Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council Aims to Spur Broadband Deployment

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President Obama’s latest initiative to expand broadband availability, announced today, is to create a Broadband Opportunity Council charged with determining what various government agencies can do to help spur broadband deployment, competition and adoption. Heading up the effort will be Department of Agriculture Secretary John Vilsack and Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker. The Broadband Opportunity...Learn More

LTE-U and Wi-Fi: What Carriers Need to Know

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Some wireless carriers including Verizon have big plans for LTE- Unlicensed (LTE-U), also known as licensed assisted access (LAA). What do network operators need to know about this technology? The most important thing is that the technology uses a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Initial plans focus on using the same unlicensed spectrum in...Learn More

Smartphone Growth Forecast to Outpace Tablets and PCs

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Smartphones will make up a growing share of the global market for smart connected devices (SCDs) over the course of this decade, “dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes,” according to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker. PCs continued to dominate smart connected device market shipments...Learn More

WSJ: Sony, HBO, Showtime Want Internet Fast Lanes After All

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Just weeks after the FCC adopted new Net Neutrality rules, those rules could soon face their first test. The Wall Street Journal reports today that several content providers planning new subscription video streaming offerings have talked to major broadband providers about having their streaming services treated as “managed services.” Content providers involved in the talks...Learn More

SMB Telecom Buyers: Most are Clueless About IP Technology, Benefits

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An incisive study from Windstream’s Allworx Corp. reveals that most small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) “have low awareness of the technology trends in business phone systems and most are not utilizing advanced phone features that are widely available today.” Commissioned by Allworx, Hanover Research surveyed 427 capital equipment purchase decision makers or “influencers” working for...Learn More

Behind $3.4 Million Verizon 911 Outage Settlement

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The news this week that Verizon agreed to a $3.4 million settlement to resolve an FCC 911 outage investigation illustrates an important issue that has come into focus as the telecom industry transitions to IP-based network infrastructure. The settlement relates to 750,000 Verizon customers in California who were unable to call 911 to reach a...Learn More

Report: Small Cell Deployments Surpass 10 Million

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Global shipments and deployments of small cells have both surpassed the 10 million mark, according to new market research carried out by Mobile Experts for the Small Cell Forum. Some 10.2 million small cells have been shipped worldwide and more than 10 million have been deployed across 75 operators, “a significant milestone for the industry,” Small...Learn More

With New Skype for Business, Microsoft Set to Compete With Hosted PBX, UC

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News from Microsoft illustrates a changing competitive environment. In this environment, a software company like Microsoft can more easily compete with a telecom carrier for hosted PBX or unified communications (UC) services. And that’s exactly what Microsoft intends to do with the new Skype for Business. Companies have had the ability to use Skype as...Learn More

On Five Year Anniversary, National Broadband Plan Author Discusses Progress, Challenges

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Five years after Blair Levin (then with the FCC) and his team completed the National Broadband Plan, significant progress has been made in meeting some of the plan’s goals, including freeing up spectrum for broadband, said Levin in an interview yesterday. Some other areas, including improving broadband adoption, have gotten less traction, according to Levin....Learn More

T-Mobile Targets Business Market with Un-carrier 9.0

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T-Mobile’s disruptive impact on the wireless industry until now has been largely limited to consumer services. But the company hopes to change that with its “Un-carrier for Business,” a.k.a. Un-carrier 9.0, strategy announced today. As with previous Un-carrier announcements the new offering claims substantial savings in comparison with what is available from traditional carriers. AT&T...Learn More

Another Day, Another Streaming OTT Option – Today it’s PlayStation Vue

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Sony took the wraps off its streaming OTT service today, PlayStation Vue, making it available in three markets, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The latest OTT entrant will offer a streaming OTT channel line-up and VOD content for packages ranging from $50 to $70 per month. Sony joins Sling TV with an OTT streaming alternative...Learn More

Coldwell Banker Finds Strong Interest in Smart Home Technology

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC delves into smart home technology in new market research – what features home buyers are looking for and the impact such features have on a home’s sale. The real estate agency also released a list of 25 smart home products and systems spanning categories of greatest importance to home buyers....Learn More