Lawmakers considering bill to boost internet adoption

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Lawmakers considering bill to boost internet adoption
Peruvian lawmakers are considering a bill to boost adoption of mobile and fixed broadband services nationwide, local press reported.The bill also stipulates deploying a national fiber optic backbone to provide internet services in many isolated areas of the country.The backbone will link 195 department capitals across the country, according to the reports. In a second phase, the backbone will also link these cities with other municipalities.The government estimates that this infrastructure will have a final cost of some US$420mn. The contract to deploy the backbone is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of next year.Local telecoms consultancy Alterna Perú president Liliana Ruiz told BNamericas that several regions across the country lack fiber optic infrastructure, especially the jungle and mountainous areas. "The coast is much more developed in terms of fiber optic eployments," she added.
Verizon Ushers in New Era of Consumer Broadband; New FiOS Portfolio Features Speeds of 75, 150 and 300 Mbps; Higher Speeds Cater to Rapid Growth in Video Streaming and Multiple Internet-Connected Devices in Homes
Responding to consumer demand for ultra-high-speed home broadband service, Verizon next month will more than double the speeds of several of its FiOS Internet tiers -- and introduce two new tiers with even faster speeds.The new FiOS Internet portfolio will feature download/upload speed tiers of 50/25 and 150/65 megabits per second (Mbps), as well as two new tiers of 75/35 and 300/65 Mbps. The latter speed is double that of FiOS Internet's current top speed of 150/35 Mbps, the nation's fastest, mass scale residential Internet speed.In addition, Verizon will continue to offer its entry-level speed of 15/5 Mbps. The other speeds in the company's current industry-leading FiOS Internet portfolio are 25/25, 35/35 50/20 and 150/35 Mbps. (A FiOS Internet speed grid with more details about the current and future FiOS speeds is available at  .) Pricing for the new portfolio will be announced next month.The new speeds, to be offered in stand-alone and bundled packages, are designed to address the burgeoning growth of bandwidth-intensive applications and the increase in the number of Internet-connected devices being used ltaneously in the same household. The speeds will also support consumers who are watching more over-the-top video programming on TVs and portable devices, and accommodate the rise in Internet-enabled applications like video and audio streaming, home monitoring devices, video chat, multiplayer gaming and online backup services, all of which can simultaneously sap the strength of many home broadband connections.Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit, characterized the broadband speed increases as a "societal and technological necessity," as secure network applications enable consumers to enjoy a "borderless lifestyle" in which they can connect to the content they care about, anytime and anywhere."The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted," said Mudge. "With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest-quality experience."The higher downstream and upstream FiOS tiers that Verizon will deliver will provide customers with sustained speed and reliability of service, in contrast to intermittent speed boosts offered by cable-company competitors whose networks, unlike Verizon's, are not all-fiber optic.How FiOS Internet Speeds Meet Individual Needs of Consumers Consumers will be able to choose from the new range of FiOS speed options to maximize their broadband or video experience. For example, the 15/5 Mbps tier is best used for basic tasks such as email and Web browsing in a household of one or two Internet-connected users with several devices. In contrast, the 50/25 Mbps tier can best serve a multiple-device household with three or more users who frequently telecommute, enjoy downloading music and photos, and viewing videos on PCs or wireless devices.The new 75/35 Mbps tier best serves a household that streams HD movies to the TV, downloads or uploads video files, participates in multiplayer gaming, and has three or more Internet-connected users on multiple devices.The most powerful 150/65 and 300/65 Mbps speed tiers are designed for households of five or more Internet-connected users who want to receive the best standard- and high-definition video streaming experience on a variety of devices.Why Video Web Traffic Is Fueling the Need for Faster Bandwidth "Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "High-speed Internet no longer is just for techies, as more than half of our residential consumers already use at least a 20 Mbps Internet connection. Streaming online video on an all-fiber-optic connection providing faster speeds is better and more reliable during peak Internet usage hours."As recently as 2005, video was less than 10 percent of Web traffic," said Ritter. "By the end of this year, we expect it to be 50 percent, growing to 90 percent in just a few years."Today, the average home has seven Internet-connected devices. With the continuing increase of devices in the home using a wired or Wi-Fi Internet connection, the average home by 2015 will have between nine and 15 Internet-connected devices, said Ritter.The majority of Verizon customers will be able to order the two fastest-speed options of 150 and 300 Mbps, which require customers to be connected via a GPON (gigabit passive optical network) terminal. For existing customers who have a BPON (broadband passive optical network) terminal and qualify for the GPON service, the installation of a new GPON terminal will be required.With a 300 Mbps speed, consumers can download a two-hour, standard-definition movie (1.5 gigabytes) in less than 40 seconds; and a two-hour, high-definition movie (5 GB) in 2.2 minutes. On a 150 Mbps connection, the same two-hour, SD movie can be downloaded in less than 80 seconds, and the two-hour, HD movie in less than four-and-a-half minutes.Downloading 20 high-resolution photographs (100 megabytes) would take 2.8 seconds with a 300/65 Mbps connection and 5.4 seconds using the 150/65 Mbps service. With the 65 Mbps upstream speed, consumers can upload 200 high-resolution photos or five minutes of HD video in 31 seconds, and in 58 seconds with the 35 Mbps upstream service.More than 13.7 million customers in parts of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states plus parts of Florida, Texas, California and the District of Columbia can order FiOS Internet. The total will grow to 18 million as Verizon continues to deploy its all-fiber-optic network to serve more consumers and small businesses.Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000. For more information, visit .VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at  . To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
