Comcast Xfinity Home EcoSaver Energy Management is Cloud-Based

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Comcast and Earth Networks are bringing ¨Big Data¨ analytics into U.S. homes via the cable MSO’s Xfinity Home platform. Aiming to help consumers save money by cutting down on electricity use, the partners announced that Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home software-as-a-service (SaaS) will provide the data and analytics used in the Xfinity Home EcoSaver energy management...Learn More

Super Bowl 50 Viewer Engagement: Game Itself Was Tops, Says TiVo

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This year’s collection of the most engaging Super Bowl commercials, promotions and game excerpts didn’t rise to the level of previous contests in terms of ¨sizzle¨ factor, according to TiVo, which makes a specialty of analyzing the Super Bowl as a media event. In contrast to previous years, no single genre or theme dominated Super...Learn More

Nokia FastMile Jumps on Rural Broadband Wireless Bandwagon

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Although service providers and developers haven’t made much fanfare about it, there has been a lot of activity in the rural broadband wireless area lately, with the Nokia FastMile solution as the latest example. Some see broadband wireless as a serious contender technology as the U.S. struggles with how to make broadband available to all...Learn More

LRG Finds 80 Percent Penetration of VOD or DVR Service

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New market research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) illustrates the household penetration of VOD and DVR is on the rise and highlights the extent to which subscribers are consuming video content in U.S. homes. A DVR, Netflix, telco or cable video-on-demand (VOD) service is present and used in 8 of 10 U.S. households, according to...Learn More

J.D. Power: T-Mobile Tops on Wireless Satisfaction

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Wireless carriers are getting better at providing customer care and service via self-service online and automated response systems (ARS), boosting wireless satisfaction, according to the latest market research from J.D. Power. Wireless carrier customer satisfaction with self-service customer care channels reached an all-time high, the consumer research provider found in two semi-annual reports released February...Learn More

Most Popular Smartphone Apps: Entertainment Leads Communications and Social Media

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Smartphones have practically become human appendages among the fast growing number of mobile device users worldwide as Internet-enabled mobile devices have evolved to serve a growing range of functions. That includes entertainment, which are the most popular smartphone apps. According to new GfK MRI research, smartphone users today are just as likely to be searching...Learn More

Telecom Forecast to be One of the Highest IT Spending Industries

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Telecom will be one of three highest IT spending industries between now and 2019, according to new research from IDC. The other big spenders will be banking and discrete manufacturing. IT spending in each of the three industries will account for more than 8% of all spending over the forecast period. Process manufacturing, federal/central government...Learn More

Mobile Data Growth: Smart Phone Penetration Will Exceed Electricity by 2020

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Seven of every 10 people living on the planet – some 5.5 billion – will make use of mobile devices by 2020, according to Cisco’s 10th annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), which includes forecasts of global mobile data growth from 2015-2020. The worldwide number of mobile device users has quintupled since 2000, Cisco points out....Learn More

Windstream IPTV Footprint Expands to Texas

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The Windstream IPTV footprint will soon expand to its third state, with news that Texas will join Nebraska and Kentucky. Windstream’s IPTV service Kinetic will launch in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Kinetic is an IPTV service powered by Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, which also powers AT&T’s U-verse IPTV service. Both Windstream and AT&T...Learn More

Bi-Partisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus Wants to Bridge Digital Divide

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A bi-partisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus plans to focus on bridging the rural-urban digital divide. According to press material, the group will “facilitate discussion, educate Members of Congress and staff and develop policy solutions.” Four Congressmen will serve as co-chairmen, including Kevin Cramer (R- N.D.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Peter Welch (D-Vermont)....Learn More

Utility Company Broadband: Midwest Energy Exec Shares Perils and Success Stories

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Smaller rural power companies are a lot like small rural telcos in that they tend to be heavily vested in their local communities. If residents are clamoring for faster Internet, the local power company or telco generally will try hard to get it for them. One power company that has worked hard to bring high-speed...Learn More

600 MHz Could Support a Comcast Wi-Fi First Mobile Service; Will It?

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News that Comcast may bid  in the upcoming 600 MHz auction illustrates an important decision that all cable companies now face, and it’s a classic telecom question – whether to buy or to build. After dabbling with various wireless strategies in the past, the cablecos’ answer has always been “neither.” But with mobile video viewing...Learn More