FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless offering that would be competitive with landline options, along with...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Sold to Private Equity Firm

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Regional carrier Great Plains Communications has entered into an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Grain Management LLC. The transaction highlights ongoing interest in broadband and fiber carrier assets by private equity firms. Terms were not disclosed. Nebraska-based Great Plains Communications has its roots as a local telco, but like many other small...Learn More

With iOS 12 Release, iPhones Will Provide Callers’ Location Data to 911

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Later this year, iOS 12 will enable Apple iPhone users calling 911 to securely and automatically share their location data with first responders. The iOS 12 911 enhancements are expected to provide faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times. According to Apple, nearly four in five 911 calls are presently coming...Learn More

Verizon’s Oath Launches Extended Reality Ads, Combines 3D and VR

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Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, today at Cannes showed attendees how to engage customers and prospects through extended reality (XR) ads. Oath Extended Reality ads combine data, 3D ad formats and brand building to deliver 3D, programmatic virtual reality (VR) ads. Oath houses Verizon’s digital media brands including Yahoo, Aol, among others, with the goal of...Learn More

Comcast X1 for Hospitality Era Begins with Check-In at the Philly Four Seasons

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Comcast Business has launched X1 for Hospitality and said that it will be used in the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center when it opens in the winter. Comcast has effectively used the X1 platform to deliver a differentiated user experience to their residential market, where it’s been cited as a value-add that helps...Learn More

$220 Million Novacap Horizon Acquisition Deal Closes, Continuing Foreign Investment in U.S. Fiber Trend

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Canadian private equity firm Novacap today completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Telecom for $220 million. The Novacap Horizon acquisition provides Novacap more than 4,300 fiber route miles and nearly 550,000 fiber strand miles with over 1,600 on-net locations and 16,600 near-net buildings. It also continues the trend of foreign investment firms acquiring U.S....Learn More

ASSIA Chief: DSL Could Support Terabit Speeds

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Copper twisted pair telephone wiring could someday support terabit speeds over distances of approximately 100 meters, according to Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of broadband software development company ASSIA. Technologies underlying terabit DSL would include a waveguide approach in combination with vectoring, explained Cioffi in an interview with Telecompetitor, in which he provided details...Learn More

AT&T, Verizon Spar Over San Jose 5G, Small Cell, Smart City Plans

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AT&T and Verizon today issued dueling press releases about plans for San Jose, California. AT&T, Verizon San Jose plans both involve 5G, small cells and the smart city, with AT&T emphasizing the 5G side and Verizon emphasizing the smart city. The dueling press releases illustrate how positively carriers view the opportunities in high-tech affluent cities...Learn More

FCC Rural Healthcare Fund Poised for $171 Million Annual Budget Increase

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The USF rural healthcare fund appears set to get an increase in its budget cap of $171 million annually, which would bring its annual budget to $571 million from its current $400 million. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release today stating that a draft order that would increase the FCC rural healthcare fund...Learn More

Oracle Internet Intelligence Map Shows Impact of Outages

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The Oracle Internet Intelligence Map, launched yesterday, is designed to enable users to see how natural disasters such as hurricanes and other interruptions are impacting online availability. The map is the latest feature of the Oracle Internet Intelligence initiative, which is designed to analyze the global internet infrastructure. The map is the result of more...Learn More

Amazon Owned Ring Will Launch Home Security and Monitoring Service for $10/month

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Just after their recently closed acquisition by Amazon, popular video doorbell provider Ring announced they will launch a home alarm and monitoring service. Announced in February 2018, Amazon reportedly paid $1 billion for Ring. The Ring Alarm home security monitoring system will begin shipping on July 4th. The do-it-yourself system, which now is available for...Learn More

Parks OTT Video Subscription Forecast: 400 Million by 2022

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A new Parks Associates OTT video subscription forecast calls for more 400 million OTT video service subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2022. Many of the estimated 265 million households will subscribe to multiple OTT services in order to have “complete” packages meeting their needs. Parks Associates credits the popularity of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu...Learn More

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