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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.

Ask an Exec: So, Sandpoint… are Ting execs into snow sports, by chance?

There’s no denying that Sandpoint, ID, at the foot of Schweitzer Mountain, is a beautiful place. Doubly so if you’re into snowboarding and skiing.

So, is there any truth to the rumor that Adam Eisner, Director of Ting Internet, picked Sandpoint just so he could expense sweet snow sport vacations? Or is there something more delicious afoot?

Ask an Exec: Why does Ting Internet require $9 to pre-order?

In a Ting Internet town, we use pre-orders to gauge demand and guide the network build. So, why does Ting Internet require $9 to place a pre-order? Why not just take an email address or some other expression of interest and call it good?

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, can speak to that. Essentially, we’re using the $9 pre-orders to measure real intention, which helps us plan where to begin building the network by identifying areas with the most interest. This blog post takes a slightly deeper dive into the subject.

Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note series have been the kings of phablet territory ever since the “bigger is better” trend began.

While it’s always been a powerful beast, Samsung has built the latest iteration with style in mind. Thinner and sleeker than last year’s model, the dual-edge glass back makes it a beautiful sight to behold…and actually hold, too.

The Galaxy Note 5 is a premium Android smartphone, both inside and out. With an excellent 16 megapixel camera, 4K smartphone display, 4 GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Note 5 offers the complete package.

Compared to its predecessor, pretty much everything inside the Note 5 has been improved and refined. If you’re a fan of the smartphone stylus, this year’s S Pen clicks like never before. We’ve also found the new “Screen off memo” feature to be super handy – it transforms your display into a chalkboard when the display’s off, great for doodling or quick notes when you’re on the go.

Take a further look at the Note 5 in the Ting shop listing. It’s ready for use on both Ting nationwide network offerings, CDMA and GSM.

Ting is also giving away a brand new Galaxy Note 5 on the Ting YouTube channel. Giveaway details are listed below – good luck.

Congrats to our lucky winners on YouTube and Facebook.

Ask an Exec: Where do you find efficiencies between towns?

When you’re laying and lighting geographically separated fiber networks, you learn a thing or two along the way.

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains when one-size-fits-all is the right approach and when hyper-local is the best way to go.

Ask an Exec: Does Ting prefer to own the network or light the network?

Should a city or town own the fiber networks? Or should they look to the private sector to bring better Internet to its people?

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains that, while a town should probably want to own the infrastructure, it’s just not feasible for some places to make it happen.