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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

In Perspective - Proceed with caution

March 2, 2012 5:37 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

After a teenage girl from Minnesota recently shopped at Target, Target evaluated her purchases, surmised she was pregnant and sent her coupons that only an expectant mother might need.

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Memory Lane - Mix message

March 2, 2012 5:32 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

The legendary singer Bing Crosby died in 1977, the same year YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley was born. But through the lineage of media technology, the two are practically blood brothers.

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Open Mic - Smaller ops can regain an edge

March 2, 2012 5:25 pm | by Joseph Nucara, CEO of Adara Networks | Comments

Popular demand for high-definition TV and the need to migrate to Internet protocol video delivery pose severe challenges, particularly for smaller operators with constrained resources.

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Engineering-Wise - Smart energy management

March 2, 2012 5:21 pm | by Thomas Russell, Senior director of standards for the SCTE | Comments

Growing energy costs are not limited to consumption by electronics alone. An undesirable byproduct of high-speed broadband transmission electronics is heat, and plenty of it.

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Capital Currents - FCC Advisory Committees

March 2, 2012 5:11 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President, Telecommunications & Technology Policy | Comments

Maybe you’ve heard the term “FCC Advisory Committee” and wondered what it means. Or maybe you’ve read about a particular one of the FCC’s Advisory Committees and wondered what it does. Here’s an answer to your questions.

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In-Building Enterprise Connectivity – The Last 100 Yards

February 8, 2012 1:18 pm | by Matt Squire, former CTO of Overture Networks, and Andy Paff, managing director of Headwaters | Comments

When connecting a business customer with carrier Ethernet, the last 100 yards is critical.

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Converging on IP: Starting from Parallel Networks

February 1, 2012 3:53 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

One immediate consequence of the spectacular non-stop growth of the Internet is that it is pushing the subject of network convergence.

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2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

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Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

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Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

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UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

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In Perspective - (Can’t get no) Satisfaction

February 1, 2012 2:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless. If that goes through ...

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Memory Lane - A Remote Opportunity

February 1, 2012 2:14 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

In the 1950s, of course, the next great leap for remote controls was tied to television. Zenith Electronics’ iconic Lazy Bones remote was the first incarnation, but users quickly found fault ...

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Ciciora’s Corner - Be amazed ...

February 1, 2012 2:03 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

Apparently HDTV is old stuff now. According to USA Today, HDTV receivers are now in 87 percent of U.S. homes, even if some of those homes don’t have HDTV programming.

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Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

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