Cable Technology Feature Article
Frontier Communications Hosts Broadband Ribbon Cutting Event Attended by FCC Chair
By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer
Frontier Communications may not be the biggest cable provider in the country, but it is managing to make some pretty big headlines in the last few days. Frontier is pushing itself to the front of the line when it comes to most impressive companies on the west coast, thanks to its hosting of a recent ribbon cutting ceremony that included luminaries such as FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski (News - Alert).
Also, Frontier recently scored a partnership with NBCUniversal in order to broadcast the Olympic games using broadband Internet to bring the games to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
The ribbon cutting that brought the FCC (News - Alert) chair out included the company’s chairwoman Maggie Wilderotter, tribal leaders from the area and community business leaders who were all celebrating the expansion of broadband services to several new locations in California and Nevada. One of the things that Frontier Communications has done quite well is to bring high tech services to remote areas of the states it services. Most rural areas are not parts of the country that most people would see as being among the cutting edge. Frontier is able to give them broadband Internet as well as first class cable television offerings, making it easier to stay connected to the rest of the world.
The July 30th event included bringing broadband service to places like the Alpine County, California seat. Alpine county is currently recognized as the smallest county in California with a population of just 1,175 people. Frontier Communications is also serving the Marleeville, Paynesville and Fredericksburg areas of the state as well as the Woodfords Community tribal area. In Nevada, Frontier rolled out broadband to Douglas County, a northwestern area of the state that is bordered by Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains. The broadband service in this area will span roughly 729 square miles. When the company has fully rolled out broadband coverage in this region, the company expects to be offering coverage to roughly 5,700 new households in Douglas.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman