WISPA Outlines Broadband Fixed Wireless Economics, Policy Goals Before Congress

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Broadband fixed wireless economics are considerably better than those for fiber-to-the-home, said Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) in written testimony presented to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology yesterday. Aiken urged subcommittee members to support spectrum policy favorable to WISPs. He argued that by...Learn More

Analyst: Cable Industry Will be a Force in Growing IoT Opportunity

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Lack of spectrum or licensed wireless networks will not stop cable operators and satellite TV providers from meaningful participation in the nascent IoT services market, according to a report about satellite and cable IoT opportunities from GlobalData. The firm says that Cox, Comcast, Dish Networks and similar companies are providing IoT services to businesses or...Learn More

Report: Twin Cities at Top of Mobile Speed Rankings, T-Mobile Takes Title

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Minneapolis has the fastest mobile internet in the U.S., while the slowest among the top 100 were : Laredo, Anchorage, Madison, Reno and Lubbock, according to the latest mobile speed rankings from Ookla, a mobile and broadband network testing firm. In grabbing the top spot, the Twin Cities surpassed Fort Wayne, Ind., which was followed...Learn More

Study Explores Mobile vs. Fixed Internet Preferences, But Results Need a Closer Look

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An authoritative study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance contains valuable information about mobile vs. fixed internet preferences. Researchers at CivicScience surveyed 10,000 people for the study and the researchers appear to have been quite diligent about ensuring an appropriate mix of respondents. But beware how the findings are spun. On a conference call with...Learn More

TDS Confidence in Video Business Continues with Move to TiVo for its Next Generation TV Platform

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TDS will move to the TiVo platform for its next generation TV platform, bringing it to both its cable and IPTV operations across the country. The new TiVo platform will be featured with both existing and new video subscribers, the companies report. In addition to TiVo’s signature search and recommendation platform, their next generation TV...Learn More

CenturyLink Partners With Oracle to Offer Cloud Connectivity

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CenturyLink will offer dedicated and private access to the Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. The CenturyLink Oracle deal will enable Oracle FastConnect subscribers to use CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions to gain what CenturyLink calls a direct and secure connection that doesn’t come in contact with the Internet. “Our integration with Oracle FastConnect provides...Learn More

Climate Change and Telecom: 4,000 Miles of U.S. Fiber Will Be Underwater by 2033, Researchers Say

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CenturyLink, Inteliquent, AT&T and other network operators got some bad news today in the form of a climate change and telecom report released by researchers at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the University of Oregon. The researchers project 4,067 U.S. miles of fiber conduit and other U.S. internet infrastructure to be underwater by 2033,...Learn More

Verizon 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM Upgrades Should Boost Wireless Speeds, Capacity

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Verizon aims to boost wireless speeds and capacity with technology upgrades planned for 1,100 markets or more. The company will provide carrier aggregation to subscribers in more than 2,000 markets and will add 4×4 Massive Input, Massive Output (MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) in 1,100 markets. The carrier did not provide details about...Learn More

Report: Amazon Prime Spending Grows, But Membership Growth Slows

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As Amazon’s “Primeday” kicks off today, a research firm’s study released today showed that the 95 million Amazon Prime members in the U.S. spend an average of $1,400 annually. By contrast, the average non-Prime customer spends an average of $600, according to Amazon Prime spending research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). By contrast, as...Learn More

Data Reveals Subscriber Choices for Video Packages Among Major Pay-TV Providers

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New video tiers, sometimes referred to as “skinny bundles,” are becoming increasingly important in the pay-TV business as service providers seek to minimize the impact of a consumer shift toward more economical offerings streamed “over the top” using broadband connections. Video tiers are under transition as subscriber choices for video packages change. Pay-TV providers haven’t...Learn More

J.D. Power: AT&T Leads in Business Telecom Satisfaction

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Business wireline users tend to have high satisfaction with their service as long as they can get helpful information and consistent communications, according to a new business telecom satisfaction report from J.D. Power. J.D. Power examined satisfaction across the following factors: Performance and reliability; cost of service; communications; sales representatives and account executives; billing; and...Learn More

Parks: Broadband Household Viewing of Facebook Video and the Like Hits Two Hours Weekly

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U.S. broadband household viewing of Facebook video and similar “alternative content” has reached two hours weekly on average, according to Parks Associates. Alternative content includes live streaming, user-generated content, short-form videos and Web video series, according to Parks’ definition. Other alternative content sources include  SnapChat, YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion. “Alternative video is an important...Learn More

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