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Nov
24
2014

OTT Pay TV Services Expected to Soar to $10 Billion by 2018

CAMPBELL, CA — Subscription-based over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon are in the early stages of siphoning off revenue from traditional pay-TV providers, according to new findings from market research firm Infonetics in its latest “Pay TV Services and Subscribers” report, which forecasts and analyzes the cable TV, satellite TV, telco Internet protocol television (IPTV), and over-the-top (OTT) services markets. “With a combination of wide availability across end devices, user-friendly interfaces, and […]

Nov
24
2014

Comcast Brings Gigabit Ethernet Services to Albuquerque and Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Comcast Business announced that its full portfolio of Ethernet services will be available in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in early 2015, with some services delivered later this year. Capable of bandwidth up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps), these services are specifically designed for businesses, schools, hospitals and other organizations requiring more capacity, looking to network multiple locations together, or planning to connect their offices to a third-party data center. “Whether it’s an engineering […]

Nov
22
2014

U.S. Mobile Spectrum Prices Quadruple Since 2006

source: Wall Street Journal U.S. mobile spectrum prices have quadrupled since 2006, one sign of the growing need for mobile data resources. In 2006, prices were 56 cents per potential customer (MHzPop). The current auction for AWS-3 mobile spectrum already has reached levels of $2.10 per “MHzPop” (price of one megahertz of bandwidth per potential customer).The price per MHzPop is derived by multiplying the number of available megahertz of bandwidth covered by a license by […]

Nov
21
2014

Wheeler: Expect ISP Lawsuits No Matter What We Do on Neutrality -

As noted yesterday, consumer advocates are concerned that they’ll lose grass roots momentum for Title II if FCC boss Tom Wheeler delays voting on new net neutrality rules too long. The FCC has made clear they’re not voting in December, with the next FCC meeting after that not occurring until almost February of next year. “I want to move forward with dispatch,” Wheeler told reporters today. I also want open Internet rules that can be […]

Nov
21
2014

FCC Moves to Protect 911 As Telcos Hang up on POTS, DSL Users -

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 (and Verizon) gutting regulations in order to hang up on POTS and DSL users they simply don’t want to upgrade. After Verizon used Sandy as an excuse to refuse to upgrade their own unwanted POTS and DSL customers, the FCC stepped in to mandate two small IP […]

Nov
21
2014

Google Says It's Making Great Strides on Broadband by Balloon -

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 […]

Nov
21
2014

Dish, CBS Agree to Extension to Avoid Blackout -

Dish and CBS have announced a temporary extension to avoid Dish customers losing access to CBS content as the two sides hash out a new carriage contract. According to Variety, the biggest sticking point isn’t retrans fees (as is usually the case) but Dish’s plans to launch an over the top streaming TV service, planned before the end of the year. CBS and Dish have already had a long and ugly feud over Dish’s Hopper […]

Nov
20
2014

DOJ Tells Apple Kids Will Die Because of Their Encryption Stand -

It has been interesting to see lately how Apple and Google have effectively started competing on privacy — both companies announcing recently that new encryption standards used on their latest OS’s and devices mean they’ll no longer unlock devices at the behest of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Not too surprisingly this shift has annoyed law enforcement and intelligence agencies, who’ve been escalating their rhetoric in opposition to the shift. This week the Wall Street […]

Nov
20
2014

CenturyLink Insists Users 'Don't Need' Fiber Speeds -

The New York Times recently explored the statewide protectionist bans paid for by incumbent ISPs that hinder or outright prohibit communities from building their own networks. As we’ve long covered, these bans don’t really care if ISPs aren’t willing to service these same areas, and some even block public/private partnerships. The FCC has hinted they may fight to overturn some of these bills to help accelerate broadband deployment. CenturyLink, which has a very long history […]

Nov
20
2014

Household Bandwidth Requirements Will Grow 31% Annually, Next 5 Years

Average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, from a peak hour average usage per household of 2.9 Mbps in 2014 to 7.3 Mbps in 2018, according to a study sponsored by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research. Some might argue the absolute speeds are less important than the growth rate, as different studies come up with different conclusions about the current state of peak hour speeds. A […]

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