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C Spire 5G Wireless Service Offers 120 Mbps Fixed Wireless Broadband for $50

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A new C Spire 5G fixed wireless service is being offered in select markets throughout the regional carrier’s Mississippi footprint.  While C Spire brands the service 5G, like other wireless carriers rushing to grab the 5G crown, this service does not use actual 3GPP 5G...Learn More

Windstream Enterprise Announces SD-WAN Cloud Connect to Enhance Enterprise Cloud Migration

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream Enterprise (WE), a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that it has launched SD-WAN Cloud Connect, a flexible, high-performance way for enterprises to connect all their network locations to their cloud-based applications. Offered in collaboration with VeloCloud,...Learn More

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...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...Learn More

Windstream Launches “BIG” Campaign Highlighting Its Network Investment, Premium Kinetic Internet Service

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, today announced the launch of a new campaign for its Kinetic by Windstream brand, highlighting the company’s network investment and continued commitment to deliver premium broadband speeds to...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)...Learn More

FCC to Establish $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Targeting Telehealth

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The FCC is seeking to establish a $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low income Americans. The FCC connected care pilot program will be a focus on rural residents and veterans. The announcement was made in an op-ed with FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Economists Put the Tab at $61 Billion to Bring Fiber Broadband to Rural U.S.

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The cost to deploy fiber to unserved U.S. rural areas is about $61 billion, said Jim Stegeman, president of CostQuest Associates, an economic consultancy that specializes in telecom. Among CostQuest’s credentials: the company created the cost model used to determine broadband deployment costs for the...Learn More

Iowa Based Regional Carrier Migrates to Calix AXOS Platform

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PETALUMA, CA – July 10, 2018 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced Iowa’s Evertek is moving to a future built on AXOS as it transitions its existing fiber network to the Calix AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System. A leading local exchange carrier (LEC) based in the northwestern part of the state, Evertek has...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Boosts Broadband Speeds in Southern Minnesota

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MANKATO, Minn. – July 11, 2018 – Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, today announced the availability of increased broadband speeds in the company’s southern Minnesota service area.  Residents can now choose from a variety of plans with connections up to 80 Mbps,...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’...Learn More

TDS Announces Another Fiber Overbuild Market

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TDS has spotted another fiber overbuild opportunity and will bring FTTH to the community of Windsor, Wis. the carrier announced yesterday. The move highlights an ongoing fiber overbuild strategy for the rural broadband carrier to opportunistically expand its broadband reach in several markets across the...Learn More

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