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Ask an Exec: How can a town make itself more attractive to a fiber ISP?

Fiber infrastructure is the new major highway project, connecting smaller cities and towns to the world and leveling the playing field. Stands to reason, cities and towns across the US want it.

So, how does a town make itself more attractive to a fiber Internet provider like Ting or Google Fiber? Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, has a few ideas to share. For starters, towns need to know their municipal assets and access policies. Towns should also be coming to the discussion with the sense that crazy fast fiber Internet is a thing they need in order to keep pace; Ting doesn’t want to spend a lot of time convincing people that symmetrical gigabit Internet is important infrastructure.

Do data caps endanger cord cutting?


Data caps are in the news once again with Comcast’s announcement that all Xfinity Internet users will soon have a 1TB data cap with overage charges applied to data use beyond the cap. As an alternative to the overage charges, Comcast is also offering an unlimited data plan at an additional cost. The announcement came about the same time the FCC approved the merger of Charter and Time Warner Cable but added a requirement that they cannot impose a data cap for seven years.

Let’s talk about what data caps do what this means for cord cutters.

Ask an Exec: What’s to stop another provider trying to take over a Ting town?

Incumbents are taking notice in some Ting towns. What’s to stop them trying to lay fiber and compete on a more even playing field?

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, has a few thoughts on the fiber first-mover advantage. While there aren’t many others doing what we’re doing right now, there’s plenty of room for growth and competition.

Companies are scrambling to cater to cord cutters


2016 continues to be the year of the cord cutter as people leave traditional pay TV for the freedom of online streaming. Streaming and on-demand companies are tripping all over themselves in a headlong rush to be the source for content in a post-cable-TV world.

As part of this scramble to cater to cord cutters, several big name companies are working on live streaming services similar to Sling TV and Netflix’s on demand services. Competition is a good thing for cord cutters because they’ll have more options to choose from in regards to both providers and content while also lowering their monthly expenses.

Let’s take a look at some recent developments.

Ask an Exec: Should an Internet provider have a TV product?

We think so. In short, because people are used to getting TV service from the same people that provide them Internet access.

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows answers whether an ISP should offer a TV product in lengthier terms, and gives an update on Ting TV.

Ultra HD Premium is the future of TV and streaming

If you are looking at new TVs, you may have seen a HDR or Ultra HD Premium logo displayed on the box. You will likely be wondering, “what is this?” They’re the same thing, although it seems like most people are going with the new Ultra HD Premium name. Probably because it sounds more in line with the kind of hyperbole that sells TVs.

In short, Ultra HD Premium takes 4K HDTV and allows you to have more colors while making those colors brighter and sharper.

But is it really worth the upgrade?