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Integra reorganizes; vows network expansion

January 13, 2015 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @BrianRSanto | News | Comments

Integra has reorganized along sales lines, forming two new business units, one focused on larger customers, the other dedicated to medium-sized businesses. The company also said it plans to “expand its fiber assets” to better serve the former group. 

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RCN drops 110 Mbps tier into Lehigh Valley

January 12, 2015 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN had rolled its 110 Mbps down, 15 Mbps up data tier across its Lehigh Valley, Pa. footprint. Prior to Lehigh Valley, RCN had launched its 110/15 Mbps Internet speeds in Chicago, Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

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Today in Engineering History: Ford Sets Speed Record

January 12, 2015 12:42 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in history, 1904, Henry Ford set the land-speed record driving 91.37 mpg on the frozen Lake St. Clair in Michigan, racing one mile in 39.4 seconds. In 2005, the Deep Impact spacecraft was launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Report: Move to generic hardware, NFV put pressure video equipment prices

January 12, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The migration to generic hardware and network functions virtualization (NFV) is putting a strain on current video equipment prices, according to a recent report. Overall, global broadcast and streaming video equipment revenue decreased 4 percent to $810 million in the first half of 2014 with nearly all product segments down, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Obama wants laws on data hacking, student privacy

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

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama will announce the proposed legislation Monday, along with a measure aimed at preventing companies from selling student data to third parties.

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NYC libraries pioneer free hot spot lending program

January 12, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. The program — which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value — seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.

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HDMI Stick Putting the Everywhere in TV Everywhere

January 12, 2015 9:21 am | White Papers

Since its initial rollout in 2009 TV Everywhere has been evolving, offering more and increasingly-varied content, supporting greater numbers and types of delivery devices, and providing more-easily-navigated access paths for consumers. New delivery devices such as the HDMI® Stick technology are motivating further TV Everywhere improvements on all three fronts: content, delivery and access.

Today in Engineering History: Jobs Debuts iPhone

January 9, 2015 1:37 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in history, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. In November of the same year, Time magazine named the phone its invention of the year. In 1968, the Surveyor 7, the fifth and final spacecraft of the Surveyor series, the Surveyor 7, landed on the moon.

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Over the top wins as Tech Emmys are awarded

January 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vast majority of the Emmys for Technical / Engineering Achievement went to companies that in one way or another were involved in broadband video, with an unprecedented emphasis on technologies frequently associated with over the top (OTT) video.

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Proximus allies with Cisco on cloud video, smart cities, and more

January 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Proximus is preparing to tie its fortunes more closely with the vendor, not only continuing to deliver video services based on Cisco products, but to explore expanding the relationship into smart/connected cities, service orchestration for business customers, SDN, and more.

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Comcast gets green light for train station Wi-Fi service

January 9, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has gotten the green light to offer its Wi-Fi service at 13 PATCO train stations in New Jersey and its hometown of Philadelphia starting this summer. The commuter rail line announced on Thursday that the operations and maintenance committee of its board of directors had endorsed Comcast’s proposal for Wi-Fi at the stations. 

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Sale of Iusacell stake removes hurdle for AT&T’s purchase of mobile carrier

January 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Mexican broadcaster and media company Grupo Television announced it had wrapped up the sale of its 50 percent stake in wireless operator Iusacell back to joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas. The deal paved the way for AT&T to close on its acquisition to buy Iusacell for $2.5 billion, which was announced in November of last year.

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AT&T tees up LTE broadcast trial at championship game

January 9, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage. 

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CES: A few gems in smart home sector

January 9, 2015 12:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. Here's a review of the connected and smart home devices that were on display at CES this week. 

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Sony CEO: 'No playbook' for hack

January 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. More than six weeks later, the studio's network is still down as techs work to get it back online.

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