US fixed line operator Frontier Communications has revealed plans to extend broadband services to 750,000 unserved households across its operational footprint by 2020. Daniel McCarthy, president and CEO of Frontier, said in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing that the firm’s commitment will include wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida that it is in the process of buying from Verizon Communications.
The chief executive’s FCC letter read: ‘Across the entire Frontier footprint, including the properties we propose to acquire in California, Florida and Texas, I commit to deliver broadband to an additional 750,000 households at speeds of 25Mbps/2Mbps-3Mbps [down/uplink] by the end of 2020. We will deliver these increased speeds by committing our own private investment and leveraging all currently available technologies, such as VDSL2 (bonded and un-bonded) and ADSL2+ (bonded), and deploying other new technologies as they become commercially available, such as vectoring’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June this year Frontier accepted USD283.4 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand its broadband networks to 1.3 million rural customers across 28 states. The CAF will provide ongoing support for rural broadband networks in Frontier’s service area.