Updated 3:32 p.m. Friday

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

FCC        U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.

6:34 a.m. Friday

What to stream? How DirecTV Now compares to other online TV services

DirecTV app DirecTV Now is the latest online TV service to offer an alternative to cable or satellite packages that can easily cost about $100 a month. Here's a sampling of the increasing variety in streaming services.

7:07 a.m. Thursday

Netflix matches Amazon, YouTube downloading features

Netflix  The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix's 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service's decade-long history.

Updated 7:57 a.m. Tuesday

AT&T kicks off DirecTV streaming service Nov. 30

AT&T's new video streaming service, creatively dubbed DirecTV Now, will launch Nov. 30, the communications giant says.

5:40 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Analysis: 10 regulatory challenges that impact telecom operators and regulators.

The Broadband Report       The trends of convergence have been with us for decades. While communications, content, and computing have been converging--and even the regulators of these industries--the actual regulation has not converged, and remains sector specific. Telecom regulators and competition authorities are challenged by these technological trends. Here's why in the view of U.K.-based Strand Consulting.

November 21

Premium Lock Verizon, AT&T deepening IoT plays with telematics

The Broadband Report       Verizon and AT&T are moving deeper into the Internet of Things through telematics as recent deals with John Deere and a large shipping management firm demonstrate.

Updated November 16

Frontier Communications rolls out new TV service in Triangle

Frontier Communications, which offers telecommunications and high-speed Internet services across parts of the Triangle, is rolling out its Vantage TV, touting it as a "competitive option" to existing cable and satellite services.

November 15

Premium Lock 'One tap:' Google updates its Fiber TV App

Google Fiber is rolling out an update of its Fiber TV App, saying the change enables users to "play and record your favorite TV shows, sports, and movies with one tap."

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November 14

Carlyle Group is selling remaining $650M stake of CommScope

CommScope Private equity firm Carlyle Group is selling all its remaining shares of Hickory-based CommScope Holding Co., worth more than $650 million.

November 14

Premium Lock Broadband update: Is net neutrality at risk? Plus : AT&T-DirecTV data move worries FCC

The Broadband Report       Will broadband policy change under a Donald Trump presidency? And what about AT&T's latest move? Federal regulators say that they are concerned that AT&T's exempting its DirecTV unit from cellphone data caps could hurt competition. Here's WTW's latest broadband update.

Updated November 9

Premium Lock Former FCC exec: NC needs to loosen rules on local broadband

Broadband may have been the star of the WRAL Techwire Executive Exchange held Friday in Wilson, the first city in North Carolina with a city-owned broadband service, Greenlight. But with only a few days to go before the election, maybe it was inevitable that politics would make a surprise appearance.

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November 9

Lumos Networks acquiring Clarity Communications Group

Clarity Communications acquired by Lumos Virginia-based Lumos Network Corp., a fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, has agreed to acquire Clarity Communications Group, which operates a 730-mile fiber network across four states, with the majority in North Carolina. Financial details were not disclosed

Updated November 8

Premium Lock Blair Levin: 'Make America Great - with Great Broadband'

Former FCC Chief of Staff Blair Levin delivered the keynote at WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange event in Wilson last week that focused on the building of a gigabit economy. Here's what he had to say.

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Updated November 7

Windstream, Earthlink merge in $1.1B all-stock deal

The Broadband Report       Windstream, which provides data center and communications services in parts of North Carolina, is acquiring Earthlink in a merger valued at more than $1 billion.

Updated November 7

MCNC to extend trust, identity solutions to K-12, community colleges

The non-profit organization explored the real driving force behind the technology on the North Carolina Research and Education Network this week during NCREN Community Day.

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November 3

Premium Lock CommScope earnings top analysts' expectations

CommScope "We are pleased to deliver year-over-year revenue growth and strong bottom-line results, which exceeded our expectations," said Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards in a statement. "Our fiber-to-the-X and wireless technologies were catalysts for this strong performance, especially in North America."

Updated November 2

Premium Lock Park or ride, Executive Exchange is Friday

Whether you ride the free shuttle from the Triangle or drive yourself, getting to Wilson for Friday's 'Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem' is easy.

Updated October 31

Premium Lock CenturyLink is buying Level 3 for $24B + 7 reasons for the deal

CenturyLink  CenturyLink, a provider of communications and high-speed Internet services in parts of the Triangle as well as much of eastern North Carolina, is buying Level 3 Communications for $24 billion. Plus: 7 reasons why the companies said they made the deal.

Updated October 31

Premium Lock Want free ride, ticket to 'Growing Gigabit Ecosystem' event in Wilson?

Here's how to get free access, ride to WRAL TechWire 'Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem' event in Wilson on Friday, Nov. 4.

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