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Oct
16
2014

Why Common Carrier Regulation is Such a Bad Idea Now

source: ITU One of the ironies of the debate over how to best regulate Internet access services is the call for utility style common carrier regulation of the industry, something that arguably could only be argued by observers who really do not remember what monopoly telecommunications was really like. As the old adage goes, “if you do not know your history, you are doomed to repeat it.” Those who call for a return to common […]

Oct
16
2014

For Massachusetts Town, 2 Bad Choices for Entertainment Video Service?

There is some irony in a recent city council vote to reject transfer of a cable TV franchise from Charter Communications to Comcast. For starters, the council vote is not binding. Second, the rejection itself is only to allow two more weeks for Comcast to address council concerns. The irony is that, on the most-recent rankings of customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the United […]

Oct
16
2014

SDN, NFV Seen Boosting Revenue Potential, Reducing Capex

A survey of global service providers suggests that software defined networking and network functions virtualization is seen as valuable as a means of enhancing revenue and reducing capital cost. A study conducted by Infonetics Research found that “service agility,” the ability to quickly add, drop and change services and applications was viewed as an enabler of revenue. At the same time, NFV functions were seen as a way to reduce capital spending in the network. […]

Oct
16
2014

Netflix Says Price Hikes Slowed Subscriber Gains -

Netflix third quarter earnings released this week indicate that while the company’s growth is slowing, international expansion continues to be successful, with Netflix now serving 53 million subscribers around the world. A letter to investors (pdf) notes that Netflix continues to focus on original content and states the company continues to battle on the net neutrality front to prevent large ISPs from keeping customers “hostage.” The company blamed its price hike earlier this year for […]

Oct
16
2014

Developers of Anonabox Accused of Lying About Tiny Tor Router -

Earlier this week I directed your attention to a new Kickstarter effort called the anonabox, a project that claimed to be building a tiny, “100% open source” router specifically built to run Tor. As of this writing the project has already hauled in $615,000 in funding for the project, though the entire may wind up being suspended by Kickstarter. Why? A detailed Reddit post accuses the developers of lying about a significant number of the […]

Oct
16
2014

AT&T: All Austin Gigapower Users Now Getting 1 Gbps -

After Google Fiber announced deployment in the Austin market, AT&T rushed to declare they too would be offering 1 Gbps services in parts of the city. The company’s rushed response meant that AT&T could “only” provide 300 Mbps when announced last December, though that was remedied in August when AT&T stated they were upgrading those users to 1 Gbps. Today AT&T announced that those upgrades are complete, and every customer in Austin able to get […]

Oct
16
2014

Live 4K Content on DirecTV Not Likely Until After February, 2015 -

DirecTV CEO Mike White recently proclaimed that the satellite TV provider would aim to have 4KTV content available to subscribers before the end of this year. However, White expressed skepticism of the standard and stated the company was being cautious after the failure that was 3D television. TV Predictions notes that DirecTV likely won’t have their new satellite launched until December, and wouldn’t be able to use that satellite for commercial transmissions of live 4K […]

Oct
16
2014

Mimosa Announces Outdoor Wi-Fi and Fixed Internet MU-MIMO Solution

CAMPBELL, CA — Mimosa Networks, a provider of gigabit wireless technology, announced its new 802.11ac 4×4:4 suite of A5 access points and C5 client devices, the next wave of products in its Cloud-to-Client solution. Together, the access point and client create a high-capacity, low-cost outdoor solution with MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) capabilities. Mimosa’s products have the ability to impact the way in which communities connect globally when fiber connections are not economically viable. “Where broadband advancement […]

Oct
16
2014

A1 Launches G.fast, Copper-based Ultra-broadband Transmission Technology

VIENNA — The Telekom Austria Group announced that its domestic subsidiary A1, together with its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent, has successfully demonstrated G.fast, a copper-line based ultra-broadband transmission technology. G.fast enables the rapid roll-out of ultra-fast broadband services in urban areas that are mainly characterized by pre-existing multi-storey buildings, providing a gateway to eventual fiber-to-the-home deployments. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Telekom Austria Group and A1 said: “We’re proud to have succeeded in connecting the first customer in […]

Oct
16
2014

Connected Devices Driving Strong Growth in Gateway Investments by ISPs

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The global market for broadband consumer premises equipment (CPE) will end 2014 with the highest growth in revenues since 2010, increasing by 20 percent from 2013 to reach nearly $11 billion, according to the latest “Home Networks Intelligence Broadband CPE Market Monitor” report from the consumer electronics service of business analyst IHS. The report covers broadband CPE, including modems, gateways, embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTAs), routers, and optical network units (ONTs) […]

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