Ericsson Report: VoD Viewing Time Captures One-Third of Total Video Consumption

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TV and video entertainment consumers around the world are spending no less than 35 percent of their viewing time watching content delivered by video-on-demand (VoD) services – a percentage never seen before, according to the Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report 2015. The market research result attests to the critical importance personalized ¨a la carte¨...Learn More

InventionShare 5by5 Wireless Aims to Improve Rural Wireless Performance, Economics

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Remote rural areas are a key target market for new 5by5 Wireless technology  from a group of technology developers working within InventionShare, which provides inventors with “funding, talent, and processes” and will be the exclusive global agency for the licensing or acquisition of 5by5 Wireless inventions. The 5by5 technology uses a single 360-degree antenna to...Learn More

FCC Moves Further on Retransmission Consent

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As expected the FCC this week adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow video service providers including telcos and cable companies the option of bringing in broadcast network signals from outside their home markets. The goal would be to give service providers greater negotiating power with broadcasters in retransmission consent agreements. Currently...Learn More

Cable Industry Economic Impact $386 Billion, Says NCTA

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Just what and how much does the cable industry contribute to the U.S. economy? More than $386 billion in direct, linked and indirect economic impacts, as well as 2.7 million jobs in 2014, according to “America’s Cable Industry: Working for the Future, Delivering the Future,” a new market research report produced by Bortz Media &...Learn More

FCC Frontier/Verizon Deal Approval Should Spur Investment

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Frontier’s acquisition of Verizon’s wireline business in California, Florida and Texas appears well positioned to close in the first quarter of 2016 now that the FCC has given its approval to the transaction. In a press release Frontier noted that one remaining hurdle is to obtain approval from the state public utilities commission in California....Learn More

Fibrant 10 Gigabit Service Ups Gigabit Ante, Execs Reveals Gigabit Pricing Strategy

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Ultra-high-speed network one-upmanship continues with an announcement today that Fibrant — the broadband network owned by the city of Salisbury, N.C. – will now offer 10 Gbps service to residential as well as business customers. “We’re looking beyond what others are doing now,” said Kent Winrich, director of broadband and infrastructure for the City of...Learn More

Telergee: Rural Telecom Margins Decline, But Network Investment Increases

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Declining margins are an ongoing issue for small rural telcos, as new data from the Telergee Alliance of accounting firms reminds us. The average small telco saw margins drop 1.7% between 2013 and 2014, despite a 2.1% increase in average revenues, according to the 2015 Telergee Benchmarking Study. Telergee firms specialize in rural telecom and...Learn More

Add Video Streaming to Video Gaming’s Impact on Broadband Traffic

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Gamers have long been known for their heavy consumption of bandwidth. They want high speed Internet and low latency for a better gaming experience. It helps them to avoid getting shot, virtually of course, in an online gaming encounter. But gaming’s impact on broadband is growing, and it has more to do with video than...Learn More

J.D. Power Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study: Verizon Ranks Highest

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It might not come as a surprise, but wireless  service providers can reduce customer churn and foster loyalty by minimizing dropped calls, slow Internet service speed and delayed text notifications, according to the J.D. Power ¨2015 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2.¨ Wireless customer loyalty is much higher among those who haven’t...Learn More

Rural Telecom Consolidation: LICT Exec Shares Dixon/ Central Scott Strategy

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Rural telecom consolidation continues with an announcement yesterday involving two incumbent rural Iowa carriers. Central Scott Telephone Company,  a subsidiary of LICT Corporation, is purchasing Dixon Telephone Company. LICT expects to see synergies from combining the personnel of the two companies, which are adjacent to one another, said LICT Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer...Learn More

Demand for Wearables Slows, Report Finds

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Demand for smart, connected wearable products has slowed significantly since January after peaking post holidays and registering fast year-over-year volume growth since 2014, according to new market research from Argus Insights. Consumers lost interest in smart wearables after the 2014 holiday season, according to Argus Insights’ ¨State of U.S. Wearables Market – Jan. 2014-Present,¨ which...Learn More

Upcoming CAF Reverse Auction Puts Markets in 20 States Up for Grabs for Broadband Funding

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Now that the nation’s largest price cap telecom carriers have announced their decisions on broadband Connect America Phase II funding, a portion of locations targeted in the program will be teed up for a reverse auction expected to occur in 2016. Carriers had until last Thursday to indicate, on a state-by-state basis, whether or not...Learn More