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Few US households attracted to gigabit service

About a fifth (22%) of US broadband households have an internet service speed of 100-999 Mbps, the most common service tier, although 39% of US broadband households do not know their broadband speed. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2Usm0Uu

Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

Released on August 8, the IG report found that senior FCC officials had misled Congress and the American public by first announcing, and later defending in letters to lawmakers, a claim that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack had crippled the commission’s comment system last May, amid efforts by its Republican members to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. – Dell Cameron, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2Bc2dUZ

HBO, Sony reportedly look for special streaming deals with ISPs

The idea is that ISPs might be able to bundle streaming services with their internet packages and also take a cut of the revenue, but in past years negotiations over that kind of split haven’t resulted in a deal. Add on the fact that customers have repeatedly and vocally come out against anything that would turn internet service into the same kind of bundle deal we’ve seen on cable TV, plus regulatory pressure and outcry from competing services, and it seems even more unlikely. According to [The Wall Street Journal’s] sources, even some cable executives claim setting up such an arrangement could cost “hundreds of millions” for a single company. Whether or not the media companies would pay straight up for the arrangement hasn’t been confirmed. – Richard Lawler, Engadget
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AT&T wants to know why a town is building a 1Gbps network when it already offers 6Mbps DSL

The Wichita Eagle reports that AT&T is concerned about this development and “filed to officially intervene in the case and was granted that permission on Tuesday morning” this week. […] It’s true that a 1Gbps fiber service would definitely impact AT&T’s business operations in the area and likely for the very worse. Ars Technica points out that [Chanute,Kansas] would charge citizens just $40 per month for its 1Gbps service, which is a mere $5 more than the six-month teaser rate for AT&T’s 6Mbps service. What’s more, AT&T’s plan includes a hard data cap of 150GB per month and going over that limit will set you back by an additional $10 per month. – Brad Reed,BGR
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Waiting For Comcast Cable Guy Could Be Less Hellish With New App

[T]he country’s largest cable operator says it’s making changes and investing billions of dollars to improve the customer experience. One of the latest efforts aims to help you spend less time waiting for the technician to fix your Internet or TV service. Comcast is testing a new service in its MyAccount app that allows customers to track the arriving technician in real time on their mobile devices. The app will tell you when the technician is 30 minutes away — so in theory you could come home from work to meet the rep. The app will also tell you if the tech has been held up and will be late. […] The new tool, which seems similar to the car-tracking feature in popular ride-summoning apps like Uber and Lyft, is only being tested in Boston. But if the tests go well, the company wants to roll it out to more customers next year, [Senior VP Charlie Herrin,Customer Experience] wrote in the blog post. – Timothy Stenovec,HuffPost Science & Tech 

AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service is

[AT&T] put an absolutely brilliant spin on it and dubbed it “the fastest Internet for the price.” In other words, while the service itself wasn’t at all fast, it might be sort-of fast relatively speaking because you’re just paying $30 a month for it. Unfortunately for AT&T, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of the Better Business Bureau also thinks that this claims is rather misleading. As Ars Technica reports, Comcast actually ratted AT&T out to the NAD for allegedly engaging in misleading advertising and it seems the division thought Comcast’s complaint had merit. – Brad Reed,BGR 
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Major Cable CEO: Cable is Going Away

Research firm MoffettNathanson, by way of The Wall Street Journal, reported that pay-TV lost 179,000 subscribers, more than 100% higher than last year’s corresponding quarterly loss of 83,000. Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the report was a quote from James Dolan : “Ultimately cord-cutting and going to over the top is something we do believe is going to happen and we are preparing ourselves for it.” And while that sounds like a quote that should come from a network, an investor, or a consumer, it didn’t. In fact, Dolan is the CEO of Cablevisión, the seventh-largest cable company in the United States by subscriber count. […] Dolan noted his company’s investments in broadband as a possible path forward. That makes sense: While pay-TV providers compete with over-the-top and streaming services, those services cannot reach the home without Internet service providers. As Netflix and other streaming services become more popular, and steal more pay-TV market share, pay-TV providers appear to want to capture that value by adding broadband subscribers and pricing accordingly. – Jamal Carnette,The Motley Fool 
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FCC Chairman says fear of lawsuits is holding up Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the organizations slow reaction is very deliberate. “The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out,” the Chairman told reporters today. “We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that comes along and are likely to be raised.” In other words, the FCC’s plans for an open internet need to be strong enough weather the legal ire of ISPs opposed Net Neutrality. – Sean Buckley,Engadget  
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This video opposing net neutrality is too ridiculous to be criticized

The worst propaganda is a YouTube video deceitfully titled “Clearing up Net Neutrality.” Produced by the conservative lobbying group FreedomWorks, which has reportedly taken money from both Verizon and AT&T, the 86-second production features a public relations employee hurling technologically illiterate accusations at supporters of the open Internet. The video, which is calculated to play on the layperson’s ignorance, unintentionally reveals the outright falsehoods of net neutrality opponents’ arguments. […] Most viewers are probably unaware that [Iris Somberg]’s organization has received funding from the very companies who stand to profit most from the death of net neutrality. FreedomWorks wants those naive individuals to believe that it’s actually speaking out against an injustice. The lie would be insulting if it weren’t so transparent. – Dell Cameron,The Daily Dot
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Success in public-owned broadband: It’s about Main St., not Wall St.

Forget the myth. Just the facts, ma’am – Craig Settles,Gigaom

  • The first goal of many networks is to reduce operating costs for municipalities and public utilities.
  • Retaining communities’ major employers and attracting new employers is the first or second goal for these networks.
  • Most communities report success in meeting one or both goals, thus justifying the networks’ costs.
  • Networks built with the initial goal of meeting municipal or utility broadband needs draw from capital funds or bond measures that minimize risk to taxpayers
  • Quite a few networks, such as those in Santa Monica and Burbank, California; Danville, Virginia; and Mount Vernon, Washington, make a gross profit on their networks even with just four to six new business subscribers a month.
  • Cities typically carry debt for infrastructure projects that impact the public good. Broadband projects carrying 20- or 25-year debt obligations that are being repaid on schedule while delivering a public good are successful projects

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