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Oct
28
2014

Connecticut Users See DSL, TV Outages in Switch From AT&T -

Last week saw Frontier’s acquisition of AT&T’s DSL and landline customers in Connecticut get final regulatory approval, but customers already are complaining about a sloppy handoff. According to the Middletown Press, the midnight weekend transfer of ownership of hundreds of thousands of customers didn’t go particularly well, with an undetermined but significant number of customers losing DSL and TV service well into Monday afternoon. For their part, Frontier insists the transition went smoothly: quote: This […]

Oct
28
2014

Broadband Subscriptions Poised to Surpass Pay-TV Subscriptions

PLANO, TX — While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), a provider of research on the future of broadband, during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay-TV subscriptions. While asserting a casual relationship between these two trends still […]

Oct
28
2014

Frontier Brings 1 Gig Broadband Speeds to Oregon

BEAVERTON, OR — Frontier Communications announced 1 Gigabit speeds are now available to the company’s residential customers in select neighborhoods of Beaverton, OR. More areas will be announced as work continues into next year. This past July, Frontier Chairman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter visited Portland and discussed the company’s plans to provide Gigabit speeds in the near future. She stated at the time, “Frontier will offer gigabit packages within the next several quarters, as services […]

Oct
28
2014

Broadcaster Lawsuits Force Delay in 600MHz Incentive Auction -

Broadcaster lawsuits have once again forced the FCC to delay their planned 600 MHz incentive auctions, this time until sometime in early 2016. According to an incentive auction progress report posted by the FCC, the agency states that “the court challenges to the auction rules by some broadcasters have introduced uncertainty” that requires the schedule shift. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed suit against the FCC back in August, claiming the auction as currently […]

Oct
28
2014

Will Prepaid Conversions to Postpaid, or Tablets, Drive Growth?

At the moment, it is hard to say whether tablets or phone accounts will drive postpaid net additions for the leading U.S. mobile service providers over the next several years. It is possible that T-Mobile US will be phone-driven, while AT&T and Verizon are tablet-driven. What might happen at Sprint is not clear. Nor is it so clear whether the steady growth of prepaid accounts will continue so clearly, either. Prepaid accounts have grown steadily […]

Oct
28
2014

'Al-Quida' Wi-Fi SSID Causes LAX Plane Delay -

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London was delayed over the weekend — because one of the plane’s passenger’s freaked out over another user’s Wi-Fi SSID. According to Los Angeles ABC affiliate ABC7, a passenger on the flight became alarmed after seeing another traveler’s hotspot named “Al-Quida Free Terror Network.” A flight attendant was alerted, and the plane was diverted and held three hours under “security threat” and ultimately delayed until […]

Oct
28
2014

AT&T's Controversial Sponsored Data Gaining Slow Traction -

AT&T has been slowly expanding the partner list of companies involved in their “Sponsored Data” program, wherein partners’ content won’t count against a user’s mobile usage cap. The program has been controversial among net neutrality advocates because the concept gives companies with money to burn a potential leg up against smaller competitors. While AT&T originally stated there was a bevy of big named partners waiting in line to sign up for the program, initial interest […]

Oct
28
2014

Being Kind to Consumers is Working For T-Mobile -

T-Mobile’s latest earnings again confirm that being the pesky kid on the block is working in terms of adding new subscribers. The company added 2.3 million customers total and 1.4 million new postpaid subscribers on the quarter, though the company’s expansion of its LTE network continues to drag on earnings. T-Mobile expects to add around 4.3 million to 4.7 million new customers this year as users respond to the company’s more customer-friendly approach to doing […]

Oct
28
2014

Huawei Announces 100G-PON Optical Access Technology

SHENZHEN, CHINA —Huawei announced that its optical access innovation lab has made a breakthrough in 100G-Passive Optical Network (100G-PON) optical access. This new 100G-PON technology uses a hybrid time-division and wavelength-division architecture to support a 4 x 25 Gbps downstream rate and a 4 x 10 Gbps upstream rate, verified by way of the lab prototype and enables 100 Gbps access rate per port on existing optical distribution networks (ODNs). The technology also establishes compatibility […]

Oct
28
2014

"What is Broadband?" Could Affect U.S. ISP Market Share

Words matter, the old adage suggests. So do definitions, others might add. One case in point is the possible Federal Communications Commission action to change the definition of “broadband.” At the moment, the FCC uses a definition of 4 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream. But the FCC reportedly is considering raising that definition to 10 Mbps, or some suggest, as high as 25 Mbps. Changing the definition would have direct impact on federal support payments […]

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