Carrier WiFi Forecast Calls for $1.5 Billion Revenues by 2020

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Global carrier WiFi equipment market revenue rose to $713 million in 2015, continuing a rising trend that dates back to 2007, according to a carrier WiFi forecast from IHS Technology. In a report titled ¨Carrier WiFi Equipment Biannual Market Tracker,¨ the market research company forecasts global market revenues will grow to reach $1.5 billion by...Learn More

U.S. Internet Economic Impact Measured at $1 Trillion Annually

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A new study from the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) estimates the Internet economic impact in the U.S. at more than $1 trillion a year. The IIA attributes that hefty number, at least in part, to a light regulatory environment. The Internet has spurred significant job creation as well as economic growth over the past decade,...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Broadband Program Targets Rural Economic Development

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Five rural communities in the same number of states will participate in President Obama’s Cool and Connected broadband pilot program, which aims to use broadband to spur economic development in these communities. The program is administered by The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Funding of $350,000 is allotted to the...Learn More

Netflix Mobile Data Controls Introduced

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Netflix mobile data controls introduced today give end users the ability to adjust streaming video quality and limit the amount of mobile data consumed. In its default setting, the new mobile data management tool limits cellular data consumption via Netflix to one gigabyte of data for about 3 hours of TV shows and movies, Netflix...Learn More

Millennial Streaming TV Habits: OTT is the New Normal, Survey Finds

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Streaming online video is now the ¨new normal¨ for young adults, according to new market research about Millennial streaming TV habits from Horowitz. Aged 18-34, Millennials surveyed by Horowitz for its ¨State of Cable & Digital Media 2016¨ report said streaming accounts for more than half (54%) of the time they spend viewing TV content....Learn More

Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings. A Consolidated spokeswoman told Telecompetitor that the carrier now offers...Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income communities that currently lack broadband service. The program’s budget for...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA participant – Kentucky’s Bluegrass Cellular – had begun to “add...Learn More

New GVTC Carrier Ethernet Business Line Will Target Wholesale, Transport, Fiber-to-the-Tower

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A new GVTC Carrier Ethernet business unit hopes to tap fast growing Ethernet transport services throughout Texas and into Mexico. GVTC has deployed a high capacity fiber network, built on a Ciena packet –optical platform and designed by Light River. The GVTC Carrier Ethernet regional fiber network will target wholesale and Ethernet transport opportunities throughout...Learn More

Report: Broadband Churn Factors Do Not Include Low Satisfaction

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Just one-third of U.S. broadband subscribers (34%) would be likely to recommend their service providers to a friend, yet low satisfaction does not appear to be significantly contributing to broadband churn factors, according to a consumer survey from software provider Incognito. It’s said that every dark cloud has a silver lining, however. The biggest and...Learn More

Verizon TravelPass Data Illustrates Soaring International Mobile Broadband Usage

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Mobile devices and broadband networks have made it easier than ever for international mobile broadband usage. And as data about the Verizon TravelPass international pricing plan reveals, travelers will use mobile broadband quite heavily if they can get affordable connectivity. One in three Americans plan to travel abroad in the next year, according to Verizon,...Learn More

Half of Teens Say They Suffer from Mobile Device Addiction, Six in 10 Parents Agree

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Young people use mobile devices a lot, so much so that half of teens in a new teen mobile use survey said they suffer from mobile device addiction. Six in 10 parents (59%) agree, according to the new market research from Common Sense Media. Furthermore, the effects of mobile device usage are an issue, and...Learn More