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AT&T’s in-flight LTE service aborts takeoff

November 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo. Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015. 

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Report: Europe leads U.S. in PC-to-TV connections

November 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.

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Shazam exec says second-screen not happening

November 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies on a more “lightweight” experience to engage them while watching television.

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Winning with DOCSIS 3.1: Just Add Cable Modems

November 10, 2014 8:07 pm | by CED | Webinars

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Small companies rush to fill gigabit void

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest companies have little interest in providing gigabit residential service, and Google is being extremely choosy and extremely slow about installing Google Fiber. That's opening opportunities to install fiber for companies like Pinnacle Communications, Ritter Communications and Arkwest, all in Arkansas.

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Cable stocks whacked on Obama Title II endorsement

November 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

If the FCC were to approve the White House's recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an "explicit ban" on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.

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Report: Carrier Wi-Fi revenues to reach $8 billion in U.S. by 2019

November 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spurred on by recent standardization efforts, carrier Wi-Fi revenues in the United States are projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2019, according to a recent report. The report by ABI Research also said that Cisco and Ruckus Wireless were the early carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendor leaders while other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.

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AT&T Buying Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell for $2.5B

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.

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Obama endorses Title II reclassification for broadband

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama today said he would like to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open. NCTA president  Michael Powell responded, “We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet"

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Cable Wi-Fi growth to overwhelm LTE small cells

November 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.  

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Amazon's Echo app puts a microphone in peoples' homes

November 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device just in time for the holiday shopping season. The device offers updates on news and weather and provides hands-free voice control for Amazon services such as Prime Music.

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Suddenlink adds video, data subs; Project GigaSpeed ramping up

November 7, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.

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ESPN, Showtime heading for direct-to-consumer subscriptions in '15

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top next year. Disney is going to hold off on going OTT with any of its many other channels.

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Cablevision loses data subs too; says more programmers prepping to go direct

November 6, 2014 1:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.

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Boingo turns up 25K hotspots across military bases

November 6, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the single largest deployment in the company’s history, Boingo Wireless has installed 25,000 hotspots across Marine, Army and Air Force bases. All told, Boingo's Wi-Fi service, which is called Boingo Broadband, now covers 21 United States military bases across the globe. 

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