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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Report: Fixed LTE, DOCSIS 3.0 fuel broadband CPE market

September 27, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fixed LTE and DOCSIS 3.0 shipments boosted the broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) market in the second quarter of this year. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, worldwide broadband CPE revenue reached $2.7 billion in second quarter, up 8 percent from the previous quarter and up 29 percent from a year ago


Dish mulls H block auction

September 27, 2013 11:35 am | 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. Dish said the waiver and extra time will give it the opportunity to determine if it will use its spectrum (2000-2020 MHz) for downlink or for uplink. 


Google's 'Hummingbird' hatches new search formula

September 27, 2013 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called "Hummingbird" that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.


BlackBerry posts loss, steep revenue drop for 2Q

September 27, 2013 11:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Friday that it is committed to completing a series of major changes quickly after posting a nearly billion-dollar loss and a 45 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter. The troubled smartphone company reported a loss of $965 million and revenue of $1.6 billion


Customer satisfaction data study: Verizon tops in three regions

September 26, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon scored the highest marks for customer satisfaction in the East, West and South Regions in the latest J.D. Power customer satisfaction data study while Wide Open West (WOW) took top honors in the North Central Region. The J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction study also found that customers who upgraded their data tiers to faster premium tiers were satisfied with the results.



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