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July 22

MCNC revenue grows, sets goal of all time high broadband connectivity

MCNC MCNC, the non-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), says that as it starts a new fiscal year with growing revenue and employee base it is ready to bring broadband connectivity levels in the state to all-time highs.

Updated July 19

Premium Lock Report: As consumers building own video bundles, cable firms suffer

A new report finds that consumers are becoming more comfortable building their own bundles of video services. That's bad news for traditional cable companies.

Cable penetration in top 10 markets Cable penetration in top 10 markets

Updated July 18

Premium Lock Why rural internet access matters to both urban and rural communities

High speed internet access improves lives and has a positive impact on the economy, education and healthcare, according to recently released research.

Updated July 15

Premium Lock AT&T, CommScope, Verizon join 5G group; feds pledge $400M to wireless effort

Wasting no time in capitalizing on new FCC rules designed to free up spectrum for high-speed wireless, the Obama administration is pledging $400 million to drive 5G research. An industry consortium is lining up private sector partners for the effort.

July 14

Premium Lock Industry praises FCC after opening spectrum for 5G

Often at odds with the FCC over such debates as "net neutrality," communications giants AT&T and Verizon as well as two industry groups had only words of praise with the fed regulatory agency after it voted to open up spectrum for the next generation of wireless communications: 5G.

Updated July 13

Guest opinion: Giving up Internet as foolish as FCC giving up spectrum

Internet Opinion: Despite its faults, many of which are serious in nature, we are in a better position having the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) control the spectrum than we would be if an international conglomerate with no First Amendment concerns were to control it. Yet, this is exactly what the Obama Administration is preparing to do in the context of Internet governance.

Updated July 13

Premium Lock Google Fiber sign-ups begin in Charlotte; RTP next?

Google Fiber is inching ever closer to formal launch in Charlotte, announcing that it's now accepting sign-ups for individuals and businesses in one neighborhood. Plus, GF unveils business and other pricing plans.

Google Fiber installer vans in Queen City Google Fiber installer vans in Queen City

Updated July 8

Premium Lock Google Fiber adds 'tech partners' to help businesses fiber-up

Google Fiber Tech Partner Plugging in an enterprise network to the fiber business highway is NOT a task for the weak at heart. But if your business doesn't have a full-time IT person, how do you capitalize on gigabit speeds? Google Fiber launches a new program it says will help.

Updated July 7

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"

July 6

Premium Lock MCNC: State can achieve universal high-speed net access by 2021

North Carolina's recently announced "Broadband Plan" calls for universal access across the state to high-speed Internet. Is that really doable? Yes, says the exec who runs N.C.'s only statewide fiber network. She explains why in a Q&A.

The NCREN The NCREN

July 4

Premium Lock 5G could be the great Internet of Things enabler - if ...

The unfolding development of the next generation in wireless broadband technology known as "5G" could mean a tremendous expansion in network capacity and growth for the Internet of Things, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. But the group says FCC and local government support will be crucial to "streamline deployment."

June 23

Premium Lock Tech Links: IBM Watson medical imaging; Google, AT&T vs. FCC; Lenovo smartphone supply chain; Tencent gaming buy; good GSK drug news

High tech In today's Tech Links roundup of news impacting the Triangle: IBM forms a new Watson alliance for assessment of medical imaging - 2 reports; the FCC may budge on its cable box proposal after hearing opposition from AT&T and Google; Lenovo vows to revamp its supply chain to right smartphone business; Tencent, which owns a big part of Cary-based Epic Games, buys "Clash of Clans" creator; and GSK gets good news on a COPD combination therapy.

June 22

Premium Lock Broadband report: 'The state must position itself for the future'

N.C. flag            The North Carolina Broadband Report released Tuesday by the McCrory Administration concludes with a warning about the future. "Other states and countries around the world are leading initiatives to respond to this rising demand," the authors write "If the state's infrastructure does not support the ever increasing need for greater bandwidth and speeds, people and businesses will move."

Updated June 22

Premium Lock Providers: 'Coming together,' engagement are keys to making NC broadband plan work

Reaction from Internet providers in North Carolina to the McCrory Administration's NC Broadband Report is still coming in. And early indications are that the private sector players will call for "coming together" as well as community engagement to make universal access a reality by 2021.

Just how fast is gigabit Internet? Just how fast is gigabit Internet?

Updated June 22

Premium Lock State Broadband Plan targets 'universal' high-speed access by 2021

Fiber optic network                     Recognizing that government at all levels can become partners rather than obstacles in deployment of broadband networks across the state, the McCrory administration unveils a "State Broadband Plan" that aims to provide "universal access" by 2021.

June 20

Premium Lock AT&T broadens reach of NC Next Generation Network

AT&T is expanding the reach of its fiber broadband network across North Carolina, and a key driver remains the North Carolina Next Generation Network. As part of its commitment to that project, AT&T provides free Internet access to a growing number of community centers and low income housing.

Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP

June 15

Premium Lock Report: Smart TVs, streaming devices replacing gaming consoles

Are gaming consoles doomed? More people are using either smart TVs or streaming devices to access online content than gaming consoles, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

What devices online gamers are using What devices online gamers are using

June 15

Premium Lock Net neutrality court ruling reactions reflect FCC division

The Broadband Report       A U.S. federal court's ruling Tuesday upholding the FCC-mandated "net neutrality" rules led to very different reactions from FCC members. Two statements - one on each side of the case - reflect just how deeply "net neutrality" and Internet regulation has divided the 5-member panel.

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