Pay-TV and Telecom Spending Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2018

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Spending on telecommunications services and pay TV services in the Americas is expected to grow at .2% per year through 2022, according to a pay-TV and telecom spending forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a worldwide basis, spending on telecommunications services and pay TV...Learn More

FCC Levies $120M Robocall Fine, Its Largest Ever

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The FCC says that it has upheld a proposed fine of $120 million to Adrian Abramovich for malicious spoofing related to a robocall scheme. The FCC robocall fine is the largest ever levied by the FCC. The FCC robocall fine, which originally was proposed in...Learn More

Behind the T-Mobile $40 Million Rural Call Completion Settlement

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40 million into the U.S. Treasury and has admitted to violating FCC call completion rules in rural areas. The T-Mobile rural call completion settlement also will require the company to establish a compliance plan. T-Mobile Rural Call Completion Settlement For...Learn More

Responding to Cable Company SMB Efforts, Consolidated Launches New BusinessOne Business Bundle

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Consolidated Communications today announced the launch of BusinessOne, a new bundle of broadband and voice services for the SMB segment. A primary goal of the new offering is to differentiate the telco’s business broadband service from growing competitive  cable business service offers. BusinessOne offers two...Learn More

Comcast Business VoiceEdge Adds Award-Winning One-Click Audio Conferencing App

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Mar 12, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast Business today introduced Comcast Business VoiceEdge™ Conferencing, an award-winning enhancement to its cloud-based phone service, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, which simplifies the way conference calls are initiated, joined and managed. The new Audio Conferencing application allows end-users to initiate an audio...Learn More

Trump Signs Rural Call Completion Legislation

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President Trump has signed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 into law. The rural call completion legislation, which was sent to the president’s desk earlier this month, is aimed at ensuring call completion in rural areas by managing the use of...Learn More

Rural Call Completion Legislation Passes Both Houses

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Rural call completion has been passed in both the Senate and Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature. The legislation aims to ensure that calls go through to rural areas by establishing a registry of “intermediate providers” that complete calls for other carriers, by requiring...Learn More

IDC: Mobile Will Represent More than Half of Total $1.7 Trillion Pay-TV & Telecom Global Spend

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Spending worldwide on pay-TV and telecommunications services is expected to rise to almost $1.7 trillion this year, an increase of 1.7% compared to last year, according to a pay-TV and telecom global spend forecast from IDC. The growth is not over: The firm says that...Learn More

Deloitte: As Smartphone Penetration Hits 82%, Wireless Industry Thrives

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A new report from Deloitte LLP confirms the popularity of smartphones and the health of the wireless industry. Americans as a whole use their mobile phones 12 billion times a day, according to researchers. Additionally, smartphone penetration has reached 82 percent (93 percent for the...Learn More

DISH Goes All in on Voice Control; New Voice Remote Ships with All Hopper DVRs

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November 14, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today released a new voice remote that ships with all Hopper DVRs. Upgraded with motion-activated backlighting and two customizable buttons, the remote interprets natural language to control navigation, search and content selection on compatible set-top boxes. New DISH...Learn More

Comcast VoiceEdge Select Drills Down Deeper into SMB Segment with Hosted VoIP

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Comcast VoiceEdge Select, announced yesterday, is a cloud-based phone service that targets smaller SMB customers. The new hosted voice service offers a full set of standard and advanced calling features, a mobile app and business-grade phones priced by the seat, according to Comcast. Other capabilities...Learn More

FCC Proposes USF Lifeline Cap for $2 Billion Annual Program, Resellers Would be Ineligible

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The FCC is proposing major changes to the USF Lifeline program, including imposing a cap on the program, which has disbursed as much as $2.1 billion in a year to cover some or all of the cost of broadband and/or voice service for low-income households....Learn More

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