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.

Joan can be reached at

Wheeler Wants FCC to Study 5G and Millimeter Wave

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the commission to study the possibility of using millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz to support 5G wireless service. A notice of inquiry about millimeter wave is one of several wireless related documents that Wheeler is currently circulating within the commission. Other documents pertain to distributed antenna systems and the...Learn More

Viacom/ Suddenlink Dispute Brewing Over Price Hikes

Cable operator Suddenlink is warning customers that they could lose Viacom channels if the two companies cannot agree on what Suddenlink should pay to carry that programming. Viacom owns several popular cable channels, including Comedy Central, MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon and others – as well as some that are not so popular. “Viacom demanded a significant...Learn More

TDS younited Offers Cloud-Based Backup for $5.95 Monthly

TDS Telecom this week launched younited, a cloud-based service that can back up files from mobile phones as well as traditional computer files. Additionally the offering gives customers the ability to organize files and create collections to share, TDS said. The service will cost $5.95 a month and is targeted toward the consumer market. The...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Execs Detail Fioptics Expansion Plans

Cincinnati Bell will accelerate its fiber deployment plans and will target deployments based on expected customer lifetime value (CLV), said company executives at Cincinnati Bell Investor Day today. The event also was webcast. The Cincinnati-based telco now aims to deploy fiber to between 70% and 80% of Greater Cincinnati by 2016.  Approximately 70% of those...Learn More

MEF Third Network Targets Network-as-a-Service

The Metro Ethernet Forum’s Third Network  initiative, announced today, aims to combine the ubiquity of the Internet with the service assurance of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.  The goal is to enable network-as-a-service, explained Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, who is now an advisory director of the MEF, on a webinar today introducing the Third Network initiative. Andrew...Learn More

Connecticut Cities Seek Open Access Gigabit Network

Three Connecticut cities are acting together to seek a gigabit network. The goal is to make connectivity available on a wholesale open access basis that would enable multiple service providers to compete for end user business. The three cities are New Haven, Stamford and West Hartford – and in issuing a request for quotation last...Learn More

When Will We Need New TV White Spaces Standard?

A new IEEE standard designated 802.19.1 aims to fix what for now is a minor flaw in TV white spaces broadband technology, but which could become more problematic in the future as the technology is more widely deployed. When technologists figured out how to use database technology to keep track of where TV broadcast spectrum...Learn More

Telcos on Universal Service Reform: Contribution Base Must Be Addressed

Reforming how the Universal Service program is funded is critical at a time when a wide range of reforms have been made to how Universal Service funding is spent, said several telcos and telecom associations in comments filed with the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Friday. The comments were made in response to a...Learn More

Paul Bunyan Gigabit Service to Launch in Early 2015

Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Communications is the latest rural telco to announce gigabit network plans. The company already has begun the deployment and expects to begin offering service in some of its service territory in early 2015, said Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor Brian Bissonette in an interview. Like many small rural telcos Paul Bunyan already...Learn More

Report, Stakeholders Tout Gigabit Economic Benefits

Communities that have had wide availability of gigabit service since 2011 or earlier have a one percent higher gross domestic product (GDP) than similar size communities that have little or no gigabit service available, according to a report from consulting firm Analysis Group. Although that number might sound low, “it turns into billions of dollars...Learn More

Google/ liNKCity Deal Helped Support Free Gigabit for North Kansas City

A plan to offer free gigabit service over the liNKCity network in North Kansas City might never have come to pass were it not for Google Fiber – even though Google has no involvement in ownership or operation of the network. North Kansas City’s city council earlier this month approved a plan for data center...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband Gigabit Service Launched

Another cable company has joined the gigabit network club. Atlantic Broadband said today that it has begun delivering gigabit service in parts of its Miami serving area. Atlantic Broadband’s gigabit offering initially is available to residents of Indian Creek Village, but the cableco said it is currently evaluating expansion opportunities. Indian Creek was a greenfield...Learn More