AT&T CEO: “Radical” Upgrades to DIRECTV NOW Will Increase Price; OTT Alternative to DIRECTV DBS on Tap as Well

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The user interface for AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform will soon get a “radical upgrade,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference this morning. DIRECTV NOW upgrades also will include support for a cloud DVR and three simultaneous...Learn More

Fidelity Expands Missouri Gigabit, Offers $80 Gigabit Tier

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Fidelity Communications is offering 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) service in Sullivan, MO — the latest of several Missouri gigabit offerings the company has launched. During the past several months, the company upgraded its network, acquired 1 Gbps-capable modems and set aside bandwidth for the...Learn More

USTelecom Says Telecom Unbundling Regulations are Outmoded; Competitors Say They Need Those UNEs

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USTelecom has filed a forbearance petition with the FCC, asking the commission to eliminate a requirement for larger ILECs to offer unbundled network elements at regulated prices. According to a blog post from USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter, telecom unbundling regulations currently enable competitive...Learn More

Report Declares Comcast Quad Play ‘Firmly Rooted,’ With Verizon Being the Biggest Loser

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Xfinity mobile’s pricing strategy is stealing customers from all major carriers, according to a new study from Market Strategies International, which also declares the Comcast quad play “firmly rooted,” thanks to Xfinity mobile. The new report finds that almost 60% of current Xfinity mobile customers...Learn More

FCC Tackles Rural Carrier Issues Including Business Data Services, Call Completion

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The FCC took action today on three issues impacting rural carriers. At today’s monthly FCC meeting, the commission adopted new call completion rules and proposed others. In addition, the commission proposed to deregulate business data services provided by certain rate-of-return (ROR) carriers and proposed to...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Expansion Continues with Several Florida Markets Now Upgraded

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Comcast today announced additional Florida markets in which its DOCSIS 3.1-based 1 Gbps service will be available. They include the Orlando area, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast and southwest sections of the state. In February, Comcast gigabit was launched in Lake County, Panama...Learn More

TBR: Wireless Revenue Trends Up Slightly, Thanks to Higher Equipment Costs

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Wireless revenue trends are up 2% year-to-year for U.S. carriers covered in Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 4Q17 U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark report. Those revenues have reached an annual total of $62.7 billion, TBR said. According to the research firm, higher equipment revenue...Learn More

ALLO Communications Triples Speeds, Doesn’t Change Consumer Pricing

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ALLO Communications has tripled the speed of its residential broadband offering from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps in both the upstream and downstream – and done so without increasing subscription rates. ALLO is a competitive fiber-to-the-home provider serving Lincoln, North Platte, Ogallala, Bridgeport, Scottsbluff, Gering,...Learn More

NCTC Uses Analytics, Targeted Marketing for Improved ARPU, Reduced Churn

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NCTC, a regional broadband provider serving rural Tennessee and Kentucky, has seen a 15% increase in average revenue per customer (ARPU) by using broadband customer data analytics to create tightly targeted promotions. In an interview, NCTC Director of Technology Clint Carter explained how the company...Learn More

Mobile Churn Research: One Third of Subscribers Have Made No Plan Changes in Over Two Years

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Most mobile users are staying with their legacy providers despite untold marketing dollars carriers spend trying to convince consumers to switch, according to new mobile churn research from Parks Associates. The research firm finds that only 14% of U.S. mobile subscribers switched providers as the...Learn More

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

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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

Comcast Gigabit Expansion Includes Sacramento Area

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Comcast is launching a new internet service designed to provide speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential and business customers in Sacramento, California and nine surrounding cities. The Comcast gigabit speeds are the fastest available in the areas served, the company said. In addition...Learn More

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