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As Finley clients can attest to, the growth in OTT video traffic has been meteoric. According to new research from Juniper, it’s only going to get worse, and quickly.

Subscribers to OTT TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will more than triple in coming years, rising from 92.1 million in 2014 to 332.2 million worldwide by 2019, according to the market research firm. With growth continuing North America will continue as the world's leading market in terms of OTT video subscribers.

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Tagged in: OTT Video
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Verizon’s plan to purchase AOL, announced May 12, came as a surprise. But TechnoBuffalo reports something even more surprising about AOL: More than two million Americans still pay $20 a month to subscribe to AOL's 56k dial-up Internet service.

That's a lot less than the 4.6 million dial-up Internet subscribers the Virginia-based ISP counted in 2010, but still “astonishing,” given that U.S. broadband penetration now exceeds 70 percent at an average speed of 11.4 Mbps, writes TechnoBuffalo. By failing to upgrade to faster Internet service, dial-up subscribers are probably unable to view much of the information on websites and provided by Web services today. 

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Tagged in: Broadband internet
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Despite skepticism on the part of Steve Jobs, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – and larger screen-size 'phablets' more generally – are having a significant impact on the global smartphone and mobile device markets, according to new market research from Yahoo’s mobile analytics unit Flurry. Phablets, which Flurry categorizes as having screen sizes of between 5 and 6.9 inches (e.g. the Galaxy Note and iPhone 6 Plus), are now the second most popular mobile device form factor after medium screen-size smartphones, Flurry finds. 

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Video isn’t the only OTT application impacting bandwidth. A similar over-the-top phenomenon also is happening in the audio world, as new research from Triton Digital highlights. Customers are increasingly enjoying music and Internet radio, and expecting broadband service providers to deliver a good listening experience

According to the latest edition of Triton Digital's monthly Top 20 Ranker market data service, the average number of active streaming audio sessions (AAS) in the U.S. for March 2015 came in 41 percent above that of a year ago. Mobile listening saw a particularly sharp increase, rising to represent 73.7 percent of all the audio streaming Triton tracked in March.

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The balance of power in information and entertainment markets is shifting towards consumers from technology and service providers thanks to growing ability of consumers to access content when and wherever they care to, as new research from Nielsen illustrates.

The television is still the “screen of choice” for viewing video content, notes Nielsen Research Director Tony Boyte in an April 19 post on the company blog. But device proliferation and social-media interaction is “shifting power from the provider to the people,” Boyte says. 

Indicative of the greater power viewers now wield regarding how, where and when they watch, Nielsen researchers found that 63 percent of online respondents said that watching time-shifted programming better accommodates their schedules. Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) said they often binge watch -- catching up with their favorite programming by watching several episodes on the same day. 

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Many Finley clients are actively investigating or have already launched some form of unified communications for business customers. A report from HIS-Infonetics offers some insight into the thinking of business customers and may hold some promise for these applications.

Unified communications is set to shift to the cloud, according to new research from IHS-Infonetics. The researchers found that half of respondents at medium and large North American organizations expect to be use public or private cloud services to run at least some of their unified communications applications. As our clients continue to offer cloud services, this shift could mean more opportunities for hosted UC customers.

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An exciting Internet development has come out of the University of Michigan. According to researchers, it’s now possible to rapidly scan every device connected to the public Internet.

This capability already has demonstrated its usefulness in combating a major flaw in the encryption that secures websites recently.

According to a MIT Technology Review post published on March 30, a research fellow at the University of Michigan realized the full potential of the flaw, known as FREAK, after performing a scan of every device on the Internet. Only later did the researchers who identified the flaw come to the same realization.

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Join Finley Engineering and Telecompetitor in the webinar, Healthcare Connect Fund: A $400M Opportunity, scheduled April 23rd at 3:00p ET/2:00p CT. During the webinar you will gain an understanding of the Healthcare Connect Fund and learn of business opportunities for rural broadband service providers.

Register today for this informative event.

We look forward to visiting with you on this important topic.

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Finley Engineering is extremely pleased to be selected as an approved national vendor by MiCTA for fiber build out services. Listen to the recent MiCTA radio program where MiCTA Radio host John Tanner interviews Finley experts to learn more about the company and its capabilities. Specifically, Finley’s Mark Mrla shares more on our broadband services and Laren Metcalf outlines Finley’s IP Services. 

