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10:04 a.m. Friday

Exclusive: 10 minutes with NeoNova's Chris Benyo

Chris Benyo NeoNova's continued growth and record-setting year in 2014 has the Raleigh-based company booming with innovation and opportunities. NeoNova's general manager of cloud services and vice president of sales and marketing took a few minutes to talk about the company's momentum and how the cloud in concert with high-speed internet is helping the company blossom in the Triangle.

7:18 a.m. Friday

FCC changes broadband definition, rakes in $45 billion in wireless auction; Your broadband probably isn't broadband; Google vs. traditional media; Bill Gates is worried about AI

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrap up of technology and life science news: FCC approves significant change to the definition of broadband while also raising a record-breaking $44.9 billion in a wireless spectrum auction that officially ended Thursday; tons of internet customers woke up today probably not with broadband internet at home anymore; New report says Google now surpasses traditional media as a trusted source for news; and Bill Gates tells Reddit that he's worried about AI.

Updated 8:37 a.m. Wednesday

CommScope broadens communications reach with $3B acquisition

CommScope makes network gear Hickory-based CommScope is betting $3 billion that it can diversify and expand its business by acquiring the telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses of TE Connectivity. Its CEO describes the deal as "transformative."

6:46 a.m. Wednesday

Life in the fast lane: Google Fiber coming to Triangle, Charlotte

Life in the Triangle is about to get faster - at least online. Google officials confirmed Tuesday that Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Garner and Carrboro are among the latest U.S. cities to be outfitted with Google Fiber, which promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than existing connections and a high-definition television service. Charlotte also is on the Google expansion list.

Google's growing fiber footprint Google's growing fiber footprint

Updated 2:50 p.m. Tuesday

Former MCNC top exec: 'Welcome to Gig City'

Joe Freddoso Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle as announced Tuesday, joining networks already being built by AT&T and Frontier Communications. And Joe Freddoso, the CEO who oversaw the building of North Carolina's first statewide fiber network, hails the news. He says a "tectonic shift in broadband access." We are about to "experience the wonder" of what ultrafast Internet means.

1:32 p.m. Tuesday

Frontier: 'Significant progress' already being made with own fiber network

Frontier  AT&T is planning to take on Frontier Communications in Durham County with a fiber network. And now, so is Google Fiber. But the top executive with Frontier in North Carolina says his company's network is already digging in, winning customers, and is seeing "tremendous response" from customers.

1:07 p.m. Tuesday

AT&T on Google Fiber: 'We welcome additional competition'

AT&T GigaPower  AT&T has a head start on Google Fiber, which announced today plans to build its own ultrafast Internet network in the Triangle. AT&T already is laying fiber and selling access where available to its U-verse with GigaPower network and is building the N.C. Next Generation Network. And the company says it welcomes Google Fiber to the Triangle.

Updated 8:24 a.m. Tuesday

Google schedules press conference; paper says Google Fiber coming to Raleigh

Google will host a press conference to discuss "what's in store for our community" in Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon. The Wall Street Journal says the Triangle and three other cities will be announced as Google Fiber expansion sites.

11:59 a.m. Monday

Gigabit Internet access will be a boon for Triangle

Digital anatomy classes from the living room. Building a start-up business in the kitchen. That's how NCSU's Marc Hoit sees things with Google Fiber, and he's looking forward to it.

Updated 6:16 a.m. Monday

Streaming media use rises in US broadband households

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: As the "Internet of Things" movement grows, the networks needed to make all these really cool gizmos go may start to get pretty crowded. But, that's not stopping consumers, based on a new study from Parks Associates.

Updated January 23

Sources: Google commits to bringing fiber to Triangle

Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle, industry sources say, and construction could begin as early as April. A formal announcement might come as early as next week at Google events in Raleigh and Durham, but the company won't say what those events are about.

Google Fiber Google Fiber

Updated January 23

Google's 'reserve the date' notice could mean fiber for Triangle

After years of lobbying now, Triangle residents and leaders may get their wish next week: Google Fiber. A "save the date" notice sent out by Google's Triangle media representatives promises news of some sort next week.

Google's "Save the date"  Google's "Save the date"

Updated January 22

'Gigabit City' Wilson echoes Obama's call for greater broadband access

The city of Wilson, which has operated its own high-speed Internet service for six years, plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission next month to overturn state laws that limit public broadband services.

Wilson: Gigabit City Wilson: Gigabit City

January 21

Google, Fidelity bet $1B on SpaceX, but there may be a problem

Elon Musk SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX also wants to deliver Internet access from space. But there could be a problem with the strategy.

January 19

BroadbandUSA effort to assist communities with broadband plans

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling unveiled the BroadbandUSA initiative last week aimed at finding new ways to assist communities seeking to ensure their citizens have the broadband capacity they need to succeed.

Updated January 16

Premium Lock Do city-built fiber-to-the-home projects really drive growth?

State of the economy In the third of a three-part report, independent research firm Strand Consulting looks at the issue of whether city-built fiber-to-the-home projects really do drive economic growth.

Updated January 16

Premium Lock City-built fiber networks: The social consequences

Fiber optics In the second of a three-part report examining metro-built fiber networks, Strand Consulting reviews what it calls "the social consequences."

Updated January 16

Premium Lock Are city fiber projects good investments? No, says consulting firm

Fiber optic network                   Earlier this week, President Obama reiterated his call for "net neutrality" and Internet regulation. He also praised city-government built fiber-to-the-home projects, city Greenville, N.C. as an example. But Strand Consulting, a research firm, believes differently, citing a study of fiber plans in Leverett, Massachusetts as an example. The city is "handcuffing its citizens for the next 20 years," the firm says.

Updated January 15

Premium Lock Survey: In-store WiFi boosts customer loyalty; many retailers to boost service

wifi A new survey finds that in-store WiFi services increase customer loyalty and as a result many retailers are planning to upgrade their services in 2015. But they plan to improve their own networks as well to support growth.

Updated January 12

'Discover MCNC:' New feature highlights technology, customer service, broadband for North Carolina

The Broadband Report: The RTP-based technology nonprofit this week unveiled Discover MCNC, a new customer-focused interactive feature on their website including videos and the latest update on The State of NCREN.

How much do you know about MCNC? How much do you know about MCNC?

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