Pai Plans to Reverse Broadband Title II Reclassification

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today initiated a process to reverse the commission’s previous decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service – a move that also will further the goal of eliminating Net Neutrality guidelines put in place under the previous FCC administration. The first step in Pai’s plan to reverse broadband Title...Learn More

App Economy Job Creation Report: 110,00 New Jobs in Two Years

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Some 110,000 new software application development jobs were created across the App Economy ecosystem in the U.S. from May 2014 through May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported in a new app economy job creation study from ACT – The App Association. And some 500,000 computing jobs remain unfilled. The “app...Learn More

Grande Communications Gigabit Rolled Out in Four Texas Markets

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Grande Communications gigabit is now available to homes and businesses in four Texas cities — Austin, Dallas, Midland, Odessa and San Marcos —  for prices starting at $69.99 per month, management announced yesterday. Subscription to Grande’s gigabit home and business Internet service is contract-free and bandwidth is unconstrained by any caps on data usage. Wireless...Learn More

Behind the AT&T 5G Evolution 20-City Launch

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AT&T today said it will launch AT&T 5G Evolution wireless service in 20 markets before year-end, beginning with a launch in Austin, Texas today. The news is the latest example of how major national carriers AT&T and Verizon are hoping to differentiate their offerings based on network capabilities and performance in an increasingly competitive wireless...Learn More

Sling Air TV Player Promotion Targets Cord Cutters

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A new Sling Air TV promotion is targeted squarely at cord cutters. Starting today, viewers willing to shell out for three months or more of Sling TV service will receive a wireless AirTV Player and adapter for $50. That’s more than 50 percent off the standard MSRP of $129.99, according to a news release. With...Learn More

Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Rollout to Cover Utah

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The Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout continues with the news that Comcast is leveraging its investment in DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver residential broadband service as fast as 1 Gbps throughout the state of Utah over its existing network infrastructure. Comcast is on track to double its network capacity every 18-24 months in order to...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Service for Rural Markets Will be Capped and Start at $60/month

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AT&T fixed wireless services for rural markets launched in Georgia, the company announced today. The 10 Mbps fixed wireless service will serve 400K locations by the end of the year, and 1.1 million locations across 17 additional states by 2020. The fixed wireless service will help AT&T achieve their FCC Connect America Fund (CAF) commitment...Learn More

Verizon Makes Aggressive Gigabit Moves with Fios Gigabit Service

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Verizon has joined the gigabit trend today, with the launch Fios Gigabit Connection. The service will offer up to 940 Mbps downstream and 880 Mbps upstream to select Fios markets for $69.99/month. Verizon has resisted the gigabit trend for some time, with a 750 Mbps tier as their fastest offer recently, despite being the first...Learn More

Report: Nearly One-Third of Free OTT Video Trials Converted into Paid Subscriptions

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Just shy of one-third of those who take advantage of free OTT video trials, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, go on to sign up for paid subscriptions, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Zooming in on U.S. broadband households, Parks found that nearly half (47%) of the one-quarter that signed up...Learn More

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the FCC’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline service. In an interview with Telecompetitor, FreedomPop CEO Steve Stokols...Learn More

Report: Growing Concern Regarding Healthcare IT Security

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Security awareness and culture, or the lack thereof, is overall the greatest concern of nearly 8 in 10 U.S. healthcare industry executives and healthcare IT professionals when it comes to healthcare organizations’ exposure to IT security threats, according to a new healthcare IT security survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for Level 3 Communications. Nearly half...Learn More

Video Sharing Survey: 40% of Broadband Households Use Sites Weekly

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Just shy of 4 in 10 U.S. broadband households (39%) visit a video sharing site, such as YouTube, at least once a week, according to a video sharing survey from Parks Associates. Furthermore, nearly 6 in 10 (59%) visit an online video site on a regular basis. That said, a substantial proportion of U.S. broadband...Learn More

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