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App Economy Job Creation Report: 110,00 New Jobs in Two Years

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Some 110,000 new software application development jobs were created across the App Economy ecosystem in the U.S. from May 2014 through May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported in a new app economy job creation study from ACT – The App...Learn More

Behind the AT&T 5G Evolution 20-City Launch

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AT&T today said it will launch AT&T 5G Evolution wireless service in 20 markets before year-end, beginning with a launch in Austin, Texas today. The news is the latest example of how major national carriers AT&T and Verizon are hoping to differentiate their offerings based...Learn More

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the FCC’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline...Learn More

Huawei: Video is Broadband’s Dial Tone

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Video is now equivalent to ‘basic service’ according to Huawei, who outlined a growing vision for the video opportunity at their recent Global Industry Analyst Summit last week in Shenzhen, China. Huawei sees a carrier global video market opportunity of over $1 trillion (USD). That...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

Report: Time Spent Using Mobile Hits 5 Hours Daily

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The time spent using mobile has hit 5 hours each day for the average U.S. consumer, according to the latest market data from Yahoo’s mobile analytics specialist company Flurry. That’s 20 percent higher than it was in 4Q 2015. In parallel with rising time spent...Learn More

ITIF Report Recommends Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

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Support for broadband infrastructure legislation seems to be growing, as evidenced by a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The report, titled “A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure,” aims to educate legislators about the state of broadband deployment and policy...Learn More

Gartner Cuts Global IT Spending Forecast Nearly in Half

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A global IT spending forecast from Gartner calls for a 1.4 percent rise year-to-year in 2017 to total $3.5 trillion. Expecting the strong U.S. dollar to take its toll, Gartner revised its 2Q annual 2017 market forecast downwards from the 2.7 percent forecast in 1Q....Learn More

5G Spectrum Drives $1.6 Billion AT&T Straight Path Purchase

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AT&T said today that it plans to acquire Straight Path Communications in a $1.6 billion deal. Straight Path’s primary assets are spectrum licenses in bands suitable for 5G deployment. The AT&T Straight Path purchase will bring those licenses – in the 39 GHz and 28...Learn More

FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members Announced

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Elizabeth Pierce, chief executive of Alaskan undersea cable company Quintillion Networks, will chair the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee announced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in January. The vice chair will be Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Utah economic development...Learn More

Comcast Wireless Offer, Xfinity Mobile, Will Include Creative Pricing Models

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Comcast’s eagerly awaited wireless offering, announced today, will use a Wi-Fi First approach which, as Xfinity Mobile President Greg Butz explained on an investor webcast today, aims to “make Wi-Fi easy.” Comcast wireless pricing also will offer some unique options, including an option to pay...Learn More

AT&T Free HBO Promotion Gives Premium Channel to Unlimited Wireless Customers

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A new announced AT&T free HBO promotion ups the ante for the ongoing unlimited wireless wars. AT&T will now give unlimited wireless plus plan subscribers a complimentary subscription to HBO Go, the streaming version of the popular premium channel. The AT&T free HBO promotion applies...Learn More

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