Report: First Ever Drop in Streaming Video Spending Growth

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The streaming video spending growth rate will see its first ever decline between 2015 and 2016, according to Strategy Analytics, which forecasts U.S. consumers will spend $6.62 billion on video streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, this year. If realized, the forecast would translate to a 22%, or $1.19 billion, increase as...Learn More

NTCA: Average Rural Telecom Provider Paperwork Consumes 587 Hours Yearly

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Average rural telecom provider paperwork required by regulators consumes 587 hours per year – more than 73 workdays – including completing reports and responding to requests for information, according to a survey conducted by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the Small Company Coalition (SCC). Completing FCC reports accounted for just over 38% of...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Broadband is Part of FCC $2 Billion Connect America Fund Auction Plans

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Rural areas that currently lack broadband could gain broadband at speeds above 1 Gbps as the result of action taken by the FCC at its monthly meeting today. Speeds of 1 Gbps downstream and 500 Mbps upstream are one of four speed levels established by the FCC as part of Connect America Fund auction plans....Learn More

ABI: Mobile Accessory Revenues Forecast to Hit $110 Billion by 2021

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The secondary, or aftermarket, for mobile accessories will grow to exceed $110 billion in 2021, according to a mobile accessory revenues forecast from ABI Research. Aftermarket purchase/sales of Bluetooth smartphone headsets will grow fastest, rising at a 9% CAGR from 2016-2020, ABI highlights in an excerpt from its Mobile Device Accessories Service. Aftermarket sales and...Learn More

Report: Millennial Smartphone Use, 73% Would Give Up Cable TV Before Smartphone

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Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are expected to account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025 and millennial smartphone use is of particular interest. Their craving for ubiquitous, ¨always on¨ high-speed network connectivity, along with their usage habits and preferences, has profound implications throughout the economy and society, especially for network service...Learn More

Report: Healthcare IoT Revenues to Reach $410 Billion by 2022

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Growing use of connected medical devices, smartphones and software automation will fuel revenue growth in the global market for healthcare IoT technology, according to new market research from Grand View Research. Global healthcare IoT revenues will reach $410 billion by 2022, the market research company forecasts. Rising incidence of chronic diseases – heart failure, obesity,...Learn More

U.S. Wireless Trends: 4 Million Messages Per Minute, 2.8 Trillion Minutes of Use

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Americans consumed more than twice the amount of data in 2015 than they did the year before and three times that of 2013, according to survey data from CTIA on U.S. wireless trends. Network data consumption totaled 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) last year, up from 3.2 trillion in 2013. Smartphone subscribership and usage were the...Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

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The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies to give customers the option of buying a device or...Learn More

Frontier Purchase of Verizon Lines Experiences Challenges, Victories

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The Frontier purchase of Verizon lines in three states faced some unexpected challenges after the deal was completed last month, but those challenges were minimal compared to what the company faced with some previous acquisitions, said Frontier CEO Dan McCarthy today. “It has gone better any one that we have done before,” said McCarthy, who...Learn More

IDC: Business Analytics and Big Data Spending to Reach $187 Billion by 2019

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Business analytics and Big Data spending will increase more than 50% from 2015-2019, according to IDC’s latest ¨Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide.¨IDC’s forecast calls for corporate and enterprise business analytics and Big Data spending to rise from $122 billion to more than $187 billion over that time. The U.S. will account for...Learn More

Open-IX Pursues Lower-Reliability Edge Data Center Standards

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At a time when some data center operators are trying to one-up each other on reliability, it might seem surprising to learn that open standards organization Open-IX is moving in the opposite direction. The organization is working on edge data center standards that would be less demanding than those designed for monolithic data centers located...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency, the commission said. The Consumer Complaint Data Center database is...Learn More