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All things broadband — our latest coverage regarding news, trends, developments, and implications for the broadband ecosystem.

FCC Proposes Spectrum Sharing Plan for 3550-3700 MHz Band

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other innovative uses, through the creation of a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The Commission proposed rules for...Learn More

USF Reform: Goodbye Quintile Regression, Hello (Maybe) a 10 Mbps Target Speed

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Small rural telecom network operators got several pieces of good news from the FCC today. At today’s monthly meeting, the commission reversed the quintile regression analysis benchmarks that reduced Universal Service Fund support for some of those carriers. The commission also said it would allow...Learn More

Akamai: Average U.S. Broadband Speed Hits 10 Mbps Milestone

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The average U.S. broadband connection speed set a new record in the fourth quarter of 2013, reaching a milestone rate of 10 Mbps, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report released today. That was an increase of 2% over the previous quarter,...Learn More

Incognito: Only A Small Percentage Of ISPs Ready With IPv6

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With the Internet rapidly running out of space for new IPv4 addresses, only a small percentage of cable, wireless and wireline service operators worldwide surveyed by Incognito Software are prepared for IPv6, and fewer yet are offering the latest Internet Protocol to their end-users. The...Learn More

Report Finds 44% Increase in Video Cord Cutting Since 2010

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The proliferation of smartphones and tablets, coupled with the standardization of digital television and video, is enabling viewers to consume content anywhere at any time they want across multiple devices. Americans are taking to the new viewing freedom in droves, which, in turn, is spurring...Learn More

Comcast-Netflix Debate Illustrates Implications of Comcast-TWC Merger

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Comcast is in the process of acquiring Time Warner Cable which if successful, will create a massive vertically integrated media company with dominant positions in cable TV distribution and broadband access. The merger will face significant regulatory scrutiny and Comcast is doing their best to...Learn More

AT&T Considers 100 More Cities for Gigabit Networks

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AT&T said today that it is considering bringing broadband at speeds up to a gigabit per second to as many as 100 additional cities in 21 metro areas.  These upgrades would be in addition to previously announced plans for Austin, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem. To...Learn More

NeoNova Launches YourStream TV

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 15, 2014) – NeoNova, an industry leader in cloud-based services for regional telcos, today announced that the company’s latest live broadcast streaming solution for Roku gives affiliate customers a new way for their subscribers to watch local television. YourStream TV from...Learn More

Cox Expands Smart Home Footprint

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ATLANTA, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cox Communications announced today that it is continuing its expansion of home security and automation services by offering Cox Home Security to the Las Vegas market. Cox started offering Home Security three years ago in Arizona and has since...Learn More

NPD: Growth in Mobile Broadband May Push Greater Tablet Subsidies

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The number of active mobile broadband devices in Americans’ hands will increase 50 percent to 34 million by year-end 2015, and two-thirds of them will be tablets, according to new market research from The NPD Group. USB stick modems were the #1 mobile broadband device...Learn More

AT&T Powers Whopper Wi-Fi

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MIAMI, April 16, 2014 – Burger King Corp. (BKC) has expanded its long-standing relationship with AT&T* by launching AT&T Wi-Fi services for all of its U.S. restaurants. The upgraded platform, “WHOPPER® Wi-Fi” replaces and upgrades current restaurant Wi-Fi networks to provide BURGER KING® guests an...Learn More

AT&T Gigabit Broadband Likely Coming to North Carolina

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AT&T took the unusual step late last night of announcing that it is “in advanced discussions” to bring a gigabit network to parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions of North Carolina. Normally companies like AT&T wait until a deal is iron-clad before announcing...Learn More