YouTube TV Adds Markets, Networks and Hikes Price

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Video streaming service YouTube TV announced today that it has or soon will offer a number of networks, added markets in which it will operate and said that its subscription price will increase by $5 beginning next month. YouTube TV markets will include Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile and Syracuse in coming months. New networks...Learn More

AT&T Takes on Verizon, Comcast with Gfast Deployment, Opening an Interesting Competitive Dynamic

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AT&T is embarking on an interesting expansion strategy by launching AT&T Gfast based broadband service to MDUs outside of their traditional service territory. The latest example is Boston, where AT&T announced the availability of Gfast delivered broadband services to select apartment complexes. AT&T Gfast can deliver up to 500 Mbps broadband, using existing building wiring,...Learn More

Purdue University Chooses Smithville Fiber for Major Project

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Purdue University will be using technology from Smithville Fiber’s advanced core network to increase connectivity performance from its West Lafayette campus to the WestGate@CraneTechnology Park. Smithville Fiber is the largest independent telecom company in Indiana. This new network architecture provides multiprotocol label switching to the customer edge supported by a 100-gigabit optical transport network. The...Learn More

Windstream Unveils New Windstream Enterprise, Wholesale Brand Strategy

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Roughly a year after completing their acquisition of enterprise and wholesale focused network provider EarthLink, Windstream has launched new Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale brands. Windstream is aiming to transform their overall business and a brand refresh helps with that focus. Like many traditional telephone companies, Windstream has embarked on a diversification path, taking them away...Learn More

AT&T Taps Accenture for Microservices Development

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AT&T and Accenture have announced a multiyear project that will replace legacy AT&T business applications with microservices. AT&T microservices are said to offer a faster and cheaper way to order the carrier’s products and services — from security services to fiber offerings. “Our collaboration with Accenture allows us to quickly deliver the products and services...Learn More

Verizon 5G Roadmap Takes Important Step with Successful Mobile 5G Call

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The Verizon 5G roadmap gained another step with the first successful completion of a 5G new radio (NR) 3GPP standards compliant over-the-air mobile 5G call, the company announced yesterday. The call was completed over licensed spectrum on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm. The mobile 5G call utilized Verizon millimeter wave spectrum and...Learn More

UNH-IOL Wi-Fi Testing Capabilities Expanded

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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory announced this week that it has expanded UNH-IOL  Wi-Fi testing capabilities through the acquisition of test and measurement equipment from octoScope. UNH-IOL is an important organization in the testing and certification of Wi-Fi equipment, and the organization says that such efforts are growing in importance. “It’s clear that...Learn More

Mobile Video Streaming Research: AT&T Offers Best Reliability, T-Mobile Loads the Fastest

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AT&T’s network had high marks for video streaming reliability, while T-Mobile’s network tended to load videos faster than the other three major carrier networks, according to new mobile video streaming research from Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. According to the research, 98% of videos streamed over AT&T’s network were successfully completed; also videos tested on AT&T...Learn More

Trump Recommends $50B Funding for Rural Infrastructure, Possibly Including Rural Broadband

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President Trump’s American Infrastructure Initiative, announced today, recommends making $200 billion in federal funding available for infrastructure investment, including $50 billion targeted specifically for a new Rural Infrastructure Program. How much of that money might go toward a Trump rural broadband initiative is unclear. Although President Trump has previously discussed the importance of rural broadband,...Learn More

Rural Call Completion Legislation Passes Both Houses

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Rural call completion has been passed in both the Senate and Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature. The legislation aims to ensure that calls go through to rural areas by establishing a registry of “intermediate providers” that complete calls for other carriers, by requiring retail service providers to use only registered intermediate providers and...Learn More

KPIs Help with Implementation of NFV, SDN: ATIS

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By examining the right metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs), communications service providers can more effectively put advanced network virtualization technologies into action in the network, according to a new report from the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). The report offers insight into best practices for the implementation of NFV and SDN. Driven by the need...Learn More

Consumer Reports, Roku Exchange Fire Over Streaming Device Security

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Consumer Reports this week posted a story that raises questions about the security and data stewardship of Roku devices. Roku, in turn, released a statement that said its products are safe to use. The Consumer Reports, Roku exchange focuses on two areas. The first is that smart TVs using Roku products can be taken over...Learn More

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