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Wireless Microphones: Incentive Auction Losers

August 12, 2014 10:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: The FCC has released a nearly 500-page decision that lays out the rules for the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. If the auction succeeds, the big losers will be users of wireless microphones, and folks hoping to use unlicensed white spaces devices for data networks.

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Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

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ESPN's Driessen named WICT's Woman of the Year

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, was named by WICT as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable are the organization's two Women To Watch.

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Don't bet the farm on 4K

August 12, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of people insisting that 4K is the next big thing. 4K is demonstrably one of the technologies coming up next, and it is inevitable that 4K will eventually be big, but “next” and “big” both at the same time? You might want to adjust your expectations for the longer term.

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Miami next on AT&T’s GigaPower hit list; Gig speeds up in Austin

August 12, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s GigaPower service will touch down in the city of Miami, which is also in Comcast’s footprint. The Miami announcement came a day after AT&T said that over the coming weeks it would start offering existing subscribers 1 Gbps speeds in Austin.

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Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

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SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

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Telstra deploys Netgear’s Wi-Fi gateway

August 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telstra, which is Australia’s largest telecommunications service provider, has given a boost to in-home Wi-Fi speeds with a new gateway from Netgear. By using 802.11ac, DOCSIS 3.0 and Netgear’s Beamforming+ technology, Netgear said its work with Telstra boosted home network Wi-Fi speeds up to three times faster than previous speeds.

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Senators propose a la carte for broadcast stations

August 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two Senators have floated an idea for fixing the retransmission consent mess; they are proposing a la carte for broadcast stations. The idea would be that broadcasters who charge too much might find themselves losing viewers and therefore money.   

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4seTV has a proposition for cable

August 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The startup has developed a box it that will simultaneously split a TV or tablet screen into four functional windows. 4seTV will be going the retail route for its box, but it has an interesting proposition for cable companies: something for nothing.

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Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000

August 11, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Warsaw, Poland-based Netia has selected Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to support its broadband service. Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.

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MetroCast lights up fiber in Miss.

August 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MetroCast Communications has fired up a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in two communities that it serves in Mississippi. The recent FTTH deployments in the Mississippi towns of Starkville and Oxford followed on the heels of a deployment in Carthage, Mississippi earlier this year.

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Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

August 11, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh scotches a settlement reached in April, prolonging a 3-year-old case.

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Suddenlink begins gigabit upgrade

August 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has embarked on a three-year program to accelerate Internet service rates. It plans to increase the rate of its Flagship 15 Mbps tier to 200 Mbps, and its top Billboard 107 Mbps tier to 1 Gbps. The company anticipates expanding its capex by $230 million.

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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A CBS survey of 700 people in the U.S. with Internet and television connections last year found that 28 percent said they're watching more television than they did a year ago.  That may not seem like much, but there's a long history of people saying they are watching, or plan to watch, less TV — even as Nielsen measurements proved the opposite is true. In other words, liking television is becoming more socially acceptable.

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