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Wheeler Lifeline Broadband Proposal: Carriers Would No Longer Determine Eligibility

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Low-income Americans could have some or all of the costs of broadband service covered through the Universal Service Lifeline program if a proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is adopted. Currently the Lifeline program pays participants $9.25 a month toward the cost of landline or...Learn More

Iowa Network Services Expands Fiber Network

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DES MOINES, IA (May 27, 2015) – Iowa Network Services (INS) has brought its high speed Fiber Optic Network to businesses in Northeast Des Moines as a part of an expansion of its statewide carrier-grade network. The project connects portions of their existing fiber network...Learn More

FCC Low-Income Broadband Pilot Results Released

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If low-income people don’t subscribe to broadband is it because the cost of service is too high? Or is it related more to the cost of a wired or wireless device? Or do these people simply not understand broadband and its benefits – a situation...Learn More

Brillo is Google’s Version of a Smart Home Operating System, Managing the IoT

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Google has successfully created an operating system for the smartphone with Android.  Together with Apple’s iOS, they jointly have a duopoly on the software that runs smartphones and tablets, although globally, Android has the lead over iOS. The idea of smart devices has moved beyond...Learn More

Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Valued at $89 Billion

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly told executives of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications that the commission might approve certain cable industry mergers, the two companies today announced plans to merge in a deal that also would bring Bright House Networks into...Learn More

Voice Over Internet Now Available Throughout Alaska

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May 26, 2015 — ANCHORAGE, Alaska–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Businesses in Fairbanks, Juneau and select areas of Kenai can now use hosted Voice over Internet from Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), the state’s leading broadband and IT solutions provider. The hosted cloud-based communications solution reduces operating costs and increases...Learn More

Comcast and Level 3 Deal: Another Peering Dispute Resolved

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Another pair of former opponents has inked an Internet interconnection deal. According to a Comcast press release, Comcast and Level 3 Communications have reached a “multi-year bilateral interconnection agreement” that is part of a “multifaceted arrangement that will help both companies meet their customers’ needs...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Windstream Gigabit Coming to One Market, Maybe Five in 2015

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Add Windstream to the list of gigabit Internet service providers. Windstream CEO Tony Thomas announced their Gigabit plans at the recent J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Telecom investor conference. Thomas committed to launching at least one gigabit market in 2015, but maybe up to...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Footprint Expansion Announcements Continue, But Details Are Few

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The Comcast Gigabit public relations machine is in full swing this week, with several new markets for their 2 Gigabit service, Gigabit Pro, announced for future roll outs. The new markets include parts of Utah, Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs), Houston, Oregon, and Washington. Beyond...Learn More

ZCorum and Alianza Partner for Cloud VoIP

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Alpharetta, GA and Lindon, UT (May 21, 2015) – ZCorum and Alianza announced today they have formed a new, strategic partnership to deliver a future-proof cloud-based VoIP solution for broadband service providers via ZCorum’s VoiSelect brand. Powered by the Alianza Cloud Voice Platform and ZCorum’s...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

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The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the...Learn More

Suddenlink Altice Deal Highlights Ongoing Cable MSO M&A Activity

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Cable MSO merger and acquisition activity continues today, but from a somewhat surprising source. The latest deal includes tier 2 cable MSO Suddenlink who is being acquired by French communications conglomerate Altice for $9.2 billion. Suddenlink is the seventh largest U.S. cable MSO with 1.5 million...Learn More