RUS Reports Broadband Stimulus Program Results, Claims Six Million Benefited

It’s hard to believe the Broadband Stimulus Program was first announced over six years ago. The $7.2 billion program was part of the broader American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which aimed to stimulate the economy after the Great Recession of 2008. The Rural Utilities Service just announced their portion of broadband stimulus program results, which...Learn More

ViaSat Doubles Satellite Broadband Speed to 25 Mbps, Integrates Wi-Fi

Satellite broadband services provider ViaSat on November 18 introduced a new, faster wireless modem and service plan for the home. Able to provide satellite broadband speed of  up to 25Mbps, ViaSat’s Exede WiFi Modem doubles their current fastest offer of 12 Mbps. A satellite broadband speed offer of 25 Mbps puts Exede broadband on par...Learn More

FairPoint Gigabit Service Set to Launch

FairPoint will soon join the gigabit movement, announcing FairPoint gigabit service will launch in December in select New Hampshire markets. The Portsmouth, New Hampshire region will become the first gigabit market for the tier 2 service provider with most of its operations clustered in northern New England. “Our fiber-to-the-premise gigabit Internet service rollout demonstrates our commitment...Learn More

LRG: Cable is Dominating Fixed Broadband Subscriber Growth

The 17 largest cable and telcos high-speed ISPs in the U.S. added some 645,000 net new subscribers in 2015’s third quarter (3Q’15). Representing about 94 percent of the U.S. market, a total 89.5 million rely on the 17 largest cable and telcos for broadband Internet access, according to the latest report from LRG (Leichtman Research...Learn More

Parks: Sports Channels Grab 3 of Top 10 OTT Subscription Services

New market data from Parks Associates reveals the growing extent OTT services are being used in U.S. broadband households. According to Parks’ OTT Video Market Tracker, OTT services were used in about 6 in 10 U.S. broadband households in the past 30 days, the market researcher announced November 17. More than one-quarter of U.S. broadband...Learn More

Ericsson: Average Monthly Smartphone Data Consumption Will Reach 22 GBs

Ubiquitous, continuous access to mobile broadband networks is quickly becoming a fact of life in developed markets such as North America’s, as well as a prerequisite for participating in just about any kind of business activity. Industry players and analysts are predicting explosive growth in mobile data usage will continue even as current statistics highlight...Learn More

AMC Renewal: Network Ups Ante on Programming Carriage Negotiations, Targets NCTC Members

AMC Networks has taken the all familiar content licensing fees dispute to a new level. The provider of popular programming series like ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Mad Men’ is ramping up content renewal agreements with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), and  implementing a rather aggressive negotiation tactic. NCTC negotiates programming contracts on behalf of...Learn More

FTTH Council: FTTH Penetration Nearing 50% of Homes Passed

U.S. fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployments grew 13 percent in 2015 as new, last mile fiber optic networks passed nearly 3 million homes for the first time, while FTTH penetration is accelerating. That brings the cumulative total of FTTH passings of 26 million, according to FTTH Council Americas’ latest annual survey. This year’s growth adds to a...Learn More

LRG: Telco TV Loses Momentum, 3Q15 Worst Quarter on Record

The 13 largest U.S. pay-TV providers lost a net 190,000 video subscribers in this year’s third quarter (3Q’15). That compares, and adds to, the net 155,000 lost in 3Q’14, Leichtman Research Group (LRG) revealed in its latest market research report. The dominant force in the market, leading cable companies lost a net 144,693 pay-TV video...Learn More

Maine Fiber Promises 60% Rate Reduction for Rural Broadband, Targets Municipals

Hoping to “change the math” for rural broadband in Maine, a middle mile provider is introducing some interesting incentives for last mile broadband access. Maine Fiber Company (MFC) on November 13 announced two ¨open access¨ broadband initiatives that present funding and savings opportunities for projects that span the ¨last mile¨ to rural homes and businesses...Learn More
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Local Telco Offers Tips on Managing Community Local Content Channels

It’s a lot of work, but according to ITC’s Katie Heller, their local content effort is appreciated by this service provider’s video customers in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.  Interstate Telecommunications Coop, based in Clear Lake, SD, provides video to dozens of communities and has developed eleven community access channels and one general interest local content channel that...Learn More

FCC Releases $16 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding

In its latest release of funding for rural broadband experiments, the FCC awarded $16 million to four carriers for rural broadband deployments in territories previously served by price cap carriers. The $16 million will bring broadband service to 2,451 census blocks across five states, reports the FCC. A total of $16,138,691.71 was awarded to Skybeam,...Learn More