FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

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The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is...Learn More

Report Finds Strong Intent to Purchase a Connected Car

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Built-in network connectivity is going to have a big influence on consumers’ vehicle purchase decisions, according to a new study from AT&T Drive Studio and Ericsson. Half of all drivers surveyed in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Japan and China said they would switch automobile brands...Learn More

Wi-Fi Calling: T-Mobile Takes the Lead

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T-Mobile’s latest attack in the increasingly competitive wireless market comes on the voice over Wi-Fi front. VoWiFi is expected to be a hot area now that handsets are available that do not require special dialing or a different phone number to send calls over Wi-Fi....Learn More

Taqua on Kineto Purchase: Carrier VoWiFi is Set to Take Off

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One telecom vendor is so convinced network operators are about to embrace voice over Wi-Fi that it has acquired another vendor to better position itself to capitalize on that opportunity. Taqua, provider of software underlying cellular networks, said this evening that it has purchased Kineto...Learn More

Calix: GigaCenter Supports Whole Home High-Speed Wi-Fi

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Moving forward, service providers are likely to become more involved in customers’ home networks, as an announcement from Calix today illustrates. The company introduced a new product dubbed GigaCenter that combines the functionality of an optical network terminal, home gateway and Wi-Fi access point –...Learn More

C Spire Installs Wi-Fi at University of Mississippi Stadium

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August 20, 2014 — OXFORD, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the 2014 college football season just around the corner, Ole Miss fans will soon be flocking to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with smartphones and other connected devices in hand to capture and share the experience with friends and family. To...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Gigabit Service Launching Soon

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Cincinnati Bell has joined the roster of network operators who have announced plans to offer broadband at speeds up to 1 Gbps. Service will be available beginning September 8, the company said yesterday. The company did not disclose pricing or how many customers would be...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

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With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

SpeedSpot: Google Wi-Fi Gives Starbucks an 18x Speed Boost

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Realizing a 10-fold improvement in Wi-Fi network speed seems like a lot to hope for, or expect, but that’s what Starbucks was expecting when it switched from AT&T to Google last year. Turns out the results have exceeded expectations, according to SpeedSpot. Downstream, Wi-Fi network...Learn More

Facebook Free Wi-Fi Offered to North Carolina Students

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Google isn’t the only Internet software giant to get involved in the hardware and networking side of things. Facebook today said it would partner with non-profit Internet service provider Pangaea to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to the homes of certain students in the Town of...Learn More

Is There a VoLTE Business Case?

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VoLTE rollouts are taking off, but “there is no business case,” at least yet, for voice over Long Term Evolution, says Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research principal analyst. The reason is simply that the initial rollouts have been relatively small, in the sense that VoLTE provides...Learn More

FCC Releases E-Rate Data by State

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Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission today released a report of the potential impact of a pending proposal to modernize the federal E-Rate program to meet a pressing demand by the nation’s schools and libraries: robust connectivity to the Internet through Wi-Fi networks. Three...Learn More