Pole Attachment Ruling Upholds One Touch Make Ready, A (Temporary?) Win for Google Fiber

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A federal judge has upheld a Louisville “One Touch Make Ready” law that allows a communications service provider to hire a contractor to move another service provider’s equipment when installing new equipment on a utility pole. The pole attachment ruling came in response to a...Learn More

Verizon FirstNet Alternative Aims to Retain Company’s Public Safety Customers

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Verizon said today that it will build a network core to support a nationwide mobile broadband service for public safety users. This would put it in competition with AT&T, which won a contract to build a nationwide public safety network dubbed FirstNet. The Verizon FirstNet...Learn More

AT&T Touts Fewer TV Commercial Interruptions as Potential Benefit of Time Warner Merger

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AT&T envisions the possibility that the number of ads during TV shows could decrease when the company’s planned merger with Time Warner is completed, said AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor conference today. AT&T addressable advertising capabilities will improve dramatically with Time...Learn More

Report: T-Mobile Network Metrics Surge; Verizon, AT&T Take Hits In Wake of Unlimited Data Plans

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The revival of unlimited data plans took their toll on the wireless networks of the top two U.S. carriers since being reintroduced in February. T-Mobile network metrics gained ground, while 4G and overall wireless network speeds dropped at both Verizon and AT&T as their networks...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Satisfaction Tied to Speedy Problem Resolution

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The speedier the problem resolution, the higher the wireless customer satisfaction. That was a key takeaway from  new J.D. Power wireless satisfaction research. The two related studies are J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance Study—Volume 2 and the J.D. Power 2017 U.S....Learn More

Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or...Learn More

TBR: Carrier Enterprise Revenue Sees Decline

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Major U.S. carrier enterprise revenue trends declined between the first quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, according to new research from Technology Business Research. AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink saw declines in the range of 5%, while Level 3 saw flat enterprise revenues....Learn More

FirstNet Apps Ecosystem is Key to Future Success and is Being Built on Three Pillars

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Applications will be key to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the FirsNet Apps ecosystem is being built on three pillars. They include: developing a rich set of applications for public safety, ensuring that the applications developed for the network enhance public safety and...Learn More

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity

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Global connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service. Verizon, along with several...Learn More

J.D. Power: Business Telecom Satisfaction Highest for Largest Companies, Highlighting SMB Opportunity

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Business telecom satisfaction is highest among large companies with 500 or more employees, according to new J.D. Power research. While those companies had overall internet and telephone satisfaction levels of 815 on a 1,000-point scale, the average score for very small businesses with 19 employees...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Locations Expand to Include Tulsa

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Tulsa, Oklahoma joins the growing list of AT&T Fiber locations, which now numbers 55 markets. AT&T plans to reach 75 metros serving 12.5 million or more locations with its gigabit capable service by the middle of 2019. The service in the Tulsa area will reach...Learn More

FirstNet States Now Number Five

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nascent nationwide first responder LTE network, today announced that five states now have opted into the program. FirstNet states now include Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, and Wyoming. “Governors Hutchinson, Reynolds, Bevin, McAuliffe and Mead are taking critical steps...Learn More

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