Tuesday Morning Links – 11/22/2016

Facebook’s solar-powered Aquila broadband drone crash prompts US investigation ibtimes.co.uk AT&T signs on Fox for DirectTV Now bloomberg.com Trump’s new FCC advisers Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison oppose net neutrality and broadband subsidies for low-income Americans recode.net Elon Musk’s plan to blanket Earth in high-speed internet may face a big threat: China businessinsider.com Comcast increasing…

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Comcast Bumps Performance Pro, Blast Pro Speeds in Many Markets

Comcast continues to slowly deploy its latest round of speed upgrades, this week boosting tier speeds in a number of new areas at no additional charge (for the time being). According to a flurry of Comcast announcements, Comcast is boosting the speed of its Performance Pro and Blast Pro tiers in Kansas City, Minnesota and…

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RCN Brings Gigabit Speeds to Philadelphia

Cable overbuilder RCN continues to launch gigabit broadband service in markets well ahead of area incumbents. On the heels of launching its 1 Gbps down, 20 Mbps up service in Washington DC and New York, RCN this week confirmed to the Philly Inquirer that the company will be launching the service in the Philly metro…

Charter Communications

Charter Offers $15, 30 Mbps Service as Per Merger Condition

Charter Communications has launched a $30, 15 Mbps broadband tier aimed at low-income homes as required by conditions on its recent mega-merger. A Charter announcement states that the 15 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up tier, dubbed Spectrum Assist, is available to families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program or Seniors who…

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Space X Unveils Plans for Gigabit Broadband by Satellite

Space X has filed applications with the FCC to deploy a constellation of more than 4,000 satellites tasked with bringing gigabit broadband service to the masses. According to the applications made with the FCC, Space X’s plan involves the launch of 4,425 satellites into low-earth orbit, operating in the Ku and Ka frequency bands. Space…

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Time Warner Cable, Bright House Formally Take on Spectrum Brand

On the heels of closing the $79 billion mega-merger earlier this year, Charter this week formally brought its Spectrum brand to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets. A company announcement proclaims that users in these markets can now experience “superior products with the most HD, tens of thousands of On Demand options, Internet…

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Facebook Trying to Bring Controversial ‘Free Basics’ To U.S.

Facebook wants to bring its controversial “Free Basics” broadband service to the United States, but is worried about backlash from net neutrality advocates. Under Facebook’s zero rated service, wireless customers get free access to a rotating crop of content and services curated by Facebook. It’s sort of the modern version of 1990s AOL, except Facebook…

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Cox Raises Broadband Rates…For Second Time in 2016

Cox Communications is informing customers via e-mail of another round of rate increases in October. These latest hikes come after many customers had already seen rate hikes back in January. The company’s 5 Mbps Starter broadband tier changes from $37.99 to $39.99, while the ISP’s 15 Mbps “Essential” tier is changing from $56.99 to $62.99….

Wednesday Morning Links – 09/28/2016

FTC Will Challenge Court Dismissal of AT&T Throttling Decision broadcastingcable.com FCC spectrum sharing idea for 5G is a win-win rcrwireless.com Major music labels, RIAA, others sue stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 for copyright infringement; site has a reported 60 million monthly visitors and is said to be “raking in millions” in ad revenue torrentfreak.com Surprise! Less than…

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Report: AT&T’s New Streaming Service Will Replace DirecTV

A new report suggests that AT&T intends to have its upcoming streaming TV offering become its primary video platform by 2020, supplanting existing DirecTV satellite service. AT&T plans to launch three different streaming TV services under the DirecTV Now brand later this year in an attempt to tackle the cord cutting revolution head on. AT&T…