ACA's Gessner declares broadband to future of cable; Cox rolls out 1-gig services in Tucson

More cable news from across the Web:

> Speaking at the American Cable Association's Summit in Washington D.C., ACA Chairman Robert Gessner declared that "broadband is the future" for cable companies. Press release

> Cox Communications announced that its gigabit-speed Internet services are now available to residents in Tucson, Ariz. Press release

> Canada's Shaw Communications has struck a deal with Bell Media to provide its customers access to SVOD platform CraveTV. Multichannel News story

> HBO has announced plans to launch in Brazil and Argentina later this year. TechCrunch story

Telecom News

> Service providers' adoption of PON technologies for FTTH deployments drove up the overall broadband access market in 2015 to $12 billion, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report. Due to strong deployments in China, particularly in CPE, PON revenue from three manufacturers -- Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent -- grew by 21 percent to over $6 billion in 2015. Article

> Speaking to investors during the company's fourth quarter 2015 earnings call, Paul Sunu, CEO of FairPoint said that while it is building out its fiber network into more buildings to serve business customers, it will see business service revenue declines because Ethernet is priced lower than a legacy ATM or TDM-based circuits. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Capping a successful run at Mobile World Congress 2016 last week, Chinese startup Baicells formally announced what it is calling the world's first LTE-U/LAA small cell, which it says provides up to 300 Mbps capacity. Article

> During a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler promised that the U.S. will lead in 5G and allocate spectrum "faster than any nation on the planet." Article

Wireless News

> Longtime FierceTelecom Group Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek says goodbye. Post

And finally… Frontier CEO Dan McCarthy said about 40 percent of his company's customer complaints stem from home Wi-Fi routers. DSL Reports story