Analysis: Consumers Still Confused About New 4G LTE Systems
Broadband Data, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
July 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011- Both AT&T and Verizon taken steps to to deploy their 4G LTE networks in recent months, with Sprint and T-Mobile heavily advertising their existing 4G technologies. With rampant speculation regarding the iPhone 5 industry watchers have predicted that consumers would be clamoring for the faster speeds promised by LTE.
“Not so,” says consumer research firm Retrevo.
Analysis: For AT&T, It’s All About The Spectrum
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
March 29th, 2011
WASHINGTON March 29, 2011 – With the acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T may be not only solving a long standing question about where it would find the spectrum to deploy its planned 4G network, but also make a leap in its public image.
Currently, AT&T uses a band of spectrum not supported by any other carrier in the world, meaning handsets must be specially made for the carrier. Both T-Mobile and AT&T use the same base technology, but the two carriers run their 3G networks on different bands of spectrum. The acquisition of T-Mobile would greatly increase the amount of spectrum and infrastructure that AT&T would possess, bringing service to a greater number of Americans.
Analysis: Apple Widens Tablet Market Gap With iPad 2, But Will Wireless Benefit?
Broadband Data, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
March 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 – Apple’s initial iPad 2 sales and projections for 2011 say while that Apple probably will not face much competition in tablet sales, the competition for wireless data plans for the device are heating up.
Apple sold over 15 million of the original iPad, and brisk resales of used iPads on eBay, Gazelle, and other resale sites indicate that the original model is still quite popular. Analyst Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets sees upgrades from the original iPad comprising only a fifth of iPad 2 over the next 12 months. That means that the remaining 80 percent of iPad 2 purchasers will likely be new to the tablet platform. Abramsky projects Jobs and Company will sell 28 million of its new model touchscreen tablet by the end of the calendar year.
Cisco Study Shows Wireless Data Use Rising Faster Than Expected
Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Uncategorized, Wireless
March 7th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 – A study to track and forecast trends in the global mobile network that was released by Cisco Systems last month shows that mobile internet traffic is rising faster than expected.
Analysis: Despite New Entrants, Netflix-CBS Deal Secures Spot At The Top
Broadband's Impact, Media
February 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 25, 2011 – Amazon’s new movie streaming service represents a first step into the market but it will be a while before it – or any other new entrant to the sector – challenges Nexflix at the top of the heap.
This week through its Prime subscription service, Amazon offered free streaming movies and television shows to its subscribers. Amazon will offer more than 5,000 movies and shows that subscribers can access through their computers, compatible Blu-ray players or set top boxes that Amazon has begun to feature on its website. This move represents Amazon’s entry into the new and unstructured online video market.
Court Orders Internet Rebroadcaster ivi To Halt Service
Copyright, Media, Media ownership
February 23rd, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 23, 2011 – A federal judge ordered Internet video provider ivi TV to cease rebroadcasting by on Monday, after concluding the provider did not fall under the protection of the Copyright Act.
AT&T, NCTA Seek Clarification From FCC On Level 3 Dispute
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Media ownership, Net Neutrality, Uncategorized
February 16th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 16, 2011 – The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and AT&T submitted a letter Monday to the FCC asking that the Commission to clarify its recently announced net neutrality rules as they relate to backbone internet services.
Verizon iPhone Not Threatening AT&T Market Share Yet, Say Analysts
Mobile Broadband, Wireless
February 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 14, 2011 – Initial reports from market analysts show mixed reactions to the Verizon iPhone launch last week and its possible effects on AT&T’s share in the wireless marketplace.
Verizon Launches iPhone, Ends Longstanding Exclusivity With AT&T
February 10th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2011 – The Verizon iPhone debuted in stores across the country Thursday, ending more than four years of exclusivity between Apple and AT&T for the widely popular smartphone.
Harman Announces She Will Resign House Seat; Departure Has Implications on D-Block
Broadband's Impact, Congress, Public Safety
February 9th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 9, 2011 – Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), a nine-term House veteran and member of the subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, announced Tuesday she would resign her post later this month to head the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, a think tank in Washington, D.C.