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Sep
16
2014

People Still Seemingly Upset There's No Killer App for 1 Gbps -

Google Fiber has launched us into an era where everyone has become obsessed with the 1 Gbps watermark, even if the actual number of people who can get these speeds remains relatively small, and the need for that type of speed remains dubious. Incumbent ISPs have indeed been quick to insist that nobody needs 1 Gbps, hoping to shift the conversation away from the high prices most users pay for much slower speeds thanks to […]

Sep
16
2014

FCC Has Received 3 Million Comments on Net Neutrality -

The FCC has now received roughly three million comments on net neutrality, up from the 1.1 million received just a month ago, and a significant number of which came during last week’s “Internet Slowdown” protests. Now that the FCC is awash in public opinion (the majority of which clearly support meaningful neutrality protections), the agency says it’s going to hold a series of open round table discussions during the next two months. Actual rules may […]

Sep
16
2014

Connecticut Mayors Seek Partners to Develop Gigabit Networks

HARTFORD, CT — New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp, West Hartford Deputy Mayor Shari Cantor, Stamford Mayor David R. Martin and state Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford), state Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz issued a global call for companies and organizations to develop ultra-high-speed gigabit or “gig” Internet networks in the three cities. The mayors issued a joint Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking information and dialogue with interested parties, hoping to […]

Sep
16
2014

Russellville’s EPB SmartNet and Calix Bring Gigabit Services to Kentucky

PETALUMA, CA – EPB SmartNet, Russellville, Ky.’s municipally owned fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, has deployed the CALIX E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for its new residential and business gigabit fiber network. With the launch of this 1 Gbps service on September 1, Russellville has become Kentucky’s first gigabit city. Leveraging GPON technology, the gigabit service is now available to all of EPB SmartNet’s residential and business broadband […]

Sep
15
2014

Verizon CEO Won't Rule Out FiOS Expansion -

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says the CEO won’t rule out further expansion of the company’s FiOS services, but eager customers probably shouldn’t hold their breath. FiOS just passed its ten year anniversary, though with the exception of the finishing up of promised deployments in major cities, the expansion of FiOS has been frozen for several years now. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference last week, McAdam stated that he’s not ruling out the possibility, […]

Sep
15
2014

New Dish Streaming Effort Likely to be Called 'NuTV' -

Janko Roettgers over at GigaOM scoops the news that Dish’s long-in-gestation Internet TV effort is likely to use the “NuTV” brand name. The information came courtesy of a series of trademark filings for the new brand, filed for by Dish back in February of this year. Dish boss Charlie Ergen recently stated that the company should launch the service before the end of the year, though securing proper licensing has — as always — been […]

Sep
15
2014

AT&T Downplays T-Mobile Pricing, Wi-Fi Calling Push -

On the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement last week that they’ve started a heavy push toward Wi-Fi calling, AT&T says they’ll also be offering Wi-Fi calling starting in 2015. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated last week the company will be offering it next year, but hasn’t been in a rush because, they claim, their network coverage is good enough (unlike T-Mobile’s, the CEO implied). That wasn’t the only shot AT&T at T-Mobile last […]

Sep
15
2014

Permanently Lower U.S. Mobile Prices Among Likely Outcomes of Current Mobile Price War

When all is said and done, when the current marketing mobile marketing war has ended, and when some major acquisitions have been approved or denied, when the U.S. cable industry makes its first “owned facilities” entry into the mobile business, what will market structure look like? Even if one assumes regulatory authorities will prevail, and that the U.S. market features leadership by at least four providers, who will those leaders be, and how will revenue […]

Sep
15
2014

It's Always Dangerous When a Competitor Gives Away the Thing You Sell

One characteristic of newly-competitive markets, including both former monopoly markets that are deregulated, and existing markets that are roiled by transformative and disruptive new technology, is that the boundaries separating one industry from another typically become porous. Put simply, what happens is that “firms not in your business get into your business.”  That is the inter-industry analogy to intra-industry segment encroachment, where one contestant in an existing value chain decides to enter a related part […]

Sep
15
2014

Comcast: Report Claiming We Punish Tor Users 'Wildly Inaccurate' -

A report over at DeepDotWeb claims that Comcast has contacted some users telling them that they risk disconnection if they continue using the privacy-minded Tor browser. Tor (as our recent report explores) is an entirely legal browser used by 1.2 million people, only some of whom use the browser to buy narcotics and other black market goods. According to the report, Comcast support employees informed a number of unidentified users that Tor “wasn’t legal,” and […]

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