Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband

In-home broadband has become “the fourth utility” in United States households, many of which have multiple connected devices and viewing screens. More than 85 percent of U.S. homes have broadband service, according to Parks Associates, 93 percent of those have DSL, fiber or cable high-speed, fixed-line Internet services. The demand for high-speed fixed broadband is a key contributor to ongoing revenue and profitability for operators, particularly due to declines in pay-TV and landline voice subscribers.

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Competition and Regulation Threaten Sharing Economy Markets

Eighty-three percent of U.S. broadband households, or more than 250 million consumers, own and use a smartphone. A recent beneficiary to this mass adoption has been the sharing economy phenomenon, which includes sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. These business models are augmented by real-time data including location, instant gratification, on-demand pricing, and easy payment options. Their ease and convenience have created perfect conditions for sharing economy apps to thrive.

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Gear Up for a Flood of IoT Support Requests

Growth of the Internet of Things in broadband households extends the life, utility and functionality of all connected solutions in the home. It also puts new pressures on existing support solutions to meet consumers’ expectations. Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households owned a smart home device, and nearly 40 percent planned to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months, suggests a research report Parks Associates released last month. Many of those devices will be self-installed.

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Streaming media player review: Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Roku 3

About two in five American households now subscribe to a streaming video service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, according to a recent survey by Nielsen.

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How drones and insects merged in ways that might surprise you

Hornets, wasps and termites are pests to many households in America…but in 2014 they inspired robot technology in ways that could make them pests on an entirely different level to adversaries. Here are three interesting programs that are building tiny intelligent flying and crawling robots, all mimicking familiar creatures, that made news this year.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/01/02/how-drones-and-insects-merged-in-ways-that-might-surprise/

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