Google Fiber Video Rates Just Got Bumped by 33%

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Even almighty Google is not immune to the skyrocketing costs of video programming, with news last week that Google Fiber video rates will rise by about one third. New customers to Google’s double play of gigabit broadband and video will now pay $160 per month,...Learn More

Mobile Data Plan Survey: Users Not Thrilled with Unlimited Plans

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Nearly six in ten (58%) mobile users in a nationwide mobile data plan survey would switch mobile services providers if they had more choice and control regarding how they used their data. That includes those with unlimited mobile data plans, according to the survey conducted...Learn More

Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Rollout to Cover Utah

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The Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout continues with the news that Comcast is leveraging its investment in DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver residential broadband service as fast as 1 Gbps throughout the state of Utah over its existing network infrastructure. Comcast is on track to...Learn More

FCC Won’t Regulate Most Business Data Services Pricing, Aims to Speed Copper Retirement

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The FCC today opted not to regulate pricing for most business data services and began a process aimed at making it easier for service providers to retire copper networks. The moves on business data services pricing and copper retirement came during the commission’s monthly meeting....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

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

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CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current FCC administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation. In a letter filed with the FCC yesterday, the carriers asked the commission to grant them non-dominant business data service status, arguing that they do...Learn More

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

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