SEC Network viewers can watch their Southeastern Conference sports heroes in HD on Verizon Communications' FiOS TV service, the telecom announced after upgrading the network Thursday. The move came three weeks after the network launched in a standard-definition format in most of its territory to FiOS Extreme and Ultimate subscribers.
Verizon Communications now offers its FiOS Quantum TV packages in Southern California, including the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Malibu. FiOS Quantum TV's Premium tier, which includes two Verizon Media Server DVRs, calls for subscribers to pay an extra $32 a month for the service, while the Enhanced tier, with one VMS, costs an extra $22 a month.
Windstream reported $10 million in net income for the fourth quarter, saying revenue grew 27% from a year earlier as operating income rose 79%. Broadband and business revenues accounted for 70% of the telecom's total revenue. CEO Jeff Gardner said Windstream would support its current dividend and outlined the company's 2013 objectives. The Arkansas-based company wants to make "targeted investments" in its enterprise units, finish its fiber-to-the-tower and broadband stimulus projects, and curb debt.
Municipalities should have the flexibility to develop their own broadband networks, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski says. Meanwhile, the Georgia legislature is considering a proposal that in effect would stop municipalities from developing broadband networks unless a place is "unserved."
After months of testing a voice-over-Internet service in two states, Verizon Communications said it planned to expand its FiOS Digital Voice service to all 14 states served by the telecom's fiber-optic division. Verizon hopes the new FiOS service -- which it will price at rates similar to its current calling plans -- will draw more customers to its triple-play bundle because it offers more features than traditional wireline voice service.