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

With Enventis Cloud Services, Regional Carrier Enhances Cloud Strategy and Approach

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Enventis will rely on a mixture of home-grown technology and partnerships to support a suite of cloud services announced yesterday, said Enventis Vice President of Product Marketing Darren Peterson in an interview. All offerings will carry the Enventis name. Enventis, previously known as HickoryTech, has...Learn More

iGR: Increased Spending by Customers Using Free Wi-Fi Seen by 50% of Retailers

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Retailers and other consumer-facing businesses are seeing the benefits of offering complimentary, so-called amenity Wi-Fi, according to a market research report from Devicescape, which calls itself the “operator of the world’s largest Wi-Fi service platform.” Results of a survey of over “400 small, consumer-facing businesses...Learn More

ViaSat NetNearU Acquisition Should Generate Wi-Fi Backhaul Business

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ViaSat’s acquisition of NetNearU, announced yesterday, should help the satellite broadband provider garner more Wi-Fi backhaul business. NetNearU offers a Wi-Fi management system, works with enterprise and government customers installing permanent or temporary Wi-Fi networks and in some cases operates its own Wi-Fi infrastructure. ViaSat...Learn More

A Vision for Broadband

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A common characteristic of business success is vision. That is, laying out a path or course of action for your organization that best seizes and maximizes the opportunities that lie ahead. It’s not a trivial task and it requires discipline, knowledge, planning, and a little...Learn More

Report Finds Average Wi-Fi Offload Speed (for Cellular) at 5.3 Mbps

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Offloading of cellular network traffic to Wi-Fi networks is on the rise, with Wi-Fi offloading now taking place in nearly 80 percent of all U.S. states in 1Q 2014, a 2-3 percent sequential quarterly increase, according to the latest “Quarterly WiFi Analytics Report” from Wi-Fi...Learn More