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Google Fiber gains approval in Gladstone, Mo.

May 14, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Gladstone, Mo. is the fifth city to garner clearance for Google Fiber’s 1 Gbps service after its city council voted in favor of it Monday night. Google announced the expansion on its blog, but cautioned that it may be a while before Gladstone residents can access the super fast broadband and Google Fiber TV services.

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Aurora Networks taps Soleto for director of sales in Canada, Alaska

May 14, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical network vendor Aurora Networks announced this morning that it had hired Vince Soleto as its new director of sales in Canada and Alaska. Soleto previously served as regional sales manager for ATX Networks where he was responsible for selling that company’s products in the same areas.

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Samsung testing 5G 100 times faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

 Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible. Samsung's transceiver transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

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Rural Iowa telco goes FTTH with Adtran

May 13, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Marne Elk Horn Telephone has installed Adtran’s Total Access 5000 broadband platform as it upgrades its network in Southern Iowa from copper plant to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). In addition to residential and business customers, the service provider is connecting local school districts.

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Aereo re-tools pricing plan ahead of Boston launch

May 13, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of its launch in Boston on Wednesday, Internet TV startup Aereo announced today that it that it had restructured its pricing plan for new customers. Aereo said the new "streamlined" plan would be easier for customers to understand.

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CableLabs names Lookabaugh as new EVP of R&D

May 13, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs, the cable industry’s research consortium, announced this morning that it had hired Tom Lookabaugh as its news executive vice president of research and development. Lookabaugh’s 20-year telecommunications career includes stops at ViaSat Communications, Entropic Communications and PolyCiper.

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Dish chair dares Softbank to raise bid for Sprint

May 10, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chairman of satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp., which is trying to buy Sprint Nextel Corp., is daring Sprint's other suitor to raise its bid. Dish's Charlie Ergen told investors and reporters Thursday that based on the benefits Japan's Softbank says it would get from buying Sprint, it should be paying a higher price.

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YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids

May 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the world's largest video site has rented and sold movies and TV shows from major studios since late 2008, YouTube is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee. The least expensive of the channels will cost 99 cents a month but the average price is around $2.99.

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McCain bill takes aim at cable practices

May 10, 2013 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Senator John McCain has introduced a bill that aims to fix a grab-bag of problems in the TV industry. His bill proposes to bar programmers from offering channels only in bundles; it aims to make retransmission consent arguments easier to adjudicate; and restricts sports blackouts, among other measures.

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BeIN Sport kicks off streaming service with TWC, BHN

May 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network’s beIN Sport launched a new streaming service today with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ authenticated subscribers. The new service, which is called beIN Sport Play, will feature video content streamed in HD that is available on any broadband-connected PC, mobile device, or smart player

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Report: Comcast No. 1 for hosted business VoIP service

May 10, 2013 11:03 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was the leader of the pack in a recent study of VoIP services. According to Infonetics Research’s scorecard, Comcast, 8x8, Verizon and West were the top hosted VoIP providers in North America while Verizon, XO, AT&T, and Windstream were the top IP connectivity providers in North America.

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Time Warner Cable launches Korean channels in NY/NJ footprint

May 10, 2013 10:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is now offering Korean-based channels TVK and TVK2 in its New York and New Jersey service area. TVK is a 24-hour cable channel dedicated to serving the Korean-speaking community with a mix of news, dramas, movies, sports, business, health, game shows, entertainment and educational programming.

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Averna hooks up with Pace on DOCSIS certification

May 10, 2013 10:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Montreal-based Averna has forged a design-validation partnership with Pace that it said would accelerate customer premise equipment certification (CPE) for cable operators. Using Averna’s DOCSIS Channel Emulator (DCE), the two companies will help service providers gain SCTE-40 certification on various CPE equipment for the cable and broadband industry.

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Huawei founder: we won't spy

May 9, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. Until now. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.

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Dish's Q1 disappoints; lowest sub adds in years

May 9, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network fell short of Wall Street expectations. Earnings were down 41 percent, and the company added only 36,000 TV subscribers in its first quarter, the fewest since 2009 when the recession and a dismal housing market hammered consumers.

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