Southeast has added a new wrinkle to the company's Wi-Fi and TV service (which one of our regulars gave high marks to back in August
). In addition to the company's $8 per flight gate-to-gate Wi-Fi and TV service, the company is now offering users the ability to send iMessage text messages for $2 per day. In a blog post
, Southwest insists that iOS 4 or later is supported now, with Android device coming soon (they fail to offer detail on which Android message platforms will be supported, raising unanswered questions on precisely how this will be implemented on the network). Southwest's in-flight Wi-Fi service is powered by Row 44's satellite broadband and is available on 435 Southwest planes.
Verizon is currently in the process of using the AWS spectrum obtained at auction in 2008 to supplement the company's existing LTE deployment, which should result in improved capacity and overall speeds for users in many markets. Speaking at an investor conference this week, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed New York (their most heavy usage market) is the first to see the upgrades
, where he admits a dozen of some 300 cell sites have been suffering capacity issues. According to McAdam, Verizon intends to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum during the first half of 2014. McAdam insisted Verizon's LTE capacity constraints were a "short-term blip" and that "we're now back to where we want to be."
DirecTV may announce streaming TV ambitions at an investor conference later this week insists Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet
. "If management does unveil this platform, we expect limited testing in 2014 and rollout to ethnic niches and/or multi-dwellings shortly thereafter," Bazinet said. "If deployment proceeds smoothly and data caps don't restrict rollout, we could see broader U.S. deployment in the future." Reports last month suggested
DirecTV was considering a Aereo-like service as a way to battle soaring retransmission fees, which the company called "not sustainable."
AT&T last week unveiled their new mobile share value plans
, aimed at getting users off contract and driving them to larger, more expensive data plans. The service was in response to T-Mobile, though AT&T continues to insist that T-Mobile is having no effect on their pricing strategies.
Sprint today announced that the company's faster "Spark" LTE upgrades have gone live in Chicago. Last month Sprint announced
they'd be combining the company's 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to provide what Sprint promises will be real-world downstream speeds of 50-60 Mbps.
One year after launching a limited beta, NimbleTV
today announced that they've launched their live streaming TV service in the New York City market. New York residents can head here
to sign up for the service, which allows users to watch live TV on a variety of mobile devices and set tops.
Calculating the impact of shifting an entire industry to an a la carte TV pricing model is probably impossible, but that doesn't stop investment analysts Needham and Co. from trying. story continues..
For much of the last decade Seattle has explored the idea
of building their own ultra-fast broadband network. Much of that motivation was fueled by the sub-standard service provided in the region by regional telco Qwest (now CenturyLink), which in turn resulted in regional cable operator Comcast not working very hard.
Last Wednesday, the New York Public Service Commission ordered Verizon to provide the public with un-redacted cost information about providing phone service on Fire Island, New York. The directive denied Verizon’s request to be exempt from disclosing cost documents. story continues..
It was rather clear that Google TV landed with a bit of a thud, though it was made clearer when Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca in 2012 stated their launch of the Google TV powered Revue was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," and that Google's product was a glorified beta
Now reports indicate that Google is working hard on the next chapter of this effort, a new TV set top that will fall under the Nexus brand.
TDS Telecom has announced that the company is now offering speeds of 300 Mbps across the company's footprint in Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Minnesota. Though the company's press release
fails to mention price, users can expect to pay around $100 and up for the service depending what kind of additional services they're willing to bundle. The company announced they'd be expanding their fiber to the home offerings last July
, using a Google "fiberhood" approach to generate interest among potential communities. Locals interested to see where TDS has planned fiber upgrades should check out the companies expansion map here
. You can also check out our reader reviews of TDS Telecom here
Nearly two months after announcing that they'd be offering 1 Gbps service to a select few development residents in Las Vegas
, CenturyLink has announced that they've started lighting up their first ultra-high-speed customers. The company's announcement
goes out of its way to avoid specifics of any kind, only stating that 1 Gbps connections are being offered to "select northwest Las Vegas communities" in the Northwest area of the city.
