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Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Like many folks in the communications industry, I read a great deal of trade press. Mostly it consists of skimming through various publications to see what and where the buzz is on any given day. On many a given day lately, the buzz is 5G and how it will transform our society in general. Pretty broad-brush words of praise for a technology that has yet to have any global industry standards. However, Verizon upped the ante this week when they…

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Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

I get it…if I were running the world, or at least Sprint or T-Mobile, I would seek synergies and scope that allow me to compete – on some level – with the behemoths of AT&T and VZW.  As the wireless market becomes saturated and churn slows down, it’s going to take creativity and scale to claim a critical part of the marketing pie.  But what does that mean for rural America? More competition in urban markets?  More competition for the…

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5G Is Coming…But Where?

5G Is Coming…But Where?

Between having FCC Commissioner Carr joining us at RTIME, all of the ensuring discussions and the press and announcements over the past week on easing of wireless permitting, it was no surprise to see the NYT run an article at the end of the week on 5G cell service coming but who will make the decisions on who and where the service will come.  The premise of the article is that while folks in the designated areas will have access…

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Wireless Needs Wires…Still!

Wireless Needs Wires…Still!

It feels like it is wireless week in DC….a summit on 5G technology, the announcement from Frontier that they will be using CAF II resources to build out some of their most rural portions of their service area with a point-to-multipoint radio technology, Google’s announcement that Google Loon will be bringing cell coverage to devastated Puerto Rico to get them up and running again on the communications front (which relies on wireless backhaul from cell phone companies – another challenge…

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Maine “Street Cred”

Maine “Street Cred”

  I’m wrapping up my second visit to Maine in a month and am hoping for honorary citizenship soon!  My first trip was a month ago along with Senator Angus King and FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel to celebrate UniTel’s Smart Rural Community designation and to all host a community-wide broadband discussion in Unity, Maine.  My trip this week was to join the broadband providers in Maine and their statewide association, TAM, celebrate their 50 year anniversary as an organization focused on…

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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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A Device Generation

A Device Generation

I really cherish my weekend routine of slowing down a little bit. We have a great pattern in our house these days. Don gets up early with the dog to let her out, then crawls back into bed with me so we can snooze a little bit more. (The part about Don being the one to get up early might be the best part of the pattern!) I then throw on the sweats, walk the dog on a “longer than…

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Top 10 List Mania

Top 10 List Mania

I always find the end of a calendar year entertaining as everyone puts out their “Top 10” lists—top 10 movies, top 10 songs, top 10 cereals, top 10 political mishaps, etc. There is even a top 10 list of the top lists! (I’m not even kidding!) While the lists are a tad sobering since I’ve usually seen one of the 10 movies listed, or can hum three of the top 10 songs, I’ve decided that the only way to really enjoy a top 10 list is…

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