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AT&T Internet

AT&T has recently announced that they have launched high-speed fiber internet service in the greater Birmingham area, Alabama. Moreover, reports say that they are also planning to expand the high-speed fiber internet services to neighboring communities like Hoover and Alabaster.

As per the announcement from AT&T, residents and small business owners of Birmingham can sign up and make use of the 1-gigabit internet connection. Parts of Montevallo, Chelsea, Pelham, and neighboring communities can also access the high-speed connection.

AT&T claims that the 1-gigabit high-speed fiber internet connection is about 20 times faster than the average speed that is offered by wired internet services. Officials stated that the prices for the connection will start around 70 dollars a month.

Fiber internet or high-speed internet can be a big boon for high-tech businesses in the area that has lot of servers and data needs. AT&T has launched the high-speed internet service in Madison and Huntsville last month and it is a big success. However, AT&T is not the only telecom company that is eyeing the growing fiber optic market in the United States.

AT&T plans to connect, apartments, small businesses, and homes in 11 new metros to their 1 Gigabit internet connection. This expansion is part of the newly made AT&T Fiber umbrella brand, under which, they plan to bring their Ultra Fast internet service to at least 67 metros. Reports say that AT&T is targeting to serve at least 45 metros by the end of the year.

The Ultra Fast internet service is already launched in areas of 29 of the largest metro areas in the country. This service is marketed to more than three million locations now, out of which, over 500,000 accounts to condominiums and apartments. It is believed that AT&T is on track to exceed their target of 12.5 million locations planned by 2019.

COX:

Cox Communications has made it possible to use mobile health checkups, cleaning, cooking, video conference, live podcasting, and video games simultaneously on the same internet source. This is possible with the G1GABLAST service by Cox, which is actually a part of the Cox Smart Home services.

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Cox Communications had earlier put the Cox Smart Home for display at Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo in a model home. Esencia is Orange County’s first master-planned residential community wired with fiber-optic technology. This will present an opportunity for homeowners to access and enjoy the fast internet service from Cox.

Cox Communications claims that their internet service at Esencia will be hundred times faster than the normal internet service we receive today. They also added that their subscribers would be able to download almost 1000 photos or a high definition movie in about a minute.

In a latest release, Cox Communications stated, “Today’s average household connects six devices to the internet, from laptops and tablets to gaming and smartphones. That number is expected to increase to 50 devices by the year 2022.”

Cox representatives also demonstrated their latest internet service by enlisting podcasters, professional gamers, video bloggers, and many other professionals. Cox Communications simultaneously operated 30 different devices on the same internet source and the demonstration event was a huge success for the major company.

TWC Internet:

PanTerra Networks is a leading provider of unified cloud services and they have announced the expansion of their SmartBand services. The SmartBand service will be expanded to include Time Warner Cable (TWC) 15mb-50mb internet plans. The addition of TWC connectivity to the SmartBand offering of PanTerra will make sure that the users will have an even wider footprint and they will get more options while making a complete cloud based communication solutions.

The partnership of PanTerra with TWC internet shows their commitment in offering their users ultra safe and reliable cloud based solutions that include unified communications, contact center, file sharing services, and collaborations. PanTerra is the first provider to offer an end-to-end secure cloud solution with their HIPAA compliant cloud and Multi Factor authentication for all the optional MLPS networks and IP phones. WorldSmart solution from PanTerra is able to provide the most secure communication solution for any business. WorldSmart solution is interoperable with Office 365, Google Apps, Dropbox, and Outlook.

Is the US Broadband Segment as Competitive as the FCC Suggests?

