Archive for the ‘Residential Services’ Category

Washington D.C. gains 100 Gb/s network—in the middle mile, that is

The District of Columbia has turned up the first link of a 100 Gb/s network that is expected to connect every ward in the city by June 2013. Network construction was funded through a $17.5 million broadband stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. (more…)

Verizon reportedly considering OTT offering

Verizon is considering launching a subscription-based Internet video offering, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The carrier has been talking to media companies for several months about the possibility of licensing packages of older movies and TV shows, the report said. (more…)

Video services: Marketing matters more than ever

Despite the difficult economy, 40% of consumers in a recent Frank N. Magid Associates study said they plan to shop for a new TV set in the next year. And 62% of those shoppers said Internet connectivity was an important factor in their decision to purchase a new TV. (more…)

Dell’Oro Group sees big jump in DOCSIS 3.0 shipments

Shipments of cable modems supporting DOCSIS 3.0 and wireless LAN connectivity doubled between third quarter 2010 and the same period of 2011, reports Dell’Oro Group. (more…)

HBO makes an OTT power move — one that telcos, MSOs should like

hbogoWhen it comes to over-the-top video, it’s more often than not seen as competing with traditional cable and telco TV offerings – not to mention putting a massive strain on those companies’ broadband networks. But HBO and its HBO Go service are determined to buck the trend. In particular, the premium content provider says it has no plans to detach its content offerings from cable/telco subscriptions. (more…)

FCC outlines plans for discounted computers for low-income users

Redemtech, a little-known Ohio-based company, plans to make refurbished “business class” computers available for $150 to low-income users, FCC officials said today. In addition, Microsoft plans to make laptops available for educational use for $250 beginning next year, the officials said. (more…)

Universal Service reform order has bad news for Halo Wireless

The Universal Service and inter-carrier compensation reform order recently issued by the FCC contains some bad news for Halo Wireless, the company that offers wholesale voice termination services that enable at least one enhanced service provider customer to avoid paying long-distance access charges (CP: Halo Wireless defends access charge avoidance methodology). Halo Wireless claimed its mode of operation is legal because it re-originates long-distance calls placed by its ESP customer’s customers through its mobile network infrastructure, thereby converting the calls into local calls. (more…)

Universal Service reform order targets 6 Mb/s broadband speed in certain cases

After staunchly defending a 4 Mb/s downstream- 1 Mb/s upstream target broadband speed for the planned broadband Universal Service program for nearly two years, the FCC signaled in the recently issued Universal Service reform order that it may be wavering just a little bit. (more…)

Clearwire, with debt payment due, may hit up reluctant buddy Sprint

Clearwire, considering how to play its LTE cards, may postpone a $237 million debt payment, according to the Wall Street Journal. (more…)

Cincinnati Bell offers free calls from Santa

Cincinnati Bell is offering people in its serving area the ability to surprise their kids with a free call from Santa, customized with the child’s name, between now and December 24.  Area residents, who apparently don’t have to be Cincinnati Bell customers, can schedule the call from a computer or smartphone, choosing one of four holiday messages. And if the phone receiving the call has caller ID, the call will be heralded with Santa’s North Pole address. (more…)