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

The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

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How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

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DPoE: What’s the buzz? Flexibility, interoperability are a few of the key features

February 13, 2014 7:45 pm | by Shridhar Kulkarni, product manager, access network solutions, Aurora Networks | Comments

Two years ago, member companies of CableLabs developed the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specification as an extension of the earlier DOCSIS certification programs with the goal of increasing interoperability and productivity, while providing cable operators with a means to deliver business connectivity services over fiber networks. The DPoE specification makes it possible to implement DOCSIS provisioning.

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Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

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Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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Fearless Predictions for 2014

February 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

"The Internet of Everything"? Some of the greatest marketers of the age got together and came up with a phrase only slightly less awkward than twerking. They’re amazing in that sort of so not-amazing-at-all way that you have to sort of admire them.

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New Products: Triveni, ThinkAnalytics, Pasternack

February 11, 2014 7:57 pm | by CED | Comments

Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS | ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities | Pasternack bows new line of  dividers. Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

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Open Mic: Moving us forward, faster, further

February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | by Matthew Zelesko, SVP, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable | Comments

We are facing several technology transitions – the transition to IP-based video delivery, the transition of storage from the home to the cloud, and the transition of navigation from the home to the cloud.  And the RDK is a key enabler of those transitions, creating a common platform that provides the foundation for those capabilities.

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Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

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In Perspective: Diminishing returns

February 11, 2014 7:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Targeted advertising? Consider recommendation engines. No matter how sophisticated your slice-and-dice process, there are only so many things to recommend, and ultimately you’re left with 50 paths to “Surf Nazis Must Die.” The process works, but only to a point.

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Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

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Ciciora’s Corner: Failure

February 11, 2014 7:17 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Failure stings engineers and technologists a lot less than other folks. That’s because we experience it as part of our work and we expect it in at least small measures. Non-technical folks are devastated by failure; they don’t know how to handle it. Technical folks aren’t happy about failure, but see it as a learning opportunity.

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Capital Currents: TV Broadcasting – The Next Generation

February 11, 2014 7:07 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The emerging picture of ATSC 3.0 resembles a combination of ATSC 2.0 and DVB-T2, and if that's the case, U.S. broadcasting is looking at a significant chicken-and-egg problem. Consumers will have to buy new TVs, and broadcasters will have to switch to a new broadcasting system, but nobody will make a move unless someone else goes first.

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CED’s 2013 Pacesetter Awards

December 6, 2013 3:42 pm | by CED | Comments

For the ninth time, CED honored luminaries in the cable industry with its Pacesetter Awards. This year’s edition was held in October at the Omni Hotel next to the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta. This year's recipients are pacesetting engineers from Time Warner Cable, Columbus Communications, Virgin Media, and Cable One. 

Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Round-Up: What’s Up, DOCSIS?

December 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor in Chief, and Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Members of the gang that helped create CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 have already moved on to the next thing. Ready for digital forward links, remote PHY, and the next next-generation architecture network (N2GAN)? Also, updates on the Reference Developer Kit and the Converged Cable Access Platform, and more.

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