Bell Canada Investing More than $1 Billion in Toronto Gigabit Fibe Build-Out

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Bell Canada is investing more than $1 billion in building a fiber network that will deliver gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network connectivity to some 1.1 million homes and businesses in Toronto. In addition, building out its “Gigabit Fibe” service will create some 2,400 direct jobs, Bell Canada announced June 25. Completion of a first project phase will see...Learn More

Akamai: Average Broadband Speeds Increase in All U.S. States, But Still Below New 25 Mbps Definition

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Akamai’s “First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report” reveals that average broadband speeds rose 10 percent quarter-to-quarter globally to reach 5 Mbps for the first time. Average Internet speeds increased in 131 of a total 144 qualifying countries/regions in 1Q’15. At 11.9 Mbps, the U.S. ranked 19th globally in terms of average 1Q Internet...Learn More

Wireless ISP Vivint Pushes Wireless 100 Mbps Broadband for $60/month

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Vivint, a provider of smart home technology, is pushing their way into the broadband Internet access business with a  fixed wireless Internet product that promises symmetrical 100 Mbps. The offer is delivered via a unique hybrid wireless solution, using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Vivint already claims 15,000 wireless Internet customers in San Antonio and...Learn More

ILY Family Phone Looks to Reinvent Home Phone Service

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Looking to create a smartphone for the home that’s easy for children, the elderly and their families is what start-up firm Insensi is aiming to do with the debut of its ILY Family Phone. The ILY Family Phone has an 8-inch touchscreen that can be placed in any convenient location in homes and enables children...Learn More

Frontier Nest Partnership Aims to Grow Broadband, Help Grow Digital Lifestyle Business

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Frontier Communications announced a partnership with Nest to feature their popular Nest Learning Thermostat for a broadband Internet promotion. Frontier will offer the digital home product at a discounted price of $99 to new and existing broadband customers who subscribe to or upgrade their broadband service. But this Nest promotion is part of a larger...Learn More

NPD: Millennials Smart Home Product Penetration Nearly Twice the U.S. Average

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Smart home products are taking root among home renters and owners in cities and communities across the U.S. The smart home building trend is just in its early stages of development and growth, The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Home Automation Advisory Service highlights in announcing the publication of a new market research report. Millennials, according...Learn More

Ovum: FTTx Spending to Reach New High, Surpass $1 Billion

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Network operators’ spending on FTTx fiber optic equipment is going to reach a new high in 2015, according to new market research from Ovum. FTTx spending on optical equipment will exceed $1 billion this year following a record $953 million in 2014. Spending on FTTx optical components will stay strong though it will drop to...Learn More

Hulu Showtime Bundle Illustrates Rapidly Evolving OTT Competitive Environment

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Hulu and Showtime are partnering together to bundle their two services for a new OTT bundle. Subscribers will be able to add Showtime to their Hulu subscription for an additional $9 per month. Both Hulu and Showtime are stepping up their distribution efforts in the face of a dynamic competitive environment for OTT video services....Learn More

IDC: Mobile Workers Will Make Up Nearly 75 Percent of U.S. Workforce

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The number of mobile workers in the U.S. will rise from 96.2 million to 105.4 million over the next five years. By 2020 mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3 percent) of the U.S. workforce, according to a new report from IDC. Falling prices for smartphones and tablets will help fuel the trend, as...Learn More

Nearly Half of U.S. Households are Now Wireless Only Households, But 60% May be More Accurate Number

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The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control paints the picture of a growing mobile first society in the U.S., with nearly half (45.4%) of U.S. households wireless only. The data comes from the CDC’s July – December 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The NHIS captures this data twice per year and provides...Learn More

NBA OTT to Allow Individual Game and Team Streaming

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Add the NBA to the growing list of content providers who are shaking up the traditional pay-TV model. The NBA announced that their upcoming 2015-16 NBA League Pass service will offer both single games and a season’s worth of any individual team’s games options for both linear TV and OTT video distribution. Think of it...Learn More

Do Your Broadband and Economic Development Efforts Include SMB Training?

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As recognition of the positive economic impact that broadband can have grows, we’re seeing more and more communities organizing to ensure they have good broadband connectivity and that they make the most of that connectivity through economic development and broadband adoption efforts. But amid all this activity, there’s one area that may get overlooked: Small...Learn More