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The latest evidence of how mainstream streaming video over broadband has become comes from the NCAA. Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to 70 million live NCAA Men’s Collegiate Basktetball Tournament game video streams in 2014, up 42 percent from 2013, according to audio and Web conferencing services provider InterCall. And more than half (56%) of full-time employees in an InterCall survey said they stream tournament games at the workplace, including 61% of male employees and 42% of female employees.

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Consulting firm Accenture has some good news for communications service providers who are trying to devise the best strategy for approaching the intelligent connected device market. According to recent Accenture research, digital consumers view CSPs as trusted providers – and CSPs would be one of their top choices for providing a range of digital offerings. The research report, titled “Engaging the Digital Customer in the New Connected World” is available on the Accenture website.

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Tagged in: Smart Home telecom
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Family members who watch HGTV and read Dwell Magazine can sometimes be at odds with the technophiles with whom they share living space and who may be more concerned with keeping their cellphone charged than with what dangling cords do to room décor.

From Swedish furniture and household goods company IKEA comes a new line of furniture designed to keep the peace. Launched at the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona in early March, the collection includes tables, desks and lamps which have wireless charging pads built into them.

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One hit show apparently can have a major impact on Internet traffic when its delivery method is over-the-top. Finley Engineering broadband clients can relate, we’re sure.

Netflix has found itself with a big hit on its hands as it ramps up activity at its in-house TV and movie production unit. A key success story is the popular and critically acclaimed House of Cards, whose third season debuted recently, notes Sandvine's Dan Deeth in a March 2 blog post. 

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Tagged in: Bandwidth internet
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Lamar, Mo. (March 17, 2015) — Finley Engineering, a leader in professional engineering services for the energy, telecom, and broadband industries , announced the promotion of John Ham, P.E. to Manager of Substation Engineering.

“With John’s field and project experience, combined with his experience at Finley, he will be able to apply his leadership and expertise to building and directing a team to pursue and execute on larger projects in the substation, P&C and system protection world,” said Finley Vice President Phil Carroll. “John has repeatedly proven his ability to be a leader in our company and we are pleased he has accepted this new opportunity focusing on our client needs in substation and relay protection.”

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For Immediate Release  

Finley Engineering Company Now An Approved Vendor for MiCTA Members

Saginaw, MI (March 11, 2015) MICTA has named Finley Engineering Company as an approved national vendor for Fiber Build Out Services available to all MiCTA members across the United States. MiCTA, a non-profit national group purchasing organization, selected the company after a thorough Request for Proposal review.

“Finley Engineering is extremely pleased to be selected as an approved national vendor by MiCTA for Fiber Build Out Services, a primary area of expertise within our company,” said Finley CEO Mike Boehne. “The critical role broadband connections play in local, national and the global communities is driving meaningful projects in education, government and healthcare industries and we are pleased to be a part of the ensuing successful ventures.”

The approved vendor status will allow MiCTA members to take advantage of the numerous engineering services offered by Finley Engineering, which has been in business for over 60 years with extensive experience with a broad range of clients. Finley has over 250 employees located in 10 offices throughout the U.S. and offers a wide array of professional services related to the design, engineering and construction of telecommunication networks.

MiCTA’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Von Hoff said, “MiCTA welcomes Finley as an approved national vendor. MiCTA members now have access to quality engineering services as they relate to Fiber Build Out projects under this Master Service Agreement.”

About MiCTA

MiCTA represents thousands of higher education, K-12, healthcare library, governmental and charitable entities. Nationally, MiCTA seeks to resolve common voice, video and data issues, provide helpful information, participate in legislative and regulatory telecom advocacy, and negotiate discounted purchase contracts for telecommunications and technology services for its members. To learn more visit: www.mictatech.org

About Finley Engineering Company

For general information, white papers, presentations, projects and case studies visit their website www.fecinc.com or contact Barbara Ostrander at b.ostrander@fecinc.com.

Contact: Tim von Hoff
Chief Operating Officer, MiCTA
(888) 964-2227
Email: micta@mictatech.org
http://mictatech.org

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Telecom companies have long been using light to transmit data across the Internet and other information networks. More recently, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiatives have extended that by using optical fiber and light waves to transport data and information right into homes and businesses. 

