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Comcast partners with Boulder-based Boomtown on IoT lab

February 18, 2015 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast Labs has forged a partnership with startup accelerator Boomtown to build an Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Boomtown’s hometown of Boulder, Colo. The companies said the IoT lab will be one of the first in nation when it launches during “Boulder Startup Week” in May.  

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Frontier finishes phase 1 of broadband upgrade in Washington, North Idaho

February 18, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has wrapped up the first phase of its broadband network upgrade in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Frontier said the upgrade doubled the available bandwidth en route to enabling faster broadband speeds while also providing network redundancy for its commercial and residential subscribers in the area.

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Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

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Time Warner Cable Internet speeds in San Antone rose

February 18, 2015 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TWC will gradually introduce faster broadband speeds throughout its entire system in and around San Antonio. The upgrade will also include an expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, building on an existing constellation of hotspots in businesses.

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Greenlee Communications AirScout

February 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Greenlee Communications | Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee Communications to exhibit and present at 2015 BICSI Winter Conference Greenlee Communications will be debuting the new AirScout™ at the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, February 23-25 in Orlando, Florida. AirScout™ is a client-side testing solution that assesses Wi-Fi environment and performance before an installation is complete, reducing Wi-Fi-related customer calls and...

The 2015 Broadband 50 (1-10)

February 17, 2015 8:09 pm | by Brian Santo, Michael Robuck, and Craig Kuhl | Articles | Comments

Money, ego, politics, and entertainment. The Broadband 50 surveys the companies, technologies, trends, and people who have had the most influence in the industry over the last year and are most likely to help shape the next.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

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Apple iCar on the loose

February 17, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video:  Could this be film of the rumored iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project to develop an electric vehicle.

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SeaChange hires SVP for Asia Pacific sales operations

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Dave Ulmer as senior vice president & general manager for its Asia Pacific operations. The company is looking to burnish its multi-screen credentials by getting more involved in the mobile video market.

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This Tech patent describes fundamental DAI processes

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The patent describes a method for identifying dynamic advertising inventory and defining attributes of the ad, such as ownership, length and interactivity. The company believes the patent applicable regardless of which ad decisioning system or video delivery platform is used.

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AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

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Brooklyn union workers ratify labor deal with Cablevision

February 17, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brooklyn union workers at Cablevision System Corp. have voted to ratify a two-year contract with the company. Communications Workers of America Local 1109 said the labor agreement was ratified by a strong margin Saturday night. More than 260 workers are covered by the agreement, which includes wages increases and better health and pension benefits.

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Fearless predictions! Dude, where’s my flying car?

February 13, 2015 7:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Predicting the future is hard, and not for the faint of heart. But since CED is celebrating its 40th year, a number of friends graciously consented to help us out with our prognostications this year. Their contributions are herein.

TV Broke TV: In Perspective

February 13, 2015 7:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Everyone from Boomers to Millennials loves TV. Some complain about customer service, though. And some grumble about the expense. But what they all loathe? Ads.

Requiem for the PC: Memory Lane

February 13, 2015 6:56 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

It wasn’t all that long ago that anybody starting a streaming video business had to presume users would generally be sitting in front of (mostly) stationery PCs, landlocked in home offices and living rooms.

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