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Jan
27
2015

Comcast Caught Ghost Writing Merger Support Letters -

While this is sadly the status quo for most companies in most industries, The Verge does a good job in a report highlighting how Comcast has been ghost writing letters for politicians expressing gushing support for their merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast has been frequently crowing about the amount of support their merger enjoys, often forgetting to mention that the lion’s share of this support has to be paid for in some fashion. The […]

Jan
27
2015

Verizon Fined After Failing To Investigate Rural Call Issues -

The FCC this week announced that Verizon will be paying $5 million to settle an investigation into the company’s failure to investigate and repair rural phone call completion issues. According to an FCC investigation, Verizon failed to respond to a spike in call completion complaints during a several month stretch in 2013. Verizon has agreed to pay a $2 million fine, and spend another $3 million on shoring up the company’s internal reporting systems. Verizon […]

Jan
26
2015

Cable Fights FCC's New 25 Mbps Broadband Definition -

We’ve noted how the FCC has been working hard to increase the minimum definition of broadband from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up to 25 Mbps down to 3 Mbps up. As part of that push the agency has been making the rounds noting how roughly two-thirds of American households don’t have more than one choice at speeds above 25 Mbps. Not too surprisingly the broadband industry isn’t a fan of a change that will […]

Jan
26
2015

Verizon Again Reminds Everyone Not To Expect More FiOS Expansion -

With the exception of major city franchise obligations (and even those have lots of wiggle room), Verizon all but ended their FiOS expansion plans around five years ago. With so many un-served cities still begging to be upgraded Verizon continually has to remind folks that they’re simply not interested in upgrading their fixed line networks any more. If you live in one of those un-upgraded cities like Buffalo, Boston or Alexandria, that’s a tough pill […]

Jan
26
2015

My Thoughts on Dish's New Sling TV Offering -

Like many outlets I was given an early look at Dish’s new Sling TV streaming video service, which the company announced back at CES. The service won several awards at the show, and it’s an the vanguard at a slew of offerings scheduled to be released in 2015 that finally appear ready to challenge the traditional cable TV paradigm. Is it any good? Well yes and no. I have to say that the ease at […]

Jan
26
2015

Cablevision to Launch All-Wi-Fi "Mobile" Service

Cablevision Systems Corporation will launch Freewheel,  a new low-cost, all-Wi-Fi phone service in the first quarter of 2015, and possibly as early as February. In other words, unlike some other services that rely on Wi-Fi, but default to mobile networks, Freewheel will operate exclusively using Wi-Fi. In essence, Freewheel is launching using a pattern described by management professor Clayton Christensen, where disruptors enter a market “on the low end,” with offerings that offer clear value […]

Jan
26
2015

250 Million Connected Vehicles by 2020?

By 2020, there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner forecasts. That would represent about 20 percent of all vehicles on the road worldwide with some form of wireless network connection by 2020. Telematics, automated driving, infotainment and mobility services are among the key new capabilities the connections will support. Gartner also forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use […]

Jan
26
2015

Computer World Survey: T-Mobile Customer Satisfaction Surging -

A new survey of Computer World readers suggests that T-Mobile is making huge strides in customer satisfaction thanks to the company’s “uncarrier” efforts. Verizon usually sits on top of most surveys when it comes to overall satisfaction, and does so again here with 69% of Verizon customers satisfied (compared to 67% for AT&T, 54% for T-Mobile, and 39% for Sprint). Looking at satisfaction with network speed alone, and it’s clear that T-Mobile is making significant […]

Jan
26
2015

AT&T Likely Bought Lion's Share of Spectrum At Latest Auction -

AT&T will likely have a hard time crying spectrum poverty after reports suggest the company gleaned the lion’s share of spectrum at the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The auction tallied more than $45 billion in proceeds for the federal government, and estimates analyzing AT&T’s financial moves suggest that AT&T alone may have spent between $20 and $22 billion. One analyst firm AT&T likely purcharsed the J Block ($18.2 billion) and part of the G Block ($2.6 […]

Jan
26
2015

Sling TV Could Succeed Even if it Fails with Target Milliennials

Dish Network’s new Sling TV streaming service has been designed to appeal to Millennials who do not find subcription TV appealing. Whether the service works, and for whom it works, remain to be tested. In fact, it is possible the service might appeal to consumers other than Millennials.Ask Auto manufacturers how difficult it is to forecast demand for automobiles produced to appeal to a Millennial audience. The Chevy Sonic is aimed squarely at 18-to-30-year-olds. But the largest segment […]

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