Researchers at Oxford University are taking optical networking technology the next step forward, using “LiFi-like” signals to wirelessly beam data inside homes and buildings to computers or TVs. The system takes the light waves from fiber connections, amplifies them and beams them across a room to consumer electronics (CE) devices at super-fast speeds of over 100 gigabits per second (Gbps), according to an IEEE Spectrum news report.  

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Here’s a technology development worth keeping an eye on.

Researchers at leading high-tech giants and universities are making “dramatic advances” in artificial intelligence (AI) -- so much so that smartphones may soon be equipped with the first AI apps based on an AI process called “deep learning.”

Researchers are using deep learning capable of tracking everything from workouts to emotions to mimic the way the human brain processes information, creating “virtual neurons and synapses” that are able to process and make use of information from images and audio, according to a Feb. 9 MIT Technology Review post.

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Finley Engineering is proud to announce Vice President of Human Resources Mike Bojanski was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM).

“To many of in the association, Mike is ‘Mr. HRAM,’” said Sarah Schulz, chapter manager. “He values the role of the volunteer and how it impacts the organization. Mike’s positive demeanor is always welcoming and he lends a hand and makes suggestions always in the best interest of the organization.”

Schulz went on to explain Bojanski has been a member of the organization longer than their data base can track. He has been the co-chair of the College Relations Committee and Membership Committee, and chaired the committee that helped host and organize the SHRM HR Games, is a member of the SHRM A-Team and is currently the College Relations Director for the SHRM Nebraska State Council. 

The Volunteer of the Year recognizes a member who has made an outstanding contribution to HRAM during the past year. The criteria is based the acronym HRAM:

H – Hours the volunteer contributes to HRAM.

R – Resourceful – demonstrations of resourcefulness.

A – Affect – The impact of the volunteer’s efforts.

M – Mentoring – Actions the volunteer took that reflect desire and ability to mentor other HR professionals or community members.

“On behalf of Finley Engineering, I congratulate Mike on his award and thank him for his continued commitment to go the extra mile professionally,” said Finley Engineering CEO Mike Boehne. “Mike is one of the best HR professionals I have had the pleasure of working with and I appreciate his natural ability to view issues from all perspectives and communicate them in a professional manner.”  

For more information about Finley or any of its services, please visit fecinc.com or contact Barbara Ostrander at b.ostrander@fecinc.com.

 

 

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The importance of energy security for America – including how to make the U.S. electric system more resilient – is one of the topics that cropped up often at a Feb. 12 Senate hearing on the Department of Energy’s budget request for fiscal year 2016. The hearing was held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, headed by Sen. Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska, and was the first of three hearings that committee will hold on the DOE budget. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the sole witness at the hearing, was grilled about details about the budget, and also was complimented several times by members of the committee, who said they appreciated his depth of knowledge about the broad array of programs overseen by DOE.

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New research from smart grid systems provider Tantalus reminds us how important it is to demonstrate the value of smart grid investments.

The company surveyed more than 50 utility customer representatives during the latest annual Tantalus User Conference this past October, and 37 percent said their number one issue was showing return on investment (ROI) and value from smart grid investments in 2015. 

Ranking second, 17 percent cited addressing the “impacts of aging infrastructure.”

Other key takeaways from Tantalus's 2015 User Conference Survey report include: 

  • For the second year, Add-on Applications was the top utility investment priority for 2015, which is further evidence to support the trend of demonstrating ROI. Implementing security enhancements doubled as an area of investment for 2015.
  • Load control again leads as the most popular application that utilities will implement this year.
  • For the first time, Data Analytics ties as the number one utility application to implement in 2015. This finding supports indications that utilities are becoming increasingly more IT and information-driven as the quality, quantity, and accessibility of real-time energy data becomes more prevalent through AMI technologies.

Other high priority areas of investment included demand management and distributed automation.

Survey results also showed the growing importance of, and demand for, IT and technical staff among utilities. Sixty percent of new hires planned by utilities will be technical or IT-related.

Commenting on this year's survey results, Tantalus President and CEO Peter Londa said the company believes that the value of real-time data lies in actionable results from data delivery. By distributing computing capability at the edge of the network, Londa said utility companies can “integrate value driven applications that strengthen the connected grid and improve operating efficiency and reliability.”

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