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FCC Chair pushing for phone networks to go all-IP

November 22, 2013 12:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler said that the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force—assembled by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the behest of AT&T and NTCA—will present a status update at the Dec. 12 Commission meeting. With that research in hand, Wheeler expects the FCC by January to draft an order concerning experimentation, data collection, and policy, legal and technical outlines for the IP transition agenda.

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TWC hotspot network now open to Cox customers

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications customers can now link in to Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi hotspot network, pursuant to the roaming arrangement among major MSOs announced earlier this year called Cable Wi-Fi. Bright House, Cablevision/Optimum, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable formed Cable Wi-Fi as a vehicle for creating a much wider network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Xbox One a gateway, not just a game machine

November 21, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft wants you to think of Xbox One as more than a game machine. You can use it to watch movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can hook it up to your cable box to watch live TV. You can Skype your grandma and share family photos through the SkyDrive storage service.

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Comcast, Verizon score MEF awards

November 21, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum announced today that Comcast and Verizon were the big winners in its Carrier Ethernet Awards for the North American region. In the “Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application” category, Comcast Business topped fellow finalists AT&T and Level 3.

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HBO Go tees up Chromecast

November 21, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Go’s TV Everywhere service is now available on Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter. With shows such as “Game of Thrones,” HBO Go has proven to be one of  the more popular streaming services for authenticated subscribers while the $35 Chromecast device has also been well received since it hit the market this past summer.

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SCTE Foundation establishes grants honoring Oakes

November 21, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

The Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women will recognize and reward women who currently are or aspire to become cable engineering or operations professionals.  The scholarship may be used toward registration in an industry development program or an executive education program.

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LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

November 21, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

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NSA hacking traces back to executive order by Reagan

November 20, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent reports that the National Security Agency secretly broke into communications on Yahoo and Google overseas have technology companies, privacy advocates and even national security proponents calling for a re-examination of Reagan's order and other intelligence laws. Experts suggest a legislative update is long overdue to clear up what Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn calls "lots of big gray areas."

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C Spire signs up another city for FTTH

November 20, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Clinton, Miss., and C Spire have signed a franchise agreement for the communications company's new broadband fiber home Internet service. Thirty-three cities submitted applications after C Spire unveiled its Fiber to the Home program in late September. The franchise agreements have to be executed by both the cities and the telecommunications company before installation of the fiber can begin.

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TiVo lines up Blue Ridge for whole-home DVR

November 20, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Blue Ridge use the TiVo’s T6 DVR, a model with six tuners. It will also rely on TiVo's cloud-based service, HD set-top boxes for non-DVR households (TiVo Preview), as well as the TiVo Mini, the TiVo Stream, a TiVo web portal, and TiVo mobile applications for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Product Showcase: VeEX | Business Services Solutions

November 20, 2013 1:24 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

VeEX products helps cable operators ensure service reliability and verify SLA compliance with their business services. The company's tools cover access, Metro, core, and transport testing. A single system, VeEX's handy and versatile CX350, can be used in installation, service verification, and network maintenance.

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Product Showcase: VeEX | MSO Solutions

November 20, 2013 1:01 pm | Videos | Comments

VeEX is now a multinational test & measurement corporation with operations in every major market. The company's product portfolio includes comprehensive test and monitoring solutions that cover the entire cable plant from headend to home. And with the recent acquisition of Sunrise Telecom, VeEX has expanded its scope with an array of products used in the telecom market.

Rogers expands, re-names data center service

November 20, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had peeled off its data center business into a new operating unit, which is called Rogers Data Centres. Rogers Data Centres launched today with a newly expanded data centre in Edmonton and confirmed plans to open a Western Canada flagship data center in Calgary in January.

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Study: Tier 1 mobile operators expect big boost from Wi-Fi offload

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study on the Wi-Fi hotspot market, tier 1 mobile operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during the 2013-2014 timeframe to come from Wi-Fi offload. By 2018, Wi-Fi offload was forecast to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.

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Harmonic snags two Cisco execs

November 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic has hired former Cisco sales executives Frank Montalto and Spencer Hodson. Montalto is now Harmonic’s regional vice president for North American cable and telco while Hodson joined the company as vice president of sales strategy, operations, and enablement.

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