New CBRS Alliance to Focus on LTE-Based Indoor, Outdoor Coverage

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The CBRS Alliance, announced yesterday, aims to “develop, market and promote” LTE-based offerings in the 3.5 GHz, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), band. Although much of the talk around the CBRS band has focused on using it to support fixed broadband...Learn More

Google Fiber Delay Hints at Gigabit Wireless Plans

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Google Fiber will delay plans to deploy gigabit fiber-to-the-home in the San Jose, California area, reports local media outlet San Jose Mercury News. The company reportedly is seeking less costly deployment alternatives. Some industry observers speculate that the Google Fiber delay means the company is...Learn More

New Disruptive Google Fiber Business Pricing Plans Introduced

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Google just introduced new Google Fiber business pricing plans that will add yet another competitive implication to their move into the broadband access business. The new plans start at $70/month for a 100 Mbps plan, which includes a router and WiFi gateway. That could be...Learn More

U.S. IT Job Growth 43,900 So Far This Year, Says CompTIA

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U.S. IT job growth is 43,900 as of mid-year 2016. according to an estimate from CompTIA based on an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. June’s net IT sector job creation more than offset a May decline, according to a press release. Telecom...Learn More

Report Finds Roku with Biggest OTT Video Set Top Box Market Share

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Set-top boxes from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku are the fourth-most popular means of streaming OTT video in homes, according to OTT video set top box market share research from comScore. The OTT STBs ranked behind the ¨Big 3¨ – desktops, smartphones and...Learn More

U.S. Cellular Network Now a Part of Google MVNO Project Fi

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The underlying network of the nation’s 5th largest wireless carrier will become available for Project Fi, the Google MVNO that aims to disrupt the mobile carrier industry. U.S. Cellular joins T-Mobile and Sprint as underlying carriers for the Google MVNO project. Project Fi, first launched...Learn More

Comcast Launches Nashville Gigabit Trial Using DOCSIS 3.1

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Comcast today announced the launch of a Nashville gigabit trial using DOCSIS 3.1 technology. The cable company is calling the launch an ¨an advanced consumer trial of Gigabit Internet service.” Nashville is the second city in which Comcast is leveraging its investment in new-generation DOCSIS...Learn More

IDC Forecasts Declining Smartphone Growth Rate

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A revised forecast from IDC calls for a declining smartphone growth rate. Global smartphone shipments will increase only 3.1% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016, markedly slower than the 10.5% rate originally forecast, according to IDC. Global smartphone shipments will total 1.48 billion this year and increase...Learn More

Will 5G Enable Wireless Replacement of Home Broadband and Disrupt FTTH?

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Ever since the advent of 3G wireless, there’s been debate as to whether significant wireless replacement of home broadband service is possible. After all, wireless replacement of home voice service helped decimate the pure wireline voice business for many carriers. Will the same happen for...Learn More

NPD Finds Strong Interest in Smart Home Voice Control

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U.S. Internet users are increasingly turning to smartphones and voice command applications in order to control and otherwise make use of smart home devices and apps, according to the latest market research from The NPD Group Connected Intelligence ¨Connected Home Automation Report,¨ which found strong...Learn More

San Francisco Municipal Broadband Targets $26 Monthly Base Price

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City officials have recommended construction of a San Francisco municipal broadband network based on a public-private partnership. The recommendations came in a 103-page report issued by the office of Supervisor Mark Farrell on March 15. According to the San Francisco Municipal Fiber Advisory Panel’s report...Learn More

Smartphone Voice Assistant Survey: Satisfaction Nears 50%

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Use of smartphone conversational voice assistants, such as Apple’s Siri and OK Google appears to have reached a tipping point in 2015, according to smartphone voice assistant survey from MindMeld. Over half of voice assistant users (55%) in MindMeld’s January 2016 survey said they used...Learn More