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



Accenture: 5G Wireless Job Creation Could be 3 Million

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Deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks could add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) through direct and indirect benefits, according to a new report from Accenture. 5G wireless job creation could be as high as 3 million, Accenture said. 5G Wireless Job Creation Accenture breaks down its 5G wireless job creation...Learn More

Straight Path to Return 5G Licenses to FCC in $100 Million Spectrum Squatting Settlement

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Straight Path Communications has agreed to a spectrum squatting settlement with the FCC valued at more than $100 million. The company, which calls itself an “intangible asset monetization company,” specializes in “maximizing the value of assets such as microwave bandwidth licenses.” The settlement resolves an FCC investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless service...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) from different manufacturers is a key element...Learn More

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1 billion to 20 states over a period of six years,...Learn More

ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each network or can scroll through an alphabetical list by state....Learn More

T-Mobile KickBack Offers up to a $10 Monthly Bill Credit on Unused Data

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The T-Mobile marketing machine spewed out its latest new offers yesterday – including T-Mobile KickBack, which offers customers a credit on their phone bill of up to $10 a month per line if they used 2 gigabytes (GB) of data or less in the previous month. The ‘Un-carrier’ also announced that it would include all...Learn More

Verizon AOL Strategy Aims to Exploit $90 Billion Advertising Market Opportunity

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A key initiative in 2017 for an evolving Verizon AOL strategy is to more tightly integrate Verizon/ AOL marketing initiatives, said Marni Walden, Verizon president of product innovation and new businesses, at a financial conference today. Moves that the carrier already has made in that direction have had a substantial positive impact, she noted. For...Learn More

TDS “Very Pleased” with Revised A-CAM Broadband Funding Offer

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At least one rate of return carrier appears satisfied with the revised A-CAM broadband funding it was offered in late December. Addressing investors at a financial conference yesterday, TDS Telecom corporate relations executive Jane McCahon referred to the company’s revised offer as a “positive development.” A-CAM Broadband Funding When more carriers than expected opted for...Learn More

CenturyLink Broadband Strategy Relies on OTT for a Return to Broadband Growth

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Like some other major carriers, CenturyLink has seen declines on the residential side of its business — not only on the voice side, but also on the broadband side, as some customers have shifted to higher-speed cable service to meet climbing data demands. But the company plans to reverse the broadband trend in 2017, according...Learn More

Comcast Wi-Fi Gateway Now Supports Bedtime Mode, Voice Control, User Metrics

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Comcast today announced a range of sophisticated capabilities for the Comcast Wi-Fi gateway, including voice control, user metrics and the ability to create rules and schedules, such as a bedtime mode that prevents Wi-Fi use during certain hours. End user data such as information about Wi-Fi devices on the user’s home network, as well as...Learn More

NTCA Asks Governors to Urge Trump Team for Rural Broadband Funding

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Rural stakeholders are hoping state governors can help in obtaining additional federal rural broadband funding. Just before the winter holiday break, Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, sent a letter to the National Governors Association asking them to highlight broadband as a critical infrastructure initiative in their communications with...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the connected car. It’s also important not to lose track of...Learn More