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Speed Tests Show Unlimited Plan Impact on Wireless Speeds Reversing, T-Mobile Still Tops

After all four of the nation’s largest wireless carriers introduced unlimited plans early last year, the industry saw major shifts in average 4G speeds. Both AT&T and Verizon saw their average speeds drop for six straight months, according to OpenSignal, which collects data from consumer...Learn More

Report: ‘Clear and Unchanging’ Community Broadband Prices Beat Commercial ISP Networks

Community-owned broadband networks generally offer lower pricing in comparison with commercial networks, according to a new report. Researchers for Responsive Communities at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research at Harvard University compared community broadband prices in 27 markets and found that the...Learn More

Report: When it Comes to Net Neutrality Support, Knowledge is Evidently Power

Most who say they understand the net neutrality issue say they support it, according to a new study of net neutrality perceptions from research firm GfK. According to the study, about half (55%) of all U.S. consumers report that they understand the issue of net...Learn More

TiVo: 20% of Daily Life Involves Engaging Video Services, Pay TV Subscribership at 90%

Consumers spend an average of 4.4 hours each day watching video, and an average of 28 minutes daily searching for what they want to watch, according to new research from TiVo Corp. The research also found that people are using a combination of traditional pay...Learn More

Report: Digital Voice Assistants Giving Smartphones a Run for Their Money in Managing the Digital Home

It’s digital voice assistants vs. smartphones on the home control front, and digital voice assistants (DVAs) are gaining ground, according to a new survey from Accenture. DVAs are replacing smartphones as the device of choice for entertainment and online purchasing for people who own both,...Learn More

Apple App Store Holiday Sales Approach $1 Billion, $300M on New Year’s Day Alone

It was a happy New Year’s Day indeed for Apple as $300 million in purchases were made on the App Store. The week saw the most people ever use the online marketplace. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day visitors spent more than $890 million...Learn More

CTA: AR/VR Headset Sales Approaching 5 Million Units, Generating $1.2 Billion

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are expected to see record growth this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The forthcoming U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report from CTA projects AR/VR headset sales (including eyewear) eyewear will sell 4.9 million units in...Learn More

Report: Frustration with the OTT Experience Will Drive Major Change

Consumers are increasingly demanding video content on at any time, anywhere and on any device, but are overwhelmed by some 200 OTT choices, according to a new report from Ooyala. Yet, even with that many choices, millennials are not completely satisfied with their current OTT...Learn More

NPD: Unlimited Plans Help Drive 25% Growth in Monthly Mobile Data Usage, Now at 31.4 GBs

Wireless subscriber’s monthly mobile data usage patterns differ when it comes to utilization of cellular or WiFi networks depending upon whether they are on limited or unlimited plans. One thing both groups do a lot, however, is stream video. The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Smartphone...Learn More

Apple Leads in Christmas Device Activations, Phablets Continue to Soar

If there was a smartphone under the tree this holiday season, it was more likely to be an Apple product than any other brand, according to newly released Christmas device activations research from Flurry Analytics. More than 4 in 10 smartphones (44%) purchased during the...Learn More

Wearables Forecast: 18.4% Annual Growth to 2021

A wearables forecast from ISC calls for the overall wearables market to increase from 113.2 million shipments in 2017 to 222.3 million in 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent. While basic wristbands like the Xiaomi Mi Band or Fitbit Charge have been...Learn More

Fiber Deployment Forecast: 1.4 Million Miles Needed for 5G in Top 25 Metros

The Fiber Broadband Association has issued a bullish fiber deployment forecast. The forecast, which calls for approximately 1.4 million miles of fiber in the top 25 metro markets in the U.S., is driven in large part by carriers’ 5G wireless deployment plans, which will require...Learn More

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