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Dec
22
2014

Time Warner Cable Hikes Modem Rental, Other Fees -

It’s cable and broadband rate hike season once again, with companies sending out missives to customers trying to explain while they’ll be paying more money for the same service in the new year. Time Warner Cable is the latest, telling customers they’ll soon be paying a new $2.75-per-month fee for sports programming. Customers are also seeing a hike in the company’s “Broadcast TV fee” (which is just a new effort by multiple companies to bury […]

Dec
22
2014

FCC Aims to Treat Streaming Operators Like Cable Companies -

Confirming rumors that had been circulating for weeks, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making aimed at treating streaming video providers like traditional cable companies. The rules mean that OTT players would technically be classified as MPVDs, meaning they’d get FCC-enforced access to vertically integrated programming, but they’d also have to negotiate retransmission consent with broadcasters. You can check out both the FCC announcement, and a statement by FCC boss Tom Wheeler […]

Dec
22
2014

Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Entry Into Country -

Mexico’s competition watchdog has signed off on AT&T’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Mexican wireless carrier Iusacell, a deal that was originally announced last month. According to Reuters, Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission did impose some unspecified conditions on the deal to “avoid risks to the process of competition.” AT&T’s Iusacell will compete with Carlos Slim’s America Movil, in which AT&T owned a minority stake until shortly before this new deal was announced.read comment(s)

Dec
22
2014

ISPs Pushing Lawmakers For 'Title X' Net Neutrality Rules -

As we’ve been covering, the nation’s biggest carriers have been fighting Title-II based net neutrality rules tooth and nail. While they’ve acknowledged recently that Title II really won’t hurt investment as previously claimed, most are worried that such rules would restrict their ability to engage in “creative” monetization schemes. To that end, the big ISPs have been paying encouraging loyal lawmakers to rewrite the Communications Act, and in the process forge non-Title II based net […]

Dec
22
2014

T-Mobile Agrees to $90 Million Settlement over Cramming Charges

T-Mobile has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commissions over a complaint that the carrier engaged in cramming additional charges onto customer bills. The settlement was announced by the FTC on Friday and will see T-Mobile pay at least $90 million. In addition to full refunds to customers, T-Mobile will also pay a $4.5 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission and $18 million in fines and penalties to attorney generals in every state […]

Dec
22
2014

Global Mobile Revenue Growth Slows to 0.5%, Search for Industry Revenue Growth Intensifies

Though mobile services have been the clear growth driver for the global telecommunications industry over the past decade or two, and though mobile data has taken the growth leadership from voice and text messaging, mobile revenue growth rates are slowing, globally. Global mobile service revenue in the first half of 2014 grew  just 0.5 percent, compared to the same quarter of 2013, to $385.5 billion, according to Infonetics Research. At the same time, voice usage […]

Dec
22
2014

Telco Systems features two new TelcoApps

Telco Systems is pleased to announce two new additions to the TelcoApps family Virtualized Service Measurement Utility (vSMU) and Virtual Tunnel (vTunnel), following the October launch of vFirewall and vRouter. vSMU enables rapid virtualization of software agents on edge devices without the need to deploy hardware. It provides accurate service-level measurements and accurate reports of TCP throughput as experienced by service providers’ business customers. This constitutes a fresh, virtualized approach to service-level assurance with accurate […]

Dec
22
2014

46 Connecticut Cities Bond Together For Better Broadband -

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

Dec
22
2014

Google Delays Announcement On Next Google Fiber City -

Google has delayed the company’s planned announcement specifying the next city or cities to get Google Fiber. Back in February Google announced it was working with 34 potential cities for future Google Fiber deployment. As noted at the time, it’s unlikely that Google was going to deploy to all of those locations — only one or two of the cities that were the most accommodating. In a statement sent to the media however, Google now […]

Dec
22
2014

Dish Customers Lose Access to Fox News In Latest Retrans Fight -

Dish customers lost access to the Fox News Channel over the weekend as Dish found itself in the midst of yet another retransmission feud. It has been a busy retrans dispute season for Dish, which also recently battled CBS and Turner Broadcasting over soaring carriage fees. Like most disputes, each side blamed the other while consumers remain stuck in the middle paying for content they’re not receiving. From a Dish statement: “It’s like we’re about […]

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