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G.fast chip startup Sckipio draws $17M in funding

December 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

G.fast was approved last week as an ITU-T standard (G.9701). It’s considered a last mile technology designed to deliver data at up to 1 Gbps over existing twisted copper pair (TCP). The technology requires fiber-connected distribution points.

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AT&T’s GigaPower goes live in areas of N.C.

December 8, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that its GigaPower service was now live in areas of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C. Earlier this year, AT&T teamed up with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to rollout its fiber-based 1-Gig service to six cities in North Carolina.

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Juniper hopes Gainspeed will be its point of convergence with cable

December 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

One way to enable SDN and NFV would be to ditch the CMTS, and put control functions in a standard edge router loaded with specialized control software. That’s what Gainspeed and Juniper have been working on together, expecting that cable's path will intersect with its own as cable moves toward end-to-end IP networking.

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Research: Residential gateways drive CPE market

December 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spurred on by the deployment of residential gateways, worldwide customer premise equipment (CPE) shipments were projected to reach 152 million by the end of this year. In the cable CPE sector, ABI Research expects DOCSIS 3.0 device shipments will grow 11 percent this year, accounting for nearly 85 percent of the total cable CPE shipments.

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CTAM launches consumer-facing TVE program

December 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTAM is out of the starting blocks with a new consumer-facing TV Everywhere initiative that was designed to show consumers how easy it is to access and view multi-screen video content. The campaign, which is called “You could be watching TV,” was designed to expound on the benefits of TV Everywhere services, including live and on demand, and in or out of a home.

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CBS, Dish Network end brief blackout

December 8, 2014 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. and TV provider Dish Network Corp. have reached an agreement that ends a contract dispute that led to a short programming blackout in local markets around the country, the companies announced Saturday.CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for about 12 hours starting around 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. 

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Cablevision, union at odds over NLRB findings

December 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Both sides are declaring victory in a dispute between Cablevision Systems Corp. and a union that represents some of the company's workers in Brooklyn. The sides are interpreting the findings in a nearly 300-page ruling issued Thursday by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge.

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Comcast Business extends network in Atlanta

December 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The network will extend throughout midtown Atlanta, Vinings, Norcross, Duluth and Alpharetta, the company said, including several multi-tenant office buildings to support the delivery of Comcast Business Ethernet Services, aimed at businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations. 

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TDS expands 1-Gig reach

December 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and AT&T, among others, are targeting larger cities with their 1-gigabit services, TDS Telecom is continuing to rack up small town deployments across four states. This week TDS Telecom started offering its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) product in broader areas of Mt. Juliet and La Vergne, Tenn. with plans to roll out the service in Farragut and Halls, Tenn. and St. Marys, Ga. next week.

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Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

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GCI snaps up Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage-based Alaska Communications announced plans Thursday to sell its remaining wireless assets in the state to General Communication Inc. (GCI) to help pay down debt and focus on its growing broadband business. The sale, for $300 million, includes Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC. 

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DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

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Senators look at dropping NFL blackout rule

December 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. The blackout rule bars home games from being televised in a local market if they have not sold out, but is unfair to fans, lawmakers said.

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ACA Summit: Washington DC

December 5, 2014 11:54 am | by CED | Events

The ACA Summit underscores the unique role that more than 800 independent cable operators play in providing best-in-class communications services to millions of consumers living and working in some of the most remote areas of the country. When it comes to responding to the critical broadband infrastructure needs of rural America, ACA Members are the ones who are putting their own capital at risk and supplying the solutions.

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Liberty Broadband stock offering sets price of $40 a share

December 4, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Broadband is the corporate vehicle for Liberty Media's interest in Charter Communications; its minority interest in Time Warner Cable; TruePosition, a subsidiary that provides geolocation services largely to public safety and law enforcement agencies; and other properties.

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