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by Karl Bode 08:35AM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Google Fiber has come out with a little more build out and pricing details for their deployment in Austin. According to a Google website update, the company confirms that Austin users will have three options at sign up, those options largely matching what we've seen in previous deployments in both Kansas City and Provo, Utah. As we've seen in those other cities, users will first and foremost have the choice of a free 5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up tier after they've paid a $300 installation fee -- which can be paid up front or in installments of $25 per month for twelve months.

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On the higher end, Austin users have the choice of a standalone symmetrical 1 Gbps tier for $70 a month, or a bundle of symmetrical 1 Gbps service and 150 TV channels for $130 a month. That $130 price point is $10 more than Google Fiber users pay in Kansas City, likely a reflection of higher regional programming costs.

Construction is underway, with build outs into specific neighborhoods accelerating next month, when Google begins the process of "fiberhood rallies," where the company deploys to areas that show the most interest. Last week Google announced they'd be offering free connections to any Austin housing project for ten years, assuming the neighborhood meets its signup goal to get Google Fiber.

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by Karl Bode 06:14PM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Earlier this month AT&T responded to the President's clear support of Title II by bluffing and claiming they were freezing all fiber investment to "up to" 100 cities. If you've been around here for a while you know that AT&T's plans to deploy fiber to 100 cities was always a heavy dose of smoke and mirrors to begin with, the company in reality repeatedly slashing their fixed-line investment projections (they had just cut fixed-line spending CAPEX by $3 billion just three days before the President's announcement).
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by Karl Bode 05:39PM Monday Nov 24 2014
According to an FCC announcement (pdf), T-Mobile and the FCC have struck an agreement that will involve T-Mobile making the company's throttling practices clearer. As in stands, T-Mobile doesn't charge overages -- but instead throttles capped users at 64 kbps or 128 kbps for the remainder of their billing cycle once they cross their usage limit.
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by Karl Bode 10:42AM Monday Nov 24 2014
The EFF this week unveiled Let’s Encrypt, a new certificate authority (CA) initiative the company is building alongside Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan. According to an EFF blog post, Let's Encrypt aims to speed up the deployment of HTTPS by automatically issuing and managing free certificates for any website that needs them.
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by Karl Bode 10:35AM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
A blog post at Symantec this week is turning heads after the team uncovered a new, previously undetected piece of malware that has been used for years to spy on government operations. Dubbed "Regin," Symatec states that the construction of the malware "displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen," resulting in the malware remaining largely undetected since it arrived on the scene back in 2008.
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by Karl Bode 12:14PM Monday Nov 24 2014
Back in June T-Mobile announced the company's "Music Freedom" plan, which exempts a select number of music streaming services from impacting consumer caps. While T-Mobile proclaimed that the idea was pro-consumer, the company faced some criticism at the time for violating net neutrality -- since very small companies suddenly found themselves the only ones counting against usage caps.
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by Karl Bode 02:12PM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Speaking in Mexico this week to discuss Netflix's international expansion into Latin America, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings put a predicted shelf date on the legacy industry that is traditional broadcast TV: 2030. "It's kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car," Hastings said. "The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030." Hastings also downplayed recent news that Nielsen (long a denier of the cord cutting trend) would finally begin tracking Netflix viewing. "It's not very relevant," he said. "There's so much viewing that happens on a mobile phone or an iPad that [Nielsen won't] capture."

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by Karl Bode 10:32AM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Netflix has sued the company's former president of IT operations Mike Kail, stating that Kail took kickbacks from vendors while employed at the company. According to the complaint (pdf, first spotted by Re/Code) Kail steered Netflix business to two IT companies -- VistaraIT Inc.
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by Karl Bode 09:12AM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Users in our Charter forums recently noted that Charter appears to have modified their terms of service to indicate they're moving away from hard, enforced usage caps and back to what's known as "soft" -- or less frequently enforced -- usage caps. In January of 2009 we were the first to report that Charter had started implementing soft caps -- a 100 GB cap on their basic tier, a 250 GB cap on their then Plus and Max tiers, and a 500 GB per month cap on their ultra tiers.
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by Karl Bode 04:22PM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Earlier this month a blog post by Verizon indicated that Verizon would sue the FCC if the agency tried to pass anything other than the flimsy, Section 706 rules the FCC already tried to implement once. As noted at the time, Verizon would prefer it if readers of their missives ignore that it was Verizon that sued to overturn the FCC's original Section 706 rules, bringing us to the current Title II debate in the first place.
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by Karl Bode 02:55PM Monday Nov 24 2014
After breaking records for bidding in a spectrum auction, the AWS-3 auction has since roared onward, with more than $34 billion in bids now collected. That well exceeds the previous record of $18.9 billion raised during the 2008 auctions, and the AWS-3 auction may still continue for another week or two. Frequencies being bid on by companies like AT&T, Dish, Verizon and T-Mobile include two blocks in the 1695-1710 megahertz band, and four paired sets of frequencies at 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 megahertz. The next auction isn't expected until the delayed 600 MHz incentive auction occurs sometime in 2016.

