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NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

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The role of tech hobbies

September 18, 2014 7:46 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora’s corner: An enthusiastic technologist is likely to be much more productive, innovative, and engaged. He or she will likely enjoy the job to a higher degree and perform better. Genuine enthusiasm for technology cannot be contained. It spills over into hobbies and other activities.

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The people of Expo 2014

September 18, 2014 7:39 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Engineering-wise: As we approach SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, the face of cable innovation has evolved into a holistic approach to service delivery. The tactical solutions of the early days have long given way to strategic approaches and the recognition that making the right decisions today can enable delivery of multiple services tomorrow.

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WiFi - The Next 15 Years Bring Higher Expectations

September 18, 2014 7:33 pm | by Justin Colwell, Vice President, network technology, CableLabs. | Articles | Comments

This year, Wi-Fi celebrates its 15th birthday with a number of important milestones: more than 2 billion chipsets sold per year, exceeding the Gbps milestone with 802.11ac, and the first commercial launch of Passpoint/ HotSpot 2.0. Cisco estimates by 2015 more than half of the world’s Internet traffic will be carried by Wi-Fi.

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TV’s enduring mantra: Buy or die

September 18, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Memory Lane: Before they started launching or buying their own cable channels in the 1990s, the Big 3 television networks were sanctimonious about an upstart medium called “cable TV.” The smugness was rooted in reality, at least for a while. The force that lavished the three networks with rich profits was scarcity.

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War of the Words

September 18, 2014 7:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In Perspective: Defining a problem is common engineering practice, but the approach is hardly limited to engineering. In the communications business, definitions have become weapons. Worse is when companies deliberately obfuscate definitions for competitive advantage.

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Network neutrality nonsense

September 18, 2014 7:04 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: Sometimes the Internet becomes “sluggish,” but it’s impossible to know whether it’s due to congestion in the local access network, in a transit network, or at the server that stores the content. Traffic management procedures can be instituted by the content providers, by the transit network operators, and/or by the retail Internet access providers.

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Verizon expands XLTE to 22 more markets

September 18, 2014 1:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds. T-Mobile has also been working on improving capacity.

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Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

September 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Other companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. also have tried to preserve control for their founders, often by awarding them a different class of stock with more voting rights. But research suggests such arrangements enrich insiders at the expense of other shareholder.

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News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

September 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." 

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Authentication inhibiting TVE growth? Poll says: poppycock!

September 17, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It is commonly held that the authentication process is so cumbersome for TV Everywhere that it is retarding the growth of TVE services. TDG says that’s simply not true. Only 7 percent of TVE users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 percent ranking the process as "very difficult."

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AT&T to roll out self-provisioning of business services

September 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T Network on Demandenables business customers to order, add, or change business services on their own in near real time. The services available will include Internet access, VPNs, and Ethernet. AT&T will offer the service commercially in Austin by the end of this year.

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Atlantic Broadband launches 1-Gig service in Miami

September 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has seemingly beaten AT&T to the punch by launching a symmetrical 1-Gigabit service in the Miami area. Atlantic Broadband’s 1-Gigabit service took flight this summer in ultra-wealthy Indian Creek Village, which is located in Miami-Dade County.

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Mediacom ups Joseph Commission to group VP, corporate finance

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications, the eighth-largest cable operator in the nation, has promoted Joseph Commisso group vice president, corporate finance. Commisso reports to Mark Stephan, who is the MSO’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

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France's Orange offers $4.4B for Spain's Jazztel

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's Orange has offered 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) to buy the operations of Spanish telecommunications company Jazztel. The deal would make Orange/Jazztel the second largest fixed-line broadband Internet operator in Spain, after market leader Telefonica SA.

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Entropic looking for a buyer

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Having experienced one financial disappointment after another, Entropic is looking to sell, or in the corporate-speak the company adopted for the purpose, Entropic “announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the evaluation of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.”

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