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WEB EXTRAS - October 2009

September 30, 2009 8:05 pm | Comments

WEBINARS - IP Video: How to Prepare for Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device (Live Oct. 15) & Instant ROI – Just Add Fiber (Originally aired Sept. 24). Visit www.CEDmagazine.com every day for news gathered and written specifically for communications service providers and their vendors.

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D3 Upstream: What’s the Hurry?

August 31, 2009 8:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Not too long ago, the industry was planning to expand upstream capacity using DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding right about now. Isn’t happening. Consumer demand for faster upstream just isn’t developing. Meanwhile, most major cable operators are still in the midst of deploying faster downstream connections.

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RFoG Gives Cable a Rural Opportunity

August 31, 2009 8:35 pm | by Frank Park, regional vice president at Bresnan Communications, and Dawn E. Emms, director of marketing at Aurora Networks | Comments

Since its inception and subsequent adoption by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Standards Program, the RF over Glass architecture has emerged as a compelling technology in the cable industry's fight against its telco and satellite competitors.

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Jittery Money

August 31, 2009 8:30 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Venture capital’s historical enthusiasm for getting rich quick by backing innovative communications start-ups with exciting new technology has given way to pragmatism and caution. VC money is still being spent in sporadic gushes, but these days investors always have a plan for cutting their losses.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Radio, Radio

August 31, 2009 8:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

I’ve been reminiscing with some contemporaries (I’m closing in on AARPitage) about radio. For us, radio provided a soundtrack for our youth. For some of us, it was the British Invasion, for others Motown, or punk, or new wave.

MEMORY LANE: Open Sesame

August 31, 2009 8:20 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & Technology Writer | Comments

In the early 1960s, long before the first copy of MS-DOS was installed or the first dot-com billionaire minted, computers were refrigerator-big and slower than even your 1982 Epson. Then, messing around with computers had none of the cachet it commands in the modern digital age.

OPEN MIC: It’s Check-In Time for HDTV Hospitality

August 31, 2009 8:15 pm | by Jeff Huppertz, president and CEO of R.L. Drake | Comments

“HD Free to Guest” is a relatively new category in the hotel industry. Right now, large chains and independent hotels are implementing a conversion to free HDTV video services for their in-room guests.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: The AT & T PEG Fiasco

August 31, 2009 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Research shows that few cable subscribers watch PEG channels, either because the programming is boring or no program guide is available, or because the PEG program schedule conflicts with programs on commercial channels.

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WEB EXTRAS - September 2009

August 31, 2009 8:00 pm | Comments

FEATURES – Robert Winters, CMO of Shenick Network Systems, suggests that cable companies can avoid repeating some of the mistakes made by others by studying those errors and their solutions. WEBINARS – Join us Sept. 24 for a Webinar that explores the multiple options for deploying fiber and the services that will almost immediately justify the expense.

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Cable’s Looming Challenges Delivering Video Over IP

August 31, 2009 8:00 pm | by Robert Winters, CMO at Shenick Network Systems | Comments

Delivering video over IP is akin to the pilgrims entering America for the first time. For the first group of pilgrims, life was tough. Subsequent settlers learned from their predecessors’ mistakes and successes and, while life was not a bed of roses, it was certainly a lot easier.

It’s a dense, dense, dense, dense world for universal edge QAMs

July 31, 2009 8:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

While universal edge QAMs have been around for a relatively short time in cable years, they’ve taken on added importance as cable deploys more switched digital video, VOD – including Start Over, Look Back, Catch Up and network DVR – and DOCSIS 3.0 services.

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'Green' catching momentum

July 31, 2009 8:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Several cable companies have had individual green programs, but now the industry is preparing a literally concerted effort to get a bit greener. Green technology will be the focus at Cable-Tec Expo’s inaugural Expo Cable Technology Spotlight.

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Mobile backhaul: 4G impacts to mobile backhaul

July 31, 2009 8:40 pm | by Randy Eisenach, market development director, Fujitsu Network Communications | Comments

Mobile WiMAX service is now commercially available, and major cellular companies are on the cusp of upgrading to LTE. Service providers looking to perform cellular backhaul for these 4G technologies will find that there are significant differences from today’s 3G networks, and they will have to prepare their networks accordingly.

Bridging the CIO/CTO gap

July 31, 2009 8:35 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Getting the two sides to play well together – integrating critical systems on the fly – is an ongoing challenge, particularly with time-to-market issues, the sophistication of modern networks and the complexity of billing systems. Service providers have been studiously ignoring the problem, but for some it cannot be put off any longer.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Half a loaf

July 31, 2009 8:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

You could hardly get through a session at Cable Connection - Spring without someone bringing up cord cutting. Cable execs said they weren’t worried because: a) there isn’t much evidence of the phenomenon yet, and b) cable is selling the most popular broadband product.

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