Monday, October 21, 2013

Some News You Can Use

DSL Reports has some deceent articles.

One about the VDSL2 based 45 Mbps U-Verse service. Here is the VDSL2 chart.

VZ FiOS is now the number 3 terrestrial TV provider with 5.2 million subscribers after Comcast & TWC. It passes 18.3 million homes and businesses and FioS has 35% penetration - not the 50% that was forecast.

The other article is about Google Fiber. The cherry picking, the breakdown of consumer protection, the sweetheart deals - all interesting stuff.

"The entertainment industry's "Copyright Alert System" (aka "six strikes) was launched back in February with the cooperation of major ISPs including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable." It costs $2 million annually to run.

Another wi-fi based MVNO service launched, called Scratch. Kind of pay-as-go. It's mainly about texting like TextNow and wi-fi based like Republic Wireless.

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