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AT&T CEO: Federal default the “height of irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

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Suddenlink prepares for transition to IPv6

October 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink is using products from Incognito Software to  provision and activate new video, voice and data services on its network, as well as to identify and reclaim unused or stale IPv4 IP addresses, while also preparing its network for a gradual migration to IPv6.

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Verizon to beta new cloud storage & compute features

October 4, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The change from Verizon’s existing cloud-based computing service is that Verizon Cloud Compute allows customers, from small businesses to enterprises, to determine how much compute power they need and pay for only that. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size and performance.

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Comcast nets more online streaming, VOD from CBS

October 4, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to an expanded deal, Comcast is now able to offer its subscribers more CBS video content both online and in video-on-demand. Comcast customers will now be able to tap into past seasons of CBS’ “The Good Wife” on its Xfinity Streampix service while keeping up with the current season via its Xfinity On Demand platform.

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All you need to know about Twitter

October 4, 2013 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.

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TWC broadens Wi-Fi reach in Austin

October 3, 2013 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable held a press event in Austin this morning to announce that its TWC WiFi service was available across 900 hotspots. Earlier this week, AT&T announced it would have a 1 Gbps service available next year in Austin, which also roughly coincides with a Google Fiber’s 1 Gig service launch in Austin.

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Internet for low-income families in KC area

October 3, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of nonprofit groups has been trying to bridge the digital divide by building what, for Kansas City, is a new kind of Internet service using microwave dishes and Wi-Fi systems. One that for now is absolutely free to the 1,000 people who already can get it in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

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Fujitsu offering two new Ethernet platforms

October 3, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company designed the FlashWave 5310 and FlashWave 5320 Ethernet Services Platforms to meet the demand for low-cost delivery of Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet LAN-based services for business and mobile backhaul applications.

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The politics of Cox's FlareWatch

October 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The margins on the low-cost, IP-based TV package might have been half what they were on Cox's comparable standard video package, but was that why the MSO pulled the plug on the service after only three months? Even after announcing FlareWatch was only an experiment?

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Suddenlink snags 4 Texas systems from Northland

October 3, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink announced this morning that it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase four systems in Texas from Northland Communications. The Northland systems operate in and around Gun Barrel City, Flint, and New Caney, Texas. Financial details of the acquisition weren’t available.

Comcast Business blends in AnyMeeting to Upware

October 3, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced this morning that it has added web conferencing vendor AnyMeeting into its cloud-based Upware virtual marketplace. Comcast Business’ Upware, which made its debut near the first of the year, is a virtual marketplace that was designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses.

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Cisco friends Facebook

October 3, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that it has struck a deal with Facebook Inc. to help businesses better target consumers using mobile devices. Under the arrangement, consumers visiting a store, hotel or other business using the Cisco-Facebook service are given the option to "check in" with Facebook when they use their mobile phone to access the Internet. 

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WD offers cloud storage devices for the home

October 2, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WD is introducing a line of residential storage devices that will allow users to access their digital content – video, music, data – from PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android handhelds – from anywhere else with an Internet connection. My Cloud devices are available in 2 TB and 3 TB models, with a 4 TB version due in November.

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Cable One blacks out Turner stations

October 2, 2013 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable One has just removed several Turner Network channels, and Media General blacked out programming from Dish Network subscribers in 18 markets. With two months to go in the year, TV consumers have already been subjected to 101 blackouts in 2013, versus 91 in 2012 and 51 in 2011.

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Comcast Business pitches Ethernet for Oakland A’s

October 2, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Oakland Athletics will head into Friday’s night’s playoff game with the Detroit Tigers with bandwidth to spare thanks to a recent upgrade by Comcast Business. Comcast Business outfitted Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, which also houses the team’s executive and administrative offices, with a fiber-based Ethernet connection.

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