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At the FCC

February 24, 2015

While a lot is happening at the FCC, I haven't written much about it. My focus has been elsewhere - and most readers couldn't care less about regulatory. That said the USF Reform is still going on, including E-Rate program changes, Rural Broadband experiments, and CAF funding fights (between WISPs and ILECs). The AWS-3 spectrum auction had 4 big winners: VZW, ATT, DISH and the FCC coffers to the tune of $40 billion.

Cable Will Win

February 16, 2015

The Telecompetitor spends a lot of space on Chattanooga's muni network - as if it was the perfect model for a Gigabit network. Two problems with it: (1) it cost taxpayers literally millions of dollars via bonds and federal grants and (2) very few people buy Gigabit services from them. It is rare that a muni network will do well. UTOPIA, Wilson's Greenlight, a couple in Florida, ECB-Chatt and Lafayette's LUS are the ones I paid attention to over the years.

Do Network Upgrades Matter

February 11, 2015

AT&T is upgrading some U-Verse areas to 75 Mbps. Is this in response to the new FCC definition of broadband?

Indiana Fiber Network is upgrading to 100G. IFN is owned by 20 LECs in the state that put 3500 route miles of fiber in the ground touching about 4000 buildings.

Big upgrades - are you in Indiana?

The RBOCs: Copper, Spectrum, Regulation and Sales

February 3, 2015

We have just 2 RBOCs - regional Bell companies left - AT&T and Verizon. You might consider CenturyLink an RBOC (because of US West), but since they don't have the same business model as the other 2, I just mean the two Bell-head companies with their Jekyll cellular side.

Both have been running from wireline for a while -- since maybe 2006. I think they wanted forbearance to get rid of unions and that copper plant.

The New Broadband Definition

February 3, 2015

We know that Obama and the Comcast CEO are golfing buddies, but I didn't see it coming that in one fell swoop cable would become the sole broadband provider for America. The FCC adopted a new definition of broadband at its January meeting, raising benchmark speeds to 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload, from the current 4 Mbps/1 Mbps standard. Effectively DSL is no longer broadband.

This will mean less CAF and USF monies to telcos, since they don't offer broadband any longer.

The M&A Picks Up Steam

January 14, 2015

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed) besides "COMVOICE, based in Phoenix, AZ, and Vocalnet, based in San Francisco, CA." The the press release says "Financials were not disclosed."

Another smaller acquisition was snomOne, which became Vodia, got grabbed by a company (which I cannot name here now).

Zayo made another grab to beef up their zColo division by buying Latisys for $657 million.

The FCC's 10MB Problem

January 7, 2015

The FCC in December raised the broadband speed target to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. That re-definition of broadband will redraw the broadband map in the US. (It will knock out some ISPs that offer ADSL (version 1) and some older fixed wireless systems that were okay under the 4 Mbps definition.

The re-definition comes amid the commission's revision of the Connect America Fund (CAF) which is part of the rural broadband program, which is part of the USF program.

The Year That Was a Mess

December 24, 2014

We have a huge Net Neutrality debate, Open Internet fights (especially between Netflix and ISPs) and peering duels (between ISPs and backbones, notice the pattern?). Why? Lack of broadband competition.

Big mergers still in play: AT&T buying DirecTV to keep up on TV; and Comcast in a three way with Charter over TWC.

End of Year Tidbits

December 22, 2014

Stop watching the news. Seriously. It's nothing but depressing stuff. It is no way to end the day (go to sleep) or no way to start the day. Read something for 15 minutes instead.

Connection Contradiction

December 3, 2014

Comcast conducted a survey in 2012 and again in 2014 about business connectivity.

Today, 4% less think connectivity is tactical and 3% less think it is strategic, but 7% MORE think it is Essential. (Taking out statistical relevance of a 5 point error either way, which would mean that they think of it about the same way now.)

For the most part, business owners do not buy based on these service results.

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