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FCC declares more markets "competitive"

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission recently just designated as competitive dozens of markets in which Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks operate networks.  Once a market is certified as competitive, municipal and/or state rights to regulate basic cable service rates are revoked. Last week, the FCC exempted Cablevision from the same regulations in nearly two dozen markets.

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Three energy management standards for MSOs proposed

December 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The projects, which have been issued by the SCTE Standards Program, address three important energy and operations areas:  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.  Announcing these projects is a key step in soliciting input for developing standards or practices that can improve service delivery, reliability, and efficiency for cable system operators.

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Three energy management standards for MSOs proposed

December 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The projects, which have been issued by the SCTE Standards Program, address three important energy and operations areas:  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.  Announcing these projects is a key step in soliciting input for developing standards or practices that can improve service delivery, reliability, and efficiency for cable system operators.

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Rutledge / Maffei: TWC not the only acquisition target out there

December 3, 2013 12:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Consolidation Waltz continues. Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge recently opined on CNBC that Charter does not need any more acquisitions to grow its business. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, sitting in on the same interview session, said that for Charter, TWC is not the only possible acquisition target that might be “an attractive fit.”

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Increasing the competitive edge for cable MSOs through investments in transformation

December 2, 2013 1:51 pm | by Bob Titus, vice president, global converged solutions, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable MSOs are ready for fierce competition. They are making significant investments in their network infrastructure to be positioned for a high-bandwidth, mobile-integrated, multi-screen world. In this world, digital distribution is as important a line of business as traditional linear broadcast, so. MSOs are increasing investment in on-demand, next-generation broadband services as well as improved customer experience.

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Amazon working on drone delivery

December 2, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

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Telus taps Ericsson for IMS migration

December 2, 2013 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IMS will enable Telus to generate new revenue streams through differentiated services based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ericsson will not only supply equipment and software, but also act as systems integrator.

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Cox’s first FTTH trial underway in O.C.

December 2, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Cox Communications’ first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) trial went live at the start of October in south Orange County, Calif. Cox has installed fiber in the Rancho Mission Viejo development in Orange County, but so far the services and data speeds are similar to what Cox offers over traditional HFC. 

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Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

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Demystifying Technology: Packaging & Repackaging in Multi-screen Delivery

November 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses a means of alleviating the pressure on storage resources and on network capacity when it comes to delivering multi-screen video. Operators can package video into a limited number of mezzanine files, which can then be repackaged in a manner appropriate for the particular viewing device and the network conditions at the time the video is requested.

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Electricity network broadband standard approved

November 27, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The IEEE has approved its 1901.2 Standard for Low-Frequency Narrow-Band Powerline Communications. The standard covers transmission through transformers in the electricity distribution network using frequencies below 500 kHz, while supporting data rates of up to 500 kbps.

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In the media: Cox also sets its sights on TWC

November 27, 2013 12:29 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The landscape for the sell-off of Time Warner Cable continues to shift with Cox Communications reportedly joining Comcast and Charter/Liberty Media as a potential suitor. Citing un-named sources, The Wall Street Journal reported that privately held Cox was considering whether it wanted to join in on the bidding for Time Warner Cable.

Minn. names top broadband officer for new division

November 27, 2013 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton's administration announced Danna MacKenzie is the first executive director for the Office of Broadband Development, a division created last spring. The new office has a central role as Minnesota stretches toward a goal of ultra-fast broadband in every corner of the state. Minnesota's goal is 2015, but most people involved say that will be tough.

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Report: Service provider router/switch market to hit $20 billion by 2017

November 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The router and switch market for service providers continued to claw its way back in the most recent third quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research. Over the long haul, Infonetics forecasts the service provider router and switch market would grow at a 7 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, when it will reach $20.2 billion.

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Rockefeller takes up cause of broadcaster collusion

November 27, 2013 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to not approve any merger deals among broadcasters while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates shared service agreements (SSA), in which broadcasters negotiate agreements on behalf of others in the same market, raising costs for local cable operators and their subscribers.

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