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Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

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Report: 2014 a record year for DOCSIS channel shipments

March 2, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.

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HP to fork out $2.7 billion to buy Aruba Networks

March 2, 2015 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is making a move into the mobile wireless market with today’s news that it has reached a deal to buy wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion. HP said the deal would combine Aruba’s wireless mobility offerings—which include Wi-Fi systems that have been installed in airports, shopping malls, hotels and universities—with its switching portfolio.

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Today in Engineering History: Cigar Rolling Machine Patented

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented his cigar rolling machine. As a young man, Hammerstein moved to New York City from the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) in 1864. He began working at a cigar factory and eventually worked his way to becoming a cigar maker.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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Aereo assets sold, for a pittance

February 27, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

And thus ends one of the more interesting technological digressions of recent years. The few assets that Aereo had left were auctioned off and brought in less than $2 million, far, far less than what the defunct company had hoped to reap from the sale.  

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Former TWC CTO LaJoie joins Envivio’s board

February 27, 2015 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mike LaJoie, who retired as Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president and chief technology and network operations officer near the end of last year, has been appointed to the board of multi-screen video vendor Envivio. Envivio also announced that Kevin Dillon, a general partner of Atlantic Bridge, had resigned from its board.

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'House of Cards' all aces for Netflix

February 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.

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FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

February 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

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Net Neutrality: Let the lawsuits begin

February 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Not long after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his liked-minded commissioners voted on Thursday in favor (3-2) of Net Neutrality rules to regulate Internet service providers, the flag dropped on filing lawsuits that will vigorously oppose those new rules. Service providers, such as Comcast, vowed to file lawsuits and work with Congress against reclassifying broadband service as a public utility.

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ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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VeEX earns patent for modular tester with modular screen

February 26, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

It appears a version of BYOD is coming to test & measurement. VeEX has been awarded a patent for modular electronic testing apparatus and methods that includes a modular screen.

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TWC’s NaviSite launches new West Coast data center

February 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Survey says cloud lives up to hype for enterprise businesses

February 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A recent survey by communications and enterprise IT service provider Tata Communications found that enterprise organizations with more than 500 employees saw tangible benefits to their cloud computing efforts. The survey results included 85 percent of the respondents saying that the cloud had lived up to the industry hype, while 23 percent said it had exceeded their expectations.

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