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Sprint, CCA members make case for joint bidding in 600 MHz auctions

March 26, 2015 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and smaller carriers are hoping to team up to take on AT&T and Verizon in next year’s 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions.

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USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications . . .

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Quickplay draws another $45M

March 26, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Quickplay has attracted another $45 million  in capital. The new infusion ups the amount of financing the company has attracted since it was founded in 2003 to $150 million.

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Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

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Columbus OH plans public-private broadband network

March 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The city council of Columbus, OH, looking to encourage the private sector to roll out high speed broadband, has approved a plan to offer anyone willing to provide such services to use city-owned fiber.

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Comcast invests in startup with smart home lock

March 25, 2015 2:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

August, a startup that has developed a door lock controlled by smartphones, has raised an exceptional amount of money -- $38 million -- from a group of investors that include Comcast Ventures.

Netgear bows ac Wi-Fi router for DSL networks

March 25, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Netgear’s new AC1600 modem router for VDSL/ADSL networks is compatible with ADSL2+ connections, and can support over ten devices, including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray players. 

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CableLabs joins 5G research project

March 25, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The research program, NYU Wireless, is exploring millimeter wave wireless. mmWave is good only for short distances, but it has the potential for delivering data at rates nearing 1 Gbps.

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Epix pops up on the Xbox

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multiplatform VOD online movie channel Epix hopes to reach more people by introducing its app on Xbox One.

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Elemental Statmux is a multi-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexer that operators can use to optimize bandwidth while delivering linear and OTT services.

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Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV

March 25, 2015 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes . . .

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Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and companies that own data centers, the measure's sponsor said Monday. The bill is a response to an . . .

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Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google . . .

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Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said . . .

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Bright House, GCI, join SCTE corporate program

March 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House and GCI have become members of the SCTE corporate alliance partner (CAP) program.

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