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 joan@telecompetitor.com



Pai Plans to Reverse Broadband Title II Reclassification

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today initiated a process to reverse the commission’s previous decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service – a move that also will further the goal of eliminating Net Neutrality guidelines put in place under the previous FCC administration. The first step in Pai’s plan to reverse broadband Title...Learn More

Behind the AT&T 5G Evolution 20-City Launch

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AT&T today said it will launch AT&T 5G Evolution wireless service in 20 markets before year-end, beginning with a launch in Austin, Texas today. The news is the latest example of how major national carriers AT&T and Verizon are hoping to differentiate their offerings based on network capabilities and performance in an increasingly competitive wireless...Learn More

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the FCC’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline service. In an interview with Telecompetitor, FreedomPop CEO Steve Stokols...Learn More

FCC Won’t Regulate Most Business Data Services Pricing, Aims to Speed Copper Retirement

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The FCC today opted not to regulate pricing for most business data services and began a process aimed at making it easier for service providers to retire copper networks. The moves on business data services pricing and copper retirement came during the commission’s monthly meeting. Business Data Services Pricing FCC officials said the new business...Learn More

Calix Marketing Cloud Aims for Tight Customer Segmentation

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A new cloud-based offering from Calix aims to bring sophisticated marketing capabilities to broadband providers by leveraging customer network usage data from Calix equipment, as well as equipment from other manufacturers. Broadband providers will pay for the offering, dubbed Calix Marketing Cloud, through a subscription fee based on the provider’s total number of subscribers, said...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today. “The dream of a national facilities-based cable build is dead,”...Learn More

SRT Market Exit Illustrates Rural Wireless Challenges

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North Dakota-based SRT Communications said today that it will exit the rural wireless business and is encouraging customers to transition to the Verizon network. An SRT spokesperson told Telecompetitor that Verizon is buying SRT’s spectrum and has agreed to improve its coverage in the area as part of the deal. The news is the latest...Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

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AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively bid $19.8 billion for 70 MHz of spectrum nationwide. Big...Learn More

Latest Municipal Broadband Acquisition Comes from PEAK Internet

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The latest municipal broadband acquisition involves Oregon-based PEAK Internet, who has acquired EPUD Internet Services and Eugene Free Net from Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD), a publicly owned power company serving Lane County, Oregon. While the PEAK EPUD deal is less common than many of the growing number of M&A transactions in the broadband industry,...Learn More

Comcast, IBM Cloud Ink Direct Connectivity Deal

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Comcast said today that it will provide direct connectivity to IBM Cloud, a development that illustrates the growing importance of cable companies in the business market. IBM operates 50 data centers in 19 countries to support the IBM Cloud offering, and the Comcast, IBM Cloud deal calls for the cableco to provide business customers with...Learn More

Accipter is Pinpoint Holdings’ Latest Distressed Telecom Assets Purchase

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The news that Nebraska-based Pinpoint Holdings had purchased Arizona-based Accipter Communications, which operates as Zona Communications, is the latest example of telecom provider consolidation, but with a twist. Pinpoint bought Zona out of bankruptcy – a strategy Pinpoint has been using successfully. You could think of Pinpoint as a distressed telecom assets specialist. “We look...Learn More

ITIF Report Recommends Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

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Support for broadband infrastructure legislation seems to be growing, as evidenced by a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The report, titled “A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure,” aims to educate legislators about the state of broadband deployment and policy and to steer them in the right direction on any...Learn More

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