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.

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CenturyLink/ Cogent: If Free Peering is the Norm, What About VoIP Interconnection?

Press releases about IP interconnection agreements tend to be among the shortest ever written – and an announcement of an agreement between CenturyLink and Cogent today was no exception. The two-sentence release noted simply that the agreement “allows the exchange of Internet traffic in a balanced, scalable and mutually economical manner to accommodate the growing...Learn More

CAF Broadband Support for Rural Carriers Could Vary Based on Density

Small rate-of-return communications service providers with less than 10 locations per square mile would have more time to build out high-speed broadband in comparison with service providers serving denser areas, according to USF reform recommendations made by telecom association ITTA, which represents mid-size service providers. ITTA representatives in a meeting with the FCC last week suggested...Learn More

Will TabletTV Be Any Less Disappointing Than Other Mobile Broadcast TV Offerings?

The developer of a small tuner/ digital video recorder (DVR) and app designed to enable a wireless tablet to receive broadcast TV signals has begun to take orders for the offering, known as TabletTV Plus. The launch raises the question of whether market response to the product will be any less disappointing than it was...Learn More

Video Programming Costs: “Pass Them On,” Says Cable ONE CEO

The idea that broadband providers have to offer video is a myth, said Tom Might, chairman and CEO of Cable ONE, at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom conference today, which was also webcast. “Our experience [is that ] there is very little need to have video,” said Might. That’s quite a statement...Learn More

How Disruptive Will T-Mobile Free Video Streaming Technology Be?

Until now, T-Mobile’s Un-carrier strategy has been primarily about creating disruptive new plans and pricing. But the company’s latest move also brings potentially disruptive technology into the mix. In an offering known as “Binge On” T-Mobile said yesterday that it will give customers the ability to stream video to their mobile devices without having it...Learn More

Frontier Sees Improving Telco Video Business Case

Frontier is conducting a trial of linear video over copper network infrastructure in Connecticut and may expand the trial to other markets soon, said Frontier Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Jureller yesterday. Jureller made his comments in a question and answer session at Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom conference, which...Learn More

Report Shows Cable Market Share, Video Cord Cutting Rise

Now that major players have announced their third quarter results, financial research firm MoffettNathanson has compiled the latest data about video cord cutting – and that data raises more questions than it answers. Essentially it shows that “the pace of pay TV subscriber erosion accelerated,” but “the rate of acceleration slowed sharply,” according to the...Learn More

Next Century Cities Makes Digital Inclusion Awards

Next Century Cities last week announced Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards to six city government initiatives aimed breaking down barriers to Internet adoption. Next Century Cities, launched in 2014, aims to further the deployment of high-speed broadband networks through city-led initiatives. This was the first time Next Century Cities offered Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards, but apparently the organization...Learn More

Court Delays Sprint WiMax Shutdown

Sprint will have to keep its WiMax network running in parts of Massachusetts for at least 90 days now that the state has granted a preliminary injunction against the carrier. The move was made in response to a lawsuit filed by Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen with regard to 300,000-plus non-profit and educational users who...Learn More

Broadband Provider Consolidation: Hargray Buys Plantation Cablevision

Tier 2 and 3 broadband provider consolidation is happening on multiple fronts – from telcos buying telcos and cable companies buying cable companies to telcos buying cable companies. An example of the latter came this week from South Carolina-based telco Hargray Communications, which said it will purchase Eatontown, Georgia-based Plantation Cablevision, a small family-owned cableco....Learn More

EATEL Gigabit Moves Prep for Eventual 10 Gbps Broadband

After announcing its initial gigabit deployments earlier this year, Louisiana-based telco EATEL already is preparing itself for the day it may need to deliver even higher broadband speeds. The company today said it will be deploying equipment that currently supports gigabit service and also will be able to support 10 Gbps service in the future....Learn More

Rise Broadband Aims for 50 Mbps Broadband with LTE Fixed Wireless

Rise Broadband, the company formerly known as JAB Broadband that is playing the role of broadband wireless consolidator, said yesterday that it plans to deploy fixed broadband wireless equipment based on LTE, beginning initially in the Joplin, Missouri area. “What we get is a much higher level of capacity to offer greater speeds and higher...Learn More