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Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

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Columbus OH plans public-private broadband network

March 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The city council of Columbus, OH, looking to encourage the private sector to roll out high speed broadband, has approved a plan to offer anyone willing to provide such services to use city-owned fiber.

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Comcast invests in startup with smart home lock

March 25, 2015 2:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

August, a startup that has developed a door lock controlled by smartphones, has raised an exceptional amount of money -- $38 million -- from a group of investors that include Comcast Ventures.

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Netgear bows ac Wi-Fi router for DSL networks

March 25, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Netgear’s new AC1600 modem router for VDSL/ADSL networks is compatible with ADSL2+ connections, and can support over ten devices, including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray players. 

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CableLabs joins 5G research project

March 25, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The research program, NYU Wireless, is exploring millimeter wave wireless. mmWave is good only for short distances, but it has the potential for delivering data at rates nearing 1 Gbps.

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Epix pops up on the Xbox

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multiplatform VOD online movie channel Epix hopes to reach more people by introducing its app on Xbox One.

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Elemental Statmux is a multi-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexer that operators can use to optimize bandwidth while delivering linear and OTT services.

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Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV

March 25, 2015 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes . . .

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Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and companies that own data centers, the measure's sponsor said Monday. The bill is a response to an . . .

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Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google . . .

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Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said . . .

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Bright House, GCI, join SCTE corporate program

March 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House and GCI have become members of the SCTE corporate alliance partner (CAP) program.

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FTC preparing to protect consumers from the Internet of Things

March 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Monday announced it's expanding its scope to protect consumers as new connected technologies come to market.

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First legal challenges filed against FCC's Internet plans

March 24, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The lawsuits challenging the FCC’s recent Internet activities have started to trickle in. Two suits challenge the Commission’s Open Internet plan. Another aims to block the agency from nullifying two specific state laws that restrict the expansion of municipal broadband networks.

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Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

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