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Regulatory/ Industry Update

USAC Reminder

Report: Smart Connected Device Shipments to Double in Five Years

DoJ sues AT&T for IP Relay call abuse; says up to 95% of calls were from foreign callers

What's Really Wrong With the New iPad?

Wireless/Cellular Update

Sprint washes hands of WiMax phones

Nielsen: Half of all American subscribers now own a smartphone

AT&T to go all-out in Nokia Lumia 900 marketing blitz

Wis. gov to sign cell phone ban for young drivers

Legislative/Political Update

New poll numbers in U.S. Senate race

Voters aren't enthusiastic about Democratic candidates for governor

New poll finds Walker in tight matchups with Barrett, Falk

State Senator Jim Holperin (D-Conover) Will Not Seek Re-election

Pro-Falk group being led by out-of-state operatives

Capitol Report: La Follette blasts Falk for connection to special-interest money

GAB staff finds more than 900,000 valid signatures to recall Walker

Internet/Broadband Update

NTCA Report: Rural Telcos Make Broadband Deployment Gains

Facebook Targeting May IPO

Frontier Interview: Caching Reduces Internet Backhaul Traffic by 25%

Report: Home Routers Increasingly Installed in Livingrooms

Video/IPTV Update

How do you define over-the-top?

Xbox Transformation Complete, More Video and Music than Games

Panasonic 2012 Highlights: IPTV Based Convergence

Legislative/Political Update

New poll numbers in U.S. Senate race

A poll out Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports shows former governor Tommy Thompson ahead of U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) by four percentage points, 48%-44%.

However, in specific matchups, Rasmussen has Baldwin ahead of former congressman Mark Neumann, 48%-40%, as well as Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), 48%-40%.

Voters aren't enthusiastic about Democratic candidates for governor

None of the three declared Democratic candidates for governor has completely won over the voters we talked to.

Play video to find out why.

New poll finds Walker in tight matchups with Barrett, Falk

The Wisconsin recall fight remains a close call, with Gov. Scott Walker leading potential challengers Tom Barrett 47% to 45% and Kathleen Falk 49% to 45% in a new statewide poll by Marquette Law School.

Barrett leads Falk 36% to 29% in a possible May Democratic primary matchup, with other primary voters either undecided or scattered among two other candidates, Doug La Follette and Kathleen Vinehout.

State Senator Jim Holperin (D-Conover) Will Not Seek Re-election

State Senator Jim Holperin said today he would not run for re-election this fall.

"I’ve given this decision considerable thought, not just recently but over time. Politics and legislating are fascinating and fulfilling work and I’ve enjoyed 20 years of it in the State Assembly, State Senate and as a cabinet secretary.

Pro-Falk group being led by out-of-state operatives

"I’ve given this decision considerable thought, not just recently but over time. Politics and legislating are fascinating and fulfilling work and I’ve enjoyed 20 years of it in the State Assembly, State Senate and as a cabinet secretary.

But the highly visible TV rollout left people in the dark on one basic issue:

Who exactly is this political newcomer trying to tip the upcoming election?

Capitol Report: La Follette blasts Falk for connection to special-interest money

In officially announcing his candidacy for governor Wednesday, Secretary of State Doug La Follette launched a direct volley at Democratic rival Kathleen Falk, likening her campaign to that of recall target Gov. Scott Walker.

Holding a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel front-page article in his hand, La Follette blasted Falk for accepting out-of-state special-interest money.

GAB staff finds more than 900,000 valid signatures to recall Walker

Madison - State election administrators have determined there are more than 900,000 valid signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and more than 800,000 to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch - well above the minimums needed.

Staff for the Government Accountability Board is recommending striking more than 30,000 signatures each for Walker and Kleefisch, according to records released Thursday. That includes more than 4,000 duplicate signatures the board staff identified for each of them.

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Internet/Broadband

NTCA Report: Rural Telcos Make Broadband Deployment Gains

Rural telcos have made significant progress in making broadband service available to more customers and at higher speeds over the last year, according to a new report from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.

The report, based on a survey of NTCA member companies, found that 71% of respondents’ customers have service with a downstream speed of at least 4 Mb/s available to them—the minimum speed targeted in the new Connect America Fund broadband Universal Service program. In comparison, a similar survey conducted last year found that 61% of respondents offered service at speeds above 3 Mbps.

Facebook Targeting May IPO

Facebook Inc. is preparing its initial public offering for May, according to people familiar with the matter, in what is shaping up to be the largest-ever U.S. Internet offering.

The Menlo Park, Calif., social network halted trading of its shares on the secondary market this week, as it sets about nailing down its shareholder count, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Frontier Interview: Caching Reduces Internet Backhaul Traffic by 25%

Caching, a technology originally deployed by Internet service providers in the 1990s, is seeing renewed interest—but this time it’s broadband service providers that are deploying the technology, as an announcement expected today from Frontier Communications illustrates.

The idea of caching is to retain popular web content in a cache near the end user to eliminate the need to repeatedly send the same content over wide area connections. In the 1990s, ISPs began deploying caching technology to minimize their costs. Today broadband providers are installing it even closer to the end user to minimize their traffic, which has grown tremendously with the advent of over-the-top video.

Report: Home Routers Increasingly Installed in Livingrooms

Eight in ten US broadband households have installed a home network, with nearly 40% of home network routers located in residents’ primary living rooms, more than twice the number installed in home offices, according to a new report from TDG, The Diffusion Group.

