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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 […]

Oct
27
2014

Comcast Trademark Filing Hints at 1 Gbps Offering -

The Donahue Report (via Multichannel News) notes that Comcast filed the trademark for the term “True Gig” on October 20, suggesting that a 1 Gbps offering from the company is likely in the works. Earlier this year company stated they’d offer 1 Gbps and higher services “as soon as possible” as the company looks to quickly deploy the DOCSIS 3.1 standard once it’s complete. Comcast’s current top offering is a 505 Mbps down, 100 Mbps […]

Oct
27
2014

Hungarians Protest Tax on Internet Traffic Volume -

As noted recently, some politicians in Hungary thought it would be a good idea to not just tax the Internet — but to tax the volume of traffic sent over the Internet specifically. According to the proposal, the upcoming proposal would set forth a tax of 150 forints (60 US cents) per gigabyte of data traffic, and while ISPs could get tax deductions to lessen the load, the obvious resulting price hikes would get passed […]

Oct
27
2014

On Heels of Fire Phone Dud, Amazon Unveils Fire TV Stick -

Amazon’s earnings last week confirmed what most analysts have been guessing for several months: Amazon’s smartphone is a dud. A combination of uninteresting gimmicks and AT&T exclusivity hindered the phone out of the gate, and while Amazon isn’t sharing the number of units sold, the company did say they took a $170 million charge on inventory commitments last quarter because of the device and is sitting on another $83 million in unsold phones. More successful […]

Oct
27
2014

Concern Arises Over Verizon's New Sneaky 'Stealth Cookie' -

Verizon Wireless has started taking heat from privacy advocates for altering their customers’ traffic and inserting unique identifiers that users have no control over. We’ve already explored how over the last two years Verizon has been ramping up data collection on its wireless customers via programs like Verizon Selects and their Relevant Mobile Ad department, which track your personal information and web habits for more tailored advertisements (that data’s also sold to third parties). Curiously, […]

Oct
27
2014

Cable: If You Ignore Half the Country, US Broadband Awesome! -

For years there has been a concerted push by the broadband industry to try and insist that the United States broadband market is secretly flawless, awesome and highly competitive, despite the fact that absolutely every independent source of broadband data (from Akamai and the FCC to the OECD and OOkla’s Net Index) suggests we’re absolutely and utterly mediocre at every metric that counts. That’s not to say we’re not improving in some very select regions […]

Oct
27
2014

Verizon Offers Free Year of Netflix with New Bundle

Verizon now is offering a free year of Netflix for new customers buying a $89.99 triple play service. That offer includes symmetrical 75 Mbps high speed access service, a $150 Visa gift card and a full year of Netflix.   BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk thinks the marketing message is noteworthy. Though a major supplier of linear video subscriptions, Verizon actually does not mention that fact as part of the promotion. Instead, the new offer banks […]

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