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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Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Forecast Sees Strong Growth

A new report from Maravedis Rethink for the Wireless Broadband Alliance highlights a wide range of service provider opportunities involving carrier-grade Wi-Fi and offers some compelling forecasts. The WBA is an industry organization focused on next-generation Wi-Fi. The report authors see a bright future for “always best connected” wireless service similar to Google’s Fi offering...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the results of that research available publicly, and establishing performance goals...Learn More

CFO: Verizon Mobile Video Plans Include Ad-Supported Offering

Verizon plans to launch an ad-supported mobile video offering this summer that will not count against a customer’s monthly data allotment, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo at an investor conference today. Also this summer Verizon plans to launch a multicast mobile video offering, Shammo said. Shammo made his comments...Learn More

White Spaces Manufacturer to Tap Crowdfunding for Next Generation Devices

White spaces broadband equipment manufacturer Carlson Wireless aims to use crowdfunding to build the next generation of its equipment. An informational page about Carlson on the Crowdfunder site indicates that the company hopes to raise $5 million within the next 135 days. The company also is using AngelList as a crowdfunding platform but that site does not...Learn More

CFO Shares CenturyLink Gigabit Economics, Prism TV Profit Picture

Most customers that CenturyLink has gained through its gigabit fiber-to-the-premises service actually sign up for speeds they could get over copper infrastructure, said CenturyLink Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing at a financial conference today. Ewing made his remarks in a question-and-answer session at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom...Learn More

Telecom, Cable Home Security: Report Sees “Serious Dislocation” Coming

Telecom and cable providers’ push into the home security market is yielding some major gains, according to a report from Imperial Capital. The report authors cited research from Barnes Associates showing that telcos and cablecos now have about 1.2 million U.S. accounts, up from 400,000 to 500,000 a year ago – an increase of more...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post, Verizon celebrates the five-year anniversary by sharing program accomplishments: 21...Learn More

NG-PON2 Will Position Broadband Carriers to Think About 10 Gigabit Service

With gigabit services based on passive optical network technology gaining significant traction, perhaps it’s not surprising that manufacturers are announcing the next generation of PON equipment. Adtran yesterday announced a new offering based on the NG-PON2 standard – and in an interview, Adtran Senior Manager of Strategic Solutions Marketing Kurt Raaflaub said he expects to...Learn More

AT&T-Hulu Deal Brings OTT Video to Mobile and Broadband

It seems like every week lately there has been an announcement of a multi-play service provider adding an OTT video subscription service to its offerings. The latest such news comes today from AT&T, which said it has made a deal to bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers later this year. For now...Learn More

Lawmakers Pressure FCC on Stand-Alone Broadband

The pressure is on the FCC to modify Universal Service rules to allow small rural telcos to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband. More than 60 senators and 115 congressmen yesterday sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on the commission to modernize the USF program so that network operators can have some...Learn More

EdgeConneX Brings Internet Content Closer to End Users

Content providers are moving content closer to end users to enhance network performance – and that could have added benefits for broadband providers serving markets outside the top nine from which content traditionally has been delivered. Since the end of 2014, data center operator EdgeConneX has enabled content providers to deliver content from 20 smaller...Learn More

Vendor Tailors Wi-Fi For Internet of Things

Developers are rethinking how they design Wi-Fi access points, as an announcement today from wireless manufacturer Xirrus illustrates. The company introduced an access point with a higher than usual number of radios built in, giving it increased capacity. The product also is supported by cloud infrastructure that provides accommodations needed in order to handle Internet...Learn More