Dallas/Fort Worth GigaPower Expansion Outlined by AT&T

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AT&T is moving quite quickly with its plans to deploy GigaPower service to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding cities. GigaPower is the name that AT&T has given to the fiber-to-the-home infrastructure it plans to deploy in various communities nationwide. That infrastructure can support broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Although some...Learn More

After One Year, Google Chromecast Streams Number 400 Million

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Google recently celebrated Chromecast’s first birthday, and reveled some usage statistics. “A thumb-sized media streaming media device that plugs into HDMI ports on TV sets,” Chromecast users can beam online shows, movies, music and other streaming digital content to their TVs from their smartphones, tablets, and PCs by setting up a simple mobile app. Users...Learn More

SpeedSpot: Google Wi-Fi Gives Starbucks an 18x Speed Boost

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Realizing a 10-fold improvement in Wi-Fi network speed seems like a lot to hope for, or expect, but that’s what Starbucks was expecting when it switched from AT&T to Google last year. Turns out the results have exceeded expectations, according to SpeedSpot. Downstream, Wi-Fi network speeds across over 650 Starbucks shops in the U.S. are...Learn More

BroadbandVision: It’s All About Broadband ROI and Perspective

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So much to learn, so little time. If you work in the broadband industry, I’m sure you can relate. There is no shortage of opportunities (which also have corresponding challenges), but the marketplace moves quickly, so you have to too. Picking and choosing the right opportunities is critical because there is much at risk. Building...Learn More

OECD: U.S. Wireless Broadband Penetration Hits 100 Percent

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Nearly three of every four developed country residents have access to wireless broadband services, according to the latest, December 2013, data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global economic development focused organization. Wireless broadband penetration across the 34-member nation OECD had reached 72.4 percent as of last December, a year-over-year increase...Learn More

TDG Finds Monthly Mobile TV App Usage by Half of Broadband Users

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Half (49 percent) of U.S. adult broadband users use some type of mobile video app at least once a month, according to new market research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). Seventeen percent make use of video apps weekly and 16 percent daily, according to TDG’s “Mobile Video Apps: User Dimensions.” Examining usage across age groups TDG...Learn More

CEO: Startup Rural Broadband Services Corporation Has Big Plans

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A startup company known as Rural Broadband Services Corporation has big plans for rural Tahlequah, Oklahoma – plans that RBSC CEO Roy Choates hopes he will be able to repeat in other rural communities that lack high-speed broadband connectivity. “We have a philosophy called ‘shared infrastructure,’” said Choates in an interview. “In rural America you...Learn More

NCTC/ Global Capacity Deal Extends Cableco Service Reach

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The National Cable Television Cooperative has signed a master service agreement with Global Capacity aimed at enabling NCTC’s small cable company members to better serve the needs of business customers that need service outside a member’s local service territory. As Global Capacity Vice President of Product Marketing Mary Stanhope explained in an email to Telecompetitor,...Learn More

Comcast IPv6 Milestone Reached

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Comcast on July 22 announced that its broadband network is fully deployed to support IPv6 dual stack connectivity. The announcement comes on the heels of the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch. Comcast has surpassed 30 percent IPv6 deployment overall, according to July 2014 launch measurements published last week by the Internet Society. AT&T has...Learn More

Cellular One Communities App Supports CMAS

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Local and hyper-local news and information services have been on the rise for some time thanks to GPS and increasingly granular location-based data. Looking to capitalize on the trend, MTPCS, which does business as Cellular One of Texas and Louisiana, on July 22 launched “Communities,” a smartphone app that provides customers in Louisiana and Texas...Learn More

Mobile Operators and IoT: Why the Big Interest?

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Any way one looks at the matter, telecom service providers have to invent or create big new revenue sources to replace dwindling voice revenues that historically have driven revenue and profits. In 2001, about 65 percent of total consumer end user spending for all things related to communications and video services went to “voice.” In...Learn More

Symmetrical FiOS Broadband on Tap from Verizon

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Verizon said today it will tap into a unique capability of its fiber-to-the-home infrastructure that could provide a significant differentiation point in the competitive home broadband market. The company plans to upgrade the speeds of its FTTH-based FiOS broadband offering so that customers receive the same speed upstream that they do downstream. This is a...Learn More