For years many of our more "serious" rural users have chosen to give their business to Verizon Wireless reseller Millenicom
, since they've continued offering larger data allotments and unlimited options (they're a "no drama
" company to quote one of our forum users). The plans were particularly popular among more rural users, whose only alternative is often very expensive and heavily capped satellite service, heavily capped LTE, or dial-up.
The Broadband Forum's G.fast certification program has offered up more testing schedule and testing details for G.fast, a standard many hope will be able to deliver 1 Gbps speeds over copper lines. At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, it was announced that the University of New Hampshire InterOperablity Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will be the first and only testing lab for the Broadband Forum's G.fast certification program. story continues..
If you've followed the recent net neutrality debate, you'll recall that most consumer advocates believe the most sensible way forward is to reclassify ISPs as utilities and regulate them under Title II. Combined this with forbearance, argues groups like the EFF
, and you've got a system that will protect consumer effectively while at the same time keeping the FCC from aggressively over-reaching.
Verizon's latest earnings
were released this morning, the company seeing a net income of $3.79 billion on revenue of $31.6 billion. While Verizon slightly missed Wall Street estimates, competition from T-Mobile didn't dent big red much: the company added 1.5 million wireless customers in the third quarter, 1.1 million of which were tablets.
According to a new schedule posted to their website
, CableLabs is prepped to host a DOCSIS 3.1 "plugfest" in "a multi-vendor environment" during the week of December 1. The company also plans to host a follow up interoperability testing session during the week of January 19, 2015. Most of the 1 Gbps promises you're seeing made by companies like Cox
will rely on the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which isn't expected to see significant commercial deployment until sometime in 2016. Back in September CableLabs said they were slightly ahead of schedule
with development of the standard, which will take significantly less time to deploy than it did to design.
Sprint's latest promotion has the company waiving tablet access fees -- if
you're signing up for enough data. The company has announced they're now selling the Apple iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3
, and interested individuals can add the tablets to the company's Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Sprint stated the company will be waiving that $10 monthly fee "throughout 2015" if users sign up for a data plan of 20 GB or larger. It's worth noting the Air 2 supports Sprint's faster Spark upgrades, while the Mini3 does not. User IPPlanMan
writes in to note that users only have ten days left if they want to sign up for Sprint's double data promotion
Dish customers are the latest to lose access to channels they're paying for thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute. Turner Broadcasting channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Headline News were pulled from Dish's lineup yesterday after the two sides failed to agree to terms. story continues..
Already under investigation in West Virginia
for possible mishandling of government subsidy money, Frontier Communications is now facing a new class action in the state for failing to offer the services they advertised. According to the Charleston Gazette
, the suit complains of frequent outages and accuses Frontier of failing to deliver speeds paid for.
32 cities in nineteen different states have formed a coalition aimed at building networks in those cities that private ISPs have so far refused to. Dubbed the Next Century Cities
coalition, the organization will aim to share knowledge and resources that aid the delivery of next-generation 1 Gbps networks. "The leaders whose communities participate in Next Century Cities know that reliable, affordable, and fast Internet is no longer a luxury," states the organization. "Like electricity and plumbing, it is now essential infrastructure." The group arises as the FCC looks to dismantle
portions of ISP-written protectionist state laws that prohibit towns and cities from building their own networks -- even if nobody else will. The full city member list can be found here
Sources tell The Information
that HBO's recently announced
streaming service will likely cost consumers at least around $15 per month. More specifically, the report claims the service will match HBO's existing cable price tag of $15, seemingly implying it could easily be more. As the report notes, a 2013 survey of broadband-only customers by the Diffusion Group found that only 6% were "moderately or highly likely" to sign up for a broadband HBO service priced at $15. Depending who you ask, this week's announcements of streaming services by HBO means either content prices are dropping
, or prices for these services ultimately won't be that much different from traditional TV
South Korea's SK Telecom today is showing off 10 Gbps connectivity SK Broadband at the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. According to Akamai’s Q2 2014 The State of the Internet report, South Korea tops the charts by delivering an average Internet connection speed of 24.6Mbps, significantly faster than the fourteenth place 11.4Mbps seen by the US. story continues..
Back in January, a Sprint SEC filing
stated that the company would be launching "workforce reduction plan to reduce costs and better meet the changing dynamics of the marketplace." Those reductions have been ongoing throughout the year, with a recent SEC filing
indicating that Sprint intended to take a $160 million hit in the second quarter due to severance packages. A filing last Friday indicated that the latest round of layoffs include the elimination of 452 jobs at the company's headquarters
-- on the heels of 477 job reductions at HQ earlier this year.
Verizon Wireless this week made the company's Edge handset early upgrade program slightly worse, extending the time customers have to wait between upgrades. First spotted by Droid Life
, Verizon is increasing the number of monthly customer payments for a device from 20 to 24 months.
After Google Fiber announced deployment in the Austin market, AT&T rushed to declare they too would be offering 1 Gbps services in parts of the city. The company's rushed response meant that AT&T could "only" provide 300 Mbps when announced last December
, though that was remedied in August when AT&T stated they were upgrading those users to 1 Gbps
. Today AT&T announced
that those upgrades are complete, and every customer in Austin able to get Gigapower can now get 1 Gbps symmetrical speeds. AT&T still isn't saying how many Austin users can get -- or have signed up for -- Gigapower, but says that subscriptions "continue to exceed expectations."
Back in May Cox Communications stated
that they'd be bumping the company's Preferred & Premier tier speeds to 50Mbs & 100Mbs respectively, at no additional cost (for the time being). They've been deploying these speed increases on a market-by-market basis ever since, with users in Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nevada already seeing the bump. This week, DSLReports forum users in Connecticut say they're now seeing the increases
. Based on the leaked upgrade schedule we posted back in September
, Cleveland, San Diego, and parts of Rhode Island can also look forward to the boost this month.Update
: Rhode Island users say they're also seeing the increase
It may have taken several years of prodding, but HBO is finally planning to offer a standalone version of their broadband video streaming service HBO Go -- one that doesn't require a traditional cable subscription. Speaking during Time Warner's investor presentationj, HBO CEO Richard Plepler stated that the service would be arriving sometime in 2015, but didn't specify precisely what the new service would look like or how much it would cost. story continues..
by pjsutton 10:18AM Wednesday Oct 15 2014 Whether it's a cable company demanding thousands of dollars for a hundred yards of coaxial or a telco refusing to provide DSL, customers all over the country work tirelessly to get carriers to put in a little extra effort to shore up connectivity gaps. DSLReports reader pjsutton shares his story trying to get Verizon to upgrade DSL in Pennsylvania, a state with a rich history of magically forgotten broadband deployment promises. story continues..
In this day and age of telephone companies ignoring their copper infrastructure and leaving it to rot in the ground, Pennsylvania has placed pressure on telcos to maintain and actually upgrade those areas of the state that lack broadband access.
Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos stated this week that the company has moved toward shooting all of the company's original content in 4K. If you're not excited by that prospect yet, insists Sarandos, you will be once you see what it looks like
(or can afford a 4K set and a broadband line capable of at least 15 Mbps
, apparently whichever comes first). "It will completely invert people’s expectations of quality of content on the Internet.” Sarandos said. It may also raise your bill: users recently noticed Netflix was forcing users to sign up for more expensive streaming plans
if they wanted to view this content.
You can add Atlanta
to the growing list of cities where AT&T says they'll offer some users 1 Gbps "Gigapower" speeds. According to the company's announcements, these four locations will join Charlotte, Raleigh, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Jacksonville, Miami and Houston as areas that will see highly-selective 1 Gbps speed upgrades.
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