AT&T Fixed Wireless Footprint Expands, Now Reaches 70K Locations in Nine States

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A growing AT&T fixed wireless footprint added 8 states beyond the launch state of Georgia, now reaching 70K locations in 9 states. This fixed wireless service is funded in part by the FCC’s Connect America Fund, and is used across AT&T’s rural footprint. The new states include Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South...Learn More

Wireless Tower Dispute May Derail BVU Optinet Municipal Broadband Sale

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A planned municipal broadband sale of BVU Optinet is in jeopardy, thanks to a disagreement regarding wireless tower assets. One of the early pioneers in municipal broadband, Bristol, Virginia based BVU Optinet was put up for sale back in February 2016 for $50 million to Sunset Digital Communications. That deal may now be in trouble,...Learn More

FCC Proposes Levying $120 Million Fine on Miami Resident for Robocall Scam

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The FCC proposed imposing a fine of $120 million against one person who it’s said made made nearly 100 million spoofed robocalls. The alleged robocall scam violates the Truth in Caller ID Act, which makes it illegal to deliberately falsify caller ID information so as to disguise a caller’s identity with the intent to defraud...Learn More

NTCA: $300M in Rural Broadband Investment at Risk Due to USF Reductions

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There are ongoing reductions in the total amount of funding provided by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to regulated telcos due to federal budget control mechanisms that are chilling rural broadband investment, according to a survey by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. The average reduction in federal (USF) support has grown from a 4.5 percent reduction...Learn More

Report: When Comparing OTT Threats on Pay TV, it’s the Revenue, Not the Subscribers That Counts

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Much continues to be made of OTT threats on pay TV providers, with often dire predictions in tow. While acknowledging a fast and dramatically changing technological and viewer environment, Strategy Analytics (SA) says traditional pay TV providers will continue to dominate the U.S. and North American pay-TV market despite falling sales, however. Overall, annual U.S....Learn More

Iowa TV News Report Highlights Complexity, Risks of Rural Broadband Regulatory Framework

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Local Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI featured a story recently on ‘cord cutting’ of wireline telephone service that highlights the challenges of the current rural broadband regulatory framework for small, rural telcos. The report is somewhat misleading, in that it doesn’t provide a full explanation. An Ogden Telephone Company customer, Christina Janssen-Solheim, was featured because...Learn More

AT&T: Austin and Indianapolis Provide Glimpse into AT&T 5G Roadmap

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The AT&T 5G roadmap is well underway and one has to look no further than Austin and Indianapolis to see where AT&T is headed, according to Scott Mair, AT&T senior vice president for technology planning and engineering. Mair outlined this AT&T 5G roadmap this morning at the Wells Fargo Securities 5G Forum in New York....Learn More

Virtual MSOs Bigger Threat to Cable, Satellite, Telco Pay-TV than Netflix, Amazon

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The launch of “skinny” streaming TV and video service bundles by OTT providers, such as YouTube, poses the latest real and present danger to incumbent cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV vendors. A more recent market entrant in the U.S. and internationally, Virtual Multiple Systems Operators, or VMSOs, are more direct competitors to traditional pay-TV providers...Learn More

Broadband Access Coalition Asks FCC for Spectrum for Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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An industry coalition wants access to mid-band airwaves that, according to the group, could support as many as three providers of gigabit fixed wireless service in the same geographic area. The group, known as the Broadband Access Coalition, made a filing with the FCC today asking the commission to allow the use of spectrum between...Learn More

Stakeholders Urge Senate to Address USF Funding Shortfall for Rural Broadband

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Stakeholders today urged the U.S. Senate to address a funding shortfall in the Universal Service Fund estimated at approximately $210 million annually, with the goal of spurring broadband deployment to rural areas by covering a portion of deployment costs. In a hearing conducted by the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet,...Learn More

Connected Car Survey: Only 29% Would Pay for In-Car Wi-Fi

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More consumers worldwide are expressing a desire for advanced, in-vehicle automotive technology when considering the purchase of their next new vehicle. The trouble, at least from the perspective of auto manufacturers and connected car and vehicle vendors, is that their willingness to pay for it varies widely, according to a new connected car survey from...Learn More

Exec: Juniper Universal Chassis Router Can Work at Network Edge, in Core or in a Data Center

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A Juniper universal chassis router announced today is designed to work at the network edge, in the network core or in a data center and to take on the functionality required for each application based on software. In addition, the new router supports what Juniper is calling “node slicing,” which aims to enable operators to...Learn More

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