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IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

I might be a tad challenged at programming my new Smart TV but that doesn’t mean that I don’t keep a close eye on technology trends. It’s one of the reasons I think that the agenda for our IP Vision meeting is so critical. This year’s IP Vision Conference & Expo looked at the intersection of business and technology in our rapidly-changing industry. Carriers and solution providers conducted most sessions jointly to demonstrate real-world examples of how new technologies can…

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CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

The following post is republished from NTCA’s blog, The Exchange, featuring dispatches from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by NTCA Vice President of Policy Josh Seidemann. For more from CES, visit The Exchange.   (Las Vegas) Although PR materials for CES indicate a four-day conference, it is preceded by a day-and-a-half of media-only programming, as well as a full schedule of formal conference programming (I am not in Vegas for the full show; I think that only the most…

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World Domination

World Domination

Clearly the board members of AT&T and Time Warner have been locked together in a mysterious board room today based on this evening’s announcement that AT&T will be aggressively expanding beyond wireless and broadband (and telephone) as it jumps right into the programming and content world with the $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. Time Warner, the parent company of such major programming entities as CNN, TNT, HBO and numerous other channels and websites (which means that AT&T will now own…

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Even the FCC Acknowledges Soaring Video Costs

Even the FCC Acknowledges Soaring Video Costs

Yesterday the FCC released its “Report on Cable Industry Prices,” which is a survey conducted by the FCC based on information provided by cable TV providers and telecom companies that provide video services to their consumers. Interestingly, this survey does not include inputs from satellite TV providers or AT&T U-verse. The results of this survey, while not surprising in the least, highlight the drastically rising costs for video programming and retransmission fees, and increase my disappointment that this FCC has walked away from…

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FCC Backs Away From Retransmission Market Failure—What a Shame For Consumers

FCC Backs Away From Retransmission Market Failure—What a Shame For Consumers

How very, very discouraging to see FCC Chairman Wheeler’s blog post today as he made the most disappointing decision to back away from addressing one of the most serious, regulatory-driven market failures in the communications space. The evidence is beyond obvious that antiquated rules governing transmission of broadcast networks serve only to line the coffers of broadcasters at the expense of consumers and to the peril of distribution networks that carry this content to consumers. The decision to retreat from…

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Policy Committees Come to D.C.

Policy Committees Come to D.C.

NTCA’s hard-working policy committee members traveled across the country to gather in Washington, D.C., to review current public policy objectives for the rural ILEC industry. Our Industry and Regulatory Policy, Competitive and Advanced Services, and Government Affairs Committees all met at various times during the course of this week and reviewed the current status of USF reform, video policies, cybersecurity, privacy regulations, the IP transition, hearings on Capitol Hill and the list goes on. Leaders from the Wireline Competition Bureau…

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Cool Kids

Cool Kids

An NTCA member shared with me this morning a story highlighting the “supersize” influence that edge providers such as Google have had on this current Administration. The article noted that Google’s top lobbyist in D.C. has visited the White House 128 times through 2015. I think we’ve made tremendous progress with the White House and have had a number of visits, but our visits still can be counted on two hands—maybe 3. The trade press has also recently documented that…

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Video Issues Also at the Top of ‘To Do’ List for NTCA

Video Issues Also at the Top of ‘To Do’ List for NTCA

It feels like we’ve been 24/7 on USF issues (which we have), but we’ve also been 24/7 the past several months on pressing video issues that are high on the policy priority list for NTCA members. On the merger front (which has been busy in Washington over the course of the past few years, indeed), the Department of Justice just announced that it reached an agreement that permits Charter to complete a $78 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable…

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Merits, Not ‘Cool’ Factor, Must Rule on Set-Top Box Proceeding

Merits, Not ‘Cool’ Factor, Must Rule on Set-Top Box Proceeding

In addition to having managed to survive my own adolescent female struggles, I also raised two young women, so I am no stranger to the pressure of always wanting to be in the cool group and the frustration and angst when not included. I’ll never forget the horror on my mother’s face when I would answer the knock on the door from a neighborhood playmate with the response that I was too engrossed in a book to come out to…

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What’s Next at the FCC? How About Some Video Issues?

What’s Next at the FCC? How About Some Video Issues?

You know that you’ve been on a roll heading over to the FCC when the nice young woman at the front desk looks at you after a mere week of not “darkening her doorway” and says, “Where have you been lately?” The same goes for the guard who already knows that your shoes are going to set off his metal detector because they always do and you’ve gone through his machine nearly daily. I can only imagine the exchanges with…

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