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by Karl Bode 02:07PM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Chattanooga's successful EPB broadband may not be the only cutting edge fiber network Tennessee residents get to enjoy. According to a report in the Tennessean, Google Fiber has applied for a franchise authority certificate in Tennessee, suggesting that Google is at least laying the framework for a possible launch in the state. Tennessee locals shouldn't get too excited; Google's working with 34 potential cities including Nashville to streamline possible fiber deployment, though only a handful of those will actually be picked for an upcoming Google Fiber launch. Google previously stated they'd announce which of these cities were picked for expansion before the end of 2014.

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by Karl Bode 04:31PM Monday Nov 24 2014
Last month HBO finally acquiesced to a decade of consumer demand and announced they'll be offering a standalone HBO streaming service (one that doesn't require a traditional cable connection) starting next year. All indications are the new service should run consumers around $15 a month, though HBO hasn't officially unveiled prices.
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by Karl Bode 06:31PM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
While the nation's biggest pay TV providers lost 150,000 subscribers last quarter, the latest data from the Leichtman Research Group indications that the nation's largest phone and cable companies managed to see a net gain in 700,000 broadband customers during the same quarter. While telcos continue to leech cable TV customers from cable operators due to improved features, the cable companies saw 83% of the net broadband additions for the quarter largely thanks to faster speeds.
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by Karl Bode 12:19PM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's staff decided to have the FCC member do an "AMA" on Reddit this week, and the end result wasn't particularly impressive. Reddit users were largely annoyed that Clyburn dodged questions or responded to many inquiries with ambiguous PR speak, making it one of the worst AMA's since Woody Harrelson ignored meaningful conversation to blindly promote his film Rampart.
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by Karl Bode 08:49AM Monday Nov 24 2014
Back in October Verizon began a promotion that gave new FiOS customers a $150 VISA prepaid gift card and a free year of Netflix service if they sign up for the FiOS triple play. At the time, Verizon stated that the offer was a limited NYC trial, though Verizon this week confirmed to me it has since been offered nationwide -- at least until sometime in January.
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by Karl Bode 12:23PM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Earlier this month New York City unveiled one of the more aggressive Wi-Fi deployments ever, promising all NYC residents access to free, 1 Gbps Wi-Fi via 10,000 "LinkNYC" pylons installed in all five boroughs of the city. Those pylons will be supported by advertising display panels, and will offer users not only access to Wi-Fi, but also access to 911, 311, and touchscreen access to city services.
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by Karl Bode 08:24AM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Comcast recently saw two outages related to its X1 set top cable platform in a span of three days, resulting in the company's new Senior VP of "Customer Experience" Charlie Herrin issuing a public apology. According to an ongoing thread in the official Comcast forums, the platform suffered through another outage in several markets yesterday afternoon and evening. Many of the customers complain about the X1 -- which was supposed to be a revolution for Comcast -- having numerous and consistent issues. As of October Comcast said they had deployed about 5 million of the units -- only a portion of the company's 22.3 million video subscribers.

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by Karl Bode 10:12AM Thursday Nov 27 2014
Everyone here at DSLReports wishes you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. As always, we're thankful to have you here. Front page news will return on Monday, December 1.

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by Karl Bode 07:54AM Wednesday Nov 26 2014
Back in October, RedBox and Verizon announced they'd be shuttering the companies' Internet video streaming joint venture, stating that consumers simply didn't find the professed Netflix-killer very interesting. While Verizon has turned their focus to a planned wireless live TV streaming service expected next year, RedBox has turned its attention to its traditional rental kiosks -- and price hikes. The company this week announced that starting on December 2, the daily rental rate for DVDs will increase from $1.20 to $1.50, and Blu-ray rentals will jump from $1.50 to $2. Starting on January 6 of next year, the daily rental rate for video games will increase from $2 to $3.

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by Karl Bode 08:07AM Monday Nov 24 2014
Windstream has announced that the company plans to eliminate 350 positions by December 1. According to the telco, around 120 of the affected positions are being eliminated through a voluntary buyout initiative. Windstream currently has 13,000 employees, slowly trimmed back from the 14,500 of a few years ago. "Today's actions are difficult, but necessary to effectively manage costs," states the company. "While we are eliminating certain roles across the company, we continue to invest in strategic areas of our business to grow revenue, better serve customers and create value for shareholders."

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by Karl Bode 07:54AM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Anonymous sources tell the New York Post that Amazon is planning a new, ad-supported streaming video platform. This service would be separate from Amazon's existing $99 yearly Amazon Prime video service, featuring both ads and a subscription price lower than Netflix's current offering. "The main point is to bring in more users that you can eventually up-sell to Prime, or to get to a broader audience that doesn't want to pay for Prime, in order to increase their video share," the source claims. A recent Sandvine study showed that Amazon was making small strides, its share of peak hour traffic recently jumping from 1.61 percent to 2.58 percent (though keep in mind Netflix has a 32.39 percent share).

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by Revcb 08:06AM Monday Nov 24 2014

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by Karl Bode 08:06AM Monday Nov 24 2014
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