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Barnhart joins Charter's D.C. policy team

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its policy presence in Washington D.C. with the recent addition of Christianna Lewis Barnhart, who joined the company as vice president, regulatory affairs. Barnhart, who started her new job today, now reports to Alex Hoehn-Saric, senior vice president, government affairs.

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Samsung suspends China supplier over child labor

July 14, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

July 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction.

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Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

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Dish will bid in the 600 MHz incentive auctions

July 11, 2014 1:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“High-capacity cable broadband connections are the lifeblood of over-the-top (“OTT”) video services,” the company said. The satellite-TV company called the FCC’s auction framework a win-win for broadcasters and communications companies looking for mobile broadband spectrum.

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Pend Oreille utility district upgrades to FTTH

July 11, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pend Oreille PUD  is using FTTH installation kits from Brooks Utility Products to extend high speed broadband to underserved areas in Pend Oreille County east of Seattle, covering an area that stretches from the border with Canada south to Spokane. The project is expected to cost $34.5 million.

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Cineplex Store moves to Deluxe multi-screen delivery

July 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has contracted wth Deluxe OnDemand to power its video-on-demand service, the Cineplex Store. Cineplex’s online subscribers will be able to stream or download content to iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8-supported devices.

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SCTE announces all-star lineup for 3.1, Wi-Fi symposium

July 11, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE announced the headliners for its Wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 Pre-Conference Symposium that takes place the day before Cable-Tec Expo officially kicks off. Comcast’s Jorge Salinger, Cisco’s John Chapman, and CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, Mark Poletti, and Vivek Ganti lead a group of seven presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the two services and their roles in the cable industry.

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TWC, Tennis Channel serve up U.S. Open contest

July 11, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers can enter a contest to win a VIP trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in early September. Two grand-prize winners can win a five-day trip to New York for two to watch U.S. Open Tennis action in Flushing, New York.

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Aereo: We're a cable company

July 11, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

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LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

July 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up.

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FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. 

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Successful Strategies for Wi-Fi Deployments

July 9, 2014 7:27 pm | by CED | Webinars

Is there more to Wi-Fi than just raw silicon performance? Does the success of Wi-Fi rely more on controlling the interference, managing Wi-Fi airtime and ensuring quality of experience? This free, live, 60-minute webcast, sponsored by Arris and hosted by CED, will examine the additional elements that come into play in the performance of Wi-Fi connected devices.

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Ciena software brings SDN to WANs

July 9, 2014 4:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Supporting the move to software defined networking (SDN), Ciena has introduced a set of software products that includes a controller that enables network operators to virtualize their (WANs), along with three network applications. The company’s Agility portfolio is built using the OpenDaylight framework.

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Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

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