What's the next big thing in wireless communications after 4G? 5G, of course. But right now there's a lot of myth mixed with reality. In the second of a two-part analysis, Michael Sullivan-Trainor of Technology Business Research goes inside the next communication wave. Sullivan-Trainor is the executive analyst in the telecom practice at TBR.
What's the next big thing in wireless communications after 4G? 5G, of course. But right now there's a lot of myth mixed with reality. In the first of a two-part analysis, Michael Sullivan-Trainor of Technology Business Research goes inside the next communication wave.
After years of lobbying for Google Fiber then waiting for service once the Triangle was picked as a site, the news many Triangle residents and businesses have hoped for is official: Construction of a 5,700 mile fiber-optic high-speed Internet and entertainment network by Google is finally getting under way.
With companies such as Raleigh-based Republic Wireless leading the way, Wi-Fi network technology is disrupting the standard cellular network business. How is Republic doing so, and how will the big cell providers respond? Here's the first of a two-part inside look at the business and technology of Wi-Fi.
So is there a future for cellular networks as Wi-Fi technology and providers continue to expand? Here's an inside look at the business and technology of Wi-Fi by Chris Antlitz, telecom senior analyst at Technology Business Research in the second of a two-part report.
In an attempt to bridge the so-called "digital divide," the FCC by a 3-2 vote on Thursday said it would formally consider expansion of the so-called "Lifeline" monthly communications subsidy for poorer Americans to include Internet access.
Frontier Communications has opposed the imposition of Internet regulation and "net neutrality" from the FCC, but on Tuesday the company accepted $283 million in funding from an FCC fund. The money will be used to expand broadband access in rural areas. Frontier serves Durham County and much of North Carolina.
Why are companies such as Raleigh-based Republic Wireless offering mobile calling and data plans that utilize Wi-Fi and giants such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable expanding their Wi-Fi networks? Because mobile data is heading that way big time. A new report spells out the trend - and the risks for providers.
AT&T on Monday launched its ultra-fast Internet service in parts of Charlotte and surrounding communities.The Queen City area is the third market in North Carolina where AT&T has begun deployment of GigaPower as part of its U-verse entertainment and communications service.
"Net neutrality" rules under Internet regulation as imposed by the Federal Communications Commission took effect on Friday after a federal court denied a "stay" sought by Internet service providers. So what do the rules mean?
"Net neutrality" rules for the Internet are set to take effect Friday after a federal court denied a move by service providers to delay them. However, the court also expedited a hearing on the rules, a move the Internet companies applaud.
Cable and satellite TV providers are joining together to get more heft as the Internet shakes up the television industry. By combining forces, cable companies can bulk up on subscribers, giving them greater power to negotiate with entertainment conglomerates that supply content. They also can gain access to new technologies.
AT&T is negotiating with the FCC in hopes of winning approval for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, offering to accept some "net neutrality" rules which it initially opposed. So says The Washington Post. But AT&T already has disclosed a willingness to compromise in seeking legal relief. Meanwhile, N.C. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers keeps pushing legislation to force more openness at the FCC.
The Broadband Report: After seven years, Gail Roper will be leaving her post this week as Chief Information Officer for the City of Raleigh and heading to Florida to work for a real estate company along the Gulf Coast. We recently talked with her about her accomplishments in the capital city, the future of broadband connectivity throughout North Carolina, and why she has every reason these days to snap her fingers to Pharrell Williams' hit song, Happy.
Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) is buying Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) in a cash and stock deal worth $55.33 billion, the two firms announced Tuesday. The merger creates one of the largest broadband and pay TV companies in the United States.
Google Fiber, which is the process of building an ultra high-speed Internet network in the Triangle, is teaming with the Triangle Literacy Council to launch a mobile computing lab. Google Fiber also will fund a fellowship for its "digital inclusion" effort to help more people utilize the Internet.
Gail Roper, chief information officer for the City of Raleigh and a key player in the bringing of fiber-optic Internet networks to the Triangle, is resigning as of June 5. She's taking a job in the private sector.
CenturyLink is bringing fiber-optic Internet speeds to much of eastern North Carolina and parts of the Triangle, targeting what the communications company calls the "Fiber Gap." CenturyLink thus becomes the latest firm trying to cash in on the demand for ultra-fast net services.