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, which recently changed its name to Connected Planet, and America’s Network Magazine, which ceased publication in 2006.

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.

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North State Gigabit Service Launches

North State Communications, one of the nation’s larger independent telcos, said yesterday that it has begun to offer gigabit service to some customers in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and that it will expand that offering before year’s end to a total of 50,000 households and businesses. The news makes good on the...Learn More

GVTC to Build 10-Gigabit Boerne School District Fiber Network

Texas-based regional carrier GVTC said today it will build and maintain a 10-gigabit capacity fiber network for the Boerne Independent School District in Boerne, Texas near San Antonio. The news came just a couple of months after the carrier announced plans for a gigabit network in Boerne and other Hill Country communities. When GVTC’s gigabit...Learn More

Microsoft: Africa TV White Spaces Broadband Network is World’s Largest

Microsoft and Adaptrum have partnered with MyDigitalBridge Foundation to conduct a trial of a TV white spaces broadband network in Namibia which according to an announcement released today is the world’s largest TVWS deployment measured by geography. The network is intended as a blueprint for countrywide broadband Internet connectivity. The Africa network covers more than...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask for funding that exceeds the target support level based on...Learn More

Gig.U: Lessons Learned from Early Gigabit Deployments

As the gigabit network movement gains momentum, stakeholders have learned a variety of lessons from the nation’s earliest deployments of the ultra-high-speed broadband service, notes Gig.U in a report released today. Gig.U, an organization that has been working with university communities for several years with the goal of gaining gigabit networks for those communities, has...Learn More

AT&T, T-Mobile Make New Strikes in Wireless Price War

The wireless price war continues. AT&T on Friday joined in on the fighting through its Cricket Wireless business, offering customers a $100 bill credit through October 18 for T-Mobile and Sprint customers who port a number to Cricket. And today T-Mobile said it would quadruple the monthly data allotment for customers on the company’s Simple...Learn More

T-Mobile/ Sprint Wireless Pricing War Escalates

T-Mobile and Sprint escalated the wireless pricing wars today. T-Mobile said that next week it will begin offering unlimited mobile data at no extra charge for 12 months to Simple Choice customers who get a friend to switch to T-Mobile and will also give the friend unlimited mobile data for a year. Customers who already...Learn More

Rural Gigabit Boom Expected Thanks to GPON Upgrades

Gigabit network announcements involving Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers have been coming out more and more frequently – and we may be seeing just the tip of the iceberg. Adtran, a company that makes a variety of equipment underlying fiber-to-the-home networks, expects to see its equipment deployed in gigabit networks in 50 communities before...Learn More

ViaSat “Virtually” Eliminates Satellite Broadband Caps

Update August 20- ViaSat later yesterday said the virtually unlimited offer will also be available in Hawaii and parts of Alaska ViaSat made a big move today that could help the company overcome one of the biggest limitations of its satellite broadband offering. The company said it will begin offering what it calls “virtually unlimited”...Learn More

Feds: Low-Volume Buyers Don’t Have to File Special Access Pricing Data

Communications service providers that purchased less than five million dollars in dedicated services in price cap territories in 2013 are not required to file special access pricing data with the FCC, said the federal Office of Management and Budget on Friday. This is a departure from the FCC’s original plan, which did not exempt lower-volume...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Gigabit Service Launching Soon

Cincinnati Bell has joined the roster of network operators who have announced plans to offer broadband at speeds up to 1 Gbps. Service will be available beginning September 8, the company said yesterday. The company did not disclose pricing or how many customers would be able to get the service. Cincinnati Bell has been gradually...Learn More

Sprint Wireless Pricing War: Are The Price Cuts Deep Enough?

Sprint has taken the wireless pricing war up a notch, announcing new Sprint Family Share Pack pricing that offers 20 gigabytes of shared data, unlimited talk and text for up to 10 lines for $100 a month through 2015. Customers also will get an additional 2GB per line for up to 10 lines. Additionally Sprint...Learn More