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

AT&T Obtains HBO OTT Rights for Upcoming Streaming Service

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AT&T is preparing the launch of their DIRECTV Now streaming service and just secured HBO OTT rights, according to the company. The HBO OTT rights are a part of a broader multi-platform agreement that will bring HBO and Cinemax across all AT&T video service platforms....Learn More

NOC Importance Grows as Carriers Shift to All IP Networks

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As broadband carriers continue down the path to all IP networks, the importance of network operations centers (NOCs) grows. Reaching optimal performance for IP networks is critical as applications like video and the IoT require low latency and high performance, and NOCs give broadband carriers...Learn More

NRTC Pulse Broadband Acquisition Targets Rural Broadband Deployments

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NRTC yesterday announced it signed a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Pulse Broadband LLC, a company that has helped cooperatives, municipalities and others deploy fiber technology and services to rural homes, businesses and communities. Financial terms and conditions of the NRTC Pulse Broadband acquisition have...Learn More

Smithville Fiber Expands Gigabit

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Building on the earlier success in responding to customer-driven expansion in Bloomington’s Blue Ridge neighborhood, Smithville is launching new fiber expansion projects in residential developments, apartment buildings, and affordable housing in the city of Bloomington, according to Darby McCarty,...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Program to Use Broadband to Revitalize 10 Appalachian Towns

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Ten communities in six Appalachian states will receive technical assistance from an inter-agency Obama administration program aimed at using broadband to revitalize downtown areas.  The Obama Cool and Connected program taps resources within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Has Provided Low Cost Internet to 3 Million Americans

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Comcast has helped bridge the digital divide by helping provide low cost Internet access to some 750,000 low-income families – 3 million Americans – via its Comcast Internet Essentials program, according to a five-year progress report. Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee joined Comcast Senior Executive...Learn More

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

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Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson, North Carolina Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision put a halt...Learn More

Oregon Vineyard, Local Students Benefit from Agricultural IoT Project

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A project in rural Oregon illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things in agriculture, as well as providing an example of how technology can motivate students and support new ways of learning. The agricultural IoT project is a collaborative effort involving IBM, wireless ISP...Learn More

California Gigabit Footprint Grows with Consolidated Expansion

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California gigabit options will increase with the news that Consolidated Communications will bring the ultra-broadband service to their Roseville, California market. Roseville will join Kansas City and Houston as Consolidated gigabit markets. The California gigabit service from Consolidated will be available to 16,000 homes to...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional...Learn More

Mobile IPv6 Milestone: More Than Half of Mobile Requests Now IPv6

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A mobile IPv6 network milestone was passed last week as Facebook and Akamai reported that more than half the requests from the four largest U.S. mobile networks were IPv6-based. Facebook’s Paul Saab marked the achievement on the company blog, pointing out that it has been...Learn More

AT&T SDN/NFV Initiatives include Joining Intel’s ‘Super 7+1’

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Network traffic continues to soar as broadband connectivity expands and end users make greater use of a wider variety of connected devices and data-hungry software applications. Growing adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 4K video and Internet of Things only adds to the trend....Learn More