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Noss and Obama agree on plan for municipal broadband

To be clear, our CEO, Elliot Noss, and President Barack Obama have not actually met. But they do seem to agree on a plan to bring super fast Internet to towns across the country, boost the economy and reverse income inequality.

Obama will highlight this in his State of the Union address tonight.

Noss offered a bit of a preview in an interview with Chris Mitchell of MuniNetworks.org released this morning. Through his work at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Chris has long advocated for broadband networks, including munipal-owned fiber networks, that better service communities.

Chris and Elliot cover a bunch of fun topics in just under a half hour, including:

– Ting’s unique customer experience
– Models for building and operating a fiber network along the spectrum from private to public
– The Westminster model
– The future of television

Take a listen here…

 

Also, please tune in to the State of the Union address at 9pm ET tonight and come back to share your thoughts here. It is very exciting to see this topic at the top of the agenda.

CES 2015 Extreme Tech Challenge

10527359_766685596718990_1468256949068262064_nIn addition to the miles of exhibition space at the International CES, there are hundreds of peripheral events too.

Yesterday, we found ourselves watching the semifinals of the Extreme Tech Challenge. Think American Idol meets Shark Tank. 10 finalists were doing their final pitches in the hopes that they’d be one of three successful teams afforded an opportunity for an all expenses paid trip to Necker Island. That’s where Sir Richard Branson has his not-so-secret lair. Idea being, if you can get the founder of Virgin Group on board, big things are all but assured to happen.

During the event, each hopeful had the chance to pitch his or her business to the audience with one last deck. A panel of judges then chose the winners and pushed them one step closer to the big time.

Smartphone trends at CES 2015: A race to the bottom… and top

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If it’s true that the International CES is a barometer for the electronics industries at large (and I’d argue it is), we’re about to see smartphones get divided.

Walking the International CES 2015 show floor, it seems that the gap between the major smartphone makers and the upstarts is narrowing. The overriding impression I’m taking away from the show so far, after walking maybe half of the total exhibit space, is that the tides are turning.

Ting at CES 2015

‘Tis the season to see what people will be begging for when ’tis the season much later this year.

That is to say, we’re here at CES 2015, the annual outpouring of consumer tech in Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be roaming the show floor, looking for what’s interesting and we’ll be reporting back to you here on the Ting blog as we go.

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Hey, remember that time you asked us to fix home Internet access too?

Why yes, that is a fiber optic cable of the sort that delivers blistering gigabit access speeds to homes and businesses that are plugged in. Thanks for noticing.

Can Ting fix home Internet too?

No doubt Internet access (whether for home or business) is a space ripe for a little disruption. Traditional cable companies approach Internet service with the same “if it ain’t broke…” mentality as telcos, even though many among us would argue it is, in fact, ‘broke.’ They tend to operate with that same opacity and complacency that inspired us to make mobile service more fair, friendly and approachable.

So, yeah, let’s give it a go.

Making sense

Today, we’re excited to announce that we bought the majority stake in a small, independent Internet service provider (ISP) in Charlottesville, Virginia called Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI). Just like that, we’re starting our new mission to bring the things that people love about Ting for mobile to the world of fixed access.

Ting to offer service on a GSM network

Early in 2015, Ting mobile service will come online on a GSM network. We’re targeting February, for the launch.

This is not us announcing we’re moving away from offering service on Sprint’s CDMA network. Rather, this is us announcing that we’re adding GSM network access to Ting.