Posts by Phil Britt

Phil Britt is a 40-year journalist who has covered various aspects of telecom, business, industry, technology, and automation for the past 30 years with work appearing in Telephony, Supercomm show dailies, Teledotcom, Mobile Marketing & Technology and several other publications and websites. Mr. Britt is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University and lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sue. They have two adult children.

Survey: Retransmission Negotiations are More Akin to Bullying Than Negotiation

Broadcasters use retransmission negotiations to demand huge rate hikes and force unwanted channels into program lineups, according to a retransmission negotiations survey conducted by the American Cable Association. Additionally, cable companies are concerned that their customers often blame them for the rate hikes and unpopular channels, when in fact the broadcasters dictate how much customers...Learn More

AT&T Has International Ambitions for AirGig Broadband Platform

AT&T has launched a second trial of its Project AirGig broadband technology in the U.S., along with a new international trial, the company said on its blog today. AirGig is designed to eventually deliver internet speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines. Using AirGig...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Expansion Includes Five More Metros, 7 Million Locations Now Reached

AT&T announced yesterday that it has launched its ultra-fast internet service in five new metro areas –  Springfield, Mo.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Madison, Wis.; Southeastern Tenn. and Wichita, Kan. The Witchita service will be available in only select areas, said a press release about the AT&T Fiber expansion. “We now market our 100 percent fiber...Learn More

New NFL Verizon Deal Removes Mobile Exclusivity for Games

The National Football League and Verizon have launched a multi-year partnership in which Verizon’s digital and mobile media properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, regardless of mobile network. This new NFL Verizon deal eliminates Verizon’s previous exclusivity for mobile streaming of games. The deal includes national pre-season, regular season, playoff games,...Learn More

5G Americas: Amidst 5G Prep, Global LTE Connections Hit 2.5 Billion, 100%+ North American Penetration in 2018

Global LTE connections reached 2.5 billion by the end of the third quarter, according to research conducted by Ovum and cited by industry trade association 5G Americas in a press release.The new plateau represented an increase of 838 million new LTE subscriptions in the last year, researchers said. In terms of the total market, LTE...Learn More

CenturyLink Cramming Investigation Finds No Wrongdoing by Management Team

A special committee of independent board members has completed a CenturyLink cramming investigation without revealing evidence to conclude that any member of the company’s management team engaged in fraud or wrongdoing with regard to consumer sales, service and billing procedures and practices. The investigation stems from accusations by a former CenturyLink employee of widespread ‘cramming’...Learn More

Smartphone Key to Personalized Hilton Connected Room, Digital Keys Now Unlock Hotel Doors Every 1.5 Secs

Hilton has launched what the hotelier says is the first-of-its-kind, high-tech guest room that enables guests to personalize and control every aspect of their stay from their mobile devices. Called Hilton Connected Room, the solution is currently in beta at one location and is to be launched in the coming weeks at several more sites....Learn More

Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart TV Preferences The report also says that as smart TVs...Learn More

Wearables Study: Wearables Suffer from Smartphone Dependency

Lack of network connectivity has been one of the stumbling blocks to wearable devices realizing their full potential, according to a wearables study from research firm Strategy Analytics. “While wearables like smartwatches are very much reliant on a paired smartphone for their functionality, smartphones and tablets operate fine on their own—the benefits of ubiquitous computing...Learn More

Amazon Wants to Bring Alexa to the Boardroom

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) unveiled Alexa for Business last week, a new AWS service that provides business customers with an intelligent assistant. In the press release announcing the service, AWS said that Alexa for Business can help automate tasks including starting conference calls, controlling conference room equipment, scheduling meetings, keeping track of tasks and reordering supplies....Learn More

Agricultural IoT: Connected Dairy Cows Lead the Way for Now

The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture grew to 17 million in 2016 and will reach 27.4 million by 2021, according to an agricultural IoT forecast from analyst firm Berg Insight. In its report, Berg Insight said that the most deployed wireless technologies use 802.15.4-based standards, which are very popular dairy cow monitoring...Learn More

IDC: Phablet Market Share Will Exceed 50% of All Smartphones by 2019

Smartphone shipments will grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, according to International Data Corporation. Phablets — smartphones with a screen size of between 5.5 inches and 7 inches — will grow the fastest and phablet market share will exceed 50% of the smartphone market by 2019, IDC said....Learn More

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