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Provo next after Austin for Google Fiber

April 18, 2013 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will take over a troubled municipal fiber-optic system and make Provo, Utah, the third city to get its high-speed Internet service via fiber-optic cables. Google Fiber was rolled out in Kansas City, Mo., last year; company announced earlier this month it will make Austin, Texas, the second city to get ultra-fast Internet service.

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8 finalists for Cable Show’s CIO.IT | competition

April 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Eight executives of vendor companies will offer presentations as they compete in the fourth annual CIO.IT | Competition 2013. The presentations focus on either cloud-based and service oriented architecture (SOA) technology that can enhance cable operations; or operational and business opportunities from “big data.”

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Tech execs fill 2013 Vanguard slate

April 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The recipients of the 2013 Vanguard Awards include several high-profile technology leaders, including William Goetz of Time Warner Cable, and William Stemper and John Schanz, both of Comcast. Nancy Dubuc of A+E Networks and Patrick Esser of Cox Communications are the recipients of the Distinguished Leadership awards.

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Verizon FiOS adds outweigh DSL losses in Q1

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon added a total of 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS video subscribers in its first quarter. Verizon ended the quarter with a total of 5.6 million FiOS Internet and 4.9 million FiOS video connections. It also migrated 83,000 homes from copper to fiber.

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Arris names new executive leadership team

April 18, 2013 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris CEO Bob Stanzione has assembled his new leadership team now that the deal to buy Motorola’s Home division closed yesterday. Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola last year, won’t be a part of the new executive team, but Stanzione said in a company memo that Fawaz would stay on board over the next few weeks to help with the transition.

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Rogers buys data center subsidiary, strikes M2M deal with Raco

April 18, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its business customers, Rogers Communications announced yesterday that had bought a data center subsidiary from Primus Telecommunications Group for $200 million. Rogers paid cash for Primus’ Blackiron Data and the acquisition closed yesterday.

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Comcast doles out promotions

April 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced a slew of promotions this morning in its business services and communications and data service departments. On the communications and data services side, Susan Jin Davis was promoted to senior vice president, strategic services for communications and data services.

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Zanaware debuts headend device backup and recovery service

April 18, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck CED Product Releases | Comments

This morning Zanaware Technologies announced a new service that provides multiple headend device backup, recovery and monitoring for cable operators. The service, Headend Health (HEalth) Manager Service, augments the capabilities of Zanaware’s Auto Backr Pro, which has been deployed by eight of the top-10 largest cable operators in North America.

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DirecTV sets up network with Mariners

April 17, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Mariners and DirecTVSports Networks are partners in a new regional sports network where the franchise will be the majority stakeholder in the operation. The deal will run through the conclusion of the 2030 baseball season with DirecTVSports Networks taking a minority position but overseeing the daily management of the network.

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DCN adopts Cycle 30's back office

April 17, 2013 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Device Cloud Networks said it will adopt Cycle 30’s back office management products to handle billing, provisioning, rating and diagnostics. DCN specializes in machine-to-machine (M2M) enablement for clients in the communications industry.

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Rovi to help Facebook get more TV-friendly

April 17, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Facebook plans to use Rovi Video to help enrich Facebook users' experience in expressing their video preferences. But the deal will also enable Facebook app developers, including video service providers, to integrate Facebook more tightly with television viewing.

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Arris’ pickup of Moto a done deal

April 17, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Arris’ acquisition of Motorola. Arris announced this morning that its $2.3 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google was wrapped up. The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced Dec. 19, came after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) signed off on the deal on Friday.

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Comcast hires Adamson as VP of commercial business services in Mile High Region

April 17, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Shawn Adamson as its vice president of commercial business services for its Mile High Region. In her new job, Adamson will lead Comcast’s portfolio of business offerings and services, including the company’s Metro Ethernet suite of services that were launched two years ago.

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Cable One’s Burge retires after 50 years in customer service

April 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With more than 50 years in customer service, Barbara Burge has no doubt seen and heard it all in the cable industry, but she recently announced her retirement as Cable One’s general manager in Altus, Okla. Her career started out in 1962 at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where she worked as a service representative

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US Internet ad revenue grows 15 percent in 2012

April 17, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet advertising revenue grew 15 percent to a record $36.6 billion in 2012, with mobile ad revenue growing faster than other types, according to a new report Tuesday. The report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers said that mobile ad revenue more than doubled from the previous year to $3.4 billion. 

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