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

FCC Aims to Maximize Unlicensed Use of TV Spectrum Post Auction

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The FCC today took action aimed at maximizing unlicensed use of TV white spaces spectrum after the incentive auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band is completed. The action took the form of two notices of proposed rulemaking in which the commission...Learn More

Study: Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts Lead Coffee Shop Wi-Fi Performance

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Wi-Fi connectivity has become the norm for a growing variety of retail establishments and shopping malls. Coffee chains, such as Starbucks, were among the first to provide wireless Internet access, so it’s fitting that on International Coffee Day (September 29), wefi released its study of...Learn More

Akamai: Average U.S. Broadband Speed Jumps to 11.4 Mbps

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The average U.S. broadband speed reached 11.4 Mbps in the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report released today. That’s an increase of 8.9% over first quarter of 2014, which saw a 9% speed increase over the last...Learn More

GVTC First to Deliver Internet Gigabit Speeds to San Antonio Area

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SMITHSON VALLEY, Monday, September 29, 2014 — GVTC residential and business customers now have access to among the fastest Internet speeds available in the United States. The Hill Country based communications provider has unleashed 1 gigabit Internet speeds to customers connected to its fiber network....Learn More

FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiment Details

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Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) releases the application form for the rural broadband experiments, FCC Form 5610, and provides additional information to assist potential applicants in completing the application form. The Bureau also announces that a brief delay in the timing of the applications...Learn More

Alcatel-Lucent and Ikanos to Develop Ultra-Broadband Products

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FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 — Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the connected home, today announced that the company’s largest investor, Tallwood Venture Capital (Tallwood), and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are purchasing $11.25...Learn More

J.D. Power Finds Improved Phone, TV, Internet Customer Satisfaction

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Performance, reliability and connection speed problems declined from last year as TV and Internet service providers (ISPs) continue to upgrade networks, according to three U.S. wireline studies released September 25 by J.D. Power. Surveying residential customers’ experiences with TV, Internet and phone services across four...Learn More

Report: Subscribers Prefer Gigabit Services from Local ISP over Google

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Gigabit Internet access has become a key trend in the broadband industry, thanks in large part to Google. With their Google Fiber initiative, Google acted as a catalyst for a burgeoning movement and clearly has raised the visibility of Gigabit services like probably no other...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Execs Detail Fioptics Expansion Plans

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Cincinnati Bell will accelerate its fiber deployment plans and will target deployments based on expected customer lifetime value (CLV), said company executives at Cincinnati Bell Investor Day today. The event also was webcast. The Cincinnati-based telco now aims to deploy fiber to between 70% and...Learn More

Connecticut Cities Seek Open Access Gigabit Network

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Three Connecticut cities are acting together to seek a gigabit network. The goal is to make connectivity available on a wholesale open access basis that would enable multiple service providers to compete for end user business. The three cities are New Haven, Stamford and West...Learn More

When Will We Need New TV White Spaces Standard?

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A new IEEE standard designated 802.19.1 aims to fix what for now is a minor flaw in TV white spaces broadband technology, but which could become more problematic in the future as the technology is more widely deployed. When technologists figured out how to use...Learn More

AT&T Targets Cord Cutters with New $39 Broadband + OTT Offer

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Video service providers are beginning to get a little more creative with TV bundles in the hopes of capturing subscribers who either no longer want the “300 channel line-up” package or never subscribed to it in the first place. The latest example is a $39...Learn More