Posts tagged “Fiber”

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Premium Lock CommScope bets on growing changes in data centers; Morgan Stanley upgrades its stock

The Broadband Report       CommScope shares have declined some 15 percent so far in 2017 but Morgan Stanley gave the company a boost last week with an upgrade to "Overweight." Analysts are betting that CommScope will be a "wallet share gainer" as companies invest in more efficient networks. And CommScope is betting on changes in data centers to boost its sales performance, says its CFO.

August 17

What does it take to build a national big data superhighway?

Mark Johnson MCNC Chief Technology Strategist Mark Johnson discusses the future of big data and the technology infrastructure needed to support modern science, offering key takeaways from the first National Research Platform (NRP) Workshop held this month in Montana.

August 10

Will streaming TV get crazy expensive in the future?

Streaming your entertainment If other media companies follow Disney (and HBO and CBS') lead, we could be up to our eyeballs in streaming subscriptions. That could get really expensive really fast.

July 31

Premium Lock AT&T discloses management changes as Time Warner deal nears close

The Broadband Report       AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner's media brands was announced in October 2016. The two companies expect the deal to receive regulatory approval and take effect by the end of the year. Now the management details are being put into place.

July 17

Premium Lock Venture capitalists call for 'Restoring Internet freedom'

The Broadband Report       In a letter to the FCC, the president of the National Venture Capital Association spells out the organizations' stand in the debate over "net neutrality." Writing on behalf of its members and entrepreneurs, the NVCA points out its "strong support for robust net neutrality rules that allow startups to compete on a level playing field."

July 13

Premium Lock ISPs surprise net neutrality fans on protest day (+ video)

AT&T says it supports an "open internet" and believes companies shouldn't block web content or slow down videos from other providers. Rather, AT&T says it merely opposes the FCC rules that set it in place. Comcast and Verizon joined AT&T in making that distinction. ISPs don't like the FCC's approach because it treats internet service as a utility and comes with more oversight. They worry about price regulation and say the rules hurt broadband investment.

July 12

Premium Lock Behind the Valley's embrace of net neutrality: 'Free market for me, but not for thee'

Net Neutrality Today, a wide variety of people, companies and organizations - from the largest to smallest - are planning a protest in favor of "net neutrality" rules that the new Republican-led FCC opposes. International and widely known consultant John Strand of the Strand firm in the U.K., whose company has reported extensively about net neutrality on a global basis, offers his analysis of what's really going on: Silicon Valley traffics in the "free market for me, but not for thee" hypocrisy.

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.

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May 30

Premium Lock 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.

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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."

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 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.

May 1

Premium Lock Federal appeals court won't reconsider net neutrality ruling

FCC A federal appeals court said Monday it won't reconsider its ruling to uphold the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.

Updated April 28

Premium Lock 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.

Updated April 27

Premium Lock NC Biz Wire, PACES team, Google Fiber advocate land WRAL TechWire Editor's Choice Awards

A UNC-Chapel Hill team of aspiring business journalists led by a veteran reporter and editor, three of the people who are among the major reasons why crowdfunding is now the law in North Carolina, and a pointman for Google Fiber's efforts to bring broadband to underserved communities are the recipients of WRAL TechWire's Editor Choice Awards.

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Updated April 11

Premium Lock Google Fiber expands Triangle service to Brier Creek

Google Fiber in Triangle Google Fiber is expanding its ultra-fast Internet and entertainment network in the Triangle, now taking service orders in the Brier Creek area of northwest Raleigh near Raleigh Durham International Airport.

March 24

Premium Lock AT&T expands fiber network in Triad, boosts NC wireless capacity

AT&T                             Responding to what it says is growing customer demand and usage, AT&T is expanding both its fiber footprint and wireless networks in North Carolina.

Updated March 24

Premium Lock Google Fiber: We've reached nearly 500K people in Triangle with programs, events

Google Fiber may be available only in limited areas of the Triangle but its community reach is close to 500,000 "unique" participants and visitors, the company says in a report. Plus, 366 people have been helped to bridge the "digital divide."

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March 23

Premium Lock Senate votes to undo broadband privacy rules that protect user data

The Broadband Report       The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

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