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  1. FCC: U.S. Broadband Speeds Up 22%

    The FCC has released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers' fixed broadband Internet access service in its sixth "Measuring Broadband America" report. Median downstream speeds are up 22% from last year and nearly 400% from 2011, the report says. This year's report indicates that broadband speed offerings to the average consumer continue to increase at a rapid pace, and broadband service providers generally are delivering actual speeds that meet or exceed advertised speeds. However, as in previous years, results are not uniform across technologies. The report indicates a growing disparity in advertised downstream speeds between many DSL-based broadband services and most cable- and fiber -based broadband services. Average DSL speeds have increased only slightly over the past five years and satellite speeds, over a shorter time interval, have remained constant. Among the findings: Significant growth in advertised broadband speeds available to consumers, though the results are not uniform across technologies. The median downstream speed, averaged across all participating ISPs, has almost quadrupled, from approximately 10 Mbps in March 2011, to approximately 39 Mbps in September 2015. Compared to last year's value of 32 Mbps, this year's median downstream speed was an increase of approximately 22%. Over the course of the reports, the average annual increase in median downstream speeds by technology 47% for cable and 14% for fiber, while DSL speeds have remained largely the same. The maximum advertised downstream speed among the most popular service tiers using cable technologies increased from 20-30 Mpbs in March 2011 to 100-300 Mpbs in September 2015. Actual speeds experienced by most consumers meet or exceed advertised speeds. All ISPs using cable, fiber or satellite technologies advertise speeds for services that on average are close to the actual speeds experienced by their subscribers. Fixed cable and fiber broadband customers experienced speeds that were 100% or better than advertised. However, the actual speeds experienced by subscribers of some ISPs' satellite technologies were lower on average than the advertised "up-to" speeds for their respective providers. This is likely the result of increased subscribership and consumer usage of these services. Future proposed launches of more advanced satellites would likely reverse this trend. Consumers with access to faster services continue to migrate to higher service tiers. Data indicates that panelists subscribed in September 2014 to service tiers with advertised downstream speeds between 15 Mbps to 50 Mbps are the most likely to have migrated toward higher service tiers. In contrast, among panelists subscribed in September 2014 to service tiers with advertised downstream speeds of less than 15 Mbps - offered mostly by DSL services - only a few percent migrated within the following year to a service tier with a higher downstream speed. Latency and packet loss vary by technologies. Consumers generally experienced low latency - the time it takes for a data packet to travel from one point to another in a network - on DSL, cable and fiber systems. Higher latency in satellite services may affect the perceived quality of interactive applications such as VoIP calls, video chat and multiplayer games. Consumers generally experienced low packet loss - the percentage of packets that are sent by the source but not received by the destination - on cable, satellite and fiber systems. Moderate packet loss experienced by a few DSL providers may affect the perceived quality of video chat, multiplayer games and video streaming.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  2. Ericsson: Mobile Video Up 200 Hours a Year Since 2012

    According to the seventh edition of Ericsson's (NASDAQ:ERIC) annual "ConsumerLab TV & Media Report," while both mobile video and ...

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  3. Concurrent Video Storage Deploys in Portugal

      Portugal-based service provider NOS has deployed Concurrent's (NASDAQ:CCUR) Aquari software-defined storage solution to enable ...

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  4. Study: 59% of U.S. Homes Subscribe to OTT

    According to the Leichtman Research Group, 59% of all U.S. households have an OTT subscription video on demand (SVOD) service from ...

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  1. Broadband Power: 3 Generations, 3 Questions to Ask

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    Tue, 21 Jun 2016

  2. Portuguese Op Calls in the Clans for 4K

    Portuguese cable operator NOS Comunicações SA has launched a 4K/UltraHD video service and called in a slew of vendors to contribute to it ....

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  3. KY to Begin Public-Private Fiber Planning

    The Southeastern Kentucky Final Mile (SKY FM) broadband fiber project will begin planning June 8. The project has been awarded a state ...

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    Thu, 2 Jun 2016

  4. Consumers Remain Skeptical of Smart Home

    According to a survey from IDC , network entertainment applications are the stepping stone to a broader smart home experience, even as U.S. ...

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    Mon, 11 Apr 2016

  5. FCC Throwing 'Lifeline' to Low-Income Internet

    By Ron Hendrickson - The FCC has taken another step toward fulfilling the policy goal of closing the "digital divide." FCC Chairman Tom ...

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    Wed, 9 Mar 2016

  6. Net Neutrality: Focus Shifts to Congress

    It's a new year, but the same old net neutrality battle continues. Earlier this month on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, the House Energy & ...

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    Tue, 26 Jan 2016

  7. WOWaccess (No, not that WOW!) Changing Name

    What's in a name? Does branding by any other name really smell as sweet? Well, yes and no. To avoid being confused with its similarly named ...

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    Wed, 20 Jan 2016

  8. U.S. Home Broadband Penetration 81%

    According to the Leichtman Research Group , 81% of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home, an increase from 26% ...

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    Thu, 3 Dec 2015

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