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Nov
18
2014

90% Adoption of Mobile by 2020, Globally

It often is helpful to note problems the world has solved.  So it is that Ericsson now predicts 90 percent of people aged six years and over will use mobile phones by 2020, when the number of smartphone subscriptions is set to reach 6.1 billion.  It will have taken a couple of decades, but we will fundamentally have solved the problem of providing voice and text communications to everyone. The new challenge is to build […]

Nov
18
2014

Norwegian Regulators Oppose App Zero Rating

Zero rating of any apps is a violation of network neutrality, according to Frode Sørensen, senior advisor at the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority. “Internet users are entitled to an Internet connection that is free of discrimination with regard to type of application, service or content or based on sender or receiver address.” As with most aspects of network neutrality, the issue is complex and confusing, in part because bumper sticker slogans (“treat all bits […]

Nov
18
2014

MidContinent Communications Announces Gigabit Services -

Midcontinent Communications is the latest ISP to throw their hat in to the 1 Gbps ring, unveiling a plan to bring gigabit Internet access to homes and businesses in hundreds of communities in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Unlike many such release MidContinent’s announcement is specific in terms of deployment scope, noting the deployments will make 1 Gbps speeds available to 600,000 homes and 55,000 businesses through a fiber network that will span roughly […]

Nov
18
2014

Verizon Finds a Way to Make its ETFs More Expensive -

Verizon has quietly made a change to their wireless plans that will make it much more expensive to cancel your plan during the first eight months of a two-year contract. According to a post at Droid Life, Verizon’s old early termination fee (ETF) model saw your ETF reduced by $10 for each full month of a completed contract term. Under Verizon’s new plan, you won’t start seeing a reduction in your ETF until after month […]

Nov
18
2014

Wheeler: $2 a year fee to support school broadband

The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills. If the five-member commission approves the chairman’s plan as expected next month, the FCC would be allowed to spend as much as $3.9 billion a year to […]

Nov
18
2014

Appeals court holds up megamergers; decision challenged

A Federal Court ruled that programmers do not have to share details of their transmission contracts with a set of MVPDs because some of the MVPDs want to hire outside legal counsel to review the documents. The FCC wants to see the contracts as part of its process of evaluating whether or not to approve the Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter Communications deal and the AT&T / DirecTV deal. Read more about Appeals […]

Nov
18
2014

AT&T drops user-tracking "super cookies"

AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, says it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online. Read more about AT&T drops user-tracking "super cookies" Comments

Nov
18
2014

Comcast building data center in Oregon

Comcast said it is building a data center in Hillsboro, OR, which the company said will provide support for video, Internet and phone services for Oregon and southwest Washington customers. The company has a headend and a large sales center in the nearby town of Beaverton, a suburb of Portland. Construction on the Hillsboro data center is already in progress, the company said. Comcast also opened a new Xfinity store in Hillsboro, which the company […]

Nov
18
2014

RCN updates TiVo user interface

RCN has rolled out a new user interface for its TiVo-based service that has new guide functions, faster navigation, better search capabilities and new TV apps. The new interface had been phased in across RCN markets, with the rollout completed last week.   RCN viewers now have the option to create categories in which they can file their “My Shows” selections. Users are also able to customize searches using their remote. Read more about RCN […]

Nov
17
2014

Mobile, Video Subscription Satisfaction is "Neutral" But Low

Sometimes, a satisfaction score just above “neutral” is a good thing. A new survey of consumer satisfaction with various products and industries by YouGov contains a couple of findings that mirror other studies of consumer satisfaction with cable TV and mobile service: both those industries rank at the very bottom of satisfaction ratings. That is not as bad as it sounds, though not by any means “good.” YouGov uses a 200-point scale, with +100 the […]

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