August 17, 2010

FCC redefines broadband, 14-24 million Americans still without access


In a press release dated July 20th, the FCC announced that between 14 and 24 million Americans are still without access to broadband internet, and that the “immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak.” The report also goes on to define “broadband” as a connection that provides a 4 Mbps downlink and 1 Mbps uplink. Prior to the report, broadband was defined as providing a 768 Kbps downlink connection. The report goes on: “In an era when broadband has become essential for U.S. jobs, economic growth, global competitiveness, and democratic engagement, millions of Americans live in areas without broadband. Many of these Americans are poor or live in rural areas that will remain unserved without reform of the universal service program and other changes to U.S. broadband policy that spur investment in broadband networks by lowering the cost of deployment.” What do you think? Is 4 Mbps an acceptable speed? Should the government push telecoms to provide broadband access to more rural areas?

Thanks, Henry!

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AT&T activates 3.2 million iPhones in Q2, 27% growth in wireless data revenue


Here is a fairly astonishing statistic: AT&T activated 3.2 million iPhones in Q2 alone, and 27% of those were new account activations — 860,000 new AT&T iPhone accounts. The wireless company’s Q2 ended on June 30th, just four days after the iPhone 4 went on sale. AT&T’s Q2 earnings call also informed us that the number two carrier in the States saw .8 billion in earnings and earnings per share of .61. Analysts were expecting .9 billion in revenue and .58 in earnings per share. Hit the jump for a few more AT&T Q2 highlights.

  • .68 diluted EPS compares with .54 diluted EPS in the second quarter of 2009, up 25.9 percent; up 13.0 percent excluding a .07 one-time gain from a Telmex Internacional stock transaction
  • .8 billion second-quarter consolidated revenues from continuing operations, up 4 million, or 0.6 percent, versus the year-earlier period and up 8 million, or 0.9 percent, sequentially
  • Consolidated operating margin expansion to 19.8 percent, up from 18.0 percent in the year-earlier quarter
  • 1.6 million organic net adds in total wireless subscribers, best-ever second quarter, to reach 90.1 million in service
  • 3.2 million iPhone activations in second quarter, a company record
  • Best-ever wireless churn levels, with 1.01 percent postpaid churn and 1.29 percent total churn 10.3 percent increase in wireless service revenues, with postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 3.4 percent; sixth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU
  • 27.2 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up 6 million versus the year-earlier quarter
  • 2.9 million net increase in 3G postpaid integrated devices on AT&T’s wireless network to reach 29.7 million
  • 32.0 percent growth in wireline consumer IP data revenues driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion; first-ever billion-dollar revenue quarter for AT&T U-verse services
  • 209,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.5 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates
  • 15.8 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services


Facebook hits 500 million user milestone


Facebook confirmed on Wednesday that the social network has 500 million active users, a figure that puts MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, and even Twitter to shame. Facebook continues its impressive growth, adding 100 million users since February and boasts of the following the statistics:

  • 500 million active users
  • 50% of users login on any given day
  • People spend 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • More than 25 billion pieces of content (links to news stories and blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared each month
  • More than 100 million active users currently acces Facebook through their mobile devices

Whether you like Facebook or not, those stats are undeniably impressive and assure Facebook its title of social networking king for the foreseeable future.  Though its #1 position is solidified, the next six months will be interesting to watch. Will Facebook continue its exponential growth to one billion and beyond, or has it reached its plateau? While we wait to find out, you can spend some of those 500 billion monthly minutes checking out BGR’s Facebook page