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Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve previously been able to do only on their iOS and Android mobile devices: manage and monitor their home systems, including controlling includes security sensors, video cameras, lighting fixtures, and thermostats.

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Hundreds bid to host FCC's rural 100 Mbps broadband experiment

November 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC set aside $100 million for the project. More than 180 entities proposed 600 projects worth $885 million suggesting even before the experiment is conducted there is widespread demand for far more than the minimum level of broadband service many think is adequate for rural markets.

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Mediacom Business: We got gigabit too

November 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been quick to point out that they’ve been offering gigabit services on the business services side for sometime now. Such is the case with Mediacom Business, which first started offering fiber-based gigabit services back in 2007 before renaming the platform “Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions” in the summer of 2013.

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Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

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TWC rings up unlimited calls to China, Hong Kong

November 19, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded the reach of its Unlimited Home Phone calling plan to include unlimited free calls to China and Hong Kong. With the expansion, calls to China and Hong Kong are now treated the same as long-distance calls anywhere in the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, which was added to the plan earlier this year.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, sort of

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was its fastest selling Amazon device ever. But it looks as though you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to get your hands on one. Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. 

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ZigBee 3.0 aims to standardize ZigBee standards

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Internet of Things promises universal interconnectivity. There are multiple ZigBee profiles optimized for different applications, however. So that different groups of products no longer operate in silos, the ZigBee Alliance plans to unify most ZigBee profiles under a common standard: ZigBee 3.0.

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Netflix heads down under

November 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu.

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Atlantic Broadband makes video available from any PC

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has launched an online portal that gives customers direct access to content on any personal computer. Atlantic Broadband customers can log in with their user names and passwords, anywhere in the U.S. where they have an Internet connection.

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NYC to convert phone booths into muni Wi-Fi network

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city issued an RFP for the project, called LinkNYC, earlier this year, and today awarded the contract for the work to CityBridge, a team of companies comprised of Qualcomm, Titan, Control Group, and Comark. Titan is an ad company that currently operates most of the city’s pay phones.

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Infographic: Cable wins majority of new broadband subs in Q3

November 18, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 17 biggest broadband providers now account for 86.6 million subscribers. The cable companies among them claim over 51.2 million of the total; top telephone companies have nearly 35.4 million Internet subscribers. Cable added to its lead in the quarter.

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Midco to bring 1-Gig to Northern Plains

November 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Monday Midcontinent Communications unveiled its “Gigabit Frontier Initiative” that will eventually make gigabit speeds available to 600,000 homes and 55,000 businesses via a fiber network that covers more than 7,600 miles across the Northern Plains. Work on the Midcontinent Gigabit Frontier Initiative is slated to start next year.

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RCN tees up 330 Mbps tier in NYC

November 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next month, RCN will light up a 330 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up tier across its New York City footprint where it will compete against Time Warner Cable’s 300 Mbps offering. Pricewise, the 330/20 tier will start at $64.99 a month for new subscribers, which includes a three-year price guarantee. 

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Infographic: Global carrier Wi-Fi market to hit $3b by 2018

November 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by upgrades to 802.11ac and Hotspot 2.0, as well as voice-over-Wi-Fi, the carrier Wi-Fi equipment market is poised to hit $3 billion in 2018. In the first half this year,  carrier Wi-Fi equipment revenue reached $286 million, which was a 6 percent from the second half of 2013, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Wheeler: $2 a year fee to support school broadband

November 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said in a proposal that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills.

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