Deciphering Obama’s Wireless Broadband Initiative – Part 4

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In February, President Obama laid out his vision for how to gain wider deployment of high-speed wireless networks. In Part 1 of this Industry Spotlight series, we looked at proposal highlights; Part 2 discussed the proposed plan to fund wireless initiatives through a voluntary spectrum auction; and...Learn More

Deciphering Obama’s Wireless Broadband Initiative – Part 2

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In this four-part Industry Spotlight series, Telecompetitor looks at the key ideas proposed in the Obama broadband wireless plan, the rationale behind them, and what would be required to move them forward. In Part 1 of this series we offered an overview of those plans....Learn More

Deciphering Obama’s Wireless Broadband Initiative

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In this four-part Industry Spotlight series, Telecompetitor looks at the key ideas proposed in the Obama broadband wireless plan, the rationale behind them, and what would be required to move them forward. In Part 1 below, we provide an overview of the plan. When future...Learn More

An Inside Look at Verizon’s Smart Grid Strategy

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Verizon is one communications service provider that is taking the smart grid opportunity seriously. To help ensure that the opportunity gets appropriate focus, the company has established an energy and utility unit. Vice president and global managing director of that unit is Rilck Noel, who...Learn More

Smart Grid Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Service Providers

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In order to support the smart grid goal of smarter energy management (a topic we explored in part 1 of this series), it will be critical for utility companies to upgrade their infrastructure to support two-way communication with customers. In this article, we look at...Learn More

Smart Grid Seeks to Reduce Power Consumption, Enhance Utility Network Reliability

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Two goals that have become increasingly important to Americans in recent years are to secure critical infrastructure and to minimize our carbon footprint by reducing our power consumption. An important initiative that helps support both of these goals is the smart grid, which the National...Learn More

Wireless Carriers Underpay for Access, Small Telcos Charge

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Small telcos say they are losing substantial access revenues to voice over IP providers, a topic we explored in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Often the same small telcos say they are also being underpaid for terminating calls from wireless carriers—a topic...Learn More

How Some VOIP and Other Carriers Avoid Access…

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… and what small telcos want to do about it. The term “phantom traffic” is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to describe the situation in which a local telco is unable to correctly bill for traffic that it terminates to its end user subscribers....Learn More

Access Avoidance Hurts Small Telco Revenues, Threatens PSTN

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Telco revenue challenges are not all about losing lines to VOIP, cable companies and wireless. Increasingly, the telcos also lose when the people who place calls to their customers are using one of these non-traditional methods. This is a particular concern to small, often rural...Learn More

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