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AT&T puts the bite in Whopper Wi-Fi

April 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Burger King is upgrading to a more robust Wi-Fi platform with the help of AT&T. Diners at the fast food chain will soon be able to log in to “Whopper Wi-Fi” on their smartphones and tablet devices. AT&T said Burger King was the first large-scale customer of its Wi-Fi Ready Zone. 

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Dish to refund $2M to Washington state customers

April 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for a surcharge officials called deceptive, but the satellite TV provider denied wrongdoing in the agreement announced Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. The Colorado-based company also will give existing customers who were charged the fee cash credit or access to free programming and pay the state nearly $570,000.

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Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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Mediacom accelerates Internet to 305 Mbps

April 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new service level, called Mediacom Ultra 305, delivers download speeds nearly triples the company’s previous top broadband rate of 105 Mbps. The company intends to keep the 105 Mbps tier. It has not yet made any revisions to the speeds of its lower tiers, but expects to do so in coming weeks.

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Time Warner Cable develops first RDK-based box with Humax

April 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable used the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to create its first IP set-top box that features its cloud-based navigator. Time Warner Cable said the new box, which is being built by South Korean manufacturer Humax, would be deployed in select markets by the end of this year.

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BHN teams up with CNSG on new channel partner program

April 15, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with Converged Network Services group (CNSG), which is a telecommunications and data center consulting firm and master agent based in Charlotte, N.C. As a Bright House Networks Channel Partner, CNSG’s network of sub-agents and partners will now be able to offer the company’s voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

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RCN Business hooks up ARIN confab

April 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business is providing fiber connectivity for the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (ARIN) biannual public policy and member meeting this week in Chicago. RCN Business is helping provision the live webcasts, live transcripts, chat rooms and remote voting for attendees of ARIN 33.

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Zebra to spend $3.45B on Motorola business

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's logistics capabilities and create or expand its footprint in more than 100 countries.

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CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 4,500 calls failed to get through during a six-hour Washington state 911 outage last week, CenturyLink said Monday. The telecommunications company said the outage was caused by a technical error in a third-party vendor's call router, which prevented the system from properly processing calls.

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Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average rate of 2.5 megabits per second during March. That was a 66 percent increase from a recent low of 1.51 megabits per second in January.

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T-Mobile challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to end overage charges

April 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Those in the cable industry who favor the consumption model for billing have always pointed to the success of that model in the wireless space. T-Mobile is complicating the issue with the announcement it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers, and its challenge to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit.

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SCTE establishes corporate membership program

April 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has launched a Corporate Alliance Program  designed to significantly increase the SCTE’s ability to create and deliver training and educational opportunities for engineering and operations professionals. Memberships will remain individual, but employees of companies that participate in CAP will be eligible for discounts in both membership dues and training course fees.

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DECE okays Nagra's DRM for UltraViolet devices

April 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem has approved Nagra’s digital rights management system to protect the streaming of premium SD and HD content to open devices for its UltraViolet streaming service. DECE had previously approved Nagra’s DRM, Nagra MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management, for streaming to closed devices.

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CTAM jumpstarts ‘tv everywhere’ campaign

April 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to increase subscribers’ use and awareness of multi-screen services, CTAM announced this morning that it had kicked off its “tv everywhere” campaign. After research by a committee of 20 cable operators and marketers, CTAM’s board approved the action plan, which included a new logo and the use of the “tv everywhere” (tve) brand.

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Field Museum in Chicago upgrades speed with Comcast Business

April 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Field Museum in Chicago recently upgraded its data services to a 1Gbps Ethernet connection from Comcast Business. The additional bandwidth allows museum goers to interact with collections, content and exhibits while giving the museum’s staff a faster connection for file transfers and other business uses. 

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