TDS Acquisitions Continue with Agreement to Purchase Merrimac Communications

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TDS announced its latest acquisition target. Merrimac Communications of Merrimac, Wisc. fits the pattern of recent TDS acquisitions – a small triple play provider that complements existing TDS markets, adding additional subscribers and network capacity. Merrimac Communications passes about 6,000 homes in Sauk, Columbia, and Dane counties, which are neighboring communities in TDS’ Wisconsin footprint....Learn More

HD Share of Mobile Video Traffic Hits 38%

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The high-definition HD share of mobile video traffic is now 38% globally – a far higher percentage than mobile operators had predicted a few years ago, according to new research from OpenWave Mobility. HD video was only 5.7 percent of mobile video traffic four years ago, but now is expected to be at least half...Learn More

FCC Poised to Reverse Net Neutrality, Title II Decisions

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The FCC will vote next month on an order that would reverse Net Neutrality guidelines imposed in 2015 under the previous administration, senior commission officials told reporters today. The order also would reclassify broadband as a more lightly regulated Title I information service – reversing another 2015 decision that classified broadband as a more heavily...Learn More

5G: Maybe We’re Getting Ahead of Ourselves

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The broadband industry is in the midst of figuring out the impact and implications of the next evolution of wireless, 5G. And the hype machine is in full swing. Some might argue it’s off the charts, especially in comparison to the roll out of previous generations, including 3G and 4G. At last week’s Huawei Global...Learn More

DOJ Files to Block AT&T Time Warner Merger, AT&T Raises Confidence in Government Concern

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About an hour after news headlines such as “DOJ files to block AT&T Time Warner merger” began to hit, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was on a conference call with reporters assuring them that the deal would be approved without a requirement to divest assets. Stephenson continued to argue what AT&T has maintained since merger plans...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet and cell communications as well as many basic services that...Learn More

Report: Average Web Page Load Times Not Improving As Fast as Broadband Speeds

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Increases in average broadband speed have not brought a commensurate decrease in average web page load times, according to a new white paper from the American Enterprise Institute. Instead, average web page load times actually increased between the fourth quarter of 2015 and the same period of 2016, the report said. “The emphasis on one...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Router Satisfaction Declines, But Problems are Few

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Customers are less satisfied with their wireless routers than they were a year ago, according to J.D. Power. Wireless router satisfaction fell to 833 on a 1,000-point scale in 2017 compared to 847 in the 2016 report. Satisfaction fell in all 10 factors measured in the study, researchers noted in a  press release. The largest...Learn More

AT&T LTE-LAA Rollout Taps Unlicensed Spectrum

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AT&T said that it has rolled out LTE-License Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in parts of Indianapolis and will expand the LTE-LAA rollout to additional parts of the city by the end of the year. The technology boasts theoretical speeds of 1 Gbps and, according to the company, has reached a peak of 979 Mbps in a...Learn More

Deloitte: As Smartphone Penetration Hits 82%, Wireless Industry Thrives

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A new report from Deloitte LLP confirms the popularity of smartphones and the health of the wireless industry. Americans as a whole use their mobile phones 12 billion times a day, according to researchers. Additionally, smartphone penetration has reached 82 percent (93 percent for the 18-24 age group). Deloitte LLP published the results in its...Learn More

Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program, eliminating free service and eliminating support for resellers. Supporters, including...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain low-speed data services that had been grandfathered and eliminating the...Learn More

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