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Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

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Charter adds 3 to government affairs team

January 15, 2015 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had hired three executives for the company’s government affairs team. Adam Falk was named senior vice president, government affairs while Waldo McMillan and Tamara Lipper Smith were hired to the roles of vice president, government affairs.

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Intraway adds subscriber Wi-Fi self management tool

January 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

How would you like it if you never heard another customer ever say "I forgot my password"? Intraway’s solution allows users to change and recover passwords and SSID, and select the Wi-Fi channel, among other capabilities inherent in their Wi-Fi DOCSIS devices.

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Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

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Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

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Obama criticizes state laws on broadband competition

January 15, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wading into a states' rights dispute over Internet access, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws that prevent local communities from creating their own broadband networks. Obama, for the second time in three months, cast himself as an antagonist to large cable and telephone companies that provide the bulk of the nation's Internet service.

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House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

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Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

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New FiOS portal powered by Synacor

January 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.

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Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

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A+E teams up with Clearleap on VOD

January 14, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clearleap has wrapped up a deal to power A+E Networks’ on-demand video distribution across the programmer’s brands and networks, including A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, LMS and H2. The partnership, which launched this month, is the first agreement reached between the two companies, and included the opportunity for Clearleap to help provision multiplatform services.

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Obama pitching more access to fast Internet

January 14, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications services, siding with local communities that want either to expand competition or provide municipal services themselves. 

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Yahoo cues up March debut date for 'Community'

January 14, 2015 12:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The axed NBC sitcom "Community" will make its Yahoo debut in March. Yahoo announced Tuesday that the sitcom will begin its online life with a pair of episodes. Then it will air once weekly. Last June, Yahoo, Sony Pictures Television and series creator Dan Harmon reached a deal for a 13-episode sixth season.

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Today in Engineering History: NY Times Claims Rockets Can’t Fly

January 13, 2015 2:02 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

In 1920, an unsigned New York Times editorial, titled “A Severe Strain on Credulity,” falsely claimed that a lack of air would provide the rocket with nothing to react against, thus making acceleration impossible. In 1993, NASA's Endeavor was sent into space on her third mission.

The resurrection of the dead cable business

January 13, 2015 1:49 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content. 

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