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Open Mic - CSPs Need to Raise Productivity Flag

April 30, 2011 8:20 pm | by Bahaa Moukadam, CEO at Sunrise Telecom | Comments

Rapid service innovation is enabled by today’s advanced communications networks and fueled by aggressive competition. But while new services are an asset of differentiation, they are also creating an operational expense (opex) explosion that has become a CSP’s most pressing challenge.

Engineering Wise - Standards Operating Procedure

April 30, 2011 8:15 pm | by Thomas Russell, Director of Standards for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

Everything from F-connector specifications to DOCSIS has been vetted and agreed to by industry. Imagine the consumer confusion and extra costs associated if each manufacturer or service provider were to use proprietary connectors.

Capital Currents - A Stealth Law for a Stealthy Problem

April 30, 2011 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC reports that Caller ID-spoofer NobelBiz Inc., for example, offers a Local Touch service that enables its telemarketing and debt collection clients to place calls from anywhere while transmitting CPNs (calling party numbers) that make it appear to call recipients that they are receiving local calls.


WEB Extras - May 2011

April 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Webinars: Premium Content to Any Device & Unleashing the Potential of the Cable Return Path; CED’s daily Broadband Direct; CED Blogs from editors Brian Santo & Mike Robuck.

Who Are You? Authentication in the TV Everywhere Age

February 28, 2011 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

There remain impediments to getting premium content on more devices in more places. One of the most important is assuring that the person consuming the content is, in fact, the person entitled to watch it.

Mobile Backhaul: Opportunity Knocks for Cable Operators

February 28, 2011 7:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Last year, the business services divisions of Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable rang up more than $1 billion each in commercial services revenue, with cell backhaul providing significant chunks of those revenues.


Up Front - March 2011

February 28, 2011 7:50 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Shaw Experiments with A La Carte... Done Deal: Mediacom Goes Private... The Wireless Industry Looks at Smaller Cells... Letter to the Editor... Surveys: Cost of A Megabit Continues to Decrease &  Improved Productivity Needed in Industry... Study: Video is the Next Step in Evolution of Mobile.


Crashing the Tier 1 Party

February 28, 2011 7:45 pm | by David Krauss, Principal Network Architect at Arion Systems | Comments

Level 3's network neutrality argument was novel, but it failed to convince the final arbiter, the FCC, which in February sided with Comcast.


In Perspective - The Bends

February 28, 2011 7:40 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Being able to tell the difference is not a prerequisite for wanting the best.

Memory Lane - Thirsty for Change

February 28, 2011 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t distribute water the way we always have. We wouldn’t rely so much on centralized collection and processing points, but instead would move water collection and treatment closer to the end user.

Ciciora’s Corner - The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

February 28, 2011 7:30 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

While you won’t find anything in Feynman’s book on cable technology, the lessons will provide some guidance on how to approach learning and reacting to others who might not agree with you on the job.

Open Mic - Expanding the business with better services

February 28, 2011 7:25 pm | by David Jacobs, CTO of Amdocs’ BC&S Division | Comments

Just as the customer experience is the key differentiator in the residential sector, the same is true for grabbing market share from incumbent providers as SMBs move from disjointed voice and messaging services to IP-based unified communications and integrated IT capabilities.

Engineering-Wise - Going all-digital is just the 1st step

February 28, 2011 7:20 pm | by Daniel Howard, Senior Vice President of Engineering and CTO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

Looking at the cable downstream spectrum these days is like looking at an all-you-can-eat buffet of services. There’s something for everybody.

Capital Currents - A la carte, OTT and TV Everywhere

February 28, 2011 7:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

You remember a la carte. It was the goal of former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Cable subscribers should not be forced to pay for a ton of cable channels they never watch.

WEB Extras - March 2011

February 28, 2011 7:05 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

CED's Web Extra: Let’s chat. Do you want to improve customer service? By Brent Allison... WEBINARS: Unleashing the potential of the cable return path & Passive optical LAN, the latest shift in LAN technology... Sign up online for automatic delivery of CED’s daily Broadband Direct.


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