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…

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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…