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Jan
30
2015

Alaska's GCI Throttles You to 1 Mbps If You Don't Pay More -

As we’ve long noted, usage caps on modern fixed-line networks where congestion isn’t an issue are usually just a symptom of a lack of competition, and you don’t get much less competitive than Alaska. That’s why regional Alaskan cable operator GCI has started tinkering with a lineup of new capped plans that mirror a lot of wireless offers we’ve seen on the market. Marketed as “no worry” plans with “no surprises,” the new tier lineup […]

Jan
30
2015

Dish Network is Surprise Winner in AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

AT&T spent $18.2 billion to acquire AWS-3 spectrum; Dish Network won $13.3 billion; Verizon bought $10.4 billion worth of rights and T-Mobile US committed $1.7 billion in recently-completed auctions of 700-MHz spectrum. AT&T seems to have won most of the 10 MHz by 10 MHz allocations nationwide, while the other bidders mostly won the 5 MHz by 5 MHz allocations. Dish Network perhaps was the surprise, committing the second-largest amount of money in the auction. […]

Jan
30
2015

Nickelodeon Latest To Offer Stand Alone Streaming Service -

Add Nickelodeon to the growing number of broadcast properties looking to launch a standalone streaming video option in 2015. As we’ve noted, one of the broadcaster markets hit particularly hard by Netflix is children’s programming, since parents (and kids) find it immeasurably more convenient not to have to watch TV on a schedule, and kids are less likely to need to see the “latest and greatest.” Nickelodeon has been particularly hard hit by Netflix over […]

Jan
30
2015

GOP Not Happy FCC Is Keeping Neutrality Rules Secret -

The FCC is apparently slated to release and vote on its new Title-II based net neutrality rules on February 26, and the GOP is not happy that the agency refuses to share the rules ahead of time. Senator John Thune and Representative Fred Upton, who are busy promoting the broadband industry’s own neutrality rules aimed at derailing more meaningful protections state that they want the FCC’s rules made public because they very much care about […]

Jan
30
2015

Cricket Bumps Data Allotments On Prepaid Plans -

AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless today raised the data limits on the company’s prepaid plans, as well as adding a new 20 GB plan for $55. According to the Cricket announcement, Cricket Basic subscribers now get 2.5GB of data for $40 per month, while subscribers to the company’s Smart tier get 5 GB of data for $50 a month. Cricket’s Advanced plan now offers 20 GB of data for $60 a month. All of those options see […]

Jan
30
2015

Would Verizon and AT&T Consider a "Use Best Network" Approach on Steroids?

It looks as though we might relatively soon get new tests of the value of network agnostic access. If Google launches its own mobile service, relying on Wi-Fi, Sprint and T-Mobile US networks we might start to get a sense of how 5G mobile networks will operate, aggregating the best access “available right now.” Whether that devalues or enhances the value of any specific retail operator’s offering remains to be seen, though 5G supporters obviously […]

Jan
30
2015

Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Wi-Fi Ad Claims -

Normally advertisement dispute ads between ISPs are handled by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, a sort of self-regulated industry mechanism to handle disputes so that regulators don’t get involved. Occasionally though disputes end in lawsuit, like this week when Cablevision announced it would be suing Verizon over Wi-Fi network claims. According to the Cablevision suit, the company is taking issue with ads Verizon’s running in the NY area claiming it has […]

Jan
30
2015

While ESPN Makes Streaming Progress, Flubs Still Abound -

ESPN had a record breaking last month with the success of the college football Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl match-ups ranking as the number 1 and number 2 most watched cable telecasts of all time respectively with over 28 million viewers each. This was followed by the NFC Wild Card game on ESPN attracting 21.67 million viewers to become the eighth most watched cable program of all time. But as Digital Trends notes, there was […]

Jan
30
2015

MetroPCS Offers Up New $50 Unlimited LTE Plan -

T-Mobile today unveiled a new $50, unlimited LTE Prepaid plan under their MetroPCS brand. According to the T-Mobile announcement, the new, $10 less expensive offering is the “undisputed best Unlimited LTE data plan” now available. MetroPCS and T-Mobile also note the offer won’t have an expiration date if users sign up for the option before April 5. “Every MetroPCS customer with a 4G LTE data bucket will get an additional gigabyte of 4G LTE data […]

Jan
30
2015

BT to Lean on G.fast to Boost High Speed Access to 500 Mbps

BT plans to boost high speed access to as much as 500 Mbps, to most U.K. homes, within a decade, with fiber to home gigabit service also being made available. By about 2020, BT expects to have boosted speeds to “a few hundred megabits per second to millions of homes and businesses by 2020,” BT says. Speeds will then increase to around 500 Mbps as the new “G.fast” implementation of digital subscriber line technology improves. […]

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