The FCC recently released a Communications Marketplace Report, pointing at a broadband segment in the US that is rife with vibrant carrier competition. In actuality, consumer groups, the third-party data, as well as the report paint a clearly different picture about the segment, one where customers increasingly have access to only a fastest internet provider. The Chairman of FCC, Ajit Pai, tried to put an optimistic spin on its report, and the Commissioner Brandon Carr’s statement clearly suggested unparalleled competition as well as price decreases across the US broadband market thanks to its policies. “This is not like any competition we’ve seen before,” Carr said. “After broadband investment fell during the final two years of the last Administration, the key
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The New England Region Is Now Home to More Cable and Internet Stores

In 2018, Comcast® opened seven more XFINITY® outlets in the New England region in the US, bringing the regional aggregate to 29. The seven store locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are as follows. The Fresh Pond shopping mall in Cambridge. Legacy Place in Dedham. Holyoke Mall in Holyoke. Assembly Square in Somerville. The Shaw’s Shopping Plaza in Dover. Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. Seabrook Commons in Seabrook. Comcast XFINITY® outlets are an essential part of the multi-year strategy devised by what is arguably the nation’s best internet provider. The basic goal of this is to transform customer experience, and to provide a state-of-the-art setting to learn to optimize XFINITY® services and products. The new XFINITY® outlets have knowledgeable
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More Cable Customers Get Access to Digital Movie Collection

The XFINITY® Digital Store of Comcast has joined “Movies Anywhere” service, with the cable provider becoming its 7th retail partner, and first pay-TV partner. The other digital retailers or partners of it comprise Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Walmart Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Movies and TV. The customers of XFINITY® TV can now sync their accounts with the service, combine eligible film buys from the said Digital Store of XFINITY® with those from other digital retailers of it, and access them on their XFINITY® X1, the Stream application, and other TV platforms of XFINITY®. A year since the debut, Movies Anywhere signed up around six million registered users, who added over 150 million bought films to their collections.
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Randall Stephenson Talks about Prospects of Programming and Streaming

The CEO of AT&T®, Randall Stephenson, said that investing in more programming for HBO® would be the Dallas-based telecommunications company’s focal point for its media division, WarnerMedia. His comment came as the media unit of the best internet provider prepares to roll out a direct to consumer subscription platform in 2019. During a question and answer session at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Stephenson said the original programming for its unnamed service will mainly revolve around HBO®, though still augmented by WarnerMedia’s other content. He said the aim is for the TV network to distribute a steadier stream of original TV series on a round the year basis. The AT&T® CEO also touched upon a recent rumor about
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Newport County Gets “Tech Boosts” for Technology-Driven Education

Cox Communications® recently announced “Tech Boosts” grant of $40,000 to four organizations, dedicated to improving kids and families’ lives via technology-driven education in order to empower them to better future, comprising Newport’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. The fastest internet provider also said that the application process for Tech Boost 2019 program is open. The $10,000 will let the above-mentioned Community Center buy equipment to support the program named Make Your Life after-school. Youth in it gain access to the STEAM programming comprising coding, robotics, Learning Studio, Maker Space, Dash and Dots, and more. The Community Center, found in 1922, and renamed to honor the Civil Rights leader in 1968, is a central service provider for at-risk people, seniors,
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The DOVE CHANNEL Now Accessible to More US Customers

Cinedigm Corp. recently announced that DOVE CHANNEL, its popular SVoD service, is available over the web on the XFINITY® X1 platform. Comcast XFINITY® subscribers and their families can now access the channel’s growing library of family-friendly films, children’s shows, TV series, and documentaries on the said TV platform. As per reports, these titles also comprise “A Christmas Kiss”, “Letters to God”, “1500 Steps”, and more. Customers of the Philadelphia-based cable provider can sign up for and access the DOVE CHANNEL by saying it verbatim into their X1 voice remotes or by finding it inside XFINITY® On Demand’s networks section. The channel can be added to the subscribers’ X1 service for an affordable monthly cost, which is reportedly $4.99. “Cinedigm is
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New Store in San Diego for Internet and Cable Shoppers

AT&T® is taking cues from the retail layout strategy of Apple with a storefront at one of the premier shopping malls in San Diego. Recently, it opened a store at the mall named Westfield UTC. It is meant to present an inviting lounging or browsing experience for shoppers, who walk into the mall and want to learn about AT&T’s entertainment and content offerings, especially DIRECTV NOW® and DIRECTV®. The best internet provider outfitted the boutique with about $323,000 in tenant improvement, as per building permits that are filed with San Diego city. The store venue is designed more around interacting with all kinds of gadgets and learning about the company services, and less around sales of phones, said AT&T®. Smartphones
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AFRO and CLEO TV to Reach More Customers from January 2019

