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Sep
17
2014

Cisco, Gearmakers Oppose ISP Title II Reclassification -

Cisco, Intel, IBM and dozens of others of gearmakers in business with major ISPs have sent a letter (pdf) to the FCC and Department of Commerce urging them to avoid reclassifying ISPs under Title II, insisting that doing so would stifle innovation and investment in the broadband sector. Title II classification — with forbearance applied to keep the FCC in check — is something consumer advocates argue is the only sensible way forward if consumers […]

Sep
17
2014

North Kansas City Residents Get 1 Gbps Free (After $300 Fee) -

Residents of North Kansas City are unable to get Google Fiber, but they will soon have the option of getting 1 Gbps connections for free from another company — after an initial $300 installation fee. Earlier this month the City Council of North Kansas City voted to approve a 10-year agreement with DataShack for the operation of the city’s liNKCity fiber optic network. While the taxpayer-funded network will still collect revenue from business, it will […]

Sep
16
2014

HBO Glacially Edges Toward Stand Alone Streaming Option -

While it’s certainly still not guaranteed, Time Warner executives recently made their strongest statement yet that they’ll offer a standalone streaming version of HBO that doesn’t require you have a traditional cable subscription. Historically HBO and Time Warner have stated it doesn’t make economic sense to offer such a product, as it could damage their cozy, subsidized relationship with traditional cable operators. Speaking at an investment conference last week however, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes […]

Sep
16
2014

U.S. Cable and Telco Businesses Will be Tougher, Soon. The Only Issue is How Much Tougher

If you have followed U.S. communications policy for any period of time, you know that regulatory policies blow hot and cold, for industries and segments within industries subject to regulation, from time to time. Not often in recent decades have U.S. communications providers faced such strong negative headwinds as they do at the moment. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission  says it might consider regulating high speed access as a common carrier service. Most observers argue […]

Sep
16
2014

Connecticut Tries to Do Something About State's Poor Broadband -

Representatives of state and local governments in Hartford, New Haven and Stamford have joined forces to try and bring faster broadband networks to Connecticut. The collective group has issued an RFQ to promote the deployment of gigabit broadband networks and services in “targeted commercial corridors” and locations “with demonstrated demand.” They’ve also put the call out to any additional under-served communities, who can add an addendum to the RFQ to get involved. “It s time […]

Sep
16
2014

T-Mobile Sues Huawei For Stealing Cell Phone Testing Technology -

T-Mobile has sued telecom carrier Huawei, claiming the Chinese gear manufacturer stole T-Mobile trade secrets. Specifically, T-Mobile is claiming that Huawei has stolen software, specifications and other secrets for a cellphone-testing robot nicknamed “Tappy.” In a lawsuit filed at the beginning of the month, T-Mobile alleges that Huawei employees “illicitly photographed the device,” tried to smuggle components out of T-Mobile s Bellevue, Washington lab, and when caught and subsequently banned from the facility — tried […]

Sep
16
2014

Australian Netflix Competitor Wants Company to Ban VPN Users -

While Netflix launched in France this week, it isn’t yet available in Australia, either because the market isn’t large enough to take priority in Netflix’s international expansion efforts, or because the company can’t secure licensing agreements with Australian broadcasters. Consumers aren’t waiting; a growing number of Australians are using VPNs to dodge region restrictions so they can pay Netflix for content while living Down Under, a trend that in recent months has been making broadcasters […]

Sep
16
2014

People Still Seemingly Upset There's No Killer App for 1 Gbps -

Google Fiber has launched us into an era where everyone has become obsessed with the 1 Gbps watermark, even if the actual number of people who can get these speeds remains relatively small, and the need for that type of speed remains dubious. Incumbent ISPs have indeed been quick to insist that nobody needs 1 Gbps, hoping to shift the conversation away from the high prices most users pay for much slower speeds thanks to […]

Sep
16
2014

FCC Has Received 3 Million Comments on Net Neutrality -

The FCC has now received roughly three million comments on net neutrality, up from the 1.1 million received just a month ago, and a significant number of which came during last week’s “Internet Slowdown” protests. Now that the FCC is awash in public opinion (the majority of which clearly support meaningful neutrality protections), the agency says it’s going to hold a series of open round table discussions during the next two months. Actual rules may […]

Sep
15
2014

Verizon CEO Won't Rule Out FiOS Expansion -

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says the CEO won’t rule out further expansion of the company’s FiOS services, but eager customers probably shouldn’t hold their breath. FiOS just passed its ten year anniversary, though with the exception of the finishing up of promised deployments in major cities, the expansion of FiOS has been frozen for several years now. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference last week, McAdam stated that he’s not ruling out the possibility, […]

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