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

iGR: Average Monthly Broadband Usage is 190 Gigabytes Monthly Per Household

Average monthly broadband usage in U.S. homes is 190 gigabytes per month, according to a new report from iGR Research. More than 95% of this traffic is video, researchers said. “TV has become a personal activity,” said Iain Gillott, president of iGR research, in an interview. “If you have four people in a household now,...Learn More

Verizon: We Are Taking Lead on 5G and That Includes Rural 5G

Verizon plans to test 5G wireless technology in a fixed implementation in rural as well as urban and suburban areas in trials beginning next year, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. Initially rural 5G didn’t appear to be part of Verizon’s plans, as the company originally talked about the...Learn More

Frontier Video Strategy Aims to Have IPTV in 50% of Footprint

Frontier has a goal of offering a triple-play bundle of voice, video and data using its home-grown Vantage video offering in 50% of the company’s local service footprint, said Frontier President and CEO Dan McCarthy today. In the remainder of its territory, the Frontier video offering will be satellite-based, leveraging the company’s existing relationship with...Learn More

Wheeler Rural Wireless Plans Include Revised Roaming Rules, Mobility Fund

The FCC will take action aimed at revising mobile data roaming rules this year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday, speaking at a Competitive Carriers Association event. Such reforms, he said, would be particularly important to rural wireless carriers, who must rely on roaming agreements to support nationwide coverage. The commitment on roaming was one...Learn More

TM Forum: Amazon-Style Platform Business Model May Be Answer for Telco Video

Some major telecom service providers hope to use an Amazon-style platform to support a new approach to offering video content to end users, said Barry Graham, senior director of agile business and IT for technology association TM Forum, in an interview. Graham used the term platform business model to describe the Amazon-style approach. Amazon, he...Learn More

Despite Appeals Court Decision, Municipal Gigabit Momentum Continues

News this week of five new municipal gigabit networks is a reminder that the recent municipal appeals court decision will have little or no impact in some states or for certain municipal network operators. A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals was bad news in states that had passed legislation limiting...Learn More

CenturyLink Verizon Business Data Services Feud Erupts

A CenturyLink Verizon business data services feud arose today, with CenturyLink accusing Verizon of “doubletalk” on the issue of business data services (BDS) competition. It’s a topic that is being intensely debated as the FCC considers whether to impose price controls in this market, which includes a wide range of wholesale data services. CenturyLink notes...Learn More

Verizon AOL Yahoo Strategy: Armstrong Sees Opening to Help Businesses Build Brands Online

Now that Verizon has acquired AOL and announced plans to acquire Yahoo, some telecom-centric observers are finding the Verizon AOL Yahoo strategy perplexing. But it all makes sense if you understand marketers, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. “We invested in a clear gap in the market,” said Armstrong in a question-and-answer session at the...Learn More

FairPoint Managed Wireless LAN Service Offers Redundancy

FairPoint Communications is the latest service provider to launch a managed Wi-Fi offering, positioning itself to capitalize on what is becoming an important growth area for telecom service providers.  The offering, dubbed FairPoint Managed Wireless LAN, is cloud-based and delivered from two separate data centers that back each other up. Unlike with premises-based systems, this...Learn More

FCC Commissioner Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones Proposal Would Target Rural Areas

A proposal from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai aims to encourage gigabit deployments in rural America by giving tax breaks to network operators deploying the high-speed broadband service. The Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones proposal also would set aside 10% of the money raised from spectrum auctions for the deployment of mobile broadband in rural America, according...Learn More

Netflix Wants FCC to Crack Down on Broadband Caps

Netflix is asking the FCC to establish a 10 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream definition for mobile broadband and to consider the impact that broadband caps have on the deployment of advanced telecom capability. The OTT video provider made its comments in a filing pertaining to an ongoing proceeding (hat tip to about whether broadband...Learn More

Study: FCC Business Data Services Decision Could Determine Viability of Rural 5G

The impact of the impending FCC business data services decision could be critical for rural wireless carriers, argued Raul Katz, president of telecom policy consulting firm Telecom Advisory Services, LLC, at a Washington, D.C. event Friday that was also webcast. The BDS decision will impact carriers’ ability to provide sufficient network capacity and to deploy...Learn More