Proposed Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Conditions Would Prohibit Interconnection Fees

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday recommended approval of a long-awaited cable industry megamerger. But the Charter, TWC, Bright House deal conditions would prohibit the merged company from charging interconnection fees and from imposing usage-based pricing and data caps. Apparently the merged company also would be required to make further broadband deployments, as a statement from...Learn More

Verizon NFV Plans: Data Centers Are Just the Start

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Network function virtualization (NFV) is most commonly viewed as a way to reduce network equipment costs by replacing traditional purpose-built devices with software controlled general purpose hardware. But as Verizon NFV plans illustrate, the technology could have other benefits as well. Verizon anticipates NFV providing savings in three areas – capex, opex and time to...Learn More

LRG: Connected TV Households Rise to 65% of TV Households

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Connected TV households now comprise 65% of TV households, according to new research from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). By LRG’s definition, a connected TV household is one with a smart TV or with at least one TV connected to the Internet via a video game system, Blu-ray player or a stand-alone device from a vendor...Learn More

Access from AT&T Launches, Offering $5 a Month Internet for Low Income Users

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AT&T today officially launched Access from AT&T, an Internet for low income users product costing as little as five dollars a month. The company last year agreed to offer the service as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV. Households in AT&T’s local service territory that have at least one resident participating in the U.S....Learn More

Smart Home Households Forecast to Double to 30 Million by 2017

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No less than 30 million households will purchase smart home technology of one type or another in the next 12 months, according to a smart home households forecast from Comcast’s Xfinity Home and smart home technology vendor August Home. Comcast and August Home base their comments on an online survey of  nationally representative sample of...Learn More

Pet Tracking Forecast Calls for Over 2.8 Million Pets by 2021

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A pet tracking forecast from Berg Insight calls for the number of pets monitored using GPS locator devices in Europe and North America to increase at a 45% CAGR from 2016-2021. Total pets tracked will grow from around 300,000 as of year-end 2015 to 2.8 million by 2021, according to the pet tracking forecast. There...Learn More

Video Streaming Habits: 65% of TV OTT Viewing is Spent Using Subscription VOD

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Subscription, transactional or free streaming video services account for 42% of the time that adult video streamers spend in front of television screens at home, according to new video streaming habits research from Adobe Primetime and The Diffusion Group (TDG). Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) accounts for 65% of the time adult video streamers engage...Learn More

Report: The Cooperative is a Good Model for Publicly Owned Broadband Networks

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The cooperative ownership model could be a good one for publicly owned broadband networks according to a new report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Next Century Cities. The 30-page report focuses on the experiences of RS Fiber, a Minnesota network that was built when 27 rural towns and townships created a cooperative...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

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A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000 premises. “I am very proud of the fact that not...Learn More

Broadband Economic Impact Report: Rural Broadband Supports 70K Jobs, $100B in E-Commerce

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Investment in rural broadband boosts the economy – not just locally, but beyond – according to a new broadband economic impact report from The Hudson Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Rural broadband service providers contributed $24.2 billion to the economies of the states in which they operate in 2015, report author Hanns...Learn More

FTTH Market Penetration on the Rise, Overtakes Cable Broadband Globally

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From a global perspective, rising FTTH market penetration has positioned the technology as the fastest growing broadband access method, overtaking cable broadband reports Point Topic. Total global broadband subscribers reached 751 million as of Q4 2015, according to Point Topic’s research. FTTx and FTTH market penetration is on the rise, and legacy copper based broadband...Learn More

Aureon BNS Acquisition Fuels Business Solutions Strategy

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The Aureon BNS Acquisition announced today is the latest move that Aureon has made to position the organization as a business solutions provider. Originally known as Iowa Network Services, Aureon started as a statewide fiber network owned by a group of Iowa-based telecom service providers. BNS is a Des Moines-based company specializing in complete networking...Learn More