T-Mobile KickBack Offers up to a $10 Monthly Bill Credit on Unused Data

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The T-Mobile marketing machine spewed out its latest new offers yesterday – including T-Mobile KickBack, which offers customers a credit on their phone bill of up to $10 a month per line if they used 2 gigabytes (GB) of data or less in the previous...Learn More

Total AT&T Fiber Markets Grow to 46 with New Additions

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Total AT&T fiber markets now number 46, with the addition of two new metros in South Carolina and Arkansas. AT&T also announced the expansion of its fiber reach in Sacramento. The additions are part of AT&T’s stated goal of reaching 67 metro markets with gigabit...Learn More

NPD: Unlocked Mobile Phone Penetration Hits 12%

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Mobile devices in the U.S. have traditionally been tethered to one particular service provider.But that’s beginning to change, and rapidly, according to new market research from NPD Connected Intelligence. U.S. unlocked mobile phone penetration is now about 12% of the market or about 28 million...Learn More

Altice Low-Income Broadband Service Launched

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Altice USA  announced that its new, low-cost Optimum residential broadband Internet service is now available to qualifying low-income users in pilot test areas in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Dubbed Economy Internet, Altice low-income broadband packages start at $14.99 per month and feature broadband...Learn More

Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist Targets Low-Income Seniors with 30 Mbps Broadband

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Charter Communications this week launched a low-income broadband service dubbed Spectrum Internet Assist that provides speeds of 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream for $14.99 monthly. The offering is considerably faster than low-income broadband offerings that have been available until now and considerably less...Learn More

Stand-Alone Broadband: Will Rural Users Still Pay Twice What Urban Users Pay?

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The FCC’s plan to allow rural rate-of-return carriers to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband may not achieve its intended goal of substantially reducing the cost of that service, cautioned Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development for NTCA—The Rural...Learn More

Report: Gigabit Network Benefits Include 25% Price Drop for Lower Speed Tiers

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When gigabit broadband comes to an area, prices for broadband services of 100 Mbps or more are reduced by approximately $27 per month, according to a new study about gigabit network benefits conducted by Analysis Group for the Fiber to the Home Council. That’s about...Learn More

FCC Confirms Soaring Costs for Video Programming, Retransmission Fees

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The average price for basic cable TV service increased 2.3% to $23.79 for the 12-month period ending January 1, 2015, driven in large part by soaring costs for video programming, according to a new FCC pay TV price survey. Expanded basic cable service rates increased...Learn More

Latest Wheeler Business Data Services Proposal Calls for 11% Cap Reduction on TDM Offerings

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A new proposal for regulating business data services from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for an 11% reduction in the cap on incumbent local carriers’ TDM service pricing to be phased in over three years, beginning in July 2017. TDM services sold on a wholesale...Learn More

Study: Business Data Services Price Regulation Would Hurt All Providers

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Business data services price regulation under consideration by the FCC would be harmful to competitive as well as incumbent providers, according to a report released today from the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. According to the analysis, a 15% decrease in business data...Learn More

Broadband Speed Tiers: Should You Eliminate Them as a Usage Based Billing Strategy?

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Broadband carriers spend a lot of effort emphasizing broadband speed tiers with their marketing efforts. There is a never ending speed race, with carriers trying to outdo each other with their broadband speed tiers. Is there a better approach? One that focuses on experience versus...Learn More

Average Residential Broadband Costs by Country: U.S. Ranks 13th

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The U.S. ranked thirteenth  in a new study of residential broadband costs by country. The study was conducted by Internet and telecommunications market research specialist Point Topic. Researchers analyzed more than 5,000 fixed broadband tariff rate schedules spanning more than 300 operators in 94 countries....Learn More