CED BRIEFS: Rise Broadband, Teleste, Ting Internet
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January 20, 2017
Rise Broadband extended its communications network in 10 markets in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund program. Market areas include communities in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, and Kansas.
“Because we deliver internet/phone service through a wireless connection, our customers get fast, reliable and affordable access in areas often under-served by wireline carriers,” Rise Broadband President and CEO Jack Koo, says. “In doing so, we connect people with the enhanced information, entertainment, and education they desire while supporting and bolstering each area’s economy in the process.”
In 2015, Rise began upgrading its markets to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, providing speeds up to 50 Mbps. To date, more than 40 markets have reportedly been enhanced and others are scheduled over the next nine to 15 months.
Teleste introduced support for Pro:Idiom, which is said to be the most widely deployed digital rights management system in the worldwide hospitality industry. The Pro:Idiom platform’s content protection technology reportedly assures rapid deployment of digital HDTV content to guest rooms while keeping the signal safe from piracy. Pro:Idiom was developed by LG Electronics subsidiary Zenith Electronics.
Integration with the Luminato headend offers a way for hotels to deploy the Pro:Idiom system and Teleste says all that is needed are hospitality-grade TV sets with support for Pro:Idiom in guest rooms and a single Luminato headend serving the entire hotel. “There is no need to invest in additional set-top-boxes in guest rooms in order to decrypt the protected signal,” Teleste reports in a press release.
Ting, a division of Tucows, announced “the first real Holly Springs (N.C.) customer just got real, crazy fast fiber internet.” Ting first announced gigabit plans in Holly Springs in October 2015. In June 2016, Ting announced that construction was about to begin in Phase 1, encompassing the neighborhoods of Holly Glen, Braxton Village, and Holly Pointe. Phase 1 construction is said to be complete and construction is underway in Phase 2 (Oak Hall, Windcrest, Morgan Park, Windward Pointe). Ting Internet costs $89 per month for a home or $139 for a business. There is also an offering of $19 for 5/5 Mbps service.
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