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Former TWC CTO LaJoie joins Envivio’s board

February 27, 2015 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mike LaJoie, who retired as Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president and chief technology and network operations officer near the end of last year, has been appointed to the board of multi-screen video vendor Envivio. Envivio also announced that Kevin Dillon, a general partner of Atlantic Bridge, had resigned from its board.

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'House of Cards' all aces for Netflix

February 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.

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FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

February 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

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Net Neutrality: Let the lawsuits begin

February 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Not long after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his liked-minded commissioners voted on Thursday in favor (3-2) of Net Neutrality rules to regulate Internet service providers, the flag dropped on filing lawsuits that will vigorously oppose those new rules. Service providers, such as Comcast, vowed to file lawsuits and work with Congress against reclassifying broadband service as a public utility.

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ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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VeEX earns patent for modular tester with modular screen

February 26, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

It appears a version of BYOD is coming to test & measurement. VeEX has been awarded a patent for modular electronic testing apparatus and methods that includes a modular screen.

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TWC’s NaviSite launches new West Coast data center

February 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Survey says cloud lives up to hype for enterprise businesses

February 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A recent survey by communications and enterprise IT service provider Tata Communications found that enterprise organizations with more than 500 employees saw tangible benefits to their cloud computing efforts. The survey results included 85 percent of the respondents saying that the cloud had lived up to the industry hype, while 23 percent said it had exceeded their expectations.

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Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin

February 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.

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Police probing CenturyLink outage in Arizona

February 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phoenix police are investigating an act of vandalism that left people across northern Arizona without the use of the Internet, cellphones and landlines for several hours. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday. Internet and phone service started to come back to some residents and businesses in Flagstaff by 6:30 p.m.

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 12:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Connectivity is great, perhaps especially for engineers and other scientists, but are we changed when we connect? And what could happen if people become connected themselves, through augmentations and implants?

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Wi-Fi pacing Cablevision's connectivity strategy

February 25, 2015 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Emboldened by increasing customer usage of data services in general and new Wi-Fi services in particular, Cablevision is now explicitly recasting itself as a connectivity company, not a video company.

ISPs can't turn to Congress for Title II avoidance

February 25, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A key Senator said the Republicans opposing the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband as a communications service don't have enough votes to stymie the Commission's plans.

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Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based service over-the-air (OTA.) Starting mid-year, TiVo and Frontier will jointly market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo’s whole home offerings and services, but the OTA element was designed for Frontier’s broadband customers that don’t subscribe to typical linear tiers.

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TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to Liberty’s next generation Horizon set-top boxes. Liberty Global will be offering TransGaming’s GameTree TV to subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland Ireland, Poland and Hungary.

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