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by Karl Bode 12:50PM Monday Mar 02 2015
Confirming numerous rumors from earlier this year, Google has announced that the company will soon formally unveil their foray into wireless services. Speaking at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Google's Sundar Pichai told attendees that their MVNO would be launched sometime in the "coming months."

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Those hoping for Google to jump into the wireless market with both feet may wind up being disappointed. Pichai noted at several points that Google's foray into wireless is going to be conducted on a "small scale" to "show what's possible" in the hopes of encouraging others.

“It’s a very small-scale compared to the rest of the OEM industry, but it pushes the needle. I think we’re at the state where we need to think of hardware, software, and connectivity together," Pichar told attendees. "We don’t intend to be a carrier at scale, and we’re working with existing partners."

In other words, like Google Fiber or Google Nexus, Google's hoping more to encourage a conversation and drive innovation -- as opposed to going toe to toe with AT&T and Verizon on a national scale. There's still no word on precisely what this service is going to look like or be priced at, but previous rumors have suggested it leans heavily on Wi-Fi and uses both the T-Mobile and Sprint cellular networks as backup.

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by Karl Bode 10:13AM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Verizon just got done selling all of its fixed-line network assets in California, Texas and Florida to Frontier Communications, and the company is giving every indication that more deals may be in the works. Speaking to investors during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2015, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told attendees the company will consider additional deals if they are at the "right price" and geographically make sense:
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"For the right price and right terms, if there's an asset we don't believe is strategic to Verizon and can return shareholder value, we'll dispose of that asset," Shammo said.
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by Karl Bode 09:38AM Monday Mar 02 2015
As we've explored, one of the broadcaster markets hit particularly hard by Netflix is children's programming, since parents (and kids) find it immeasurably more convenient to watch TV on their own schedule. Kids are also less likely to need to see the "latest and greatest," resulting in what's often been a 15% or greater viewership dip quarter to quarter over the last year.
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by Karl Bode 01:17PM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
While Netflix has been an incredibly vocal supporter of net neutrality and a massive opponent of usage caps here in the States, apparently those positions didn't make the ocean voyage to Australia. Janko Roettgers at GigaOM notes that Netflix will be launching in Australia on 24, much to the pleasure of those who've had to use VPNs to access out of market Netflix content.
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by Karl Bode 02:49PM Monday Mar 02 2015
T-Mobile will be among the first carriers to utilized unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum to help supplement the company's LTE network, the company announced today. According to a press announcement by Alcatel Lucent, T-Mobile will be deploying Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in 5 GHz spectrum sometime in 2016.
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by Karl Bode 10:17AM Monday Mar 02 2015
As we noted last month, Dish Network has been taking heat for some creative shenanigans at the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. One, despite spending $13.3 billion at auction Dish appears to have used a legal "small business" loophole to save themselves around $3 billion.
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by Karl Bode 07:57AM Monday Mar 02 2015
Grande Communications has announced the company has started deploying 1 Gbps broadband services in San Antonio. According to a company announcement, the company says they'll first be offering their 1 Gbps "Power 1000" broadband tier in Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills. The company says they'll be offering the service for $65 a month, though the tier will top out at 400 Mbps in areas not yet upgraded to a gig. Grande's also offering 50Mbps at $35, 200Mbps for $45, and 300Mbps for $55 a month. "We understand our customers' needs for more Internet speed options with low and mid-range pricing and we strive to deliver a better value than our competitors," proclaims the company.

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by Karl Bode 07:52AM Monday Mar 02 2015
Lafayette Louisiana's LUS Fiber faced very sleazy efforts by Cox and BellSouth years ago when trying to launch; efforts that went so far as the two companies hiring push pollsters to try and tell locals taxpayer money would be used to fund pornography. Some pollsters even tried to tell locals that if they approved the municipal broadband project, the government would restrict their television watching to just a few days a week.
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by Karl Bode 05:14PM Monday Mar 02 2015
In June of 2013 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.
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by Karl Bode 08:34AM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Surely fueled by some Gigabit IPA, Portland's City Council last year voted unanimously to approve a new franchise agreement with Google Fiber. The agreement, which includes a 5% franchise fee from Google, extends until 2024 and allows Google to start planing out potential placement of fiber huts and future "fiberhoods." Portland leaders also had to strip back some restrictions on utility cabinet placement to make Google happy.

