Parks: One-Fifth of U.S. Broadband Households Use Digital Antennas for Live TV

New consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas for live TV viewing in their home steadily increased to reach 20% near the end of 2017, up from 16% in early 2015. The new report, 360 View: Access and Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households shows that...Learn More

Mayors Argue for Local Decision Authority on 5G Infrastructure in Letter to FCC

Thirty-six mayors and elected local leaders representing Next Century Cities, a bipartisan organization, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that defended local decision-making around 5G infrastructure investments, small cell deployment, and the use of public rights-of-way. The mayoral letter to the FCC pushes back on the narrative that local leaders are...Learn More

Customers Often Need Help in the Home IoT Maze, So Verizon Launches TechSure

Verizon TechSure is a new personal technology helpdesk that the carrier announced today. The service provides different levels of tech support in the face of the exploding home IoT segment, where customers are connecting a multitude of devices in the home. “Laptops, tablets, TVs, thermostats, security cameras, doorbells, light bulbs – these days, almost everything...Learn More

Verizon and Colt Demonstrate Inter-Operator SDN Bandwidth Orchestration

Verizon and Colt have demonstrated the ability to make near-real time bandwidth changes, or on-demand bandwidth requests in this case, to each other’s production networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technologies. The demo highlights a real world customer scenario, where end customers want to be able to better control their experience, and not have to deal...Learn More

TDG: Major TV Networks All In on Direct-to-Consumer OTT Streaming by 2022, Conflict Surely to Ensue

All the major television networks will offer standalone direct-to-consumer OTT streaming services by 2022, according to a report from The Diffusion Group. “Big media companies are reacting more boldly to changes in TV viewing behavior,” Mike Berkley, TDG’s senior advisor said in a press release. “Consolidating, bulking up on originals, and marketing directly to consumers...Learn More

Hargray Communications Makes Another Acquisition, Buys Georgia ILEC

South Carolina-based regional carrier Hargray Communications continues its growth through acquisition strategy, with the news of its intent to acquire Georgia-based ComSouth. Central Georgia-based ComSouth provides broadband, voice, and video services in several communities, including Hawkinsville, Perry, Fort Valley, Cochran, among others. Originally the ILEC in the Hilton Head region of South Carolina, Hargray Communications...Learn More

Accenture Report Touts $1.56 Billion Savings From FCC Proposal for Streamlining 5G Small Cell Regulations

According to a new report from Accenture, an FCC proposed wireless infrastructure order, which includes emphasis on 5G small cell deployments, will save Americans $1.56 billion. The report says that the order will lead to more broadband for more Americans — including through an expedited roll-out of 5G — but the savings also could create...Learn More

CenturyLink Divestiture of Level 3 Assets Process Continues, UPN Now in Play

A second deal this week concerning CenturyLink divestiture of Level 3 assets was announced by the company, with news that the Department of Justice has approved the sale of certain Level 3 assets to Unite Private Networks (UPN) of Kansas City. When completed, UPN will purchase Level 3 network assets in Albuquerque, N.M. CenturyLink announced...Learn More

LRG: Cable Continues to Dominate Broadband Net Adds Among the Largest Providers

The broadband industry added 2,095,203 broadband net adds last year, according to the Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The increase was driven by the top cable companies, which added a net of 2,720,827 broadband subscribers. That offset net losses of 625,624 from the top telephone companies. Last year’s total were lower than 2016 net additions, with...Learn More

Game Spending: Mobile Far Outpaces Console, PC, Handheld Combined

Direct spending on mobile games exceeded the combined spending total on home console, PC/Mac, and handheld console games by more than one third in 2017, up from a single-digit margin by the same measure in 2016, according to a new report from App Annie and International Data Corporation (IDC). Games also generated nearly 80% of...Learn More

Syringa Networks Moves Closer to Acquiring Level 3 Network Assets

The Department of Justice has approved the purchase of Level 3 network assets in Idaho by Boise, Idaho based Syringa Networks. The deal fulfills certain divestiture requirements imposed by the DOJ for approval of CenturyLink’s acquisition of Level 3. The deal is only for the actual network assets, and not existing Level 3/CenturyLink customers. According...Learn More

Juniper Exec on Metro Network Evolution: Not Just Transport Any More

Moving forward, metro networks will be less about transport and more about being service-centric, said Juniper Networks Director of Product Marketing Management Donyel Jones-Williams in an interview. Juniper today announced three products that will play a key role in supporting the company’s vision for metro network evolution. The products include two universal metro routers (ACX5448...Learn More

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