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Nov
24
2014

Telefónica Weighs Major Investment in BT

source: Deadzones.com Telefónica appears to be angling for a deal giving it 20 percent ownership of BT, while returning O2, the asset formerly representing BT’s mobile business back to BT. BT got out of the mobile business in 2002, which BT had started in 1985, as a short term measure to shed debt. BT was not the only firm to be forced to do so.   One of the most surprising telecom asset sales of […]

Nov
24
2014

Verizon's Free Netflix Promo Expands Outside of NYC Market -

Back in October Verizon began a promotion that gave new FiOS customers a $150 VISA prepaid gift card and a free year of Netflix service if they sign up for the FiOS triple play. At the time, Verizon stated that the offer was a limited NYC trial, though Verizon this week confirmed to me it has since been offered nationwide — at least until sometime in January. In addition to the free year of Netflix, […]

Nov
24
2014

Windstream Announces Workforce Reductions -

Windstream has announced that the company plans to eliminate 350 positions by December 1. According to the telco, around 120 of the affected positions are being eliminated through a voluntary buyout initiative. Windstream currently has 13,000 employees, slowly trimmed back from the 14,500 of a few years ago. “Today’s actions are difficult, but necessary to effectively manage costs,” states the company. “While we are eliminating certain roles across the company, we continue to invest in […]

Nov
24
2014

“Unlocking the Connection” for Austin’s Public Housing Residents

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro joined the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and Google Fiber to announce Unlocking the Connection, a community-based initiative to help bridge the city’s digital divide and help families build self-sufficiency that supports economic independence and transitioning from public assistance. Bringing Internet Connections/Skills to Public Housing Residents “Closing the digital divide means that every child has a chance to succeed […]

Nov
24
2014

Cleveland to Build Commercially Available 100 Gigabit Fiber Network

CLEVELAND, OH — The city of Cleveland and OneCommunity are installing the nation’s first commercially available metropolitan 100 gigabit network. The 100 gigabit network will connect in downtown Cleveland, through Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) to University Circle. The innovative $1.02 million project will be made possible through a recently-awarded, $700,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant combined with supplemental funding from the city of Cleveland and OneCommunity setting a new gold standard for connectivity. Strong Regional […]

Nov
24
2014

Ten New Communities Join Blandin Community Broadband Program

BRAINERD, MN — Blandin Foundation has selected 10 rural Minnesota communities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives. Carlton County, Central Woodlands (east central Minnesota), Chisago County, Martin County, Redwood County, Red Wing, Renville/Sibley Counties, Resilient Region 5 (north central Minnesota), and Sherburne County all have been successful in leading their communities’ bids to become Blandin Broadband Communities. Communities were selected based on demonstrated commitment to work together across sectors […]

Nov
24
2014

Aggressive Streaming Video Market Puts Pressure on Operators

WATERLOO, ON — Competition in the streaming video market between players such as Netflix, Amazon and soon a stand-alone HBOGO option is putting operators on notice to have solutions in place to meet the growing bandwidth needs, according to Sandvine, a provider of network policy control solutions, in its latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014”. “With both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaining bandwidth share in North America […]

Nov
24
2014

Broadband Subscriptions Rise as Pay-TV Subscriptions Fall

DURHAM, NH — Confirming a continuing shift in consumer viewing preferences, in 3Q 2014 about 700,000 households added broadband while during the same period Pay-TV providers lost about 150,000 subscribers, according to two different studies released by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), a provider of research and analysis on the broadband, media and entertainment industries. Pay-TV Providers Lose Subscribers Leichtman research found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US — representing about 95 percent […]

Nov
24
2014

Two Missouri FTTH Providers Move to APMAX IPTV Middleware

GREEN CITY and MACON, MO — Lower scalable maintenance costs and simplicity of use for administrators and consumers motivated two Missouri communications providers to switch their IPTV Middleware solution to Innovative Systems’ APMAX hardware platform. One of the companies making the switch was Northeast Missouri Telecom and CEO Jim Sherburne says they appreciate Innovative Systems’ efforts to make the middleware easier for companies to maintain and manage and also adds that tools like the Virtual […]

Nov
24
2014

OTT Pay TV Services Expected to Soar to $10 Billion by 2018

CAMPBELL, CA — Subscription-based over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon are in the early stages of siphoning off revenue from traditional pay-TV providers, according to new findings from market research firm Infonetics in its latest “Pay TV Services and Subscribers” report, which forecasts and analyzes the cable TV, satellite TV, telco Internet protocol television (IPTV), and over-the-top (OTT) services markets. “With a combination of wide availability across end devices, user-friendly interfaces, and […]

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