News Tidbits Part 2919

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News Tidbits Part 2919

Windstream joins the likes of TelePacific, the old Airband (now UNSi) and numerous WISPs in offering Fixed Wireless. "Windstream's Fixed Wireless is a technology solution for carrier-grade Ethernet and Internet-over-Ethernet connectivity delivered by digital microwave technology, and is currently offered in Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Northern New Jersey, N.J., and Milwaukee, Wis." [source]

Windstream is in battle at the FCC to get IP equivalent wholesale products from AT&T as TDM retires. It is not going well. (You would think all CLECs and Comptel would be roaring along with them.

A little more WIND news as residents of Alabama are taking Windstream to court over slow broadband speeds. Not shocking.

9-1-1 is falling apart in this country. No one notices until a huge outage. T-Mobile hit with $17.5 million FCC fine for 911 outages . Fines are great, but the FCC has to address the underlying problems with the 9-1-1 system, especially as we transition from TDM POTS calls to cellular, texts and VoIP. But, heck, the FCC hasn't fixed Rural Call Completion problems yet either.

So DISH bid on spectrum in the last FCC auction using a bunch of shell companies setup as "small biz" for credits and discounts. Well, the FCC caught on. FCC Poised to Reject Dish Partners' Spectrum Discounts Affiliates requested $3.3 billion in small-business discounts on $13.3 billion in winning bids.

So the FCC is approving the AT&T-DirecTV deal with some conditions. Will they actually follow up on these conditions? History says No. "12.5 million customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&T's current fiber-to-the-premise deployment, increases the entire nation's residential fiber build by more than 40 percent, and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve." [forbes]

"The customer relationship management (CRM) market is mature, bloated and consolidation is going to continue for the foreseeable future. The upshot: Technology buyers need specialized CRM vendors, but they could wind up absorbed by a giant." So companies build their own systems. Why build from scratch when you can use stuff like tray.io, Idea2, IFTTT and the like?

74% of business buyers told Forrester they conduct more than half of their research online before making an offline purchase. [source]



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