Comcast® now has agreements with independent African American networks, to distribute their channels starting in January 2019 on its cable network. The Philadelphia-based fastest internet provider announced that it has chosen CLEO TV and AFRO to give quality entertainment, highlighting and featuring movie and TV content around the ethnic communities or group. Comcast Cable’s Executive Director of Multicultural Products, Keesha Boyd, said, “The offerings from both AFRO and CLEO TV serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities. We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as the two we’re announcing today, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base.” AFRO is
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Josh Goodell Talks about SD-WAN at MEF18

With growing endpoints and a trend towards digital transformation, SD-WAN technology is no “one and done”, according to the VP of Intelligent Edge solutions at AT&T®, Josh Goodell. Speaking at MEF18, he said that SD-WAN deployments are complicated and service providers have to help their subscribers understand and evolve its use. “Anyone that believes that this is simply plug and play and walk away is misled,” Goodell said during the keynote speech. “There are definitely challenges that you’ve got to work through as you’re deploying these services across the globe. What are the elements of the solution that a customer can expect? There is no single silver bullet so understanding what type of solution SD-WAN we can provide, I think
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Broadband Users to Get Video Streaming Set-Top Boxes Soon

Comcast® is arguably the biggest cable TV and fastest internet provider in the United States of America. According to sources, Comcast® is all set to launch video streaming set-top boxes for their existing broadband users in 2019. By using this product, Comcast® customers can access many online video streaming services such as Amazon Prime, YouTube, Netflix, etc. The set-top box will come with a voice-activated remote control that resembles the devices featured by Amazon and Apple. Note that just like the Apple TV, the set-up box will also allow its users to control the internet-connected appliances and their smart home devices using the voice control remote. In short, the company is planning to market their new product as the ‘hub
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Is the US Broadband Segment as Competitive as the FCC Suggests?

The FCC recently released a Communications Marketplace Report, pointing at a broadband segment in the US that is rife with vibrant carrier competition. In actuality, consumer groups, the third-party data, as well as the report paint a clearly different picture about the segment, one where customers increasingly have access to only a fastest internet provider. The Chairman of FCC, Ajit Pai, tried to put an optimistic spin on its report, and the Commissioner Brandon Carr’s statement clearly suggested unparalleled competition as well as price decreases across the US broadband market thanks to its policies. “This is not like any competition we’ve seen before,” Carr said. “After broadband investment fell during the final two years of the last Administration, the key
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The New England Region Is Now Home to More Cable and Internet Stores

In 2018, Comcast® opened seven more XFINITY® outlets in the New England region in the US, bringing the regional aggregate to 29. The seven store locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are as follows. The Fresh Pond shopping mall in Cambridge. Legacy Place in Dedham. Holyoke Mall in Holyoke. Assembly Square in Somerville. The Shaw’s Shopping Plaza in Dover. Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. Seabrook Commons in Seabrook. Comcast XFINITY® outlets are an essential part of the multi-year strategy devised by what is arguably the nation’s best internet provider. The basic goal of this is to transform customer experience, and to provide a state-of-the-art setting to learn to optimize XFINITY® services and products. The new XFINITY® outlets have knowledgeable
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More Cable Customers Get Access to Digital Movie Collection

The XFINITY® Digital Store of Comcast has joined “Movies Anywhere” service, with the cable provider becoming its 7th retail partner, and first pay-TV partner. The other digital retailers or partners of it comprise Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Walmart Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Movies and TV. The customers of XFINITY® TV can now sync their accounts with the service, combine eligible film buys from the said Digital Store of XFINITY® with those from other digital retailers of it, and access them on their XFINITY® X1, the Stream application, and other TV platforms of XFINITY®. A year since the debut, Movies Anywhere signed up around six million registered users, who added over 150 million bought films to their collections.
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Randall Stephenson Talks about Prospects of Programming and Streaming

The CEO of AT&T®, Randall Stephenson, said that investing in more programming for HBO® would be the Dallas-based telecommunications company’s focal point for its media division, WarnerMedia. His comment came as the media unit of the best internet provider prepares to roll out a direct to consumer subscription platform in 2019. During a question and answer session at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Stephenson said the original programming for its unnamed service will mainly revolve around HBO®, though still augmented by WarnerMedia’s other content. He said the aim is for the TV network to distribute a steadier stream of original TV series on a round the year basis. The AT&T® CEO also touched upon a recent rumor about
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Newport County Gets “Tech Boosts” for Technology-Driven Education

