Southeastern Regional Carrier PalmettoNet Inks Big Fiber-to-the-Tower Deal

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PalmettoNet, a regional fiber network owned by 11 independent telcos, has won a big contract to provide fiber optic connectivity to more than 650 cell towers to be built by a major U.S. operator in PalmettoNet’s North and South Carolina serving territory. PalmettoNet won the deal through an RFP process, noted PalmettoNet Director of Marketing...Learn More

OTT Video Demographics Report: Streaming Most Popular with Gen X

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Households in which at least one person is a member of Generation X (roughly 35-49) and those with children (17 and under) are much more likely to stream video and other over-the-top content. More than half (54 percent) of homes with kids view OTT content on TV sets as compared to 40 percent of all...Learn More

Report: Streaming, Device Proliferation Fuel Wi-Fi Dissatisfaction

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Actual performance of Wi-Fi in the home falls well short of consumer expectations. according to new research. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of consumers have experienced significant issues revolving around slow Internet speeds that hinder fast, efficient streaming and downloading of large files and video, according to the 2015 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI). Home users,...Learn More

Wheeler’s AT&T/ DirecTV Approval Plan: Any Rural Conditions?

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AT&T could be required to submit all of its interconnection agreements, along with regular network performance reports, to the FCC as a condition of FCC approval of the company’s plan to acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal announced in May 2014. In a statement released late yesterday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he was...Learn More

ATIS-SIP Forum Reach IP Voice Interconnection Milestone

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Digital telecom convergence has advanced a big step today with the announcement of the first “standardized IP-based network-to-network interconnection (NNI) with consensus spanning North American carriers.” Listed as one of the major objectives of the U.S. National Broadband Plan, the accomplishment was announced July 21, by ATIS and the SIP Forum. Two documents published by...Learn More

Administrator Details Kansas Upgrade to AT&T NG911

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With AT&T as a key supplier, the state of Kansas has undertaken a major upgrade to its 911 system that could serve as a prototype for the sort of upgrade that 911 administrators nationwide should be considering soon if they aren’t already. “There is an expectation on the part of our citizens that if they...Learn More

Creating Business Value Out of Local Content Channels

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Many video service providers have long offered local content channels, featuring local events, local sports, and special interest stories. The model for providing local content is evolving and many companies are now looking to their local content channels to deliver more than just interesting content for the local community and creating differentiation over competitors –...Learn More

CEO: PocketiNet Gigabit Will Overbuild Tier 3 Markets

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The latest player to enter the gigabit arena is PocketiNet Communications – and the company isn’t quite like any other service provider that has launched gigabit service. The company operates in Tier 3 markets in the northwest, including its home market of Walla Walla, Washington – but unlike other gigabit providers serving rural areas, it...Learn More

TIA: 5G Expectations Include Multiple Spectrum Bands

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Telecom providers continue to be challenged as a result of rapid, ongoing growth in data demand originating from a growing range of connected devices, mobile devices in particular. That’s adding impetus to next-generation 5G wireless broadband research and development. New market research from TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) reveals what mobile network operators expect from 5G...Learn More

$86 Million in USDA Broadband Loans and Grants Announced

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The USDA today announced $85.8 million in broadband grants and loans for broadband infrastructure projects. USDA broadband loans offer low-interest loans to rural network operators. Broadband loans went to five network operators in four states. Two Minnesota companies – Garden Valley Telephone and Consolidated Telephone – will each get loans between $12 and $13 million...Learn More

Zayo/ EAGLE-Net Deal: Are EAGLE-Net Troubles Over?

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Colorado intergovernmental entity EAGLE-Net Alliance has entered into a partnership with Zayo Group to oversee and support EAGLE-Net’s statewide fiber network. The agreement is an interim one but according to a press release the companies hope to establish a long-term relationship. Zayo, also based in Colorado, has built and acquired an extensive fiber network nationwide...Learn More

ABI: 400 Million Wi-Fi Access Points Installed by 2019

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The number of installed Wi-Fi access points will rise to nearly 400 million by 2019 as service providers and large business enterprises find and take advantage of new revenue opportunities, according to new market research from ABI Research. Next-generation wireless networking technologies such as Hotspot 2.0, VoWi-Fi and 802.11ac will support growth and development of...Learn More