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Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

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In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit...Learn More

Frontier Communications Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

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Jun 21, 2018 — NORWALK, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 21, 2018– Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) announced today that R. Perley McBride, its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be resigning from the company for personal reasons, and to return to Atlanta where his family resides. Mr. McBride will remain in his...Learn More

FirstNet Now Serves Over 1,000 Public Safety Agencies; Service Used in Active Shooter Situations

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FirstNet public safety agencies now number over 1,000, AT&T announced yesterday. The carrier is the exclusive operator of the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband network. Although that network is still under construction, the carrier already gives public safety users priority access and, when necessary, pre-emption on...Learn More

TDS Cable Broadband Upgrades Continue, 600 Mbps Broadband Coming to More Markets

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An additional five markets will see TDS cable broadband upgrades, bringing 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps tiers to communities in Texas and Colorado, the company announced yesterday. The upgrades are part of a broader strategy by TDS to improve broadband speeds in their cable properties....Learn More

As One OTT Service Suffers Outage, AT&T Launches New WatchTV $15 OTT Service

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In the midst of suffering a major outage to their DIRECTV NOW OTT service, AT&T announced the official launch of AT&T WatchTV, a new skinny-bundle OTT service priced at $15. The latest OTT service from AT&T is also free with certain AT&T Unlimited wireless plans....Learn More

AR-VR Forecast: Bad Quarter, Good Future

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The augmented reality and virtual reality markets experienced a poor first quarter of 2018, but a rebound is expected, according to an AR-VR forecast from IDC. The category was down 30.5% year over year, with 1.2 million units shipped. There is an extenuating factor, however....Learn More

FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless...Learn More

$220 Million Novacap Horizon Acquisition Deal Closes, Continuing Foreign Investment in U.S. Fiber Trend

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Canadian private equity firm Novacap today completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Telecom for $220 million. The Novacap Horizon acquisition provides Novacap more than 4,300 fiber route miles and nearly 550,000 fiber strand miles with over 1,600 on-net locations and 16,600 near-net buildings. It...Learn More

ASSIA Chief: DSL Could Support Terabit Speeds

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Copper twisted pair telephone wiring could someday support terabit speeds over distances of approximately 100 meters, according to Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of broadband software development company ASSIA. Technologies underlying terabit DSL would include a waveguide approach in combination with vectoring, explained Cioffi...Learn More

FCC Rural Healthcare Fund Poised for $171 Million Annual Budget Increase

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The USF rural healthcare fund appears set to get an increase in its budget cap of $171 million annually, which would bring its annual budget to $571 million from its current $400 million. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release today stating that a...Learn More

Amazon Owned Ring Will Launch Home Security and Monitoring Service for $10/month

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Just after their recently closed acquisition by Amazon, popular video doorbell provider Ring announced they will launch a home alarm and monitoring service. Announced in February 2018, Amazon reportedly paid $1 billion for Ring. The Ring Alarm home security monitoring system will begin shipping on...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Launches Cloud Peer Connect

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MATTOON, Ill. – June 13, 2018 – Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, today announced the launch of Cloud Peer Connect, a connectivity solution that provides Consolidated’s business customers direct, private access to major cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft...Learn More

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