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

Cablevision Sues Verizon for False and Misleading Advertising Claims about WiFi Service

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January 29, 2015 — BETHPAGE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) today is filing a lawsuit in federal court for the Eastern District of New York against Verizon Communications seeking an end to its false, misleading and deceptive advertising claims about WiFi service. Cablevision issued the...Learn More

Trial to Study TV White Spaces for Disaster Planning

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Gigabit Libraries Network and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies plan to explore the use of portable TV white spaces broadband equipment in community disaster planning. “The reality is that after a catastrophic event, the public communications infrastructure WILL be down for 2 – 5...Learn More

25 Mbps Broadband Definition Adopted, Wheeler Finds Carriers Hypocritical

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had harsh words for broadband providers today, essentially accusing them of hypocrisy in their comments about broadband speed requirements. Wheeler’s comments came at today’s FCC meeting, at which the commission adopted a new definition of broadband of 25 Mbps downstream and...Learn More

Add Nickelodeon OTT to the Growing List of Broadband Delivered OTT Channels

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The list of mainstream traditional programming that will become available direct-to-consumer, without the need of a pay-TV subscription is growing. The popular children’s channel Nickelodeon is the latest to join this list, which also includes HBO, CBS, Showtime, Univison, and others. These moves illustrate a...Learn More

Ring Central Integrates Cloud Communications Suite with Google for Work

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January 29, 2015 — SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of cloud business communication solutions, today announced that RingCentral Office® is now available with Google for Work, a suite of tools that includes Gmail and Google Docs. RingCentral Office® turns Google for...Learn More

Google Fiber Expansion is Here, Four Additional Markets on Tap

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Google will announce this week Google Fiber expansion plans to four additional markets, according to numerous reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The markets are all in the Southeast and include Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Google has not formally confirmed these reports, but has...Learn More

GVTC Launches Satellite Broadband

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SMITHSON VALLEY, (January 26, 2015) — Every customer in GVTC’s 2,000 square mile service area now has access to a broadband connection no matter how secluded they live. A partnership with satellite broadband provider, Exede®, brought GVTC a cost effective solution to bring Internet access...Learn More

Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Program Include Rural Gigabit Pilot

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When President Obama spoke last week about reforms to the USDA Rural Utilities Service broadband loan program, he was referencing changes adopted in the 2014 Farm Bill, a USDA official advised in an email to Telecompetitor. Although the changes have received little publicity, they include...Learn More

Anti-Muni Network Groups Respond to Obama’s Advocacy

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President Obama’s recent comments advocating municipal broadband networks have drawn a variety of rebuttals from groups such as the Phoenix Center, TechFreedom and Media Freedom. The Phoenix Center sums up the core argument in a white paper critiquing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s praise for the...Learn More

FreedomPop Wi-Fi Service Offers Unlimited Voice, Text and Data

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FreedomPop, the company that offers free cellular data, voice and text service, today launched a service that lets smartphones use any of nearly 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide for data, voice, or text connectivity, thereby minimizing customers’ cellular service consumption. “We’re cobbling together millions of...Learn More

New NY Broadband Program Offers $500 Million for 100 Mbps Broadband

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The state of New York has launched what it says is the largest state investment in broadband deployment in the U.S. The initiative, to be known as New NY Broadband Program, will make $500 million available to network operators to bring broadband to unserved and...Learn More

Report Finds Strong Link Between Broadband and Population Growth

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U.S. counties lacking high-speed broadband have lower population growth and are more likely to see population decline than counties where high-speed broadband is available, according to new research conducted by Broadband Communities Magazine. Counties with the highest broadband availability levels are seeing the greatest population...Learn More