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

Akamai: U.S. Average Peak Broadband Speed is Nearly 50 Mbps

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The U.S. average peak broadband speed in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 49.4 Mbps according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report. The U.S. average connection speed was 11.1 Mbps for that period, Akamai said. While average connection speed measures the average...Learn More

Add Salt Lake City to the Google Fiber Footprint, Takes on CenturyLink

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Google announced Salt Lake City as their latest Google Fiber city today. Salt Lake City joins Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh as Google Fiber expansion cities. Google Fiber is already up and running in Austin, Kansas City, and Provo, Utah. “We’re looking forward to seeing...Learn More

Sckipio Claims G.fast Backhaul Breakthrough

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There’s a European telecommunications project called Celtic-Plus. This is an important group consisting of some of the largest telcos in Europe including Telefonica, BT, and Orange. Over the last few months, this group has been conducting G.fast lab trials using Sckipio technology. On Monday, the...Learn More

Bernstein: Connect America Fund Could Boost Five Carriers’ Annual Revenues by $717 Million by 2020

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Phase II of the Connect America Fund, targeted to get underway soon, offers substantial “financial upside” for five of the nation’s largest price cap carriers, according to telecom financial analysts at Bernstein Research. In a research note issued yesterday, Bernstein analysts estimated that the five...Learn More

Wireless Stakeholders Defend Against Alleged TV White Spaces Database Flaws

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The National Association of Broadcasters last week filed an emergency motion with the FCC to suspend operation of the TV white spaces database because, according to the NAB, the system has “serious design flaws.” But according to the Wireless Innovation Alliance, the NAB has provided...Learn More

Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council Aims to Spur Broadband Deployment

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President Obama’s latest initiative to expand broadband availability, announced today, is to create a Broadband Opportunity Council charged with determining what various government agencies can do to help spur broadband deployment, competition and adoption. Heading up the effort will be Department of Agriculture Secretary John...Learn More

LTE-U and Wi-Fi: What Carriers Need to Know

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Some wireless carriers including Verizon have big plans for LTE- Unlicensed (LTE-U), also known as licensed assisted access (LAA). What do network operators need to know about this technology? The most important thing is that the technology uses a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum....Learn More

WSJ: Sony, HBO, Showtime Want Internet Fast Lanes After All

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Just weeks after the FCC adopted new Net Neutrality rules, those rules could soon face their first test. The Wall Street Journal reports today that several content providers planning new subscription video streaming offerings have talked to major broadband providers about having their streaming services...Learn More

AT&T Enhances Push-to-Talk for Businesses

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LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2015 – Companies that rely on dispatch services are getting a new set of tools to stay connected with their employees. AT&T* is introducing new enhancements to AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) and Integrated Dispatch. The latest capabilities bridge the gap between...Learn More

On Five Year Anniversary, National Broadband Plan Author Discusses Progress, Challenges

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Five years after Blair Levin (then with the FCC) and his team completed the National Broadband Plan, significant progress has been made in meeting some of the plan’s goals, including freeing up spectrum for broadband, said Levin in an interview yesterday. Some other areas, including...Learn More

Another Day, Another Streaming OTT Option – Today it’s PlayStation Vue

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Sony took the wraps off its streaming OTT service today, PlayStation Vue, making it available in three markets, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The latest OTT entrant will offer a streaming OTT channel line-up and VOD content for packages ranging from $50 to $70...Learn More

Coldwell Banker Finds Strong Interest in Smart Home Technology

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC delves into smart home technology in new market research – what features home buyers are looking for and the impact such features have on a home’s sale. The real estate agency also released a list of 25 smart home products...Learn More