March 15

Premium Lock New FCC chair stresses 'bringing benefits of digital age to all Americans'

Ajit Pai Ajit Pai, the new commissioner of the FCC, spells out his goals for expanding the "digital age" to "all Americans" in his first major speech. He picks Pittsburgh as the venue, stressing how the steel city "is back," with technology helping revive the former rust belt metropolis. His message: Tech "can revitalize areas that have experienced economic distress."

Updated March 14

Premium Lock Charter rebrands Time Warner Cable as Spectrum in Triangle

Charter Communications, which bought Time Warner Cable last year, on Tuesday formally rebranded Internet, cable and voice services as its Spectrum brand. In a Q&A, a Spectrum exec talks about changes, offerings, and competing with rival service providers such as AT&T and Google Fiber.

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Updated March 13

Premium Lock What experts forget to say beyond 5G hype at Mobile World Congress (+ video)

This year's MWC was an impressive event, but it was clinically cleansed of all the bad news and challenges facing mobile operators around the world. So what are the challenges? John Strand of Strand Consult takes a look at hype and reality, especially concerning 5G.Plus: Watch a video review of MWC.

March 10

Premium Lock Report: 31% unlimited plan customers use phones for home net access

Most millennials are using their smartphones to connect to the Internet at home, and 31 percent of all smartphone users link to the net at home if they have an unlimited plan, according to a new survey.

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March 8

Premium Lock Charter Communications launches app for PCs, mobile devices

Charter  Charter Communications, which offers cable TV services throughout much of North Carolina following its acquisition of Time Warner Cable, is rolling out a new app to enable mobile and other device viewing for customers.

Updated March 6

Premium Lock FIM: Three letters with infinite possibilities for NC education (+ video)

Federated Identity Management, or FIM, offers a secure system through which North Carolina education institutions can access remote and protected web-based services. Mark Johnson, chief technology strategist at MCNC, explains what FIM is and what the technology means.

Updated March 1

Premium Lock Reverse-pitch competition matches connection Qs with gigabit As

IgniteNC GigaPitch Showing North Carolina's potential for innovation and entrepreneurship in full tilt, industry and civic leaders challenged the best minds in the state Tuesday to present solutions to problems that our leaders in healthcare, public safety, transportation and education face. The solutions will be enabled by gigabit-speed fiber, the Internet of Things and massive connections of smart devices.

March 1

Premium Lock Gigabit 'Reverse Pitch' kickoff event draws statewide audience

Over 300 people across the state came together via simulcast last night for a RIoT event supporting US Ignite's national Gigabit Reverse Pitch initiative in North Carolina. Here's a recap from Tom Snyder of the RIoT grassroots organization and Monica Doss of New City Ventures.

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February 28

Premium Lock 'Smartness everywhere:' 6 top tech trends at Mobile World Congress + video

Mobile World Congress 2017 is underway with many of the world's top technology companies, leaders and entrepreneurs on hand at the event in Spain to talk about the best and latest emerging high tech, from Internet of Things and "smartness everywhere," to enhancing mobile video, 5G, the coming of age - and risks - of data, and the "augmented customer." Analysts at consulting firm Ovum offer their views on what they see as the top six trends to watch.

February 27

Premium Lock Previewing Mobile World Congress 'biggest gadget and services extravaganza' to date (+ video)

Mobile World Congress opening Monday in Barcelona is Mobile World Congress is guaranteed to be the biggest gadget and services extravaganza in the event's more than 20-year history, writes John Strand of Strand Consult, a global consulting firm in the U.K. Here's his preview. Plus, watch a video preview.

February 24

Premium Lock Earnings: CommScope, LendingTree beat Street

Earnings    Good news for investors in CommScope and LendingTree: Their latest earnings beat Wall Street estimates earlier this week.

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Premium Lock Life science giant battle continues: QuintilesIMS raising $1.5B; LabCorp acquires labs group

QuintilesIMS   A pair of life science giants - and rivals - are making moves. QuintilesIMS is raising nearly $1.5 billion in capital, perhaps in part for future acquisitions. Meanwhile, LabCorp makes a buy to expand its services network.

Updated February 21

Premium Lock Corning to expand NC optical fiber plants, add 410 jobs

Fiber optic network                      Corning Optical Communications already employs more than 3,000 people in five North Carolina facilities, including two of the world's largest fiber manufacturing sites in Midland and Wilmington and two of the largest fiber cabling plants in Winston-Salem and Hickory.

Updated February 16

Premium Lock Lucerno launches massive PET/CT scan tracer study

Lucerno Dynamics, a Morrisville company developing noninvasive sensor technology that can show the effectiveness of radiotracer injections in patients undergoing PET/CT scans, has launched a nationwide study to demonstrate the benefits of its system.

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Updated February 16

Premium Lock Verizon brings back unlimited data, but T-Mobile's One strategy still a step ahead

Wireless    Analysis: Verizon has announced a return to unlimited data plans, but T-Mobile remains a step ahead of competitors through its T-Mobile One strategy, says Technology Business Research Analyst Steve Vachon.

Updated February 16

Premium Lock Despite big changes, Google Fiber says it's 'here to stay in Triangle'

Google Fiber is reaching out to assure Triangle customers - and potential ones - that the company is "here to stay in the Triangle." GF issued the statement Wednesday afternoon following a report of major changes within the company.

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February 6

Premium Lock FCC chair wasting no time in making changes, moves to address digital divide

"We want to make sure that our regulations match the realities of the modern marketplace," says new FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. He also takes steps to address the "digital divide."

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Updated February 1

Premium Lock Google Fiber expands to North Hills, opening service center in Raleigh

Google Fiber begins offering ultra-fast Internet and TV service in Raleigh's North Hills as of Wednesday. Plus. GF is opening a customer and retail center in Downtown Raleigh while also preparing to provide service to The Oaks community.

January 31

Premium Lock As fiber expansion continues AT&T gears up for ultra-fast AirGig trials

Project AirGig - utilizing patented technology to transmit data at fiber-like speeds over power lines - is coming closer to reality at AT&T with "at least" two trials coming this fall. Meanwhile, the communications will continue expanding its fiber network in the Triangle and elsewhere while also testing next-generation wireless broadband (5G).

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