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Net Neutrality: Government takes on the Internet

September 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster? The FCC is tackling that question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject.

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Huawei vows $4B in fixed broadband R&D

September 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Huawei Technologies plans to invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology R&D in the next three years, citing the areas of photonics and software-defined networking (SDN). Separately, the company earlier this week demonstrated a virtual CCAP at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

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Midcontinent, aioTV partner on blended video service

September 26, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of receiving a patent for its technology, aioTV announced Thursday it was engaged in a “strategic partnership” with Midcontinent Communications that will blend QAM-based video services with over-the-top IP content and services. The service will use aioTV’s PassBox user interface, which will connect to Midco’s set-top boxes with an HDMI cable. 

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TDS satiates subscribers’ appetite for devices with personal cloud service

September 26, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve the increasing number of personal digital devices used by customers, including PCs, Macs, tablets and iPhones, TDS Telecom is now offering a new personal cloud service. The new service, which is called “younited,” uses F-Secure’s technology to allow TDS customers to back up info, and store photos and videos in the cloud.

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BlackBerry posts $207 million loss

September 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry posted a loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. The Canadian company said it lost two cents per share on an adjusted basis on revenue of $916 million.

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DirecTV shareholders approve $48.5B sale to AT&T

September 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval. Public-interest groups say the deal would lead to less competition, since AT&T and DirecTV provide pay-TV services to about 25 percent of the country.

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Demanding video consumers pushing for modern user interfaces

September 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

The increasing demands for modernizing user interfaces, and soaring consumer expectations are putting pressure on service providers to improve their user interfaces, and that means blending consumer behavior data with advancing technologies.

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Leveraging a network’s data a near game-changer

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

Improving the customer experience by leveraging a network’s infrastructure data can be complicated and costly, but by not effectively accessing and using that data to better a customer’s experience and a network’s integrity could be fatal.

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SCTE’s Energy 2020 program unveiled at Expo

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE got down to the brass tacks of its ambitious, all encompassing Energy 2020 program Wednesday afternoon at Cable-Tec Expo. The new Energy 2020 program was first announced in June, but Wednesday’s workshop provided new details on its goals and key areas of focus.

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Paul Bunyan gets its Gig on with Calix

September 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Paul Bunyan Communications has teamed up with Calix to offer its customers in northern Minnesota a Gigabit service. Starting early next year, Paul Bunyan Communications will be offering its GigaZone Project service to its subscribers in northern Minnesota's Beltrami, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties.

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Bright House Networks’ Babinski Cable-Tec champ

September 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Propelled by victories in two events, Bright House Networks’ Greg Babinski took home the top honors at the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games in Denver earlier this week. Babinski, representing SCTE Region 9 and the SCTE Central Florida Chapter, beat out 29 other competitors in the 24th annual Cable-Tec Games.

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Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Thanks Netflix’

September 24, 2014 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When Netflix dropped into Liberty Global’s European footprint, Liberty CEO and president Mike Fries said it prodded his company to innovate and grow. Fries, who spoke with Comcast executive vice president and CTO during a keynote Expo session Wednesday morning, said the cable industry across the globe needed to collaborate and continue to scale in order to compete with hyper-giants such as Google and Netflix.

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TWC’s LaJoie offers up cable career advice

September 24, 2014 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After 21 years in the cable industry, Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie has plenty of career advice for anyone in the cable industry. LaJoie, who is retiring at the end of the year, shared his thoughts during the opening general session “Tips from the top—from to cube to corner office” at Expo with long-time friend Yvette Kanouff.

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Cox Business launches SMB gateway and guest Wi-Fi service

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new gateway providesSMBs with a networking solution that provides connectivity for their own employees. An ancillary gateway can be used to provide separate access for guests who visit their offices or customers who visit their stores.

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Nair named program chair for Cable-Tec ’15 in New Orleans

September 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Balan Nair, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015. Expo is returning to New Orleans next year; it’s scheduled for October 13-16.

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