The FCC’s Broadband Progress, a Ways Yet to Go

In late January, the Federal Communications Commission voted on a Broadband Progress Report, which once again reaches the erroneous conclusion that the United States is not making reasonable and timely progress toward deploying “advanced telecommunications capability” (a.k.a. broadband). The report’s conclusions rest on a highly strained reading of the evidence, and do not conform to the statutorily-directed purpose of the report.

Equinox Equips Frontier Communications with Business Assurance Tools

Company adds Case Manager Portal (CMP) application to its protection portfolio

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Oracle Enables Telefónica Spain to Power New Services

Swisscomm Transitions to All-IP Network with Help From Oracle Solutions

Redwood Shored, Ca:

In a move to evolve its network to provide converged communications, leading European communications service provider (CSP) Telefónica Spain has chosen Oracle as a supplier of session border controller and will use the Oracle Communication Session Border Controller for its full portfolio of services which include residential services, mobile rich communication services (RCS), business services including SIP trunking, interconnection to support agreements with other CSPs, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

EU, U.S. officials tackle last hurdles in data pact talks ahead of key deadline

New deal is crucial for the thousands relying on "Safe Harbor" to move data from the EU to the U.S

Reuters

Brussels (Reuters)- European and U.S. officials are rushing to finalize a key data transfer pact days before a meeting of EU regulators who are poised to start restricting transatlantic flows of personal data used by firms in the billion dollar online advertising industry.

Microsoft beats Wall Street view on high demand for cloud products

Quarterly revenue and profits exceed analysts' expectations, however total revenue is down.

Reuters

(Reuters) : Microsoft Corp reported quarterly revenue and profit that beat analysts' expectations, driven by aggressive cost cutting and growing demand for its cloud products and services.

Groups want U.S. to adopt strong broadband privacy rules

Critics say broadband providers are already harvesting huge amounts of consumer data

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users.

The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations.

Among the firms that would be affected are AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and Cablevision Systems Corp.

Critical Upgrade: Preparing Networks for 5G and the Internet of Things

Recent advancements in radio transmission technologies have taken a big step in the right direction

As the Internet of Things ushers in a new era of connectivity, service providers have found themselves in a race to bolster their existing infrastructure in order to meet the growing demands of bandwidth-hungry end users and their connected devices. At the same time however, the mobile nature of IoT-enabled devices means that fiber, which has long been viewed as the foundation of modern high-capacity networks, is often no longer an option for introducing the necessary high bandwidth and lower latency to these networks.

Ultrafast Broadband Gaining Traction at CES 2016

Sckipio Demonstrates 750Mbps Upload Speed Over Twisted Pair

CES 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV- January 05, 2016) - Sckipio Technologies, the leader in G.fast, today announced it's demonstrating over 750Mbps of ultrafast broadband upload speeds on existing twisted pair copper telephone wires -- over 100 times faster than most consumers achieve today.

U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years

Cablevision led with average download speeds of 60 Mbps, followed by Verizon and Charter

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report on Wednesday average download connection speeds had increased to nearly 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014 from about 10 Mbps in March 2011.

Rising Internet speeds have been driven by consumer demands for growing amounts of bandwidth to watch movies, play video games and download data.

Telus shares sunk by rival Shaw's move on Wind

Deal would enable Shaw to bundle Internet, TV and landline with an established wireless product

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Cable company Shaw Communications Inc gutpunched its main telecom rival with a surprise offer to buy wireless operator Wind Mobile, sinking shares in Telus Corp on Thursday amid competition fears.

Telus fell to its lowest since early 2014 as analysts cheered Shaw's move, which if completed, would give Wind more financial heft to expand its network and provides Shaw with an established wireless product to bundle with its Internet, television and landline services.

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