$10 Million Frontier Rural Revitalization Contest Draws 250 Applicants

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More than 250 communities already have registered to participate in “America’s Best Communities,” a rural revitalization competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, Dish Network and CoBank – and other communities now have until March 25 to apply. The program, announced in September, will award a total of $10 million to communities with populations between 9,500 and...Learn More

Flurry Finds Growth in Phablet Usage of 148% in One Year

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Skyrocketing in popularity, connected devices and apps have quickly surpassed both the Web and TV in terms of the time people spend consuming media. Smartphones (led by Apple’s iPhone) paved the way and tablets (with Apple again leading the way with the iPad) added to the gains. According to mobile app platform and solutions provider Flurry,...Learn More

Rapidly Changing OTT Video Keeps Traditional Service Providers Interested

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Several recent developments in OTT video highlight the quickly changing nature of the TV business. These developments include more content for Sling TV, new news on the upcoming HBO OTT channel, and a new approach by NBCUniversal for OTT content. These and other developments have traditional video service providers and broadband carriers debating their role...Learn More

Ritter and iRis Network Deal Illustrates Ethernet Interconnection Promise

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Interconnecting via Carrier Ethernet network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) can be an excellent opportunity for regional fiber network operators, as an announcement from Ritter Communications and iRis Networks yesterday illustrates. Ritter started out more than 100 years ago as a local phone service provider in Marked Tree, Arkansas but more recently built a fiber network serving businesses in...Learn More

Business App Survey: Customers Value Quick Loads, Security

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Online mobile and desktop applications “have become the new battleground for brand loyalty,” according to a new study commissioned by business software developer CA Technologies. Businesses that fail to provide “a positive application experience” stand to lose as many as a quarter of their customers, according to “Software: the New Battleground for Brand Loyalty.” In...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal: AT&T Exec Touts TV Everywhere Edge

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AT&T sees its impending DirecTV acquisition as a means of expanding its addressable market for TV Everywhere and bundled services, said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Home Solutions Lori Lee in a question-and-answer session at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference yesterday. “We believe in the integrated carrier model,” said Lee. Lee noted...Learn More

TDG: Think Mobile Video Viewing is About On the Go? Think Again

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Strong growth in mobile video viewing on smartphones and tablets over the next decade (2015-2025) will diminish the market share of both legacy TV and PC-based broadband video viewing, according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). Mobile video will account for over 20 percent of total video viewing among U.S. consumers by...Learn More

Rural Small Cells: Forum Sees Cost Savings Across the U.S.

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Small cells could help network operators generate a business case for deploying wireless service in rural areas that currently lack mobile service, according to new research from wireless industry group Small Cell Forum. The forum estimates that network operators in developed nations could break even on a small cell deployment with as few as one...Learn More

Report: DDoS Attacks on Service Providers are Common

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There’s a large disparity separating the degree to which service providers feel threatened by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) and how prepared they are to prevent or mitigate them, according to a new report from Black Lotus, which specializes in providing security against DDoD threats. In its “DDoS Attacks: The Service Provider Impact” report Black Lotus...Learn More

LRG Details Cable TV Subscriber Losses

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The 13 largest U.S. pay-TV providers collectively lost about 125,000 video subscribers in 2014 on a net basis, according to new market data from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Taken together the 13 pay-TV providers for which LRG gathered data on video subscriber numbers represent about 95 percent of the U.S. market. The 125,000 net loss...Learn More

GSMA Measures Connected Home Device Ownership at 25%

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Highlighting the potential for “Internet of Things” (IoT) to transform modern living and lifestyles, one in four people across the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan own a connected device such as a smart meter (28 percent), security system (23 percent), lighting system (23 percent) or health monitor (23 percent), according to a new market research...Learn More

Google Wireless Plans: Reconnecting Dropped Calls Could be Just the Start

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Dropped calls that automatically reconnect could be coming your way thanks to Google. According to several news reports, a Google exec told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week that this capability might be part of the wireless offering the company plans to launch. Google apparently was so happy with the impact...Learn More