The number of broadband-networked US households installing home network routers in their living rooms increased 26% in the last year, from 30% in 2010 to 38% in 2011. Conversely, the number installed in home offices declined 30%, from 26% in 2010 to 18% in 2011, according to TDG’s "The CE and PC Ecosystem of the Broadband Household: 2012.”

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Regulatory/Industry Update

USAC Reminder

Based on the compliance requirements (formerly found in §54.209 and now in §54.313) as discussed in the FCC CAF Clarification Order (DA-12-147), USAC issues reminders to telecommunications carriers as to April 1, 2012 filing requirements.

Please go to this location to view this information.

Questions on this or other USF matters, can be directed to Robert Binder, Director-Outreach, Audits, IDVs, and Appeals, USAC-High Cost/Low Income Programs, 202-772-4545.

Report: Smart Connected Device Shipments to Double in Five Years

Making things smart, i.e. making them responsive and able to connect to the Internet, is a trend already well established, but one with its greatest growth still ahead. Mobile computing devices are at the forefront of this wave of change, further evidence of which is offered in a report from IDC.

Shipments of smart connected devices, which in IDC’s report includes PCs, media tablets and smartphones, totaled more than 916 million units, while revenues exceeded $489 billion in 2011, according to data compiled from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Mobile Phone Tracker and Media Tablet Tracker services.

DoJ sues AT&T for IP Relay call abuse; says up to 95% of calls were from foreign callers

AT&T (NYSE: T) has been implicated in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice of allowing fraudulent users to take advantage of its IP Relay service.

According to a filing the made in federal court in Pennsylvania, the DoJ said the system, which is used by the deaf and hard of hearing to place calls by writing messages on the Internet, was abused by international callers hailing from Nigeria to order items with stolen credit cards and counterfeit checks.

What's Really Wrong With the New iPad?

Judging by the headlines, you'd think that Apple (NAS: AAPL) screwed up the latest iPad launch something fierce.

In Australia, the LTE-enabled version is sold as the "iPad 4G," but it can't connect to the local LTE networks. Aussie regulators are up in arms about this misleading marketing, and Apple has offered full refunds to unsatisfied customers Down Under. Swedish regulators are looking into the same problem half a world away, and others could follow -- after all, the LTE connection is only supposed to work in the USA and Canada. The chips Apple chose only work with American 4G standards while other markets use the AT&T (NYS: T) and Verizon (NYS: VZ) spectrum slices for other things like 3G connectivity or TV broadcasts.

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Wireless/Cellular Update

Sprint washes hands of WiMax phones

With LTE around the corner, it's no surprise that the wireless carrier now says it's curtains for future WiMax devices.

The days of Sprint as WiMax's champion are officially over.

Earlier this morning, Bob Azzi, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, told attendees at the Competitive Carriers Global Expo that Sprint is through launching devices that use the WiMax 4G technology.

Nielsen: Half of all American subscribers now own a smartphone

Roughly half of all American mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, according to new data from Nielsen, marking a watershed moment in adoption. According to Nielsen, 49.7 percent of Americans owned a smartphone in February, up from 36 percent in February 2011 and 29 percent in October 2010.

According to Nielsen, the upsurge in growth has been driven by both the increased number of smartphone models in the market and customers' increasing preference for smartphones over feature phones. More than two-thirds of those who bought a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone, according to Nielsen.

AT&T to go all-out in Nokia Lumia 900 marketing blitz

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) plans to roll out its largest marketing effort for a phone when it launches the flagship Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 900 next month, making the launch bigger than even Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.

The confirmation from AT&T that the Lumia 900 will be its biggest launch ever will likely ratchet up expectations for the Windows Phone device, which Nokia and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) hope will be a hit. "At all levels, this is a notch above anything we've ever done," Jeff Bradley, AT&T's senior vice president of devices, told CNET, noting that includes the launch of the iPhone.

Wis. gov to sign cell phone ban for young drivers

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign a bill that would ban young drivers from using cellphones.

The measure would ban anyone driving a motor vehicle under an instruction permit or a probationary license from using a cellphone or other wireless device.

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Video Update

How do you define over-the-top?

If there were a Webster's Dictionary for the IPTV world, one of the entries undoubtedly would be for OTT, or over-the-top delivery.

It likely would mention that it's a potentially disruptive technology, delivering video content over an unmanaged network.

Xbox Transformation Complete, More Video and Music than Games

Microsoft announced today that three additional content partnerships are now available for the Xbox 360, including HBO Go, Xfinity TV (Comcast), and MLB.TV. That adds to a growing list of video and music options for Microsoft’s home entertainment gateway, also known as the Xbox 360 game console.

Microsoft’s intent has always been to transform the Xbox from a game console into an entertainment device fitting of the living room, not the basement or kid’s room. That transformation is virtually complete, now that Microsoft revealed that over half of the 84 hours its Xbox Live users spend with Xbox is for video and music consumption, not gaming. Can you still call it a game console?

Panasonic 2012 Highlights: IPTV Based Convergence

The death knell has rung for so many devices we’ve known and loved.

You’ve said goodbye to the VCR, and it will soon be time to utter parting words to your DVD and Blu-Ray.

So much of the content we love is now online. Little by little the camcorder and point-and-shoot camera are disappearing, unless you are a fairly serious enthusiast. Our cellphones are all we need to post our "baby’s first steps videos” and "drunken quizzical pet” photos to Facebook and Youtube. At work, about 50% of what I do is stored in the cloud.

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