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Nov
25
2014

Cable Saw 83% of the 700k Net Broadband Additions Last Quarter -

While the nation’s biggest pay TV providers lost 150,000 subscribers last quarter, the latest data from the Leichtman Research Group indications that the nation’s largest phone and cable companies managed to see a net gain in 700,000 broadband customers during the same quarter. While telcos continue to leech cable TV customers from cable operators due to improved features, the cable companies saw 83% of the net broadband additions for the quarter largely thanks to faster […]

Nov
25
2014

Google Fiber Files For Franchise Application in Tennessee -

Chattanooga’s successful EPB broadband may not be the only cutting edge fiber network Tennessee residents get to enjoy. According to a report in the Tennessean, Google Fiber has applied for a franchise authority certificate in Tennessee, suggesting that Google is at least laying the framework for a possible launch in the state. Tennessee locals shouldn’t get too excited; Google’s working with 34 potential cities including Nashville to streamline possible fiber deployment, though only a handful […]

Nov
25
2014

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Meets Reddit, Doesn't Have Much Fun -

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s staff decided to have the FCC member do an “AMA” on Reddit this week, and the end result wasn’t particularly impressive. Reddit users were largely annoyed that Clyburn dodged questions or responded to many inquiries with ambiguous PR speak, making it one of the worst AMA’s since Woody Harrelson ignored meaningful conversation to blindly promote his film Rampart. Complained one Redditor: quote:This AMA looks to me like a political stunt to say […]

Nov
25
2014

"Don't Worry" Said the Spider to the Fly

“‘Will you walk into my parlor?’ said the spider to the fly, in the poem by Mary Howitt. Will you carry me across the river, the scorpion asked the frog. You know the stories: the spider eats the fly; the scorpion stings the frog. Google’s Project Loon, intended to supply Internet access is not competitive with other Internet service provider businesses, some might claim. “Loon isn’t disruptive,” said Mohammad Gawdat, Google’s X VP said. “This […]

Nov
25
2014

Google Fiber Pricing Unveiled for Austin -

Google Fiber has come out with a little more build out and pricing details for their deployment in Austin. According to a Google website update, the company confirms that Austin users will have three options at sign up, those options largely matching what we’ve seen in previous deployments in both Kansas City and Provo, Utah. As we’ve seen in those other cities, users will first and foremost have the choice of a free 5 Mbps […]

Nov
25
2014

Report: Amazon Eyes Ad-Based Internet Streaming Service -

Anonymous sources tell the New York Post that Amazon is planning a new, ad-supported streaming video platform. This service would be separate from Amazon’s existing $99 yearly Amazon Prime video service, featuring both ads and a subscription price lower than Netflix’s current offering. “The main point is to bring in more users that you can eventually up-sell to Prime, or to get to a broader audience that doesn’t want to pay for Prime, in order […]

Nov
24
2014

FCC Gets T-Mobile to Make Throttling Practices Clearer -

According to an FCC announcement (pdf), T-Mobile and the FCC have struck an agreement that will involve T-Mobile making the company’s throttling practices clearer. As in stands, T-Mobile doesn’t charge overages — but instead throttles capped users at 64 kbps or 128 kbps for the remainder of their billing cycle once they cross their usage limit. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced they’d be exempting speedtests from their usage caps, resulting in throttled users not being […]

Nov
24
2014

Will ISPs Be The Ones Selling Standalone HBO Streaming Service? -

Last month HBO finally acquiesced to a decade of consumer demand and announced they’ll be offering a standalone HBO streaming service (one that doesn’t require a traditional cable connection) starting next year. All indications are the new service should run consumers around $15 a month, though HBO hasn’t officially unveiled prices. There may be one interesting wrinkle in terms of how you’ll be buying this service: you may not be paying HBO directly. Chris Morran […]

Nov
24
2014

AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Tops $34 Billion -

After breaking records for bidding in a spectrum auction, the AWS-3 auction has since roared onward, with more than $34 billion in bids now collected. That well exceeds the previous record of $18.9 billion raised during the 2008 auctions, and the AWS-3 auction may still continue for another week or two. Frequencies being bid on by companies like AT&T, Dish, Verizon and T-Mobile include two blocks in the 1695-1710 megahertz band, and four paired sets […]

Nov
24
2014

Telefónica Weighs Major Investment in BT

source: Deadzones.com Telefónica appears to be angling for a deal giving it 20 percent ownership of BT, while returning O2, the asset formerly representing BT’s mobile business back to BT. BT got out of the mobile business in 2002, which BT had started in 1985, as a short term measure to shed debt. BT was not the only firm to be forced to do so.   One of the most surprising telecom asset sales of […]

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