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by Karl Bode 06:30PM Friday Dec 19 2014
Please tell us what you want for Christmas in the comment section below.

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by Karl Bode 04:25PM Friday Dec 19 2014
In a network build blog update, Sprint says the company has reached all of its major milestones in 2014. According to Sprint Chief Network Officer John Saw, Sprint finished their Network Vision deployment (consolidating, removing/replacing gear), finished rolling out HD Voice by July, expanded the company's footprint across all 3 bands at 1.9 GHz, 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz and reached 100 million people with 2.5 GHz LTE by the end of 2014.
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by Karl Bode 03:12PM Friday Dec 19 2014
As part of the government's announcement this week that they'd be easing restrictions on Cuba, it announced that U.S. telecom firms will now be able to do business in Cuba.
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by Karl Bode 12:14PM Friday Dec 19 2014
T-Mobile has settled with the government over claims the wireless carrier aided cramming and turned a blind eye to the practice because it was profitable. Earlier this year the FTC sued T-Mobile over the practice, and now the FTC says T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million to customer refunds.
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by Karl Bode 10:31AM Friday Dec 19 2014
CableLabs continues to push the DOCSIS 3.1 standard to completion, which means that significantly faster cable speeds are just over the horizon. According to a CableLabs announcement, six unnamed hardware vendors have completed the first round of interoperability tests for new DOCSIS 3.1 products, gear that will someday be capable of offering 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream.
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by Karl Bode 09:19AM Friday Dec 19 2014
After months of heated battle between T-Mobile and AT&T over roaming costs, this week the FCC issued a declaratory ruling that could open the door toward T-Mobile having to pay less to connect to incumbent networks. The FCC says they're not technically changing the rules, but says they'll provide guidance on what precisely constitutes a "commercially reasonable" data roaming agreement.
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by Karl Bode 08:05AM Friday Dec 19 2014
Relatively new Comcast "Senior VP of Customer Experience" Charlie Herrin blogs that the company has introduced a new wrinkle for its customer support. According to Herrin, customers can now schedule a specific time for Comcast to call them instead of waiting on hold (and those hold times can sometimes be a killer) using the company's new Xfinity "My Account" app. "Simply enter in your phone number, select the time you want us to call you (call times are available in 15-minute windows), and you're all set," claims Herrin.

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by Karl Bode 07:56AM Friday Dec 19 2014
Cox Communications says the company has begun the company's migration to digital television, starting with customers in parts of Connecticut. As with other cable providers, the migration to digital will free up spectrum used by analog video -- that spectrum being repurposed for additional VOD options, more channels, and ultimately part of the company's DOCSIS 3.1 speed bumps. Cox has stated they plan to begin migrating most of their users to 1 Gbps, DOCSIS 3.1 connections starting sometime in 2016. Cox says some additional markets will be migrated throughout next year, but has not provided a deployment schedule.

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by Revcb 07:29AM Friday Dec 19 2014

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by Karl Bode 06:10PM Thursday Dec 18 2014
Several CenturyLink customers have e-mailed me to note that the company is reaching out to users with a not-so-welcome holiday gift: rate hikes in the new year. According to the notification being sent out to users, standalone broadband customers can expect to start paying $2 more per month in the new year, while bundled phone and broadband customers will see a $1 increase.
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by Karl Bode 04:12PM Thursday Dec 18 2014
AT&T today announced that the company will begin offering 75 Mbps downstream, 8 Mbps upstream U-Verse connections in select areas. According to an AT&T blog post, AT&T U-verse "High Speed Internet 75" is launching today in "parts of" Monterey and Sacramento, California, Toledo, Ohio; and El Paso, Texas.
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by Karl Bode 02:10PM Thursday Dec 18 2014
You might recall that back in February Blackberry CEO John Chen insisted he was "outraged" that T-Mobile was running a promotion aimed at selling discounted iPhones to Blackberry users. A few months of subsequent snark resulted in Blackberry stating they wouldn't be renewing an expiring licensing arrangement with T-Mobile. Comments made by both T-Mobile and Blackberry suggest that the companies are healing any rifts made by the verbal scuffle, even though it remains entirely unclear when exactly an actual deal could emerge:
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Answering media questions after T-Mobile's Uncarrier 8.0 launch on Tuesday, Legere said that he's open to finding a way for T-Mobile customers to have BlackBerry phones, provided the handset maker cooperates. Chen then told CNet today at its BlackBerry Classic event that he was also open to it and should connect with Legere (although I imagine he'd like to do it in person and not over Twitter).
Chen's move was curious given that after the last few years, Blackberry still needs all the friends it can get.

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by Karl Bode 11:46AM Thursday Dec 18 2014
A new study by the Commerce Department confirms something FCC boss Wheeler has been repeating in recent months: competition for faster speeds in the U.S. barely exists because of lagging DSL networks.
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by Bill Neilson 09:03AM Thursday Dec 18 2014
As this site has written about for many years, one of the biggest abuses found in the telecom industry continues to be the way that incumbent cable companies go about threatening lawsuits against cash-strapped cities if the cities allow for another cable company to enter the incumbent’s area.

The cable companies like to reference language found in most franchise agreements called the most-favored-nation provisions.
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by Karl Bode 08:16AM Thursday Dec 18 2014
While there's a smattering of video services (like the BBC iPlayer), Netflix customers waiting for a day when they can download content instead of just stream it shouldn't hold their breath. Netflix director of corporate communications Cliff Edwards tells TechRadar "it's never going to happen," oddly claiming poor Wi-Fi quality is the reason why (it's more likely broadcaster licensing restrictions and DRM-related issues). While it might be a nice feature for those worried about their cellular data allotments, Netflix insists it's a "short term fix for a bigger problem." Amazon, in contrast, states they support the concept and will be expanding offline viewing (aka downloading) across additional devices in the future.

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by Karl Bode 08:08AM Thursday Dec 18 2014
Time Warner Cable and Boingo have announced that they've expanded a Passpoint roaming agreements the two companies first announced back in June. According to the companies' press release, this means that Boingo and Time Warner Cable customers can use and log in to the Wi-Fi hotspots of each company automatically without re-entering credentials for each.
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by Revcb 08:07AM Thursday Dec 18 2014

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by Karl Bode 05:26PM Wednesday Dec 17 2014
Back in January we were the first to report that Comcast was again doubling speeds on many of its tiers, starting first with the company's Midwest division. As noted then, upgraded Comcast users will see the company's "Performance" tier bumped from 25/5 to 50/5 Mbps, their "Blast" tier from 50/10 to 105/10 Mbps, and their Extreme 105 speeds bumped from 105/20 Mbps to 150/20 Mbps.
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by Karl Bode 02:35PM Wednesday Dec 17 2014
Dish Network appears to be the first major pay TV player willing to integrate Netflix into the company's set top box hardware. Reports recently emerged that Netflix was making a refocused push to get Netflix on the set tops of the biggest cable operators.
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by Karl Bode 12:10PM Wednesday Dec 17 2014
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 gutting regulations in order to hang up on POTS (plain old telephone) and DSL users they simply don't want to upgrade. The name of the game is terminating these unwanted users and pushing them users toward significantly more expensive (and capped) LTE wireless service.
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