Bright House now offers an authenticated Wi-Fi network, BHN Secure, to its customers in hotspots within all of its service areas. Wi-Fi users are authenticated and connected to an encrypted network.
Six U.S. Senators have asked the Justice Department and the FCC to block Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable. Sens. Franken, Sanders, Markey, Wyden, Warren, and Blumenthal did not even address the possibility of approving the merger with conditions, asking instead that the deal be rejected outright.
CenturyLink has acquired Orchestrate, a Portland-based startup with a fully managed cloud-service for managing multiple databases. According to media reports, CenturyLink spent between $10 and $12 million for the company.
Comcast has lowered the cost for upgrades to its cloud based X1 operating system from $49.99 to $19.99 for certain customers. In early March, the company quietly began offering the price drop to customers in Philadelphia, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
Becky B. Potts has been appointed as president of Frontier Communications’ National Region. This region includes Frontier’s Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, North Caolina, and South Carolina markets.
The SCTE has named its Alaska Chapter as Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year. Alaska was awarded Chapter of the Year for demonstrating a supreme level of excellence.
The company addressed several controversies, including one associated with its its new pick-and-pay plans for FiOS TV, and the other about AT&T’s response to the FCC’s reclassifying broadband under Title II.
Comcast said it will be bringing its Gigabit Pro service to 12 markets in California. Meanwhile, AT&T said it will be expanding GigaPower into several areas in and around Chicago this summer.
The wireless industry in particular has supported opening 3.5 GHz spectrum to broadband applications, including through the innovative use of new technologies such as small cells.
Charter will continue to license Rovi’s products and services, which include Rovi Search, Recommendations, and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata, and Rovi Analytics.
CenturyLink is assisting Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) in constructing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds.
Objecting that using Title II to impose network neutrality rules is too heavy-handed, CenturyLink said that it yearly spends hundreds of millions of dollars to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content.”
Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be meeting with the Justice Department on Wednesday, following reports at the end of last week that Justice lawyers are leaning against approving Comcast’s acquisition of TWC.
Bell Labs has achieved transmissions of 10 Gbps over copper wiring, using G.fast technology. The organization was able to sustain such speeds on loops of 50 meters. Beyond 50 meters, the transmission rate drops off considerably.
Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.