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Some cling to landlines, but cell-only homes now dominate

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Braswell and her family are part of the 45.9 percent that still have landline phones. The remaining households have no phone service at all.

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Communications Company Offers New Service Over Fiber Optic Infrastructure

Bascom Communications hosted an event last week to announce Accelerate Full Throttle, the service provider’s newest offering available to members May 1st. Full Throttle offers Gigabit-capable access over Bascom’s state-of-the-art, fiber-to-the-premise infrastructure, featuring faster download speeds and aggregate bandwidth. The service announcement and presentation on the social and economic impact of how fiber optic and Gigabit service from Bascom is propelling Seneca County forward took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the historic Redwood Ballroom of Meadowbrook Park in Bascom, Ohio. Bascom Communications has provided services to Bascom and surrounding communities since 1906. Bascom is a cooperative company and anyone with wired services becomes a member. Once a member, if Bascom has a strong year and posts a profit, the membership receives an allocation back to them in the form of capital credit refunds. Bascom serves around 59 square miles of service territory and covers 99.92% of its subscribers with fiber to the premise.

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The House just voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

The Senate and House have voted to repeal an FCC ruling that protects your Internet privacy and data from ISPs. Here's all the steps you can take to protect yourself. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)

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OTA Board Members meet with FCC Chairman

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New FCC tool shows how broadband access impacts health

By giving the public a tool to compare health disparities with an area's broadband availability, the FCC wants to illustrate the impacts tech can have on well-being.

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FCC votes to streamline process for operators to transition from TDM to IP services

During its monthly open meeting, the five-member FCC commission today unanimously voted to approve rules the agency said would allow operators to more quickly and easily transition from legacy network technology known as time-division multiplexing or TDM to IP-based services.

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Deciphering the future of Cincinnati Bell

Debt is down, subscribers are up and profitability is steady at Cincinnati Bell. As Cincinnati Bell moves further away from its Broadwingera past, investors are more prone to discuss something they haven’t before: the company’s future.

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Harvesting data: Farmers go digital

As Wisconsin farmers plant crops this spring, perched in the cabs of big tractors rolling through their fields, the words “capturing data” probably wouldn’t be used to describe the bucolic scene. Yet increasingly, that is what’s happening as farmers monitor in real time the planting and harvesting of their crops—capturing data that is analyzed for the purpose of boosting production and profits. Modern agriculture, like other industries, is plugged into the world of big data. Moreover, some farmers are capitalizing on the information gleaned from their fields by selling it to agribusinesses such as seed and chemical companies.

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Ohio Telecom Association showcases home of the future

The home of the future will have high-definition moving picture screens instead of windows, smart beds that track your sleeping patterns, landscape monitoring systems that use weather forecasts to tell you when to water your lawn, and door locks that can be operated with your smartphone. These technologies were on display Wednesday outside the Statehouse on a three-story bus that also showcased automotive, health, wearable and city-planning innovations. The visit was part of the Smarter World Tour sponsored by the Ohio Telecom Association and NXP Semiconductors.

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Asim Haque sworn in as PUCO chairman

Asim Haque was sworn in today as Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chairman, saying that the panel "regulates the basic infrastructure that sustains our lives and this economy." Haque, 36, of Columbus, has served on the five-member PUCO since 2013, and now has become chairman after being appointed by Gov. John Kasich. He replaces Andre Porter, who resigned to take a job in Indiana.

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