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

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused on actual vs. advertised broadband speeds but has expanded over...Learn More

Breaking with DOCSIS 3.1 Cablecos, Altice FTTH Plans Include Path to 10 Gbps

While some of the largest U.S. cable companies are looking primarily to DOCSIS 3.1 to support gigabit broadband deployments, Altice USA has opted instead to deploy fiber-to-the-home, which it says will support speeds up to 10 Gbps. A five-year Altice FTTH rollout plan announced today and dubbed “Generation GigaSpeed” aims to bring ultra-high speed broadband...Learn More

Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise Market

If CenturyLink’s plan to merge with Level 3 Communications is approved, the combined carrier will get 76% of its revenue from the enterprise and wholesale market, said a Level 3 executive today. After the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger, the combined company would be the most heavily business-focused of the nation’s five largest service providers by...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and different regions may specialize in different products and services, but...Learn More

AT&T OTT Service DIRECTV NOW to Launch with 100+ Channels, Original Content for $35/month

AT&T today took the wraps off its eagerly awaited AT&T OTT services, featuring DIRECTV NOW – and there’s a lot to sort through. There will be three AT&T OTT video offerings available on Wednesday November 30th, one of which, DIRECTV NOW, has four different tiers. Accompanying the launch will be several cross-marketing promotions involving the...Learn More

Financial Analyst: Cable Will be the Incumbent Phone Company in 2017

The local cable company could be the incumbent phone company beginning in 2017, according to financial analysts at Pivotal Research Group. The analysts are generally bullish about the cable industry and bearish about the telecom industry which, according to the analysts, may never grow data subscribers again. “In the end cable simply has a better...Learn More

TDS Implements Analytics Using Equinox

Nashville, Tennesee —  November 22, 2016 —  Leading telecom solutions supplier Equinox Information Systems announced today that TDS Telecom, the 7th largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., has deployed the TeleLink usage analytics and reporting platform. The decision to select and implement TeleLink 7 was based in part on TDS’s previous experience with...Learn More

WBA Carrier WiFi Forecast Calls for Tighter Licensed/ Unlicensed Wireless Integration

The mix of services that generate carrier WiFi revenues will change substantially between now and 2016, according to a carrier WiFi forecast from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Maravedis Rethink. Currently wholesale services are the biggest source of carrier WiFi revenues, with mobile network operator wholesale revenues representing 18% of total revenues and cable...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on a cost model, creating a budget shortfall of $1.6 billion...Learn More

Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist Targets Low-Income Seniors with 30 Mbps Broadband

Charter Communications this week launched a low-income broadband service dubbed Spectrum Internet Assist that provides speeds of 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream for $14.99 monthly. The offering is considerably faster than low-income broadband offerings that have been available until now and considerably less costly than a typical broadband service offering equivalent speeds. Those...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers for an FCC freeze. The FCC had planned to vote...Learn More

TDS InterLinx Acquisition Continues TDS Broadband Acquisition Strategy

TDS Broadband Services, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), has signed an agreement to purchase Utah-based fiber network operator InterLinx and its retail subsidiary Tonaquint. The TDS InterLinx acquisition is the latest in a string of broadband carrier acquisitions that the company has made – a strategy that the company has pursued as...Learn More