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Premium Lock 5G is the next big thing - and the EU is getting ready to cash in

The Broadband Report       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.

Updated 7:32 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock The next big thing? Separating 5G myth from reality

The Broadband Report       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.

June 25

To sway regulators in bid for Time Warner Cable, Charter pledges to play nice on Internet

Cable Charter is trying to convince the government that consumers will benefit if it is allowed to create a cable giant through its proposed $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

Updated June 23

Google Fiber is here: Construction begins across Triangle

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.

Google Fiber installation underway in Triangle Google Fiber installation underway in Triangle

Updated June 22

Premium Lock Wi-Fi wars: Raleigh's Republic Wireless, others disrupting cellular world

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.

How Republic Wireless network works How Republic Wireless network works

Updated June 22

Premium Lock Wi-Fi wars: Do cellular networks still have a future?

wifi 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.

Updated June 19

FCC wants to help poorest pay for Internet access

Fiber optic network                    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.

Updated June 17

Premium Lock Frontier accepts $283M from FCC to expand rural broadband access

Frontier  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.

Updated June 16

Premium Lock Report: Wi-Fi networks to carry up to 60% of mobile data

wifi 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.

June 15

AT&T formally launches ultra-fast Internet service in Charlotte

AT&T GigaPower   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.

Updated June 15

Premium Lock As net neutrality rules take effect, what's the impact?

The Broadband Report       "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?

Updated June 12

FCC's 'net neutrality' rules take effect Friday after court ruling

Net Neutrality "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.

June 5

The Internet-TV industry: Reviewing the wave of consolidations

Cable and Satellite TV Hookups ​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.

Updated June 4

As Ellmers takes on FCC, AT&T negotiates 'net neutrality' to win DirecTV deal

FCC        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.

Updated June 1

Departing Raleigh CIO Gail Roper leaves high-speed legacy in Triangle

Gail Roper 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.

May 28

Premium Lock Online video will consume 80 percent of Internet use in five years

 In five years, online video will consume 80 percent of the global Internet use and rise even higher, to 85 percent in the U.S. So says Cisco's annual study of the future of Web published Wednesday.

Updated May 26

Premium Lock Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33B

Time Warner Cable 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.

Updated May 22

Premium Lock Google Fiber, Triangle Literacy Council team to target 'Digital Inclusion'

Google Fiber 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.

May 21

Premium Lock Gail Roper, City of Raleigh's CIO and a key to bringing fiber to Triangle, is resigning

Gail Roper 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.

Updated May 19

Premium Lock CenturyLink fast Internet service targets much of eastern NC, Triangle

Fiber optic network                    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.

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