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August, 2016


Streaming music is becoming increasingly popular as the digital music industry grows quickly. A study from Park Associates states that 66% of U.S. households with broadband service use streaming music and 26% of those individuals subscribe to a paid audio streaming service.


The Federal Communications Commission did the right thing five years ago when it adopted a new formula for determining how much telecommunications and cable providers pay to attach equipment to utility poles. The agency brought the pole attachment rate telecom providers pay down closer to the rate charged to cable operators.


The market for Business Data Services (BDS), or high-volume broadband lines used by companies and organizations, is far more competitive than supporters of the FCC’s efforts to impose new rate regulations continue to insist. USTelecom recently surveyed nearly 800 small and medium sized businesses and found that roughly 75 percent of them had changed providers within the last five years.


Internet of Things (IoT) devices have only begun gaining in popularity over the past few years, but they’re already helping consumers, businesses and government to better communicate, record or analyze data.


In a competitive marketplace, ultra-fast broadband connectivity is a key differentiator, and 5G development and trials are underway. Several of the nation’s telecommunications companies are actively engaged in building all digital network infrastructures that can support next-gen wireless broadband technologies.


The first meeting of a new Robocall Strike Force, led by AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, at the Federal Communications Commission is a step forward for consumers as industry convenes experts to stop the flood of unwanted and illegal computer-generated phone calls. AT&T recently launched the Strike Force to help find new industry-wide solutions to this annoying, widespread problem.


Today, nearly four million apps are available via the Android, Apple, Amazon, Windows and Blackberry stores. In this sea of apps, finding the right tools to help manage, monitor and achieve a wide array of personal goals can be time consuming. Several news articles provide useful guides for the best apps to help you in your daily life. Here are a few highlights:


Mark the Rio Olympics as the games where streaming came into its own as a viable alternative to traditional TV coverage.

In spite of the compelling gold medal performances by Americans Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, the average nightly audience of 27.5 million viewers was down 9 percent from the 30.3 million who watched the 2012 London Olympics, according to NBCUniversal.

Though NBC did its best to put a smiley face on its post-Rio TV ratings, the increase in streaming was the big story, up significantly over the London Games.  


Cord cutters are not the prime movers of the over-the-top video market. In fact, they make up only 13 percent of the streaming video universe, according to a new study by J.D. Power.

Even video customers who have never subscribed to a cable or satellite TV service make up a mere 4 percent of “streamies” - consumers who watch movies and TV shows exclusively via Internet services.