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FCC signals a fair assessment of Charter-TWC-BHN

May 26, 2015 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

The industry thinks it needs to parse FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s statements. It does not; he says what he means. Wheeler's statement on the news was carefully worded, and those skeptical of his intentions but interested in seeing the deal go through should read it as encouraging.

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Charter buys both Time Warner Cable and Bright House

May 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter will be spending almost $90 billion to acquire two of its peers. The merged company will serve less than 30 percent of broadband customers receiving 25 Mbps or less nationwide, and only about 17 percent of all video subscribers.

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Charter buys both Time Warner Cable and Bright House

May 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter will be spending almost $90 billion to acquire two of its peers. The merged company will serve less than 30 percent of broadband customers receiving 25 Mbps or less nationwide, and only about 17 percent of all video subscribers.

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Wave raises cash for network expansion

May 22, 2015 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave has raised an additional $130 million through a bond sale. The company said it intends to use the proceeds to expand its gigabit Ethernet fiber network into new markets, as well as to support various business services such as co-location facilities and voice solutions.

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Google’s Project Fi won’t fully roll out until mid-summer

May 22, 2015 1:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

Google said that given the number of requests it’s received it will take until mid-summer to get all the invites out. But Google said that in the coming weeks it will have a way for consumers to check on the status of their invites.

Ending NSA snooping is up to the Senate now

May 22, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has left town, having passed a bill to end the NSA's collection of domestic phone metadata. The fate of the NSA's bulk collection of American phone records is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.    

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Altice setting its sights on TWC

May 22, 2015 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Neither company has confirmed they are negotiating, but there’s more than just tea leaves being read here. The French company is talking to banks about raising funds, according to Reuters, and Altice controlling shareholder Patrick Drahi visited TWC CEO Rob Marcus yesterday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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FCC to start assessing fees on DBS duo

May 22, 2015 11:49 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has decided to start assessing fees on direct broadcast satellite companies for the first time. The Commission is also seeking comment on whether and how to revise the way it currently assesses fees on radio and TV broadcasters.

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RIP "Motorola"

May 21, 2015 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

 Some brands are just brands; some brands become iconic. In the latter category are brands that not only stand for whatever they stand for, but are also invested with history: Ford, Chanel, Hershey’s. Motorola is another, and Arris is retiring it.

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Alpha Tech's products now all comply with energy-saving standard

May 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

All headend powering equipment by Alpha Technologies now meets or exceeds the requirements of the SCTE 186 standard, which outlines physical, environmental, electrical and sustainability requirements for equipment deployed in headends, hub sites, and data centers, all with the goal of making MSOs’ operations more energy efficient.

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Sling TV adds Nexus Player to box roster

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Nexus player ordinarily sells for $99. Google is temporarily halving the price if the customer also pays for three months of Sling TV. Sling TV and Google are also allowing potential Sling TV subscribers to sample the service on their Nexus Player for free for seven days.

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Genband's offers cable a way to sweeten voice services

May 21, 2015 11:47 am | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | News | Comments

Called Kandy, the offering essentially makes Genband, via Kandy and Amazon Cloud services, the service provider for an MSO’s residential voice social network, delivering multi-phone voice, messaging, video and even faxing capabilities to an unlimited number of users.

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A cable voice-over-Wi-Fi play could succeed

May 20, 2015 7:32 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | News | Comments

A properly executed cable Voice-over-Wi-Fi service could “make a dent” in traditional cellular business, panelists Genband’s Perspectives15 conference in Orlando agreed, before citing a number of qualifiers that MSOs would need to meet in order to accomplish effective competition.

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Spotify confirms it is getting into video

May 20, 2015 4:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spotify announced it will offer ad-supported streaming video content, which includes podcasts and original content, confirming earlier reports that it would do so.

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Cablevision's legal frizzies

May 20, 2015 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

With an argument that splits hairs with a fine razor, Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon claiming that its rival’s advertising claim that FiOS is “100 percent fiber,” is false.

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