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

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

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The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Router Satisfaction Rises

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Manufacturers’ efforts to improve the performance of wireless routers and make them easier to use appear to be successful, according to new market research about wireless router satisfaction from J.D. Power. Wireless router customer satisfaction rose across all 10 factors – a total 24 index...Learn More

Breaking with DOCSIS 3.1 Cablecos, Altice FTTH Plans Include Path to 10 Gbps

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While some of the largest U.S. cable companies are looking primarily to DOCSIS 3.1 to support gigabit broadband deployments, Altice USA has opted instead to deploy fiber-to-the-home, which it says will support speeds up to 10 Gbps. A five-year Altice FTTH rollout plan announced today...Learn More

Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise Market

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If CenturyLink’s plan to merge with Level 3 Communications is approved, the combined carrier will get 76% of its revenue from the enterprise and wholesale market, said a Level 3 executive today. After the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger, the combined company would be the most...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Forum: 4.5G WTTH Helping Accelerate Next Generation Fixed Wireless

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Growing fixed wireless momentum across the globe is leading to the concept of wireless-to-the-home (WTTH), promising fiber like speeds that are increasingly seen as lower cost alternative option for traditional wireline fixed broadband service. WTTH was on full display last week with particular emphasis on...Learn More

Muni Broadband Provider TUA Upgrades Fiber Network with Calix

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TULLAHOMA, TN — (Marketwired) — 11/29/16 — Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in subscriber driven access, today announced that municipal utility broadband pioneer Tullahoma Utilities Authority (TUA) is moving its fiber future forward with Calix. Since introducing LightTUBe fiber services in 2008, TUA...Learn More

AT&T OTT Service DIRECTV NOW to Launch with 100+ Channels, Original Content for $35/month

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AT&T today took the wraps off its eagerly awaited AT&T OTT services, featuring DIRECTV NOW – and there’s a lot to sort through. There will be three AT&T OTT video offerings available on Wednesday November 30th, one of which, DIRECTV NOW, has four different tiers....Learn More

Financial Analyst: Cable Will be the Incumbent Phone Company in 2017

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The local cable company could be the incumbent phone company beginning in 2017, according to financial analysts at Pivotal Research Group. The analysts are generally bullish about the cable industry and bearish about the telecom industry which, according to the analysts, may never grow data...Learn More

Broadband Economic Benefits: Study Finds Potential $11K Annual Savings

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Growing numbers of Americans are relying on Internet, and increasingly mobile broadband, connectivity to earn their livings. Broadband connectivity also offers numerous and varied opportunities for consumers to save money, and the Internet Innovation Alliance highlights the top 10 of them in a new study...Learn More

AT&T Partners with Best Western Hotels for DIRECTV

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AT&T is working with Best Western® Hotels & Resorts to offer exceptional in-room entertainment. All Best Western hotels across the U.S., which includes over 150,000 hotel rooms, will be able to sign-up for DIRECTV. DIRECTV currently offers service in nearly 50,000 Best Western hotel rooms,...Learn More

Lumos Networks Launches $69.95 Special Promotion for Gigabit FAST Residential Internet

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November 18, 2016 — WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks”) (NASDAQ: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the mid-Atlantic region, is now offering Gigabit FAST residential fiber service for $69.95 on a two year promotion to eligible consumers within its RLEC fiber footprint....Learn More