ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

TIA, QuEST Forum to Merge

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In a consolidation of two associations dedicated to the interests of the telecommunications industry, QuEST Forum will become part of The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). When the definitive TIA, QuEST Forum agreement is finalized, the QuEST Forum “community will become an active part of TIA,”...Learn More

USTelecom’s Deep Dive on FCC Broadband Data: 90% Can Get 25 Mbps, 10% Can Get a Gigabit

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Ninety percent of U.S. housing units had fixed wireless or landline broadband service at speeds of 25 Mbps downstream/ 3 Mbps upstream available to them as of mid-2016, according to an analysis of FCC broadband data conducted by USTelecom and CensusNBM. Ten percent of housing...Learn More

CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool Targets Installers

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Newly released from the Consumer Technology Association, the CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool aims to help smart home technology installers ensure the smart home tech they install for customers complies with industry best practices. The tool includes details regarding security protocols and other best...Learn More

FTTH Council Rebrands as the Fiber Broadband Association

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Recognizing the broader application of fiber broadband, the FTTH Council has changed their name to the Fiber Broadband Association. It’s a smart move, given the relative limited focus of the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) descriptor. Indeed fiber broadband powers so much more than just home connections, including...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

Verizon, Incompas Business Data Services Filing Reveals Wide Rift with AT&T, Other ILECs

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Updated later on June 28 with new information from USTelecom Some stakeholders may have been surprised several weeks ago when Verizon acted independently of AT&T and other major telecom providers with regard to business data services, instead making a joint filing with competitive carrier association...Learn More

Opposition to Charter Overbuild Requirements: ACA and NTCA Weigh In

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The American Cable Association and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association this week filed petitions in opposition to Charter overbuild requirements imposed by the FCC as a condition of Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Both organizations represent smaller, rural operators....Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

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The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies...Learn More

MoCA Network Speeds Set to More Than Double

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The latest Multimedia Over Coax Alliance specifications call for MoCA network speeds to increase 2.5 times over current levels. MoCA 2.5, released April 13, boosts MoCA home network speed as high as 2.5 Gbps and improves on network management and security features of earlier versions,...Learn More

CTIA Measures Wireless Industry GDP Impact at $282.1 Billion

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A new market research report carried out by Recon Analytics for CTIA determined that the wireless industry contributes $194.8 billion a year to the domestic U.S. economy and estimated the wireless industry GDP impact at $282.1 billion. The U.S. economy expanded 2.4% to reach $18.7...Learn More

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