As recently noted
, Verizon has started using the AWS spectrum won at auction years ago to bolster their existing LTE network, the results on an unloaded network showing 80 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up, improving both overall capacity and per user speed. On the third anniversary of their LTE launch, Kevin Fitchard at GigaOM
notes that Verizon has very quietly launched the upgrades in "dozens" of major cities, with 5,000 AWS sites online by year's end:
These new network upgrades should solve any capacity problems for the next few years. At the very least, they will restore Verizon’s LTE service to its former glory, but most likely customers in bigger cities with AWS-compatible phones will see dramatic speed increases in the near-term. Palmer said Verizon has already completed the upgrade on thousands of cell sites, and by year end it will have 5,000 AWS sites online with an additional 5,000 sites in various stages of completion.
While Verizon's LTE network consistently ranks highly in terms of reliability, the company had been losing ground in terms of speedtest results when running up against both AT&T and T-Mobile's less loaded LTE networks.
Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai tells the Wall Street Journal
that the Obama administration would be unlikely to approve a Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable. Pai appears to largely be speculating, suggesting that because the Obama administration blocked the clearly troublesome AT&T T-Mobile merger, they'd block any Comcast acquisition as well.
Frontier Communications executive Dana Waldo stormed out of a public meeting at the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday, after he was asked if Frontier's broadband technology would provide households with basic DSL speeds in Tyler County, West Virginia. Waldo got angry while Council members were reviewing grant applications from a Frontier competitor that plans to bring broadband service to Tyler County. story continues..
As many of you know, many pay TV TV DVRs and other set top boxes are far behind in terms of technology and recording capabilities. In addition to the reduced feature set, there is a cost of anywhere between $10-$20 a month in rental costs just to bring the TV signal to your television. story continues..
We've seen a marked decrease in the number of promotional offers being bandied about by Verizon and Cablevision as they do battle in the NYC metro area, and Cablevision executives have hinted we'll be seeing even fewer. "The customer that’s been bouncing from one company to another on promotional discounts has hit a dead-end with us," recently insisted Cablevision CEO James Dolan on the company's earnings call. Verizon doesn't appear to agree, the company this past weekend returning to a promotional offer that includes
the FiOS triple play -- plus a $300 VISA gift card -- for $80 a month for the first twelve months. Triple play offers when off promotion usually sit somwhere around the $115 to $120 a month mark for both ISPs.
Cox has launched a fiber to the home trial in Orange County, California
, joining a growing number of companies that are offering fiber to the home service -- albeit only in select higher-end developments where the cost of deployment is minimal. Cox's first fiber to the home trial is estimated to cover just 1,000 homes at the moment, though that total will reach 14,000 as Cox runs fiber to the entire development over the next year or two. Even though there's fiber, Cox says the services and data speeds being offered "are similar to what Cox offers over traditional HFC." AT&T has done something similar with their FTTH U-Verse deployments, capping them at the same speed
as their copper-based offerings to deliver a "consistent experience."
As we've often noted
, more than a few cities are annoyed that Verizon ignored them when they deployed FiOS, including Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Alexandria and Albany. Those cities frequently complain they weren't told why they were left out of the upgrade loop, or when (if ever) Verizon will get around to upgrading them. Albany, New York is the latest to complain, State Senators speaking at a rally last week accusing Verizon of "redlining"; something Verizon didn't appreciate
"Albany cannot be redlined," Breslin said. "I urge them to reconsider and come to Albany and other upstate cities." Verizon is adamant that its decision not to build a fiber-optic infrastructure in the city of Albany at this time is not motivated by any concern about the financial viability of some parts of the city. "Frankly, someone suggesting that is an insult to us and how we do business," said spokesman for Verizon John Bonomo.
Verizon continues to state they're busy expanding FiOS only in regions they've struck existing franchise agreements, but refuses to state if there will ever be a serious new FiOS expansion effort beyond that.
Comcast has slowly but surely
been expanding their usage cap trials, predominately in less competitive Southern markets. Portions of Maine and Augusta, Georgia appear to be the latest market to face caps and overages.
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