Report: IT Buying Decisions for Network Solutions Include Reliability, Quality, & Bundled Offers

Cost isn’t the main factor when IT decision makers are evaluating network service providers, according to a new IT WAN provider survey from CenturyLink. Instead, IT buying decisions are focused on reliability, security and quality of service, adds the report, which was compiled from survey responses of U.S.-based IT professionals who have influence on their...Learn More

FCC Rural Health Care Reforms Under Consideration, $400M Cap May Increase

The FCC is considering changes to the FCC Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which covers some of the costs of broadband service for rural health care providers. The commission today adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a range of program changes. “In this notice we tackle two key issues – what...Learn More

Comcast xFi Pods Brings Wi-Fi Mesh Technology to Improve In-Home Coverage

Comcast is rolling out WiFi extenders called xFi Pods in Boston and Chicago in anticipation of a national launch in 2018. Comcast xFi Pods aim to extend reach of the MSO’s Xfinity WiFi service to every nook and cranny of the premises. The approach features a mesh architecture in which no networked element is dependent...Learn More

Room Evacuation Accompanies FCC Net Neutrality Reversal

As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting voted to reverse Net Neutrality guidelines that have been in place since 2015 – a victory for broadband providers who say it will enhance their ability to invest in their networks, but a move that consumer groups have vociferously protested. The meeting initially appeared to be...Learn More

Survey: Retransmission Negotiations are More Akin to Bullying Than Negotiation

Broadcasters use retransmission negotiations to demand huge rate hikes and force unwanted channels into program lineups, according to a retransmission negotiations survey conducted by the American Cable Association. Additionally, cable companies are concerned that their customers often blame them for the rate hikes and unpopular channels, when in fact the broadcasters dictate how much customers...Learn More

AT&T Has International Ambitions for AirGig Broadband Platform

AT&T has launched a second trial of its Project AirGig broadband technology in the U.S., along with a new international trial, the company said on its blog today. AirGig is designed to eventually deliver internet speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines. Using AirGig...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Aim to Debunk “Overexaggerated” Net Neutrality Fears

Representatives of three broadband provider associations held a press conference today to attempt to debunk what one representative called “overexaggerated” and “catastrophic” Net Neutrality fears on the part of the American public. The action came just one day before the FCC is expected to vote to strike down Net Neutrality guidelines that have been in...Learn More

T-Mobile Enters Pay-TV Business with Layer3 Acquisition

In what T-Mobile CEO John Legere calls the next phase of their ‘un-carrier’ strategy, the wireless provider announced an acquisition of IPTV pay-TV provider Layer3. The acquisition catapults T-Mobile into the rapidly evolving video business. “People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers. And worse, they have no real choice but to simply...Learn More

FCC, National Cancer Institute Team to Fight Cancer in Rural Areas

An FCC, National Cancer Institute memo of understanding announced yesterday will focus on how improving rural broadband can help rural citizens in the battle against cancer. “The quality, length and even value of life should not be determined by where you happen to be born or live,” said Michele Ellison, Chair of the FCC’s Connect2Health...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Expansion Includes Five More Metros, 7 Million Locations Now Reached

AT&T announced yesterday that it has launched its ultra-fast internet service in five new metro areas –  Springfield, Mo.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Madison, Wis.; Southeastern Tenn. and Wichita, Kan. The Witchita service will be available in only select areas, said a press release about the AT&T Fiber expansion. “We now market our 100 percent fiber...Learn More

IIA: Sharing Economy Earnings Average $3588 Annually on $1200 Annual Broadband Investment

Broadband has enabled a wide range of new earnings opportunities for individuals working on a contract or freelance basis for organizations such as Lyft, Uber and Airbnb – opportunities sometimes referred to as the “sharing economy.” According to new research from the Internet Innovation Alliance, sharing economy earnings average $3588 annually. Assuming average broadband connectivity...Learn More
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Virtualization: A Path Forward for Cable MSOs to Embrace the Gigabit Society

Broadband demand continues to accelerate, thanks to home applications like 4K and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), and business applications that need ultra-high-speed access to the cloud. Even with their lead in much of the market, cable MSOs still need a path toward full-duplex multi-Gigabit capable network architectures, to keep pace with not only customers but...Learn More

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