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Charter will swoop back in if Comcast-TWC falls through

March 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.

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Ready to Rumble: FCC's O’Rielly Hits Back on Title II

March 4, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“From a global market perspective, I worry that fellow regulators internationally will take the commissioner’s plan and adopt it, or worse expand on it,” O’Rielly said at the Mobile World Congress.

TWC's app now available on the Xbox One

March 4, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Beginning today, TWC video subscribers who have either a free or paid Xbox Live account will be able to access to 7,000 free and subscription on-demand titles via their game consoles, from any room without an additional set top box.

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Wheeler Takes Controversial Title II Pitch on the Road

March 3, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“President Obama and I have both been longtime supporters of net neutrality,” Wheeler said at MWC, arguing that the Internet needs a referee. “Do we have a set of rules that says activities should be reasonable and somebody who can throw the flag if they’re not?” 

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Pay TV ops lose video subs for second year running

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cord-cutting is happening, but it’s still happening only just enough to be detectable. The pay TV industry lost video customers again in 2014, this time about 125,000, compared to a net loss in 2013 of about 95,000 subscribers.

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Frontier CEO steps down, McCarthy to take over helm

March 3, 2015 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.

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GPON spending fuels big year for broadband equipment

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Robust GPON equipment sales played a key role in driving the worldwide broadband equipment market to a record year in 2014. Spending on broadband aggregation equipment rose 9 percent in 2014, to $8.2 billion, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

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Ethernet switch market sets record in 4Q

March 3, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market reached a high-water mark in revenue and port shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data center and campus markets were key drivers in the record setting fourth quarter.

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Google Confirms MVNO Plans, Announcement in "Coming Months"

March 2, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."

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Trust the market... except when it's wrong

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.

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Broadcom adds upstream analysis tools to DOCSIS CPE chips

March 2, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Broadcom is in the process of enabling cable operators to perform upstream analysis. Separately, the company has added a pair of gateway chips that include support for both 4K video and MoCA 2.0 connectivity.

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Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

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Report: 2014 a record year for DOCSIS channel shipments

March 2, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.

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HP to fork out $2.7 billion to buy Aruba Networks

March 2, 2015 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is making a move into the mobile wireless market with today’s news that it has reached a deal to buy wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion. HP said the deal would combine Aruba’s wireless mobility offerings—which include Wi-Fi systems that have been installed in airports, shopping malls, hotels and universities—with its switching portfolio.

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Today in Engineering History: Cigar Rolling Machine Patented

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented his cigar rolling machine. As a young man, Hammerstein moved to New York City from the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) in 1864. He began working at a cigar factory and eventually worked his way to becoming a cigar maker.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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