US round-up: Verizon resolves Fire Island issues; Google Fiber receives Portland encouragement; WOW! offloads South Dakota assets

19 Jun 2014

Verizon Communications has taken a big step in terms of transitioning its copper network to all-fibre infrastructure in Fire Island, New York, effectively drawing a line under the telco’s attempts to introduce a wireless-based fixed voice substitute on a permanent basis. As such, the state’s Public Service Commission (PUC) has now recommended closing its review of Verizon’s plans. Fire Island came to prominence in May 2013 when Verizon was granted permission to use its wireless-based Voice Link platform as Fire Island’s fixed voice substitute; the telco warned that it was unable to replace the copper that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The initiative prompted widespread expressions of concern from residents and consumer advocates.

Google Fiber has overcome a major hurdle in bringing its service to Portland, Oregon, as the City Council voted 5-0 to approve a franchise agreement. According to the Portland Business Journal, a ten-year agreement is now in place, effectively allowing Google to begin plotting where it would place huts that would deliver connectivity to so-called ‘fiberhoods’. However, although the franchise agreement has been approved, there is no guarantee that Google Fiber will actually deploy its service in Portland.

Pamlico Capital and the management team of Clarity Telecom have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase broadband assets in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Wow! Internet, Cable & Phone for approximately USD262 million in cash.

United States, Google Fiber, Verizon Communications