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Cable Pioneers induct 16 in 2015 class

February 2, 2015 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The latest class of inductees to the Cable TV Pioneers will bring 16 new members. The organization will again hold its induction banquet coincident with the NCTA’s annual trade show, this year renamed INTX. This banquet will mark the group’s 49th class induction.

FCC preparing to void laws barring muni broadband

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC is said to be developing a plan to curtail or even void state laws that prohibit municipal broadband. The indications are accumulating that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing off on any of his threats to bring the communications industry to heel.

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Sling TV recruits Univision to OTT roster

February 2, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications will be joining Sling TV’s OTT lineup after the two companies struck a deal that included multi-stream rights for live and VOD content. The terms of the agreement included the flagship Univision Network, UniMás, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.

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Intel to buy broadband access vendor Lantiq

February 2, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to expand its reach into more households, Intel announced a deal to buy Munich, Germany-based Lantiq, which is a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. Terms of the deal, which is slated to close over the next 90 days after passing customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, weren’t released.

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Mushroom Networks debuts VoIP Armor

February 2, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

San Diego-based Mushroom Networks recently released “VoIP Armor,” which was designed to improve the voice quality and reliability of VoIP calls by creating a bonded IP tunnel. VoIP Armor is built into Mushroom Networks’ flagship Truffle Broadband Bonding offerings, which aggregate and orchestrate multiple Internet access lines.

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New rules may answer question of whose Internet it is

February 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

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Business Services over DOCSIS (BSoD)

February 2, 2015 10:40 am | White Papers

Establishing SLA-Grade Performance Assurance Performance assured, SLA-backed business services command premium pricing, and MSOs have the HFC plant in position to take advantage of this segment. Speed is available: DOCSIS 3.1 can deliver GbE, on-par with fiber-based offerings. However, most businesses are more concerned about reliability and performance than pure bandwidth, with cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and over-the-top WAN (OTT WAN) connectivity increasingly critical to operations.

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

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Cablevision suing Verizon over ad claims. Again.

January 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon for false advertising claims again, this time charging its rival with misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service. Cablevision is objecting to Verizon’s promotions of its new FiOS Quantum gateway.

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Comcast pushes TWC merger date back to August

January 30, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Barring delays, Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have been completed by February. But there have been delays. Squabbles among companies who are party to the review, about who can see what documents in the proceeding, have repeatedly delayed the review process.

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Streaming, cloud paying off for Amazon

January 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon's strategy to expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware has affected profitability to investors' sometime chagrin. But Q4 results seem to show the company has the reins in hand when it comes to spending big and being profitable.

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Smartphones, broadband access markets buoy Broadcom's Q4

January 30, 2015 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company recently announced a DOCSIS 3.1 chipset that will be a critical component of next-generation cable equipment, right after announcing a g.fast chipset for equipment that can accelerate DSL networks to potentially compete with DOCSIS-based networks. 

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ALU demos aggregating current fiber links to 400G

January 30, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Spain said they have used the former’s 1830 Photonic Switch to reach aggregate data transport rates up to 400 Gbps on an existing fiber link. The trial demonstrates the ability of an existing optical network to carry data at up to 17.6 Tbps.

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Nickelodeon going direct to consumer too

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get, similar to the services planned by HBO, ESPN, and CBS.  It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March.

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First Gas-Powered Automobile Patented

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1886, Karl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – is regarded by some to be the origin of the gas powered automobile. Later that year, in July, newspapers reported on the first public excursion of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1.

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