Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

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JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its JetBlue Fly-Fi service “creates an experience like your living room...Learn More

Straight Path to Return 5G Licenses to FCC in $100 Million Spectrum Squatting Settlement

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Straight Path Communications has agreed to a spectrum squatting settlement with the FCC valued at more than $100 million. The company, which calls itself an “intangible asset monetization company,” specializes in “maximizing the value of assets such as microwave bandwidth licenses.” The settlement resolves an FCC investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless service...Learn More

Entertainment Report: VoD Revenues Return to Growth, Strong 4K UHD Equipment Sales

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U.S. sales of 4K UHD TVs, players and discs was strong in 2016, the first year they were available in retail shops, helping propel annual consumer home entertainment equipment spending 2 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) to more than $18 billion, according to a new 4K UHD sales forecast. Digital Entertainment Group’s (DEG) latest annual market...Learn More

Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

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With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant Internet, hopes to leverage an advantage over a key cable...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) from different manufacturers is a key element...Learn More
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Service Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Platforms for Next-Generation VoIP

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If you’re the CTO of a cable provider, telco or ISP, chances are you’ve had some unpleasant conversations with your CEO regarding investing in phone services. Voice is still important to your business, but the costs, operational complexities and lack of vendor innovation in legacy networks don’t align with today’s market realities. TDM and VoIP...Learn More

Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States

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The state of Massachusetts has asked the FCC to release federal broadband Connect America funding to states. The funding in question was rejected by the nation’s largest price cap carriers in 2015. Granting the Massachusetts request would mean the FCC would hand over approximately $1 billion to 20 states over a period of six years,...Learn More

NCAA College Football Championship Fuels Dramatic AT&T Data Traffic Growth

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Clemson won the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff Championship in dramatic fashion Monday evening (Jan. 9) in a nail biting rematch that saw underdog Clemson drive down the field against number 1 ranked Alabama’s staunch defense for the winning score in the game’s waning minutes. Anticipating record-high viewership, AT&T made a range of temporary and...Learn More

Parks Finds 71 Percent of Broadband Households With Wi-Fi or Apple AirPort

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There are 30 percent more computing devices, as well as 45 percent more connected devices, on average in U.S. broadband households with Wi-Fi access as compared to those without it, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Parks found 71 percent of broadband households with Wi-Fi or Apple AirPort networks. “[T}he convenience of this...Learn More

BTC Broadband Targets Tulsa with Business Fiber Services

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Regional broadband provider BTC Broadband is expanding their fiber network into metro Tulsa, Oklahoma, targeting business customers. The move into Tulsa for business customers is part of an ongoing expansion of BTC Broadband’s fiber network, which now spans 90 miles throughout northeast Oklahoma. This fiber expansion will allow BTC to initially reach 2K – 3K...Learn More

ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each network or can scroll through an alphabetical list by state....Learn More

VR Awareness Rises Sharply, Attitudes Improve Amidst Holiday Season Promotional Efforts

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Virtual reality (VR) headsets were a focal point for holiday season shoppers as consumer electronics (CE) industry participants introduced a variety of new offerings. VR awareness has increased substantially, giving ReportLinker the chance to survey consumers regarding their experiences and perceptions of VR headsets and technology. Approaching 1 in 3 U.S. respondents (31%) said they...Learn More