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DOJ prods FCC to side with smaller carriers on auction rules

June 25, 2015 11:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The Justice Department appears to be siding with T-Mobile, Dish Network, Sprint and other interested parties...                     


AT&T adds Apple Watch support, channels to U-verse app

June 25, 2015 11:18 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse subscribers can control their services through an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch can be used as a remote control, and serve as an alert for upcoming . . .


Verizon OTT service signs content deal with Food Network, Travel Channel

June 25, 2015 10:18 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced a mobile-first content distribution agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive.                       


Briefs: Intelesat, Anvato, S3 Group, SCTE

June 25, 2015 9:45 am | by CED Staff | News | Comments

Intelesat has signed an agreement with OneWeb to build and launch a low orbit Ku-band satellite constellation, and will invest $25 million in the company. Intelesat will leverage OneWeb's LEO platform . . .


Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

June 25, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $600 million project announced Wednesday marks Google's first commitment in eight years to build a U.S. data center.

Briefs: Espial, Marvell, Klas Telecom, Frontier Communications

June 24, 2015 12:15 pm | by CED Staff | News | Comments

Espial announced the acquisition of Bluestreak Technologies, which is a software and services provider of video solutions for connected devices, but also set-top boxes, smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets . . . 


Google startup replacing NYC pay phones with free Wi-Fi

June 24, 2015 12:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Google startup Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors that will acquire the newly formed Intersection. Intersection is part of a group that is developing a free city-wide Wi-Fi project . . .    


Vivint launches 100Mbps fixed wireless broadband service

June 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The service already counts 15,000 customers in pilot cities including El Paso, San Antonio and several cities in Utah.             


Netflix to execute 7-for-1 stock split next month

June 24, 2015 9:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Netflix will execute a seven-for-one stock split next month in a widely anticipated move designed to make the Internet video service's shares more...

Showtime now available as a Hulu Plus $9 add-on

June 23, 2015 5:06 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Showtime will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers early next month for $9. Hulu Plus customers will be able to access Showtime programming through the Hulu app just before new seasons of "Masters of . . .


CWA: Verizon's pay increase a 'smokescreen'

June 23, 2015 4:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | News | Comments

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) says Verizon's offer to raise pay for 38,000 wireline employees is a ruse.


Cablevision boosts core internet service speed

June 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has boosted its 15 Mbps Optimum internet service tier to 25 Mbps for new and existing residential and business customers. The upgrade is being provided at no additional cost. Standalone . . .


As it closes AOL deal, Verizon teases new video service

June 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Verizon's mobile video service will work on competitors' networks as well as on Wi-Fi and will include ad-supported data, says Verizon executive vice president Marni Walden.

ThePlatform has a new video and metadata management service

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast's independent subsidiary thePlatform has announced its new cloud-based service for operators. The service, called the Unified Ingest Service, is available as a standalone service, but can be . . .


Tuesdays with Roger: FCC fights off lawsuits in the age of net neutrality

June 23, 2015 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

The FCC has been very busy lately.                                                                       


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