Posts by Joan Engebretson

Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine and America’s Network Magazine.

Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards.

Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joan can be reached at joan@telecompetitor.com



Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program, eliminating free service and eliminating support for resellers. Supporters, including...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain low-speed data services that had been grandfathered and eliminating the...Learn More

Sprint Hulu Deal: Three of the Big Four Now Bundle Video with Wireless

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A Sprint Hulu deal, announced today, will include the over-the-top video provider’s Limited Commercials service at no charge for customers who purchase Sprint’s Unlimited service. Sprint is the third of the four major wireless carriers to make bundled moves on the video front as video represents an ever-increasing share of wireless network traffic. The Hulu...Learn More

MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

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The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to as a “global transformation framework,” also broadens the organization’s traditional...Learn More

Lexington, Kentucky Aims to be Largest U.S. Gigabit City

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Lexington, Kentucky could become the largest U.S. gigabit city if MetroNet plans to build a citywide gigabit network there proceed as planned. Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced the plans at a press conference today. The network is expected to cost MetroNet at least $70 million to build and to begin serving some customers in 2018,...Learn More

Fastest Average U.S. Download Speeds by Carrier: Upstarts, Cable, Fios Top BroadbandNow List

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Stealth Communications, a competitive carrier providing service to businesses in New York City, offers the fastest average download speeds of the top 40 carriers in the U.S., according to new research from BroadbandNow, a company formed to fill in gaps left behind when the government cut back on funding for the interactive National Broadband Map....Learn More

T-Mobile Silver Star Deal Involves Spectrum Assets in Idaho and Wyoming

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A proposed T-Mobile Silver Star Telephone deal would put Silver Star 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Idaho and Wyoming in T-Mobile’s hands, enabling T-Mobile to expand its coverage in eight counties. Silver Star began offering phone service almost 100 years ago but since then has branched out into other lines of business, including internet, smart...Learn More

AT&T: With 800K Subs, We Now Know Enough About DirecTV Now to Take it To the Next Level

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The next AT&T DirecTV Now platform will provide cloud DVR capability and will support pay-per-view and digital ad insertion, said John Stephens, AT&T senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, at a financial conference today. DirecTV Now is the company’s over-the-top video offering launched late last year. Next AT&T DirecTV NOW Platform AT&T currently...Learn More

Moffett: Telcos May Get Some Revenge Over Cable in Broadband Wars

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In recent years, cable companies have gained broadband market share against the telcos except in areas where the telcos have upgraded their traditional copper-based network infrastructure to support speeds competitive with the cablecos’ hybrid fiber coax-based service. But according to researchers at Moffett Nathanson, that’s set to change as telcos, particularly AT&T, get more aggressive...Learn More

Uniti Group CEO Envisions Non-Windstream Revenues Coming From Windstream Assets

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Uniti Group Windstream plans could include selling capacity on fiber currently leased exclusively to Windstream to other carriers, said Uniti Group President and CEO Kenny Gunderman at an investor conference today. From Uniti Group’s point of view, the goal would be to decrease the company’s reliance on Windstream for revenues. Uniti Group essentially wants to...Learn More

During Wireless Competitive Storm, Verizon Sticks With Network Quality

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Verizon network quality will continue to be the company’s key differentiator, said John Stratton, executive vice president and president of global operations for the company, at an investor conference today. “The foundation of our brand is built on the quality and reliability of the network,” Stratton said. Verizon Network Quality The importance of the network...Learn More

AT&T Helicopter Drone Flying COWs Bringing Wireless Service to Puerto Rico

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An AT&T helicopter drone is supporting wireless service in Puerto Rico, the carrier noted in a blog post today.  The company refers to the helicopter drone as a flying COW (for cell on wings). As we previously reported, Hurricane Maria damaged a large part of AT&T’s network infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin...Learn More

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