Think of this as the video sequel to the recent columns he's written about NFV and the prospect of a telecom app store. (See

LRTV Documentaries
Service Provider Panel: Partnering in the Digital Era

5|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


Coopetition has always been part of telecom, but the ecosphere now includes data centers, vendors, apps developers, cloud service providers and Internet content providers. This BCE 2017 panel explores the new attitudes among network operators as to the value and variety of ...
LRTV Interviews
Site Demo: AT&T's IoT Flow Platform

5|19|17   |   04:25   |   (0) comments


At AT&T's R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel, project leader Eyal Segev talks about the operator's Flow platform and how it helps to prototype IoT applications.
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/23/2017
What's Blocking 4K TV Today
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 5/22/2017
Sonus & Genband Finally Combine to Form $745M Company
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/23/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
Animals with Phones
What Brogrammers Look Like to the Rest of Us Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.