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January 22, 2013
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  • FiOS, cloud computing help propel Verizon in Q4
    Verizon Communications increased revenue by 5.7% in the fourth quarter, beyond analysts' estimates, as FiOS and cloud-computing and networking services continued to grow, the telecom reported today. Average revenue per wireline business subscriber rose 9.5% from a year earlier, and Verizon added 134,000 FiOS TV and 144,000 FiOS broadband customers in the quarter. Verizon had 98.2 million total wireless customers at the end of 2012, a 6.6% increase from 2011. TechCrunch (1/22), The Verge (1/22), The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T expands rural spectrum reach with $780M Alltel buy
    AT&T has agreed to pay Atlantic Tele-Network -- which operates as Alltel -- $780 million in cash for wireless operations that cover 585,000 mostly rural-based subscribers, as well as spectrum and retail outlets across its six-state region in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina. Alltel, which has 4.6 million customers, is selling licenses in the 700, 850 and 1900 MHz ranges -- spectrum that is compatible with AT&T's network. Alltel acquired the operations from Verizon Wireless in 2010 for $223 million. Bloomberg (1/22), USA Today/The Associated Press (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Inaugural address wins kudos from tech industry
    U.S. technology officials praised President Barack Obama's inaugural remarks that touched on tech innovation and immigration policy. "We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more and reach higher," Obama said in his speech. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/21), Computerworld (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New FCC data show strong competition for voice services
    The Federal Communications Commission's newly released report on local phone competition shows that by any reasonable measure, ILECs are no longer dominant in providing voice services. Even with narrow measures looking only at wireless and interconnected VoIP alternatives, it's estimated that by the end of 2012, one-third or less of households purchased ILEC switched voice service. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon's FiOS launches content tier minus the sports
    Verizon Communications' FiOS TV has rolled out a $50 monthly "Select HD" package of broadcast and basic cable networks without a single sports network. The package costs $15 less than the "Prime HD" package. "We understand that many households are on tight budget, and we want to help make sure you aren't paying for something you think you don't need," Verizon spokesman Bill Kula wrote in a blog post on Monday. TBO.com (Tampa, Fla.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHS: Consumers spent $62.4B on watching movies in 2012
    Worldwide spending on movie viewing reached $62.4 billion last year, compared with $61.1 billion in 2011, according to IHS Screen Digest. The figures include theatrical releases, disc rentals, pay-television video on demand, and digital retail purchases and rentals. North America accounted for 41% of global movie-watching revenue in 2012, the market research firm reported. Home Media Magazine (1/21), Rapid TV News (U.K.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEO talks Redbox Instant by Verizon
    Shawn Strickland, CEO of Redbox Instant by Verizon, answers a number of questions about the video-streaming and rental service being launched by Coinstar and Verizon Communications. "In terms of presentation, with the merchandising of Redbox Instant, we're offering consumers both the best in new releases on DVD and premium [streaming] content, like from Epix, along with higher-value catalog content," he said. Home Media Magazine (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • IPv6 adoption slows as parties trade accusations
    Support for the deployment of Internet protocol version 6 is slowing to a crawl in Australia as network operators, software developers and vendors say they haven't seen enough demand for IPv6, according to this analysis. "We are in the ridiculous position that the parties needed for trouble-free IPv6 deployment are still looking at each other pointing the finger," said Narelle Clark, president of the Internet Society of Australia. Computerworld (Australia) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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