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Research: Generation Z Tech Habits Include Checking Smartphones Every 3 Minutes

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Corporate executives charged with developing medium- and long-term corporate road maps should pay attention to research from CommScope about “Generation Z.” The bottom line of the far-ranging survey, which had 4,003 participants between the ages of 13 and 22 in eight worldwide cities, is that...Learn More

Southern Telecom Announces Network Fiber Initiative in Southeast US

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ATLANTA – October 16, 2017 – Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company, announces new underground fiber routes and colocation facilities are being planned and constructed as part of a network fiber strategy across the Southeast. Existing cables will be replaced with new underground fiber featuring...Learn More

Rural Youth Technology Survey: Technology Alone Will Not Prevent Rural Flight

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The vast majority (96%) of rural young people age 14 to 22 years old have cellphones, including 17% who get mobile service from a local provider and 75% who get service from a national carrier, according to a rural youth technology survey conducted by the...Learn More

Brazos Valley Council of Governments Improves Broadband Access to Critical Services with Ciena and CenturyLink

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October 11, 2017 — HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Seeking to bridge the digital divide between rural and metropolitan areas, the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) has deployed a new private network with Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) and CenturyLink that is now live and providing services. Funded in...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Provider OzarksGo Plans to Build on Gigabit Success with NG-PON2

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An electric co-op broadband provider operating in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma has joined the ranks of network operators who have trialed or are trialing next generation FTTP technology NG-PON2, capable of supporting 10Gbps broadband. For now, OzarksGo — the fiber network subsidiary of Ozark...Learn More

DOCSIS 3.1 Will Soon Be Able to Match Fiber Broadband with Full Duplex Broadband

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The cable industry took a step toward eliminating one of its oldest drawbacks with the completion of the Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 specification. The completed specification governs how data can flow symmetrically in both the upstream and downstream directions over HFC networks, enabling full duplex...Learn More

Report Finds Fastest, Slowest U.S. Broadband States and Cities

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A new report from Cable.co.uk shows a wide diversity between the fastest and slowest U.S. broadband states and cities. The fastest municipal speed in the country is in Washington, VA, with a download speed of 210.19Mbps, while the slowest is in North Slope Bo, AK,...Learn More

Cable Broadband’s Future Lies in Deep Fiber, WOW! is First Up

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As the cable industry rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 over existing infrastructure, cable companies should have no trouble offering gigabit broadband – at least for a while. But as take rates climb and as the cable companies get set to support multigigabit speeds, they are looking...Learn More

Total fuboTV Subscribers Surpasses 100K, Trailing Other Streaming OTT Providers

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Total fuboTV subscribers have surpassed the 100K subscriber count, the company announced today. The streaming OTT operator, or vMVPD, offers a live channel line-up, with heavy emphasis on sports programming. FuboTV started out in 2015 as a niche streaming OTT provider focused exclusively on sports,...Learn More

ABI: Internet Giants Striking Out with Broadband Access Projects

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Despite investing billions of dollars, Internet giants like Google and Facebook don’t have much to show for their broadband access projects, according to analysis from ABI Research. ABI estimates that $2.5 billion was invested in 2016 from the likes of Google and Facebook for last...Learn More

Video Viewing Habits Research: VOD Will Nearly Equal Linear TV Viewing in 3 Years

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The video landscape has changed drastically during the past few years. However, a video viewing habits survey conducted by Ericsson ConsumerLab predicts that even more dramatic changes lie ahead. In three years, video on demand will be almost equal to traditional linear viewing, the study...Learn More

Nokia Intelligent Access Highlights Shift to Virtualization and SDAN for Broadband Access

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The Nokia Intelligent Access suite of solutions, announced yesterday, will provide operators with better efficiency for gigabit services, the manufacturer said. The company points out that operators have challenges in providing broadband service because they have customers with very diverse technologies, including fiber, DSL, cable...Learn More

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