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Thursday Morning Links - - Thu, 16 Aug 2018

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Wants to Make Customer Service Something People Don t Hate
Why Verizon needs Apple TV 4K for its 5G home internet
The way you get TV and internet at home is about to change drastically - for the better
Best Mobile Wireless Cities Report: Knoxville Tops, Santa Rosa at the Bottom
MDU fiber specialist GigaMonster merges with Oregon s Fibersphere; Atlanta-based cable broadband competitor is now in 25 markets
Man sues AT&T after hackers stole $24 million in cryptocurrency
T-Mobile is offering a free 30-day trial in Atlanta, Boston and Austin
Will cable MVNOs consume or will they be consumed?
Cuban Government Tests Internet on Mobile Phones Nationwide
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Wednesday Morning Links - - Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Verizon to bundle Apple TV 4K or YouTube TV subscription to future 5G broadband service
Indianapolis Is Verizon's 4th Fixed 5G City
US Cable Dominates Broadband Sub Gains in Hot Q2
A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company in America
Charter shutters customer care centers in Detroit and Indy - More than 140 workers are being impacted as company consolidates customer care operations
House Dems push Pai for answers on DDOS non-attack: Say not to have disclosed error earlier appears to be wanton disregard of Congress
U.S. Cellular to hike prices, but will "bribe" subscribers who use less than 3GB data monthly?
Comcast s mobile biz to reach 3.3M customers by 2020, analyst predicts
FCC says court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger
Sprint Begins Race to First 5G Smartphone, With LG as the Wildcard
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Tuesday Morning Links - - Tue, 14 Aug 2018

FCC Might Freeze Fixed-Line Broadband Speed Benchmark
FCC opens comment on broadband deployment
Comcast's Xfinity X1 partnership with Netflix and Amazon presages a future of streaming bundles, which would be similar to the cable TV subscription model
FCC Broadband Report Breeds Controversy, 2019 Report Sure to Deliver as Speed, Mobile Substitution Debated
Comcast plugs customer data holes used by hackers to expose partial home addresses and the Social Security numbers of broadband customers
How Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and more stacked up in Q2 2018: The top 7 carriers
Ajit Pai Does Something Right, Will Reform Stupid Utility Pole Rules To Speed Up Fiber Deployment
FCC Input Could Aid DOJ Appeal of AT&T/TW Court Call
Court blocks FCC from cutting broadband subsidies in tribal lands
Comcast offers $10-per-month high-speed internet to low-income military veterans
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Monday Morning Links - - Mon, 13 Aug 2018

Speedier broadband standards? Pai s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough
Who Killed the Great American Cable-TV Bundle? - Insiders know the cable bundle, after generating more than $1.8 trillion, has been murdered. They don t agree on the prime suspects
Atlantic Broadband Extends 1-Gig Service
FCC Broadband Report Breeds Controversy, 2019 Report Sure to Deliver as Speed, Mobile Substitution Debated
Charter s Summer of Gig Promotion Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 6 Million More Locations
Why you can't buy every phone you want from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint
CenturyLink: We won t buy spectrum at auction
Verizon union workers approve new four-year contract
NBCU Readying Launch of Streaming Service That Pays Viewers to Watch
Deloitte: since 2015, China has outspent the US by $24B in 5G infrastructure and has built 350K new cell sites, compared to less than 30K in US
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Friday Morning Links - - Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Starry launches pilot program with Boston Housing Authority to expand affordable internet access
Net neutrality fans suddenly support Internet throttling
Large ISPs, Flushed with Capital, Blame Consumer Protections for Their Disregard of Rural America
5G network slicing will create personalized experiences: Verizon Wireless president
Xfinity Mobile Galaxy Note9 Phone Promotion Offers $300, Cable Industry Officially in Smartphone Wars
NCTA: More Than 100M OTT Devices Were Used in 2017 to Access Pay TV Services sans Set-top
With Crucial California Bill Back in Play, California Lawmakers Warned: Back Net Neutrality or "Feel Constituents' Wrath"
Verizon Launched A VPN Without Bothering To Write A Real Privacy Policy
Verizon to offer Unlimited customers six months of Apple Music for free
Roku's Free Streams Go Outside the Box
New Bug Lets Hackers Compromise Macs During The Setup Process
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British Fibre Networks Deploy 1Gbps FTTH to UK New Build Homes - Thu, 16 Aug 2018

British Fibre Networks, which launched earlier this year (here) with an aspiration to build a new open access 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network to serve over 35% of UK new build homes by 2020, has now begun its first deployment on an apartment block in North Wales, for LW Group. The young operator, […]

ISP Pembs WiFi Builds Own 1Gbps FTTH Broadband in Rural Wales - Thu, 16 Aug 2018

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A little known fixed wireless ISP called Pembs WiFi has quietly begun to branch out by building their own 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) “hyperfast broadband” network to cater for several rural villages in north Pembrokeshire (Wales, UK), which has its own layer2 capacity back to data centres in London. At present the provider is already […]

Vodafone UK Extends Free Mobile Roaming to 29 New Destinations - Thu, 16 Aug 2018

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Customers of mobile operator Vodafone‘s pay monthly 4G ‘Red Entertainment‘ plans will soon be able to enjoy cost free global roaming in a total of 77 destinations when a further 29 countries are added to the list, including some big locations such as the USA, South Africa, Canada and most of of the Caribbean. The […]

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.