New NY Broadband Program Offers $500 Million for 100 Mbps Broadband

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The state of New York has launched what it says is the largest state investment in broadband deployment in the U.S. The initiative, to be known as New NY Broadband Program, will make $500 million available to network operators to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the state. Operators will have to provide...Learn More

Smithville Communications and City of Jasper Embark on Gigabit Public-Private Partnership

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There is a land rush of sorts underway to create gigabit capabilities for towns and cities across the country. Rightly or wrongly, government and economic development leaders are quickly equating economic development and community competitiveness with the ability to offer gigabit services. It’s the so called Gigabit Cities movement. Many of these localities are venturing out on...Learn More

Report Finds Strong Link Between Broadband and Population Growth

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U.S. counties lacking high-speed broadband have lower population growth and are more likely to see population decline than counties where high-speed broadband is available, according to new research conducted by Broadband Communities Magazine. Counties with the highest broadband availability levels are seeing the greatest population growth, researchers said. The benchmark broadband data rate was 25...Learn More

Study: Poor Cell Coverage at Work May Impact Wireless Churn Rates

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Cellular coverage and reception at work is as important to mobile service customers as coverage at home: up to 74 percent of participants in a study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by SpiderCloud Wireless indicated a willingness “to switch mobile operators to get better coverage at the office.” Thirty-eight percent of consumers surveyed said they...Learn More

Online Video Revenue is Diversified with Strong Growth for Short Form, TV, and Movies

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Revenue in the online short-form video market has the potential to reach nearly as high as $13 billion by 2019 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5 percent, according to new market research and forecasts from ABI Research. Overall, ABI expects online video revenue to exceed $56 billion by 2019, growing at a...Learn More

Ting Maryland Gigabit Deal Will Leverage Community’s Dark Fiber

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Ting Fiber is wasting no time pursuing its gigabit ambitions. Just one month after emerging on the scene with plans for Charlottesville, Virginia, the company has announced plans for a second gigabit market – Westminster, Maryland. According to a blog post from Ting’s vice president of marketing Michael Goldstein, Westminster is located 35 miles outside...Learn More

OneWeb Satellite Project Aims to Bring Broadband to Rural Areas

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Qualcomm and The Virgin Group yesterday announced plans for an ambitious satellite project aimed at bringing broadband service to remote rural areas around the world that cannot get service today. The companies are pursuing the project through a joint venture to be known as OneWeb. While some broadband offerings rely on a single geostationary satellite,...Learn More

Social Media Usage: Pew Finds 52% of Online Adults Use Two Sites or More

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A snapshot of social media use undertaken by the Pew Research Center this past September reveals significant year-over-year increases in the proportion of U.S. online adults making use of Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn along with increased levels of user engagement with the most popular social media site, Facebook. Facebook remained the most popular social media...Learn More

Verizon Vehicle to Provide Emergency and Other Services for $15 Monthly

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Verizon is pursuing a considerably different connected car strategy than AT&T, an announcement from Verizon yesterday reveals. Verizon Vehicle, announced yesterday and scheduled for availability later this year, is an after-market device and service that will support emergency communications and dispatch, along with stolen vehicle location assistance and diagnostic, troubleshooting and maintenance capabilities. A Verizon...Learn More

IAB: Mobile App Usage Has Been Overestimated

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Much has been written about mobile app, as opposed to mobile Web, use becoming the predominant means for mobile device users to access content and make use of the Internet. But new market research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence concludes that “what may look like app time...Learn More

Obama Broadband Plans Include USDA Loan Program Revamp, Community Broadband Support

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Updated later January 14 The White House said yesterday that President Obama will announce a range of broadband initiatives – including a plan to revamp the USDA’s broadband loan program — in a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa this afternoon. Among other things, Obama also will ask the FCC to “address barriers” to the deployment...Learn More

Wilkes Communications/ TDS Deal: Wilkes CEO Has Gigabit Plans

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TDS Telecom plans to join its bigger telecom brethren in selling off rural lines – in this case about 3,000 lines in three North Carolina communities representing TDS’s entire North Carolina telecom holdings. But unlike with previous deals such as Frontier’s purchases of AT&T and Verizon lines or Fairpoint’s purchase of Verizon lines, the buyer...Learn More