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December 20, 2012
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  • USTelecom calls on FCC to relax regs, saying competition is fierce
    USTelecom has formally requested that federal regulators provide a relief from certain regulations by declaring that incumbent local exchange carriers, or ILECs, face enough competition to be released from their status as "dominant" voice service providers. The group petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, saying the move would provide needed flexibility on tariffs and improve the carriers' ability to compete with new rivals such as IP providers and cable operators. "Dominant carriers with 32% of households are not dominant any longer," USTelecom Senior Vice President Jonathan Banks told reporters. Broadcasting & Cable (12/19), (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Frontier and others get backing for rural broadband trials
    The government's Universal Service program will earmark $14 million for Frontier Communications, some small rural carriers, wireless firms and others that will allow them to conduct 14 field trials to expand broadband services to more low-income residents. The Federal Communications Commission issued grants under the program's new emphasis on bridging the digital divide in the U.S. The FCC awarded Frontier about $420,000 for an Ohio and West Virginia project. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Redbox Instant by Verizon video service begins beta testing
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, a video joint venture of Coinstar and Verizon Communications, initiated beta testing of its service Wednesday. Invited users will be able to rent four DVDs from Redbox kiosks and enjoy unlimited streaming from the Internet for $8 a month; upgrading to Blu-ray disc rentals is an additional $1 per month. Streaming-only subscriptions are $6 a month. Bloomberg (12/19), GigaOm (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nintendo goes live today with TVii in U.S. and Canada
    U.S. and Canadian consumers who own a Nintendo Wii U should now be able to use the gaming console for functions including scanning for programs on television and the Internet, and purchasing downloadable content. Nintendo's TVii service, which launched in Japan this month, turns the Wii U's GamePad into a multifunctional remote that can be used with cable, satellite and Internet services. Associated Press (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology Trends 
  • Study touts benefits of telehealth for the U.K.'s NHS
    Telecare and telehealth technologies can "transform health and social care" in the National Health Service of the U.K., according to a study by Deloitte. Those technologies will help the NHS combat the rising costs of serving an aging population, the study asserts. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Software-defined-networking outlook is bright, IDC says
    Next year could be a big year for software-defined networking in data centers, IDC says. Revenue is projected to hit $360 million in 2013 and $3.7 billion by 2016. "SDN's ability to decouple network logic and policies from the underlying network equipment allows for a more programmable network," IDC's Rohit Mehra said in a statement. eWeek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Undersea cable linking U.S. and Colombia slated for overhaul
    Alcatel-Lucent has been chosen to upgrade a 4,400-kilometer undersea cable linking Florida with Tolu, Colombia, which the company says will quadruple the activated data capacity of the backbone. The expansion of the MAYA-1 cable is part of an initiative to bring 100 Gigabit Ethernet to Latin America in an effort to address increasing bandwidth demand in the region. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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