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Morning Links: T.G.I.F Edition - - Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Comcast Declares Victory In Gigabit Home Internet Race
BBC says Amazon and Netflix may get surplus rural broadband funds - Government plans to give private firms public money that came from BBC budget
Internet provider groups sue Vermont over net neutrality law
Rural Americans Struggle with Poor Broadband Access
Perdue Hopes to Have Solid Plan by Year-End for $600M USDA Rural Broadband Pilot
T-Mobile to Test 5G 'Dual-Connectivity' With Vendors
Pai: USTelecom Research Shows FCC Broadband Policy Is Working
OpenSignal: Verizon offers the best streaming video quality in the US
Verizon: We re ready to go with 3.5 GHz, will be primarily outdoor
Verizon s Pixel 3 won t work on other carriers unless activated on Verizon first
Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone XR pre-orders
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Thursday Morning Links - - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

How A University IT Guy Looks To Outmaneuver Verizon and AT&T In Upcoming Spectrum Auctions
GAO Joins Critics of FCC Broadband Availability Data
Court Sets Argument Date in DOJ v. AT&T/Time Warner
Fox, NBC, Univision, TEGNA and Nexstar Stations Lead Broad Coalition Formally Committing to ATSC 3.0
Kansas Legislators Push FCC to Fix Broadband Subsidy Shortfall
AT&T Now Says Lightning Not The Cause of Texas Internet, U-verse Outage
Verizon-Owned Budget Service Provider 'Visible' Debuts New Anti-Store Campaign
China's Huawei thinks it can capture Switch market... with a $1,000 phone
AT&T video performance lags competition - report
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Wednesday Morning Links - - Wed, 17 Oct 2018

FCC chairman criticizes US carriers for unacceptable progress after Hurricane Michael; Verizon now offering 3 months free service, AT&T also issuing credits to subs
New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry Into Net Neutrality Comments
Netflix Tops 130M Paid Subscribers Worldwide
Comcast Looks to Possibly Re-Instate Remote DVR Recording Feature on X1 with Upcoming Patent Ruling
AT&T Readies More High-Band 5G Tests as Mobile Launch Nears
The first real 5G phone is coming soon, well before 5G networks go live
How much data we re using, by network, operator and service plan
Cable Subs Would Cut Cord if They Could Get Live TV: Report
Source: Facebook is building a hybrid video chat/TV set-top box, internally called Ripley, which it plans to announce in Spring 2019
PS Network is currently experiencing connectivity problems
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Tuesday Morning Links - - Tue, 16 Oct 2018

AT&T restores North Texas Internet after lightening strike and fire at switching station downed service
Verizon fiber suffered unprecedented damage from Hurricane Michael
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
fuboTV CEO: With Subscriptions up 100%, We re Putting the Streaming TV Industry On Notice
Upper Midwest operator Midco testing 100 Mbps fixed broadband using CBRS to deliver broadband to rural areas
WOW rebuilds in wake of Hurricane Michael - Significant portions of network restored
With Phone Prices Rising, T-Mobile Explores Longer Installment Plans
99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality
Smaller and regional carriers begin to rally around 5G
Major browsers simultaneously drop support for old security standards
Walmart s looking to sell third-party streaming platform subscriptions, report suggests
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Monday Morning Links - - Mon, 15 Oct 2018

Trump administration defends FCC s repeal of net neutrality rules
Major overhaul of the keys that keep the internet secure completed as ICANN slams claims it could have caused a 48 hour global shutdown
What Constitutes a Commercial 5G Network, Anyway?
Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock: 5G Becomes the New Home Broadband
FCC's Pai: Hurricane Michael causes substantial outages; praises efforts of wireless companies
SK Telecom successfully completes first 5G call
US Urging Canada To Keep Huawei Out Of Their 5G Plans
Rogers, Fido and Bell call centre workers penalized for reducing plans, offering credits
Fiber Damage Vexes Verizon After Hurricane Michael - Damage to a crucial part of the carrier s network caused continued service outages
Sprint touts its cell coverage in ads but tells FCC it can t match competitors
Graphene Shows Unique Potential to Exceed Bandwidth Demands of Future Telecommunications
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Gigaclear’s FTTP Broadband Delays Spread to Northamptonshire - Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Alternative rural UK ISP Gigaclear is still reeling from the embarrassment of having to make a public apology for the “significant” delays to their roll-out of “full fibre” (FTTP) ultrafast broadband in Devon and Somerset (here). Now they’ve also had to do the same for Northamptonshire. Last week’s announcement noted that the delays had emerged […]

A Curious Case of State Aid Fuelled Superfast Broadband Overbuild - Fri, 19 Oct 2018

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An unusual case of overbuild has cropped up in Essex (England) after Openreach deployed a new superfast Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) network into an area that had already gained “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) speeds with the help of public investment and ultrafast FTTP. Both roll-outs are supported by the Superfast Essex project. The Superfast Essex scheme is currently […]

Openreach to Stop Providing Battery Backup for FTTP Broadband - Fri, 19 Oct 2018

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At present new installations of Openreach’s (BT) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based UK ultrafast broadband ISP technology all come with a Battery Backup Unit (BBU) by default next to the Optical Network Unit (ONT), which helps users to maintain access to emergency services if they use VoIP. But this is about to stop. The operator is currently […]

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018 - Sat, 13 Jan 2018

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The weirdest tech of CES 2018 - Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio - Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audioAt CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.