TW Telecom Class A rises 0.2% on thin volume for a third consecutive day, a three day rise of 3.3%
TW Telecom Inc (TWTC.O) rose 5.0c (or 0.2%) for a third consecutive day on Wednesday bringing its three-day rise to 75.0c or 3.3%. Compared with the S&P 500 index, which fell 19.1 points (or 1.4%) on the day, this was a relative price change of 1.6%.To open our Securities Dashboard on TW Telecom Class A, giving access to full details, trends, fundamentals and prices, please click To download our One-page Research Report (PDF), giving selected trading and background information on TW Telecom Class A, updated daily, please click To download our Full Research Report (PDF), giving comprehensive trading and background information on TW Telecom Class A, updated daily, please click RELATIVE VALUATION INDICATORS [RVI] FUNDAMENTALS Description Value Rank In Market EBITDA Margin % 34.4 In Top Quartile Return on Assets [ROA] % 2.1 In Bottom Quartile Return on Equity [ROE] % 5.8 In Bottom Quartile Price to Book Value 5.8 In Bottom Quartile Interest Cover 2.1 In Bottom Quartile Price Earnings 59.8 In Bottom 2% PEA * PNTA 349.5 In Bottom 1% RELATIVE VALUATION INDICATORS [RVI] TECHNICALS - In the global market of top 5000 stocks by MCap, the stock has a 6-month relative strength of 90 which means it is beating 90% of its global peers.- There were 590,386 shares worth US$13.6 million traded. The volume was 0.7 times average trading of 813,987 shares.- The last price is at a discount of 2.5% to the 12-month high of US$23.79 one month ago on 03 May, 2012.- The Beta of this stock is 0.88. A Beta lower than 1 suggests this is a low risk, low return stock with volatility less than that of the market.Description Value Rank In Market PMAP50 1 In Top 9% PMAP200 1.2 In Top 10% Relative Strength (6M) 90 In Top Quartile Volatility 1.3 In Top Quartile UPTREND - The put:call ratio was 0.3, down 0.6% for the day, down 0.6% in the past week and up 15.6% in the past month.- The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator of 12-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) minus the 26-day EMA is positive suggesting a bullish signal. Both the 12-day EMA as well as the 26-day EMA are rising, another bullish signal.COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 23, 2012: TW telecom to Present at Investor Conference [News Story] LITTLETON, Colo., May 23, 2012 tw telecom inc. (NASDAQ: TWTC), a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, will present at the following conference:Cowen and Company 40th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference New York, NY, Wednesday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m.May 16, 2012: Western Peterbilt Selects tw telecom to Connect 17 Locations in Washington, California, Oregon & Alaska [News Story] SEATTLE, May 16, 2012 tw telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC), a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today announced that Western Peterbilt has selected it to create a seamless, highly reliable, multi-state network of Business Ethernet and converged services to 17 locations in Washington, California, Oregon and Alaska.May 14, 2012: tw telecom Awarded Contract from GSA [News Story] HONOLULU, May 14, 2012 tw telecom inc., (NASDAQ: TWTC) a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today announced it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for advanced voice, data and Internet services in Hawaii.The contract is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract (IDIQ) for multiple services. Under the terms of the multi-year contract, tw telecom will provide federal agencies located anywhere in Hawaii with digital voice/voice-over-IP services; a fully managed Business Ethernet services including E-Line Ethernet WAN service; Extended Native LAN (ENLAN) service; and Private Network Transport (PNT) service. The contract extends through December 2014 and also includes provisions for two one-year options. Agencies have the choice of ordering services through GSA or they can choose the direct order/direct bill method."We are pleased that GSA has selected tw telecom to provide highly reliable, flexible and cost-effective data services," said Ken Folderauer, president of Public Sector at tw telecom. "tw telecom'sservices will ensure that federal agencies in Hawaii have access to the benefits of an integrated data network that gives employees the most advanced services possible."tw telecom has more than a decade of experience in delivering industry leading Business Ethernet solutions to its customers over the company's fiber optic networks. Those fiber optic networks connect nearly 16,000 buildings - more than any other competitive provider - across the United States. The company has one of the most robust portfolios of Business Ethernet solutions available in the industry today, delivering services from 2 Meg to 10 Gig, within the metro or across the country, and managing the customer's entire network doorstep to doorstep.Source: NASDAQ Stock Exchange May 09, 2012: Holliday Fenoglio Fowler Selects tw telecom to Provide Data Network Services to 19 Locations Nationwide[News Story] HOUSTON, May 9, 2012 tw telecom inc. Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, a large Houston-based commercial real estate and capital markets services firm, has selected tw telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC), a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions to enterprises across the U.S.May 02, 2012: Tw Telecom Introduces New National Ethernet Solution for Carriers and Cloud Application Providers [News Story] LITTLETON, Colo., May 2, 2012 tw telecom inc., (NASDAQ: TWTC) a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today announced availability of its newest Ethernet service solution designed to provide ubiquitous Business Ethernet reach across the United States to thousands of enterprise customers and buildings through a single Ethernet connection scalable to 10 Gig."Carriers and cloud application service providers are recognizing the need for a secure and scalable network as they roll out business critical applications to their customers," said Tom Marx, President of tw telecom's Wholesale Services.
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