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Dec
17
2014

NBN Goes Multi-Platform: Fiber to Where It Can Make Money

The Australian National Broadband Network, building a wholesale-only high speed access network across Australia, believes a new “all of the above” or multi-platform approach will accelerate the construction timetable by four years. That is a practical investment approach some service providers have for years dubbed “fiber to where you can make money.” In other words, the amount of investment is directly related to expected return on investment. NBN also revised its deal with Telstra, the […]

Dec
17
2014

NBC Offers Live Streams — If You're a Cable Customer -

As part of a broader effort to appeal to would-be cord cutters and join the modern era, Comcast’s NBC Universal is preparing to offer live streams of the company’s programming. According to the Wall Street Journal, the streams will be available on computer starting next Tuesday, with tablets and smartphones supported sometime next year. The catch? As with all cable industry “TV Everywhere” initiatives, you’ll need to prove you’re a cable customer and authenticate your […]

Dec
16
2014

Google Takes Their Broadband Balloons to France -

In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft. Ground base stations set some sixty miles apart communicate with solar-powered radio transmitters affixed to the […]

Dec
16
2014

Like Verizon, Cable Execs Admit Title II No Big Deal -

The country’s biggest ISPs (and their vast and assorted policy tendrils) have spent the last six months claiming that Title-II based net neutrality rules would destroy the Internet, crush sector innovation and stall network investment. That’s why it was curious last week when Verizon stated at an investors conference that Title II really wouldn’t hurt the company much at all. After all, those paying attention know that the voice component for wireless voice and parts […]

Dec
16
2014

T-Mobile 'Uncarrier 8.0': Roll Over Data Allotments -

T-Mobile this morning unveiled their latest “Uncarrier” press salvo, announcing that the company will now be offering customers roll over data. According to a company announcement, both new and existing T-Mobile customers will be given what T-Mobile’s calling a “Data Stash,” or a data allotment where they can store unused data at the end of each month. T-Mobile says this Data Stash is available for new and existing Simple Choice customers with at least a […]

Dec
16
2014

T-Mobile US "Data Stash" Allows Roll Over of Unused Data Capacity

T-Mobile US will in January 2015 start allowing its customers to roll over unused data plan capability into the next month’s usage bucket, as part of a new program called “Data Stash.” The plan is reminiscent of the Cingular “Roll Over” feature, that allowed mobile users to roll over unused voice minutes into their usage for the next month, with unused minutes of use expiring after a year. Data Stash apparently will have the same […]

Dec
16
2014

HBO Go Comes to Amazon Fire TV (Unless You Have Comcast) -

HBO Go this week announced that the streaming service has been made available to Amazon Fire TV owners today, with Fire Stick customers having access to the app sometime in the Spring. Of course if you head to activate your device, you’ll find that Comcast and Charter aren’t supported. Why the companies are blocking a relatively uncomplicated app and authentication service isn’t clear. Amazon says that negotiations are ongoing. “We d love to provide HBO […]

Dec
16
2014

Report: Government Close to Fining Sprint for Cramming -

I’ve noted for years that while the government likes to take smaller companies quickly to task for cramming, they’ve long ignored the role larger telecom carriers play in the practice. That’s been changing in recent months, with the FCC hitting AT&T with a $105 million fine for facilitating cramming back in October. The FTC noted that not only did AT&T turn a blind eye to the practice (since they make 30% or so of the […]

Dec
16
2014

Pirate Bay Admin Not Sure Site Will Be Relaunched -

The Pirate Bay has remained down since last week’s raid by Swedish authorities, and one of the website’s admins has admitted it may never be brought back online. Speaking anonymously to TorrentFreak, an anonymous Pirate Bay admin by the name of “Mr. 10100100000″ says the websites admins weren’t surprised by the raid, and have decided to take the opportunity to take a little vacation, apparently: quote:“We were not that surprised by the raid. That is […]

Dec
15
2014

More And More Consumers Skipping TV, Going Broadband Only -

The number of consumers that are skipping cable TV and only ordering broadband services from their ISP is accelerating, according to a new study by Marchex. In a survey of 500 customers of large ISPs, the company found that 27% are now ordering just broadband from their provider, while just 22% now order just television services. Sports — specifically and especially ESPN — continues to be the biggest thing keeping consumers from cutting the cord. […]

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