Homeland Security Telecom Needs Met by Texas Telco

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The opening last year of the Boquillas Crossing between the U.S. and Mexico after a decade-long closure was made possible by fiber optic communications provided by Big Bend Telephone, the rural telco serving the Texas side of the border. The U.S. side of the crossing is now located in a ranger station in Big Bend National...Learn More

Alcatel-Lucent TWDM-PON Targets Converged Services

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A new approach to fiber-to-the-premises from Alcatel-Lucent announced today aims to boost capacity to as high as 40 Gbps and to enable the local access network to support multiple services – or even multiple service providers. The offering, dubbed TWDM-PON for “time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network,” uses a combination of TDM and...Learn More

Next Century Cities Aims to Share Broadband Best Practices

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The Next Century Cities initiative launched yesterday aims to further the availability of high-speed broadband nationwide by collaborating and sharing best practices.  Among the initiative’s 32 “inaugural partners” were several communities that already have scored major high-speed wins, some of whom shared their success stories at a launch event in Santa Monica, California that also...Learn More

Frontier West Virginia Lawsuit Attacks Company’s Broadband Service

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Frontier has some big headaches in West Virginia, where it faces a class action lawsuit about its broadband service. A report from local media outlet Charleston Gazette quotes from the lawsuit, which states that Frontier “has a monopoly on Internet services in most of West Virginia” and is the only broadband provider in many rural...Learn More

OTT Video Adoption: Why the Inflection Point Matters

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As a rule, major transitions in technology and revenue models are slower to develop than most predict. In other words, when looking at the transition from linear TV to online TV, or the business impact of any major new technology, the amount of change tends to be overestimated in the near term, and underestimated in...Learn More

NTIA: Broadband Usage at Home Climbs to 72%, Non-Adopters Say Why

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Nearly three –quarters (72%) of U.S. households used broadband at home as of October 2012, according to a report released last week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). That was an increase of three percentage points from 2011. The NTIA also looked at reasons why the 28% of U.S. households without broadband were...Learn More

TiVo: Percent of TV Viewers Multitasking Hits 94%

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Excerpts from TiVo’s “Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey” reveal that TV viewers are doing a lot more multitasking while watching TV. Just over half (51 percent) of TiVo’s 856 survey respondents said they multitask every time or almost every time they watch TV. That’s a substantial increase from the 36 percent who...Learn More

Millimeter Wave Small Cell Backhaul Forecast to Grow 100% Annually

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Millimeter wave telecommunications is poised to play an important role in small cell deployments, fulfilling the need for backhaul aggregation as small cell deployments scale up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Growth will be fastest in the outdoor small cell backhaul segment of the millmeter wave equipment market, which will expand 101...Learn More

FCC: TDM-to-IP Transition Was a Cause of 911 Outage Affecting Seven States

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The transition to next-generation 911 (NG911) emergency services based on IP played a role in the April outage that prevented people in seven states from being able to reach emergency dispatchers, said Rear Admiral David Simpson, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at today’s monthly FCC meeting. Simpson also noted an...Learn More

Smart Home Device Ownership Measured at 13% of Broadband Households

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Americans will purchase more in the way of smart home products and systems within the next year, according to a new market research report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates released October 16. This momentum will drive healthy growth for a range of devices and services that provide remote, as well as on-site,...Learn More

Chicago CIO Shares Internet of Things Success Stories

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The Internet of Things is becoming a reality in the city of Chicago, where sensors send an alert when trash cans get too full and sensors at city beaches report hourly on water temperature and wave height. Many of Chicago’s sensors use 3G for communications. For example, bike racks located around the city report every...Learn More

J.D. Power: OS is Increasingly Important Smartphone Purchase Criteria

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An operating system (OS) lies at the heart of any mobile data device, and their importance is only growing with uptake of more more powerful mobile devices and more advanced mobile application software. For mobile device users, smartphone OSs are an increasingly important factor in their choice of smartphones, as well as in terms of...Learn More