LRG: Broadband Subscriber Growth Accelerates for Largest Carriers

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The 17 largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. added more than 700,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers in 3Q 2014. Accounting for about 94 percent of the market, broadband subscribers numbers for the largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. totaled 86.6 million as of end-3Q – over 51.2 million for cable companies...Learn More

Flurry: Mobile Screen Time Overtakes TV Thanks to Apps

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The time the average American consumer spent on mobile devices grew 9.3 percent over the past nine months – from 2 hours 42 minutes to 2 hours 57 minutes daily. That compares to an average 2 hours 48 minutes a day spent watching TV, according to market data referenced in a November 18 blog post...Learn More

ZigBee Alliance Consolidates All Its Standards Under ZigBee 3.0

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The rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is raising the value of open interoperability and industry standards for low-power wireless communications across the commercial, industrial and residential spheres substantially. On November 18, the ZigBee Alliance announced the unification of its wireless standards under a single one: ZigBee 3.0. Currently undergoing testing, ZigBee 3.0, the Alliance...Learn More

Carriers Offering Cloud Services: Survey Finds Link Between Sophisticated Cloud and Network Services

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Nearly half of communications service providers worldwide (47%) and more than half of North American communications service providers are offering cloud services to small and medium size businesses, according to the Allot Cloud Trends Report released today. But as cloud offerings become more sophisticated, the percentage of carriers supporting the offerings declines, Allot found. For...Learn More

Mobidia: LTE Subscribers Consuming Twice as Much Cellular Data as 3G Subscribers

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U.S. cellular, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi mobile data usage continued on an upward trend in 3Q as wireless device users continue to increase their use of mobile apps and media, according to a Mobidia Technology report. Data gathered from hundreds of thousands of wireless subscribers from July-September 2014 revealed that Verizon and Sprint wireless service...Learn More

Smaller Wireless Carriers and Net Neutrality: No Title II, Please

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Several smaller wireless network operators sent a letter to the FCC asking the commission not to classify broadband — at least not mobile broadband — as a telecommunications, or Title II, service and asking the commission not to apply the same Net Neutrality guidelines to both wireless and wired services. Mobile broadband providers “face technical...Learn More

Cloud Security Number One Concern as Shadow IT Proliferates

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The cloud services technology market will more than double in size – growing 126.5 percent – this year with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market segments leading the way. The SaaS market will grow 199 percent, while the IaaS market will grow 126 percent in 2014, according to new market research from Gigaom Research...Learn More

Wheeler Proposes E-Rate Funding Increase

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to increase the funding cap for the e-rate schools and libraries program with the goal of bringing broadband to every student desktop in the country. In a briefing with reporters yesterday, Wheeler said the proposed increase, which would raise a program cap by $1.5 billion, should add no more than...Learn More

Silver Star Gigabiz Aims to be Wyoming’s First Gigabit Community

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Northwestern Wyoming based Silver Star Communications has another first in their long history. Launching “Wyoming’s first gigabit community,” dubbed Gigabiz, Silver Star’s gigabit-fiber network will deliver broadband speeds of up to 1-Gbps to both businesses and residents in Jackson, according to a Calix press release. “The Gigabiz initiative will be a game changer for Jackson,...Learn More

Ambitious Midcontinent Communications Gigabit Plan for the Northern Plains Region Revealed

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Regional cable MSO Midcontinent Communications (Midco) plans to bring gigabit service to the Northern Plains region, eventually covering approximately 600K homes and 55K businesses with ultra-broadband services. Midco’s Gigabit Frontier Initiative outlines plans to upgrade their network in hundreds of communities across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota, starting in 2015. Midco joins a growing...Learn More

LRG Finds Record-Breaking Pay-TV Subscriber Losses

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The largest pay-TV service providers in the U.S. lost some 150,000 video subscribers on a net basis in 3Q 2014 – the most of any previous 3Q, according to new market data from the Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The 3Q loss is greater than that for 3Q 2013, when pay-TV providers lost a net 25,000...Learn More

Census Finds 75% of Metro, 63% of Non-Metro Households With Fast Internet

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A bit slow in coming they may be, but the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey series of reports provide perhaps the most comprehensive and granular view of Internet connectivity and usage across the country. Released November 13, Census’s latest ACS reveals that 78.1 percent of U.S. households had high-speed Internet connections in 2013. Indicative...Learn More