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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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Charter hires Hoehn-Saric as new policy exec

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Alexander Hoehn-Saric as its senior vice president, government affairs. Hoehn-Saric most recently served as policy director in the office of Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. 

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Kramer new chairman of Envivio’s board

October 2, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video vendor Envivio announced this morning that Terry Kramer was appointed as the chairman of the company’s board of directors. Kramer, a telecommunications executive and former United States ambassador for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), has served on Envivio’s board for two years.

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Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 2, 2013 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems.

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Scribd looks to become the Netflix of books

October 1, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The introduction of an e-book subscription service that will boast thousands of titles published by HarperCollins before July 2012. HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp., becomes the first of the five largest U.S. publishers to join a service vying to create an alternative to buying individual titles.

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More and more connected tech becoming wearable

October 1, 2013 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018.

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GLDS, Adtran behind Troy's FTTH network

October 1, 2013 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) said it has integrated its WinCable subscriber management and billing system with Adtran's AOE Management System and the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access Platform. The combined solution is being deployed for Troy Cable.

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AT&T preps for 1 Gig launch in Austin

October 1, 2013 12:25 pm | News | Comments

This morning AT&T announced it had begun deployment of its all-fiber network in Austin, which will start with the launch of a symmetrical 300 Mbps service in December. AT&T’s “U-verse GigaPower” tier will reach the 1 Gbps threshold sometime next year and will go head-to-head with Google Fiber’s 1 Gbps service that is also slated to launch next year.

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Savvis announces plans for new data center

October 1, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Savvis, which is a division of CenturyLink, will open the doors on a new data center in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in the spring of next year. The Savvis MP2 data center, which will be located in Shakopee, is the region's first multitenant LEED and Tier III-certified data center.

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Comcast names VP of sales for Mile High Region

September 30, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast today announced that David Tashjian has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Mile High Region. In this role, Tashjian will provide strategic leadership to support and grow Comcast’s residential consumer products.

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CenturyLink uses Calix for 1-Gig Omaha pilot

September 30, 2013 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink’s gigabit fiber pilot in Omaha is based on GPON equipment from Calix, the vendor said. The deployment will also utilize Ericsson’s professional services expertise and ecosystem to bring the scale required to connect homes and businesses in Omaha.

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Dish working wireless broadband proposal

September 30, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. In return for the FCC granting the waiver and time extension, Dish has promised to bid in the upcoming H Block auction for the paired 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands.

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WOW widens network reach with interconnect deal

September 27, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wide Open West (WOW) recently signed a bilateral interconnect agreement with Global Capacity that expanded the reach of its network footprint. WOW’s interconnect deal with Global Capacity's One Marketplace Chicago point of presence (PoP) connected its on-net assets to a wider national and global market

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