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.

Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit available to a total at more than 27 million homes,...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Now Accounts for Nearly 60% of All Video Plays in North America

Mobile video consumption continues to rise but the pace of growth has stabilized, according to the newest findings from Ooyala. The growth comes primarily from more consumption of long-form video, according to Ooyala. Long-form videos – defined as more than 20 minutes in length — were viewed to completion nearly six in 10 times (57%)...Learn More

With iOS 12 Release, iPhones Will Provide Callers’ Location Data to 911

Later this year, iOS 12 will enable Apple iPhone users calling 911 to securely and automatically share their location data with first responders. The iOS 12 911 enhancements are expected to provide faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times. According to Apple, nearly four in five 911 calls are presently coming...Learn More

Verizon’s Oath Launches Extended Reality Ads, Combines 3D and VR

Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, today at Cannes showed attendees how to engage customers and prospects through extended reality (XR) ads. Oath Extended Reality ads combine data, 3D ad formats and brand building to deliver 3D, programmatic virtual reality (VR) ads. Oath houses Verizon’s digital media brands including Yahoo, Aol, among others, with the goal of...Learn More

$220 Million Novacap Horizon Acquisition Deal Closes, Continuing Foreign Investment in U.S. Fiber Trend

Canadian private equity firm Novacap today completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Telecom for $220 million. The Novacap Horizon acquisition provides Novacap more than 4,300 fiber route miles and nearly 550,000 fiber strand miles with over 1,600 on-net locations and 16,600 near-net buildings. It also continues the trend of foreign investment firms acquiring U.S....Learn More

Oracle Internet Intelligence Map Shows Impact of Outages

The Oracle Internet Intelligence Map, launched yesterday, is designed to enable users to see how natural disasters such as hurricanes and other interruptions are impacting online availability. The map is the latest feature of the Oracle Internet Intelligence initiative, which is designed to analyze the global internet infrastructure. The map is the result of more...Learn More

Parks OTT Video Subscription Forecast: 400 Million by 2022

A new Parks Associates OTT video subscription forecast calls for more 400 million OTT video service subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2022. Many of the estimated 265 million households will subscribe to multiple OTT services in order to have “complete” packages meeting their needs. Parks Associates credits the popularity of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu...Learn More

Report: U.S. Data Center Investment Hit $20 Billion in 2017

Expect demand for data center facilities to grow in 2018, continuing the trend from 2017, predicts independent national commercial real estate valuation, assessment and advisory firm BBG. According to BBG, last year U.S. data center investment reached $20 billion, almost three times the level ($7.78 billion) of the prior year, and nearly five times the...Learn More

Frontier and Granite Partnership Expands Granite’s Ethernet, Enterprise Reach

Frontier Communications Corporation will provide its Layer 2 E-Path Ethernet product to Granite Telecommunications, LLC, the two companies announced today. The Frontier and Granite partnership will open up Frontier’s 29 state territory and portfolio of lit buildings for Granite to expand their reach into the enterprise space. The technology is expected to enhance the Next...Learn More

NTIA Report: Rising Internet Usage Among All Demographics is Closing the Digital Divide

The digital divide – the difference in access between disadvantaged groups and others, is closing, according to findings from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) recent survey about internet use demographics. The research shows that Internet usage increased among American households earning less than $25,000 annually to 62% in 2017, up from 57% two...Learn More

T-Mobile Leverages 600 MHz Spectrum, Widens Extended Range LTE Footprint

T-Mobile announced yesterday that it has launched 600 MHz Extended Range LTE in more than 900 communities across 32 states, including 120 that are getting T-Mobile LTE coverage for the first time. T-Mobile Extended Range LTE provides signals that work better in-building and work over an extend range compared to mid-band LTE, according to the company....Learn More

Vision Net Expands Fiber Network

Regional fiber network operator Vision Net is adding 70 miles of new fiber broadband to Billings and Helena, MT, to answer customer demand. Vision Net has a long history of providing communications services throughout Montana, and was formed and currently owned by several independent telcos serving rural Montana. The company was formed in 1995, and...Learn More

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