LRG: U.S. Broadband Subscribers Rise by 230K in 2Q 2017, Cable Industry Now has 64% Market Share

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Cable MSOs were mostly up and the top telcos all were down in high-speed Internet subscriptions during the second quarter 2017. In all, the top 14 providers – companies that serve about 95 percent of the market – netted almost 230,000 new U.S. broadband subscribers, according to an assessment by the Leichtman Research Group. “Cable...Learn More

Report: Verizon Moves in to Top 3 for Carrier Ethernet Market Share

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Eight companies have at least 4 percent of the U.S. Ethernet services each, according to Vertical System Group’s mid-year U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Those Carrier Ethernet market share leaders, in order, are AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Windstream and Cox. There were some changes in that order. Verizon, which added ports...Learn More

Report: Smartwatch Penetration Will Reach 15% of Adults by 2019

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Smartwatch penetration will grow quickly over the next few years, according to a smartwatch forecast from NPD Group. As of June almost 9 percent of U.S. consumers more than 18 years old owned a smartwatch, NPD found. That’s an increase of almost 1.5 percentage points compared to six months earlier. NPD’s “WEAR Report Industry Overview...Learn More

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Rollout Complete, Now Available Across Comcast Footprint

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With the Comcast Xfinity Mobile rollout complete, the wireless service from Comcast is now available in all of the MSO’s retail stores and online, with service available across Comcast’s complete cable footprint. “We created a unique mobile experience that’s simple and saves customers money by connecting to our nationwide Wi-Fi network, and allows them to...Learn More

Pole Attachment Ruling Upholds One Touch Make Ready, A (Temporary?) Win for Google Fiber

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A federal judge has upheld a Louisville “One Touch Make Ready” law that allows a communications service provider to hire a contractor to move another service provider’s equipment when installing new equipment on a utility pole. The pole attachment ruling came in response to a challenge from AT&T, which provides service in Louisville and had...Learn More

CenturyLink 10G PON Field Trial Points to a Virtualized Broadband Access Future

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As CenturyLink plots their FTTP broadband access future, the company has plans to use a virtualized 10G PON approach, said Frank Miller, CenturyLink vice president of access, in an interview with Telecompetitor. Rather than using a “monolithic” optical line terminal (OLT), CenturyLink 10G PON will be based on a software-defined OLT that can be deployed...Learn More

Verizon FirstNet Alternative Aims to Retain Company’s Public Safety Customers

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Verizon said today that it will build a network core to support a nationwide mobile broadband service for public safety users. This would put it in competition with AT&T, which won a contract to build a nationwide public safety network dubbed FirstNet. The Verizon FirstNet alternative will be offered even in states that have chosen...Learn More

T-Mobile 600 MHz Spectrum Will Boost Rural Coverage; Buildout Begins

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T-Mobile is lighting up what it says is the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. T-Mobile 600 MHz spectrum, initially at least, will target rural areas where the company traditionally has been weak. The networks are based on spectrum T-Mobile won at auction earlier this year. T-Mobile and its partners plan an...Learn More

vMVPD Satisfaction: Despite the Technical Shortcomings, Subscribers are Warming to Pay-TV Alternatives

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Virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) may be immature and technically behind their more established competitors—but subscribers, for the most part, don’t care, according to a new vMVPD satisfaction survey. vMVPD is the term increasingly used for streaming pay-TV services such as YouTube TV, Sling TV or DIRECTV NOW that are designed to offer over-the-top...Learn More

Mid-Rivers Usage-Based Broadband Improves Customer Satisfaction, Take Rates

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Montana-based broadband provider Mid-Rivers Communications has taken a contrarian approach to broadband pricing, adopting a usage-based rather than a speed-tier approach. The change to usage-based broadband has increased customer satisfaction and take rates – and while margins initially dropped, profitability was back to its previous level within six months, said Michael Candelaria, Mid-Rivers general manager...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Speed Upgraded, Out-of-Home Wi-Fi Added

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Comcast Corp. has upgraded its Internet Essentials program, which has provided discounted broadband to 1 million low-income households with more than 4 million residents, according to the company. Upgrades include an increase in Comcast Internet Essentials speed and the addition of out-of-home Wi-Fi. “When we started this program six years ago, we never imagined four...Learn More

CTO: 50 Trillion GBs of Data is Driving CenturyLink Network Transformation

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CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain offered a vision of the ongoing CenturyLink network transformation at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama. Hussain offered a common theme present in today’s broadband carrier circles – the need for carriers like CenturyLink to transform not only their network and technology, but their overall culture. Hussain offered...Learn More

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