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Ciciora’s Corner: Walt’s Laws on Ideas

December 3, 2013 7:00 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

I once heard a boss referred to as “leaves”. He went beyond “not being able to see the forest for the trees.” He couldn’t even see the trees for the leaves! But as the boss, his ideas had to be explored and even implemented. Most failed, but that was expected. He was involved in the early days of the organization and, as such, gained a position from which no one was able to dislodge him.

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Engineering-wise: General principles

December 3, 2013 6:58 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Who better to turn to for advice on that than General Colin Powell? The Leadership Primer from the former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff is “must” reading: not just for those in the position of building teams and driving change, but for the broader workforce as well.

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Capital Currents: White Spaces Update – the Next WiFi?

December 3, 2013 6:54 pm | by Jeffrey Kraussm, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There has been a lot of regulatory activity since the FCC adopted its revised White Spaces rules in 2010, but not much marketplace activity. The FCC allows unlicensed low power transmitters to operate on “White Spaces”—TV band frequencies that are not being used by TV stations or other licensed transmitters.

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Concurrent announces "intelligent request router" for multi-screen

December 3, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Concurrent’s software-based request router uses network information, including the request location, the requested content, the current status of the content delivery network, and service provider defined settings to direct stream requests to the optimal edge serving node, the company said.

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FCC Chair alludes to spectrum aggregation limits for upcoming auctions

December 3, 2013 1:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler said, “Spectrum is finite, and the FCC is charged with managing the airwaves that are used for commercial purposes. A key goal of our spectrum allocation efforts is ensuring that multiple carriers have access to airwaves needed to operate their networks.”

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FCC declares more markets "competitive"

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission recently just designated as competitive dozens of markets in which Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks operate networks.  Once a market is certified as competitive, municipal and/or state rights to regulate basic cable service rates are revoked. Last week, the FCC exempted Cablevision from the same regulations in nearly two dozen markets.

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Three energy management standards for MSOs proposed

December 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The projects, which have been issued by the SCTE Standards Program, address three important energy and operations areas:  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.  Announcing these projects is a key step in soliciting input for developing standards or practices that can improve service delivery, reliability, and efficiency for cable system operators.

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Three energy management standards for MSOs proposed

December 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The projects, which have been issued by the SCTE Standards Program, address three important energy and operations areas:  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.  Announcing these projects is a key step in soliciting input for developing standards or practices that can improve service delivery, reliability, and efficiency for cable system operators.

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Rutledge / Maffei: TWC not the only acquisition target out there

December 3, 2013 12:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Consolidation Waltz continues. Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge recently opined on CNBC that Charter does not need any more acquisitions to grow its business. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, sitting in on the same interview session, said that for Charter, TWC is not the only possible acquisition target that might be “an attractive fit.”

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Increasing the competitive edge for cable MSOs through investments in transformation

December 2, 2013 1:51 pm | by Bob Titus, vice president, global converged solutions, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable MSOs are ready for fierce competition. They are making significant investments in their network infrastructure to be positioned for a high-bandwidth, mobile-integrated, multi-screen world. In this world, digital distribution is as important a line of business as traditional linear broadcast, so. MSOs are increasing investment in on-demand, next-generation broadband services as well as improved customer experience.

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Amazon working on drone delivery

December 2, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

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Telus taps Ericsson for IMS migration

December 2, 2013 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IMS will enable Telus to generate new revenue streams through differentiated services based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ericsson will not only supply equipment and software, but also act as systems integrator.

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Cox’s first FTTH trial underway in O.C.

December 2, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Cox Communications’ first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) trial went live at the start of October in south Orange County, Calif. Cox has installed fiber in the Rancho Mission Viejo development in Orange County, but so far the services and data speeds are similar to what Cox offers over traditional HFC. 

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Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

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Demystifying Technology: Packaging & Repackaging in Multi-screen Delivery

November 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses a means of alleviating the pressure on storage resources and on network capacity when it comes to delivering multi-screen video. Operators can package video into a limited number of mezzanine files, which can then be repackaged in a manner appropriate for the particular viewing device and the network conditions at the time the video is requested.

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