GfK: Digital Media Player Ownership Up Ten-Fold Since 2010

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Video game consoles are the most common means Netflix viewers use to watch streaming movies and TV shows, but that’s changing as more and more Netflix subscribers turn to over-the-top (OTT) set-top devices, a.k.a. digital media players, according to new market research from GfK. Digital media player ownership is surging in the U.S., increasing ten-fold...Learn More

Wheeler Wants FCC to Study 5G and Millimeter Wave

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the commission to study the possibility of using millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz to support 5G wireless service. A notice of inquiry about millimeter wave is one of several wireless related documents that Wheeler is currently circulating within the commission. Other documents pertain to distributed antenna systems and the...Learn More

Viacom/ Suddenlink Dispute Brewing Over Price Hikes

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Cable operator Suddenlink is warning customers that they could lose Viacom channels if the two companies cannot agree on what Suddenlink should pay to carry that programming. Viacom owns several popular cable channels, including Comedy Central, MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon and others – as well as some that are not so popular. “Viacom demanded a significant...Learn More

J.D. Power Finds Improved Phone, TV, Internet Customer Satisfaction

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Performance, reliability and connection speed problems declined from last year as TV and Internet service providers (ISPs) continue to upgrade networks, according to three U.S. wireline studies released September 25 by J.D. Power. Surveying residential customers’ experiences with TV, Internet and phone services across four regions, J.D. Power’s annual studies evaluate overall customer satisfaction based...Learn More

TDS younited Offers Cloud-Based Backup for $5.95 Monthly

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TDS Telecom this week launched younited, a cloud-based service that can back up files from mobile phones as well as traditional computer files. Additionally the offering gives customers the ability to organize files and create collections to share, TDS said. The service will cost $5.95 a month and is targeted toward the consumer market. The...Learn More

Report: Subscribers Prefer Gigabit Services from Local ISP over Google

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Gigabit Internet access has become a key trend in the broadband industry, thanks in large part to Google. With their Google Fiber initiative, Google acted as a catalyst for a burgeoning movement and clearly has raised the visibility of Gigabit services like probably no other company could.  Multiple Gigabit networks from a variety of service...Learn More

GSA Finds Mobile HD Voice Deployments in 75 Countries

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High-definition (HD) voice services are now available from 116 mobile operators in 75 countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The number of mobile operators now offering HD voice services has grown 30 percent year-over-year, GSA reports in the latest issue of the Mobile HD voice: Global Update report. In addition to enabling...Learn More

IHS iPhone 6 Tear-Down: Plus Model Costs Only $15.50 More to Build

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Investors in Apple’s shares have long cheered the company’s ability to command premium prices, and fanatic customer allegiance, for its sleekly designed consumer electronics (CE) products. Apple continues to pursue that strategy with the launch of the iPhone 6, and to an even greater degree, the iPhone 6 Plus. Buyers of the Apple iPhone 6...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Execs Detail Fioptics Expansion Plans

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Cincinnati Bell will accelerate its fiber deployment plans and will target deployments based on expected customer lifetime value (CLV), said company executives at Cincinnati Bell Investor Day today. The event also was webcast. The Cincinnati-based telco now aims to deploy fiber to between 70% and 80% of Greater Cincinnati by 2016.  Approximately 70% of those...Learn More

MEF Third Network Targets Network-as-a-Service

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The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Third Network  initiative, announced today, aims to combine the ubiquity of the Internet with the service assurance of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.  The goal is to enable network-as-a-service, explained Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, who is now an advisory director of the MEF, on a webinar today introducing the Third Network initiative. Andrew...Learn More

Connecticut Cities Seek Open Access Gigabit Network

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Three Connecticut cities are acting together to seek a gigabit network. The goal is to make connectivity available on a wholesale open access basis that would enable multiple service providers to compete for end user business. The three cities are New Haven, Stamford and West Hartford – and in issuing a request for quotation last...Learn More

When Will We Need New TV White Spaces Standard?

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A new IEEE standard designated 802.19.1 aims to fix what for now is a minor flaw in TV white spaces broadband technology, but which could become more problematic in the future as the technology is more widely deployed. When technologists figured out how to use database technology to keep track of where TV broadcast spectrum...Learn More