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

Survey: Time Children Spend Online to Increase During Schoolyear

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Parents expect their school-age children will spend less time planted in front of the TV set once the school year begins, but not necessarily spend less time using connected devices, converged TV and video advertising specialist Videology found in an online survey of of U.S....Learn More

AT&T and Verizon CAF Plans for Rural Broadband Heading in Two Different Directions

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AT&T and Verizon CAF plans were revealed today, and it appears they have differing views on their rural broadband future. AT&T joins the list of telecom companies that have opted to accept most of the Connect America funding they were offered by the FCC earlier...Learn More

CFO: Consolidated Communications Video Takes Backseat to Broadband

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The latest conflict between content owners and video service providers may have been de-escalated this week when FCC intervention put a halt to Sinclair’s blackout of Dish Network, but conflicts remain. Some video providers – including Consolidated Communications — are finding video content economics so...Learn More

Kansas Telco Selects ADTRAN for Gigabit Broadband

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 26, 2015– ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, announced that Twin Valley of Kansas is joining its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives campaign. Recognized by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association as a Smart Rural Community – which recognizes...Learn More

Consolidated, CenturyLink Accept CAF Totaling $514 Million

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CenturyLink said today that it will accept approximately $500 million  annually from the FCC’s Connect America Fund to cover some of the cost of bringing broadband to parts of the company’s local service territory that can’t get broadband today or only have low-speed broadband available....Learn More

Nine Rural Telcos Receive NTCA Gig-Capable Certification

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NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association said it has certified nine small service providers as Gig-Capable Providers under a program announced earlier this year. The goal of that program is to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based providers that have built gigabit networks. To...Learn More

GVTC Managed Wi-Fi Offering Positioned to Support Internet of Things

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As smaller service providers look to diversify their revenue streams, one excellent opportunity is in providing managed Wi-Fi. One smaller provider that has had success in this area is Texas-based GVTC. In an interview Tom Zanoli, product manager, Internet and security for GVTC, said the...Learn More

Verizon Connected Car Service Launched, Renamed Hum

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ATLANTA, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Telematics today announced the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider. First announced in...Learn More

CableLabs Highlights DOCSIS 3.1 Interoperability Milestones

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Developers and vendors of DOCSIS 3.1 technology have accelerated their activities, which has resulted in the achievement of several milestones over the past year. CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, director of broadband evolution highlights and summarizes some of them in a blog post. CableLabs hosted the first...Learn More

USDA: Farm Internet Usage Climbs to 70%

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The Internet is becoming increasingly important to U.S. farmers, according to a report issued this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nearly 70% of farms currently have Internet access – up from 67% in 2013 and from about 57% in 2007, according to the...Learn More

NTS Communications Provides Gigabit Fiber Internet to Downtown Midland

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MIDLAND, TX–(Marketwired – Jun 11, 2015) – NTS Communications, Inc. (“NTS”) today announced it has launched a new, state-of-the art Gigabit Fiber Network in Midland, TX. Effective immediately, local business customers in serviceable areas, including the downtown business district in Midland, will have access to...Learn More

TDG: Internet Set-Top Box Penetration Reaches 21%

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Internet set-top boxes (iSTBs) are present in 1 of 5 (21 percent) U.S. broadband households, an increase of 63 percent in the last year and 13 percent percent above that early last year, according to a new analysis from TDG (The Diffusion Group) entitled, ¨The...Learn More