TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

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TDS Telecom (TDS) announced last week it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Elaborating, TDS said it would expand broadband service and high-speed wireless Internet access to...Learn More

Pew: U.S. Smartphone Ownership, Broadband Penetration Reached Record Levels in 2016

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U.S. smartphone ownership and the percentage of U.S. households with broadband service rose in 2016, reaching record levels of 77 and 73 percent, respectively as of November, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center. Pew’s release of the first of what is to be a regular series of continually updated fact sheets...Learn More

Accenture: 5G Wireless Job Creation Could be 3 Million

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Deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks could add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) through direct and indirect benefits, according to a new report from Accenture. 5G wireless job creation could be as high as 3 million, Accenture said. 5G Wireless Job Creation Accenture breaks down its 5G wireless job creation...Learn More

Maine WISP, Redzone Wireless, Brands Their Latest Wireless Broadband as 5G

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A Maine based WISP, Redzone Wireless, is seizing on the marketing hype generated by the move to 5G, launching a fixed broadband wireless service and calling it 5Gx. The service uses a proprietary method for aggregating licensed 4G LTE spectrum and unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum on a single tower to improve broadband speeds and performance....Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

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JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its JetBlue Fly-Fi service “creates an experience like your living room...Learn More

Straight Path to Return 5G Licenses to FCC in $100 Million Spectrum Squatting Settlement

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Straight Path Communications has agreed to a spectrum squatting settlement with the FCC valued at more than $100 million. The company, which calls itself an “intangible asset monetization company,” specializes in “maximizing the value of assets such as microwave bandwidth licenses.” The settlement resolves an FCC investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless service...Learn More

Entertainment Report: VoD Revenues Return to Growth, Strong 4K UHD Equipment Sales

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U.S. sales of 4K UHD TVs, players and discs was strong in 2016, the first year they were available in retail shops, helping propel annual consumer home entertainment equipment spending 2 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) to more than $18 billion, according to a new 4K UHD sales forecast. Digital Entertainment Group’s (DEG) latest annual market...Learn More

Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

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With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant Internet, hopes to leverage an advantage over a key cable...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) from different manufacturers is a key element...Learn More
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Service Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Platforms for Next-Generation VoIP

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If you’re the CTO of a cable provider, telco or ISP, chances are you’ve had some unpleasant conversations with your CEO regarding investing in phone services. Voice is still important to your business, but the costs, operational complexities and lack of vendor innovation in legacy networks don’t align with today’s market realities. TDM and VoIP...Learn More

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1 billion to 20 states over a period of six years,...Learn More

NCAA College Football Championship Fuels Dramatic AT&T Data Traffic Growth

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Clemson won the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff Championship in dramatic fashion Monday evening (Jan. 9) in a nail biting rematch that saw underdog Clemson drive down the field against number 1 ranked Alabama’s staunch defense for the winning score in the game’s waning minutes. Anticipating record-high viewership, AT&T made a range of temporary and...Learn More