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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600 MHz Auction Plan Recommends PEAs, Paired Spectrum

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler late last week gave the other FCC commissioners a draft of rules that would govern the upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcast spectrum, which will be re-purposed for mobile broadband. Wheeler said the rules were created with rural areas in mind. In addition to limiting the ability of the nation’s largest...Learn More

Broadcast Spectrum Auction Plan Floated, Details Band Plan

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler envisions offering two classes of licenses in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, reports technology news website Re/code. These would include restricted and unrestricted licenses, with restricted licenses reserved for “companies that don’t currently hold a lot of nearby airwaves,” Re/code says. In referencing “nearby airwaves,” the author likely is...Learn More

Three Men Indicted for Lifeline Program Abuse

The Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to crack down on abusers of the Universal Service low-income Lifeline program seem to be paying off. Late last week the FCC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice announced that three Florida men who operated several wireless phone companies have been indicted...Learn More

T-Mobile Gets in Competitors’ Faces with End to Overage Charges

T-Mobile today capped off its promised three days of market-disruptive announcements with the news that the company will eliminate overage charges for customers on all T-Mobile plans, extending an offering the company previously made only on certain plans. A T-Mobile spokesman said customers will effectively get unlimited domestic voice and text. On the data side,...Learn More

AT&T Gigabit Broadband Likely Coming to North Carolina

AT&T took the unusual step late last night of announcing that it is “in advanced discussions” to bring a gigabit network to parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions of North Carolina. Normally companies like AT&T wait until a deal is iron-clad before announcing it. The unusual announcement illustrates just how competitive the gigabit...Learn More

NTCA Report Quantifies Broadband Benefits, Adoption Challenges

Three in 10 U.S. adults do not use the Internet at home – and getting them online will be considerably more challenging than connecting the first seven, notes a paper released this week from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. But the effort would be worthwhile, argues author and NTCA economist Rick Schadelbauer in the...Learn More

Survey: Broadband Seniors See Internet as Hard to Give Up

More than half of senior citizens who use broadband (56%) would find it “very hard” to give up the Internet, according to new research from Older Americans Technology Services (OATS) and New York Law School. Perhaps surprisingly the Internet was the only communications means or device cited as “very hard” to give up by more...Learn More

Sprint WiMax Shutdown is One Element of Complex Network Transition

Sprint’s plan to shut down its WiMax network by the end of 2015 which came to light in a new financial filing, is a reminder of the complex network transition the company is undergoing and will continue to undergo. The carrier has what many consider the strongest spectrum portfolio of the nation’s four major carriers...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell/ Verizon Deal Involves AWS, PCS, 700 MHz Spectrum

A spectrum sale agreement announced yesterday between Verizon Wireless and Cincinnati Bell is unusual in that Verizon will not retain the spectrum but instead will assign its rights to acquire the licenses to private equity firm Grain Management and then lease the spectrum it wants to use from that firm. Grain Management specializes in media...Learn More

ANPI, Indatel Partner on Unified Communications for Rural Operators

An agreement announced today between ANPI and Indatel aims to “coordinate each organization’s infrastructure” with the goal of benefiting rural areas, the companies said in a press release. Indatel is an alliance of regional and statewide fiber network operators that have interconnected their networks, reaching many rural markets nationwide. ANPI offers a hosted unified communications...Learn More

NCTC in Talks for WebTuner IP Platform for OTT and Cable Content

The National Cable Television Cooperative said yesterday that it is in discussions with a new player in the market about a video delivery platform designed to handle Internet video content as well as live and on-demand TV. The platform comes from WebTuner and includes a device that takes the place of a set-top box, plugging...Learn More

Vubiquity AnyVU Cloud Introduces New Video Content Delivery Model

This post has been updated and modified and clarifies an earlier version Vubiquity Wednesday formally announced AnyVUCloud, a cloud-based platform for delivering video content to the marketplace. According to yesterday’s press release, AnyVU Cloud will host “…licensed transactional and subscription Video on Demand content, as well as free-on-demand TV and live linear feeds, providing content...Learn More