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David Abraham defends the model of broadcasting in Britain

At the Edinburgh Television Festival, the chief executive of Channel 4 David Abraham has warned that large parts of the British television industry are being bought up almost wholesale by US media companies, while the medium faces a longer term existential threat from the increasing involvement of technology giants including Apple and Google. “TV is clearly […]

Friday Bytes: FirstLight, Hurricane Electric, CoreSite, CyrusOne

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Wind Mobile First to Cut Roaming Rates After Ottawa’s Push for Price Caps

It looks like Ottawa’s push to lower domestic roaming charges in Canada has finally seen results: a wireless startup announced yesterday that it is lowering rates for voice, text, and data. Although the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission does not regulate the prices in the wireless industry, the government approved a law this spring that [...]

Google Targets Services to Children Under 13

Google is planning on offering online accounts to children under the age of 13, a report in the Wall Street Journal indicated, moving the search engine giant into the “controversial and operationally complex” (and not to mention lucrative) market of underage users. But is this move in the best interests of our kids, or simply [...]

Hurricane Electric continues buildout craze with new Charlotte PoP

Hurricane Electric has put another piece of growth strategy together, announcing that it has added a new Point of Presence (PoP) at DC74's Charlotte, NC, location.

Vodafone plots VDSL2 network for Germany, Spain

Vodafone has revealed that it plans to roll out its own VDSL2 network, with a pilot deployment to begin next year, reports Telecompaper citing a Digitalfernsehen.de article.

Comcast Business threatens Verizon by expanding Ethernet, fiber presence in 10 New York communities

Comcast Business is posing a new threat to local incumbent telco Verizon, announcing that it is now offering its Ethernet services suite throughout 10 New York communities in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties.

Cincinnati Bell's 1 Gig push keeps potential Google Fiber threat at bay

Cincinnati Bell has become the latest telco to enter the increasingly crowded 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service space, a move that enhances its competitive standing against not only Time Warner Cable but also Google Fiber, if it comes to Cincinnati.

Can DOCSIS 3.0 fulfill cable's 1 Gbps broadband plans?

Suddenlink has joined Cox as one of several cable operators to proclaim that they would offer a 1 Gbps broadband service, but questions remain about whether the DOCSIS 3.0 standard can deliver such speeds.

Frontier, IBEW hammer out new labor contract in Western states

Frontier has taken another step forward with its union negotiations, announcing that it has reached a collective bargaining agreement through binding interest arbitration in its California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington markets represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO (IBEW) Local Unions 89 and 543.

Northern Virginia Gets a New Level 3 Data Center

Level 3 Communications has been having more fun these past couple of years than it has in a long while, and you can tell because they’re actually getting to build things again. Today they unveiled a new 12,000 square foot data center in the colocation metropolis (data center alley sounds so small) that is Northern […]

Testing for wholesale Ethernet services

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by the MEF.   When the new generation of Carrier Ethernet – CE 2.0 – was launched in 2012, MEF president, Nan Chen said: “With Carrier Ethernet 2.0, service providers and equipment manufacturers can reach vast numbers of locations locally, regionally and globally via the new wholesale E-Access services and standardized […]

10 tips to improve your broadband speed

Ofcom has come a million miles since it was first created at the end of 2003 and the philosophy was that all that consumers needed was choice through competition and then the market would provide. Over the years, it has built up a strong consumer team and given more and more practical advice to consumers […]

Requests for Cell Tower Information Can Disclose Bank and Credit Card Data

The media was loud last month about a case involving a Peel Regional Police warrant application requesting subscriber data from both Telus and Rogers. The two incumbents have decided to challenge the warrant, as the police were asking for cellphone information about 40,000 to 50,000 customers as part of the investigation. Back then, the incumbents [...]

Microsoft Boosts Green Credentials by Ending Affiliation with Controversial ALEC Lobby Group

Microsoft has ended its longstanding support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative public-policy lobbying group that has championed the cause of the fossil fuel industry and hampered the development of green, renewable energies across the country. The move comes as Microsoft attempts to boost its green credentials, as clearly the winds of [...]

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