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Dec
19
2014

Faster Cable Speeds Get Closer As DOCSIS 3.1 Moves Forward -

CableLabs continues to push the DOCSIS 3.1 standard to completion, which means that significantly faster cable speeds are just over the horizon. According to a CableLabs announcement, six unnamed hardware vendors have completed the first round of interoperability tests for new DOCSIS 3.1 products, gear that will someday be capable of offering 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. CableLabs plans to host a follow up interoperability testing session during the week of January 19, […]

Dec
19
2014

IoT Market Won't Be as Big as Forecast, Near Term

Despite a recent change of terminology–”Internet of Things” being preferred over the original term “machine to machine,”–it is likely that most of the incremental application and access revenue generated in the broad IoT markets will be created by M2M applications such as sensors. Perhaps notably, Gartner in 2014 named “Internet of Things” at the peak of the hype cycle, after noting in 2012 nd 2013 that the peak of  unrealistic expections was approaching. What that […]

Dec
19
2014

T-Mobile Wins Declaratory Ruling On AT&T, Verizon Roaming Rates -

After months of heated battle between T-Mobile and AT&T over roaming costs, this week the FCC issued a declaratory ruling that could open the door toward T-Mobile having to pay less to connect to incumbent networks. The FCC says they’re not technically changing the rules, but says they’ll provide guidance on what precisely constitutes a “commercially reasonable” data roaming agreement. In short, the agency simply opened the door to allowing companies like T-Mobile to have […]

Dec
19
2014

New Comcast App Aims to Cure Long Hold Times -

Relatively new Comcast “Senior VP of Customer Experience” Charlie Herrin blogs that the company has introduced a new wrinkle for its customer support. According to Herrin, customers can now schedule a specific time for Comcast to call them instead of waiting on hold (and those hold times can sometimes be a killer) using the company’s new Xfinity “My Account” app. “Simply enter in your phone number, select the time you want us to call you […]

Dec
19
2014

Cox Digital Migration Begins, Freeing Spectrum for Faster Speeds -

Cox Communications says the company has begun the company’s migration to digital television, starting with customers in parts of Connecticut. As with other cable providers, the migration to digital will free up spectrum used by analog video — that spectrum being repurposed for additional VOD options, more channels, and ultimately part of the company’s DOCSIS 3.1 speed bumps. Cox has stated they plan to begin migrating most of their users to 1 Gbps, DOCSIS 3.1 […]

Dec
18
2014

CenturyLink's Christmas Present: Rate Hikes For the New Year -

Several CenturyLink customers have e-mailed me to note that the company is reaching out to users with a not-so-welcome holiday gift: rate hikes in the new year. According to the notification being sent out to users, standalone broadband customers can expect to start paying $2 more per month in the new year, while bundled phone and broadband customers will see a $1 increase. The hikes come on the heels of the addition of several nonsensical […]

Dec
18
2014

T-Mobile, Blackberry Thawing Their Chilly Relationship -

You might recall that back in February Blackberry CEO John Chen insisted he was “outraged” that T-Mobile was running a promotion aimed at selling discounted iPhones to Blackberry users. A few months of subsequent snark resulted in Blackberry stating they wouldn’t be renewing an expiring licensing arrangement with T-Mobile. Comments made by both T-Mobile and Blackberry suggest that the companies are healing any rifts made by the verbal scuffle, even though it remains entirely unclear […]

Dec
18
2014

More Broadband Competition Exists at Slower than at Higher Speeds

WASHINGTON, DC — A new report released by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) examines, for the first time, competition at the full range of speeds of Internet service in the U.S. The ESA report titled, “Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers,” finds that far more competition exists at slower speeds than at higher speeds. “This report gives policymakers a deeper understanding of what is occurring in the ISP marketplace,” says U.S. […]

Dec
18
2014

Ting Acquisition to Bring Fiber Network to Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Ting Fiber, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tucows, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 70 percent ownership of Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI), an independent Internet service provider in Charlottesville, Virginia. BRI provides high speed Internet access, Internet hosting and network consulting services to over 3,000 customers in Central Virginia. With this acquisition, Ting is expanding its business from mobile to fixed Internet access. Ting disrupted the mobile […]

Dec
18
2014

U.K. Mobile Investment in "Notspots" Also Not Profitable?

U.K. mobile operators have agreed to invest £5 billion to alleviate coverage “notspots” acorss the United Kingdom by 2017, ensuring voice and text messaging access on the part of the biggest four mobile operators across 90 percent of the U.K. land mass by 2017. Had the voluntary agreement not been reached, the U.K. government was prepared to force mobile operators into mandatory roaming agreements. The new investments will extend coverage from all four mobile operators […]

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