Posts by Phil Britt

Phil Britt is a 40-year journalist who has covered various aspects of telecom, business, industry, technology, and automation for the past 30 years with work appearing in Telephony, Supercomm show dailies, Teledotcom, Mobile Marketing & Technology and several other publications and websites. Mr. Britt is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University and lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sue. They have two adult children.



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

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

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

AT&T Gains Exclusive Distribution Partnership with AR/VR Firm Magic Leap

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AT&T announced it had invested in and is partnering with Magic Leap, developer of proprietary spatial computing and experiential platforms that provide augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) experiences. The AT&T Magic Leap deal will give AT&T certain exclusive sales opportunities involving Magic Leap’s first product, Magic Leap One, Creator Edition — a lightweight, wearable computer...Learn More

Report: While Still a Niche Market, Esports Taps an Important Hard-to-Reach Demographic

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Ten percent of U.S. broadband households are watching esports, according to new esports video gaming research from Parks Associates. The research firm defines esports as “professionally or semi-professionally organized competitive video gaming events, including popular gaming titles such as ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Street Fighter.’ Esports viewers run younger than the general...Learn More

T-Mobile Gets Early Access to New York Area 600 MHz Spectrum

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T-Mobile can enhance its LTE coverage and capacity in the greater New York City area more quickly as the result of a new agreement with CBS Corporation that was announced today. WLNY-TV moved from its 600 MHz spectrum on portions of Long Island and the surrounding area that extends into Brooklyn and Queens to its...Learn More

Ovum: Video Calling Impacting Service Providers in the Same Way OTT Video Impacts Video Providers

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App-based video calling services are changing the way in which consumers communicate in much the same way as streaming OTT video services has changed the way in which people consume TV, according to a new survey from Ovum. The research firm found that the popularity of video calling has surpassed that of IP voice calling,...Learn More

Microsoft and Radwin Partner on TV White Space Broadband

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Microsoft and Radwin are teaming together to bolster the TV White Space ecosystem, through Microsoft’s Airband initiative, which focuses on rural broadband. Radwin will develop and introduce a TV White Space solution. Fixed wireless technology using TV White Space spectrum is one of the featured technologies of the Airband initiative, which Microsoft is championing to...Learn More

Rural Broadband Associations Come Out Against Proposed FCC Moves Against Huawei

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the Computer & Communications Industry Association,  ITTA – The Voice of America’s Broadband Providers (ITTA), and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) have filed joint reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition of the Commission’s proposed rule to prohibit the use of money distributed from the...Learn More

Viasat 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Targets Businesses

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Viasat Inc. today, launched what it claims to be America’s fastest satellite internet service for businesses. The nationwide service offers a variety of unlimited and metered data plans with download speed options ranging from 35 Mbps across most of the U.S. up to 100 Mbps in certain regions. The Viasat 100 Mbps satellite broadband offering...Learn More

Report: LTE Market Share Hits 76% in U.S. and Canada with 365 Million LTE Connections

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More than one third (38.5%) of all wireless cellular technology worldwide used LTE in the first quarter of 2018, according to new LTE market share data from 5G Americas and Ovum. North America dominates the LTE landscape, with a penetration rate of more than three-quarters (76 percent). Next were Oceania, Eastern and South Eastern Asia...Learn More

Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

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In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit available to a total at more than 27 million homes,...Learn More

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