Google Fiber isn't coming to Portland just yet, though Google recently announced the city was one of several options that should be announced later this year. To sweeten the pot, Oregon is push a change in state tax code to help further lure Google Fiber to the Pacific Northwest:
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An Oregon Senate committee has proposed an unusual tax break, designed to help lure Google Fiber or other hyperfast Internet services to the Portland area. The language would cap property valuation when it comes to a thorny element of Oregon's tax code, "central assessment," which makes telecom companies liable for the worth of their brand and other intangible assets.
Google Fiber's Milo Medin recently told cities that they can either eliminate barriers to faster deployment, or "enjoy your Time Warner Cable." As Overland Park, Kansas found out, if you don't give Google what it wants -- the company is quick to move on to one of the countless other cities that are begging the company for better service.

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by Karl Bode 08:32AM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Frontier Communications and TiVO have struck a new deal that may give Frontier customers access to TiVO hardware and service. According to a company announcement, Frontier will begin to market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo's suite of whole-home products and services -- including an industry-first deployment of the TiVo Roamio DVR with over-the-air (OTA) support -- starting sometime in the middle of this year. Frontier's going to target cord cutters with these services; the company never particularly bullish on offering TV services -- even though they just acquired Verizon's DSL and FiOS assets in CA, FL and TX.

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by Karl Bode 07:50AM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Even with new, tougher Title II based net neutrality rules, Comcast remains a huge threat to Internet video, argues Dish Networks. "Even if the net neutrality rules are upheld in court, there are innumerable ways that Comcast-Time Warner could sabotage over-the-top," Jeff Blum, senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Dish Network Corp told attendees of a conference call this week. "And over-the-top is a reality. It’s something that is good for consumers." Licensing is the biggest weapon for a larger Comcast, argues Blum. "For example, Comcast-Time Warner [could say], 'OK, Discovery, you want carriage on Comcast-Time Warner -- our 30 million homes -- we'll give it to you, but you can’t grant the following over-the-top rights to Netflix or Sony or Dish,' " Blum said.

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by Karl Bode 05:48PM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Windstream has seen a lot of complaints in recent years for a network that can't seem to handle consumer demand, FCC data suggesting the ISP is among the worst when it comes to failing to deliver advertised speeds at peak hours. As such, the company has been making the rounds in recent weeks promising users that upgrades are coming.
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by Karl Bode 03:29PM Tuesday Mar 03 2015
Google today announced that the company has expanded Google Fiber business-class service into Provo, Utah and additional markets in Kansas City. According to a Google Fiber blog post, customers in available markets can now head here to sign up for the $100 per month service. Google Fiber launched business class service in November of last year, after taking a little heat from startups running into the residential Google Fiber terms of service regarding server operation.

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by Karl Bode 07:30AM Wednesday Mar 04 2015
NBC is considering a new streaming video service that will focus on comedy content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service will heavily feature "The Tonight Show" starring Jimmy Fallon, "Saturday Night Live," and other NBC mainstays, but will also incorporate some other outside comedy content. There's no official word on pricing, but the Journal's sources say NBC is considering a price point somewhere between $2.50 and $3.50 per month. The company has also discussed other genre-driven streaming services, with focuses on faith, family and horror. The service should launch sometime later this year.

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by Karl Bode 07:30AM Wednesday Mar 04 2015
Remember: we're willing to pay community members or guest contributors who'd like to write content for the front page! Contact me if you're interested. Topics can range from networking tips or your review of a new router, to your experiences as a cable installation technician, involvement with the transition to IPv6, or your effort to get your town wired with better broadband service. Be creative and pitch me a topic. The latest examples of community-crafted content range from pjsutton See Profile's efforts to get his community wired, to pandora See Profile's exploration of life as a cord cutter.

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by Karl Bode 07:42AM Wednesday Mar 04 2015
Yesterday we noted that Netflix will soon enter the Australian market without their net neutrality principles in tow. Despite being a very vocal opponent to usage caps and zero rated apps (exempting some content from usage caps) here in the States, Netflix is striking deals with Australian ISPs to exempt all Netflix content from usage caps in the country.
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