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Premium Lock Report: Providers face sharp declines in demand for bundled TV services

The US is one of the most fragmented multiplay markets in the world, and the disruption of the traditional bundle is only going to get worse over the next five years, says global research firm Ovum.

Coming decline in bundled services Coming decline in bundled services

Updated 3:55 p.m. Monday

AT&T launches wireless broadband for NC rural, 'underserved' areas + How to get the service

AT&T                            AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless broadband efforts across North Carolina and seven other states, targeting rural and what it calls "underserved" areas. Plus: How much the service costs and how to find out if you can get access.

June 23

Premium Lock Why doesn't 'do not call' list work? Plus: FCC's record $120M robocall fine

The Broadband Report       When the National Do Not Call list was first introduced in 2003, most companies abided by the rules. That meant you'd finally get some relief from those pesky phone calls that always seemed to interrupt dinner. Not so much now. Plus: FCC proposes $120M fine in robocall scheme.

June 20

Premium Lock Why world Wi-Fi day connects communities for the greater good

On the 20th World Wi-Fi Day, the CEO of Chicago-based Cambium Networks talks about the importance of spreading wireless Internet connectivity all around the world, not just in metro areas.

Wi-Fi at Mount Everest Wi-Fi at Mount Everest

June 14

Premium Lock Smart Gigabit Communities pitch event seeks to boost to NC innovation economy

A host of promising, emerging new startups are pitching for prizes and publicity at the Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch event in the Triad. Joel Bennett, a driving force behind the event. which is backed by North State, IBM, RIoT, the North Carolina Next Generation Network, has also put together a new investment club focused on startups. He talks about both in an exclusive interview.

IgniteNC GigaPitch IgniteNC GigaPitch

Updated June 12

Premium Lock AT&T's $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy + Graphical views

AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. Plus: Get multiple graphical views of the deal from various financial perspectives.

Time Warner HQ Time Warner HQ

Updated June 12

Premium Lock Which are the best 10 smart TVs on the market? A graphical view

The team at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphiq, developed a list of the top 10 smart TVs for the people whose primitive TVs are in desperate need of an upgrade, or those who just insist on having the newest and best.

Samsung "listening TV" Samsung "listening TV"

Updated June 12

Premium Lock Inside AT&T: Earnings miss but CEO optimistic; interactive graphic plots earnings

AT&T                            AT&T on Tuesday reported a quarterly profit that slightly missed Wall Street expectations as it added fewer customers on contracts and other core plans than it did the year before. Our wrapup includes an interactive graphic on the earnings and what AT&T's top executive had to say about the financials.

May 30

WRAL TechWire Hall-of-Famer Venessa Harrison: The journey from operator to president AT&T North Carolina

Born in Raleigh to a family that included 10 children, Venessa Harrison rose through the corporate ranks at AT&T to become president of the communication giant's operations in North Carolina. A champion for her native state, she pushed for early deployment of AT&T fiber, helped land the North Carolina Next Generation Network, and now is pushing broadband access for all communities in the firm's service area. For her efforts, Harrison is one of the first five people named to WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. Here's an in-depth Q&A about her life, career, memories and challenges.

Venessa Harrison Venessa Harrison

May 25

Premium Lock Broadband tracker: NC launches tool to test Internet speed (+ video)

North Carolina's Broadband Infrastructure Office is offering an online tool to help people track, test and report Internet service speeds. The office says results will help the state "identify areas that need better access."

May 22

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Don't panic - Acquisitions speeding up transformation

Cisco's headquarters      Analysis: Cisco's most recent earnings report last week shows that the tech giant is accelerating its transformation as well as making more layoffs, says Technology Business Research Analyst Michael Soper.

May 19

Premium Lock Spectrum rolls out lower cost broadband service for seniors, qualified customers

Cable services  Charter Communications is offering a new lower-cost broadband service to qualified customers in an attempt to help seniors connect to the internet and also to bridge the "digital divide." The program is similar to one offered by AT&T.

Updated May 18

Premium Lock FCC: Move to end 'net neutrality' a step toward 'ending utility-style regulation' of internet

FCC        The FCC has voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. The FCC says the move could mean "ending utility-style regulation of the internet."

May 18

Premium Lock Cisco's 55 consecutive quarter growth of service revenue is over, but ...

Analysis: Cisco services revenue growth hits a pothole after 55 consecutive quarters of year-over-year expansion, but security and data analytics are coming to the rescue, says Technology Business Research Analyst Kelly Lesiczka.

Snapshot of Cisco's earnings Snapshot of Cisco's earnings

May 15

Premium Lock Study: 'Broadband investment heads in wrong direction'

The Broadband Report       USTelecom's seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order.

Updated May 12

Premium Lock 5G bidding war: Verizon tops AT&T for Straight Path

The Broadband Report       Verizon has won a bidding war with AT&T for Virginia-based Straight Path, a major holder of wireless spectrum. The deal is seen as part of Verizon's strategy to offer next-generation 5G wireless broadband services.

Updated May 8

Premium Lock Comcast, Charter confirm teaming up for wireless partnership

Going wireless A new choice for wireless service may soon be coming your way via a cable company.

Updated May 8

Premium Lock Inside wireless battle: Sprint holding its own in a competitive market

The Broadband Report       Analysis: Rival unlimited data plans were unable to stall Sprint's momentum in the postpaid phone market, says Technology Business Research Analyst Steve Vachon.

May 4

Premium Lock NeoNova expands rural broadband services reach with acquisition

Broadband Internet NeoNova, the Triangle-based company that provides a variety of support services to rural Internet broadband providers, is expanding its footprint with an acquisition.

May 2

Premium Lock Having sold data centers, Verizon sells cloud/hosting service to IBM

The Broadband Report       Verizon, which closed on a $3.6 billion deal to sell its data centers on Monday, has now disclosed it recently sold to IBM its cloud and managed hosting service.

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