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

Engineering-Wise - Sustained!

August 31, 2011 8:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban President and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

Not that I need another excuse to get on the sustainability soapbox, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s a timely subject for this column.

Capital Currents - FCC is Tilting at Windmills

August 31, 2011 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC is fighting a futile battle. The battleground is VoIP phone service, and victory would be automatically determining the caller’s location when an E911 emergency call is made.

Web Extras - September 20011

August 31, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Webinars: Transcoding for TV Everywhere & Cable Wi-Fi – Enabling more than customer retention... White Papers: Azuki Systems, VeEx & Juniper Networks... Daily News & Blogs from CED Magazine.

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Ensuring Quality of Service for OTT

July 31, 2011 9:05 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Having to ensure quality for OTT was not really widely anticipated, and it might be possible to blame network neutrality agitators for that.

Up Front - August 2011

July 31, 2011 9:00 pm | Comments

CommScope, Alpha, SCTE create backup power system; SCTE making progress on ‘green’ standards; Report: Internet-Connected TV Sales to Surpass Game Console Sales; Pew: One-third of U.S. adults own a smartphone; IDC: Tablet sales down 28% in Q1.

QoS - Raising Service Quality with Router Integrated Monitoring

July 31, 2011 8:55 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, Vice President of Sales and Head of Marketing at Triveni Digital | Comments

For some years, quality has been a key selling point for service providers and multiple system operators seeking to differentiate their brands from the competition, and the more diversified viewing habits and delivery platforms become, the more the delivered quality of service is a major concern for providers.

NDS - Video Security Evolves for Content On the Fly

July 31, 2011 8:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Jesper Knutsson, vice president and general manager of sales at NDS Group, recently took some time for a phone call from Copenhagen to discuss a range of topics with CED.

Independent Show - The Cavalry Arrives, Riding the Cloud

July 31, 2011 8:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

If there’s one thing that the Tier 2 and 3 service providers that attended the Independent Show have in common with their Tier 1 peers, it is that, as a group, their needs span the range from the triedand-true to new innovations.

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Bringing CALM to Cable Commercials

July 31, 2011 8:40 pm | by Steve Liu, Vice President of Product Management and Business Development for Video Network Monitoring at Tektronix | Comments

Under the new law, U.S. broadcasters, content providers, advertisers, cable operators, satellite TV providers, IPTV providers and other multichannel video distributors must all strive to tone down annoyingly loud commercials...

In Perspective - Right as Rain

July 31, 2011 8:35 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A common thread running through many of the most contentious arguments involving telecom markets worldwide is the issue of ensuring access to broadband.

Memory Lane - Netflix and the Energy Crisis

July 31, 2011 8:30 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

If people knew more about how much electricity they were using, how would it affect their consumption?

Ciciora’s Corner - I’m so old …

July 31, 2011 8:25 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

A good friend of mine, Ted Hartson, likes to say, “I’m so old, I can remember when phone calls came on wires and television came over the air.”

Open Mic - ACA: FCC Needs to Act on Retrans

July 31, 2011 8:20 pm | by Matthew Polka, President and CEO of the American Cable Association | Comments

The broken and costly “retrans” regime affects all ACA operator members and their customers in profound ways, justifying the time and expense in pursuing a reform agenda.

Engineering-Wise - Process and Quality

July 31, 2011 8:15 pm | by Thomas Russell, Senior Director of Standards for The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

The missing element in the simple process description is feedback. Feedback is what allows the process to correct itself from errors introduced by various impairments.

Capital Currents - The “New” Broadcast Satellite Band

July 31, 2011 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Four years ago, I wrote about the new broadcast satellite band at 17/24 GHz and how slow the FCC was moving in adopting rules to allow its use. Well, another shoe has dropped...

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