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Dec
17
2014

Illinois Residents Not Thrilled About Losing Their AT&T Lines -

We’ve discussed at length how AT&T’s “IP transition” is being framed as some sort of evolutionary transition toward a “glorious all-IP future,” but is really largely about AT&T gutting regulations in order to hang up on POTS (plain old telephone) and DSL users they simply don’t want to upgrade. The name of the game is terminating these unwanted users and pushing them users toward significantly more expensive (and capped) LTE wireless service. To make this […]

Dec
17
2014

Tucows/Ting Gets Into The 1 Gbps Fiber Game -

Add Tucows’ MVNO Ting to the growing list of companies pushing into the 1 Gbps field after being inspired by Google Fiber and community broadband efforts. Ting was one of several companies to try and disrupt wireless industry pricing last year by incorporating a “free” tier of mobile data service, layered with a more civil treatment of its subscribers. The efforts haven’t paid off in scale yet, with the company offering up a relatively low […]

Dec
17
2014

Shaw Rings In New Year With Price Hikes -

Users in our Shaw forums point out that the company thought it was a good idea to not only raise rates for all its tiers, but in a roundabout way reduce speeds for users as well by eliminating the company’s fastest 100 Mbps tier (for now). These two Reddit threads appear to have leaked Shaw’s plans. Users are calling these downgrades, and see what Shaw is doing as such: • Shaw 100mbps becomes Shaw 60mbps […]

Dec
17
2014

NBN Goes Multi-Platform: Fiber to Where It Can Make Money

The Australian National Broadband Network, building a wholesale-only high speed access network across Australia, believes a new “all of the above” or multi-platform approach will accelerate the construction timetable by four years. That is a practical investment approach some service providers have for years dubbed “fiber to where you can make money.” In other words, the amount of investment is directly related to expected return on investment. NBN also revised its deal with Telstra, the […]

Dec
17
2014

NBC Offers Live Streams — If You're a Cable Customer -

As part of a broader effort to appeal to would-be cord cutters and join the modern era, Comcast’s NBC Universal is preparing to offer live streams of the company’s programming. According to the Wall Street Journal, the streams will be available on computer starting next Tuesday, with tablets and smartphones supported sometime next year. The catch? As with all cable industry “TV Everywhere” initiatives, you’ll need to prove you’re a cable customer and authenticate your […]

Dec
16
2014

Google Takes Their Broadband Balloons to France -

In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft. Ground base stations set some sixty miles apart communicate with solar-powered radio transmitters affixed to the […]

Dec
16
2014

Like Verizon, Cable Execs Admit Title II No Big Deal -

The country’s biggest ISPs (and their vast and assorted policy tendrils) have spent the last six months claiming that Title-II based net neutrality rules would destroy the Internet, crush sector innovation and stall network investment. That’s why it was curious last week when Verizon stated at an investors conference that Title II really wouldn’t hurt the company much at all. After all, those paying attention know that the voice component for wireless voice and parts […]

Dec
16
2014

Zhone Deploys FiberLAN for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

OAKLAND, CA — Zhone Technologies, a global leader in the fiber access market, announced a new FiberLAN deployment with Beanfield Metroconnect. Beanfield, a Toronto-based telecom company and official supplier of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, will be providing state-of-the-art network infrastructure for game venues and the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete’s Village. The games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport gaming event; only the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games surpass […]

Dec
16
2014

T-Mobile 'Uncarrier 8.0': Roll Over Data Allotments -

T-Mobile this morning unveiled their latest “Uncarrier” press salvo, announcing that the company will now be offering customers roll over data. According to a company announcement, both new and existing T-Mobile customers will be given what T-Mobile’s calling a “Data Stash,” or a data allotment where they can store unused data at the end of each month. T-Mobile says this Data Stash is available for new and existing Simple Choice customers with at least a […]

Dec
16
2014

T-Mobile US "Data Stash" Allows Roll Over of Unused Data Capacity

T-Mobile US will in January 2015 start allowing its customers to roll over unused data plan capability into the next month’s usage bucket, as part of a new program called “Data Stash.” The plan is reminiscent of the Cingular “Roll Over” feature, that allowed mobile users to roll over unused voice minutes into their usage for the next month, with unused minutes of use expiring after a year. Data Stash apparently will have the same […]

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