Cox Communications® recently announced “Tech Boosts” grant of $40,000 to four organizations, dedicated to improving kids and families’ lives via technology-driven education in order to empower them to better future, comprising Newport’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. The fastest internet provider also said that the application process for Tech Boost 2019 program is open. The $10,000 will let the above-mentioned Community Center buy equipment to support the program named Make Your Life after-school. Youth in it gain access to the STEAM programming comprising coding, robotics, Learning Studio, Maker Space, Dash and Dots, and more. The Community Center, found in 1922, and renamed to honor the Civil Rights leader in 1968, is a central service provider for at-risk people, seniors,
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The DOVE CHANNEL Now Accessible to More US Customers

Cinedigm Corp. recently announced that DOVE CHANNEL, its popular SVoD service, is available over the web on the XFINITY® X1 platform. Comcast XFINITY® subscribers and their families can now access the channel’s growing library of family-friendly films, children’s shows, TV series, and documentaries on the said TV platform. As per reports, these titles also comprise “A Christmas Kiss”, “Letters to God”, “1500 Steps”, and more. Customers of the Philadelphia-based cable provider can sign up for and access the DOVE CHANNEL by saying it verbatim into their X1 voice remotes or by finding it inside XFINITY® On Demand’s networks section. The channel can be added to the subscribers’ X1 service for an affordable monthly cost, which is reportedly $4.99. “Cinedigm is
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New Store in San Diego for Internet and Cable Shoppers

AT&T® is taking cues from the retail layout strategy of Apple with a storefront at one of the premier shopping malls in San Diego. Recently, it opened a store at the mall named Westfield UTC. It is meant to present an inviting lounging or browsing experience for shoppers, who walk into the mall and want to learn about AT&T’s entertainment and content offerings, especially DIRECTV NOW® and DIRECTV®. The best internet provider outfitted the boutique with about $323,000 in tenant improvement, as per building permits that are filed with San Diego city. The store venue is designed more around interacting with all kinds of gadgets and learning about the company services, and less around sales of phones, said AT&T®. Smartphones
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

AFRO and CLEO TV to Reach More Customers from January 2019

Comcast® now has agreements with independent African American networks, to distribute their channels starting in January 2019 on its cable network. The Philadelphia-based fastest internet provider announced that it has chosen CLEO TV and AFRO to give quality entertainment, highlighting and featuring movie and TV content around the ethnic communities or group. Comcast Cable’s Executive Director of Multicultural Products, Keesha Boyd, said, “The offerings from both AFRO and CLEO TV serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities. We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as the two we’re announcing today, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base.” AFRO is
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Josh Goodell Talks about SD-WAN at MEF18

With growing endpoints and a trend towards digital transformation, SD-WAN technology is no “one and done”, according to the VP of Intelligent Edge solutions at AT&T®, Josh Goodell. Speaking at MEF18, he said that SD-WAN deployments are complicated and service providers have to help their subscribers understand and evolve its use. “Anyone that believes that this is simply plug and play and walk away is misled,” Goodell said during the keynote speech. “There are definitely challenges that you’ve got to work through as you’re deploying these services across the globe. What are the elements of the solution that a customer can expect? There is no single silver bullet so understanding what type of solution SD-WAN we can provide, I think
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Broadband Users to Get Video Streaming Set-Top Boxes Soon

Comcast® is arguably the biggest cable TV and fastest internet provider in the United States of America. According to sources, Comcast® is all set to launch video streaming set-top boxes for their existing broadband users in 2019. By using this product, Comcast® customers can access many online video streaming services such as Amazon Prime, YouTube, Netflix, etc. The set-top box will come with a voice-activated remote control that resembles the devices featured by Amazon and Apple. Note that just like the Apple TV, the set-up box will also allow its users to control the internet-connected appliances and their smart home devices using the voice control remote. In short, the company is planning to market their new product as the ‘hub
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment