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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.
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 transition trials
to help analyze what kind of problems we can expect as users are cut off from the PSTN and pushed on to wireless (or nothing at all).
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.
In a move that's not at all surprising after the Supreme Court ruling
and the recent slate of layoffs
, Aereo has announced that the streaming operator has filed for bankruptcy. In a blog post
, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia states that the Supreme Court ruling has "has proven difficult to overcome," and that filing for bankruptcy will allow the company to "maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn out litigation in several courts":
While we had significant victories in the federal district courts in New York and Boston and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the reversal of the Second Circuit decision in June by the U.S.
The Washington Post
notes that Southern States have among the lowest adoption rates in the nation, thanks in large part to lower incomes and expensive broadband service. Historically, opponents of shaking up the status quo like to argue that these people are disconnected by choice, though the Post notes that data points to income and expensive service (courtesy of limited competition) as the reason Southern adoption rates lag.
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.
by Revcb 07:18AM Friday Nov 21 2014
When President Obama issued his surprisingly clear but annoyingly belated support
for Title II reclassification network neutrality advocates clearly felt empowered. Even though the FCC is an independent agency, Obama was clearly calling out FCC boss Tom Wheeler to leave legally dubious Section 706 rules and his hybrid
solution behind and clearly and quickly go the Title II route.
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.
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.
As part of the company's attempt to shore up lagging customer service (or to at least shore up the perception of lagging customer service) Comcast today unveiled a new app that will let customers track where a technician currently is located. Waiting all day for a technician that never shows up is a large reason for the cable industry's abysmally low customer satisfaction rankings, and Comcast and their new "Customer Experience" VP Charlie Herrin hopes the new app helps to change that. story continues..
T-Mobile continues to slowly but surely expand market availability for the company's "wideband" 15x15 MHz channel LTE upgrades, which should dramatically improve speeds in launch areas. According to a T-Mobile announcement
, the company's latest launch market is Boston and the surrounding areas, including Springfield, Worcester as well as Providence and Warwick, Rhode Island.
Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomenon report
(spotted over at Ars Technica
) offers up some interesting insights into the traffic loads on Sandvine's client networks (aka large ISPs). While the idea that Netflix traffic comprises up to 30 to 35% of global Internet traffic during peak hours, the report also notes that Netflix surprisingly (or not) also utilizes around 9.5% of upstream Internet traffic during peak hours, second only to BitTorrent at 25.49%.
Charter board member and minority stake holder John Malone says that he'd push to have Charter Communications make another pass at Time Warner Cable if regulators block Comcast's attempted acquisition. "Oh yes," Malone said
when asked if a Charter buy would still be on the table in such a scenaior. "That said, we're happy with the deal that was negotiated. In many ways it's a better deal than going after 100% of Time Warner Cable." To get regulatory approval, Comcast's current deal involves spinning off 2.5 million subscribers
to create a company named Greatland Communications that's co-owned by Comcast and Charter.
by Revcb 07:02AM Thursday Nov 20 2014
After launching on November 13, the auction of AWS-3 spectrum today broke the record for spectrum auction prices and shows no sign of slowing down. Total bids for the spectrum today soared past $18,567,380,500
($2 billion of which covered the NY market alone), and should cross the $20 billion mark with ease. While specific bids of the 70 participants are anonymous, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Dish are all expected to be the top bidders in this auction, all hoping to add to their LTE spectrum holdings. BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk notes
bidding topped $1.04/MHz/POP and reached $2.50/MHz/POP in several large markets. Dish stock was up 9% today
at one point based entirely on the success of the auction.
Not only was Kansas City the first market to get Google Fiber's symmetrical 1 Gbps service, but a smattering of competitors are responding by offering similar (or better) options. A company by the name of Consolidated Communications this week announced
that they'll soon be offering everyone within range of their fiber footprint symmetrical 1 Gbps connections for $70 a month with no installation or other fees.
Just a few years ago, Nielsen proclaimed that the idea of TV cord cutting in favor of Internet video alternatives was "purely fiction." Subsequent Nielsen reports have often quite adorably gone out of their way
to downplay cord cutters to make TV executives (who want things to remain precisely as they are) happy. All that time Nielsen, a company tasked with tracking TV viewing habits
didn't see fit to actually track Internet video viewers, making them probably the last organization one should ask regarding television's evolution.
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