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IN PERSPECTIVE: The Groundskeepers

September 30, 2009 8:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC wants to develop rules about network neutrality, in consultation with the industry and the public, and the process is going to take a year.

MEMORY LANE: Stuck in the Middle

September 30, 2009 8:30 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & Technology Writer | Comments

In May 1999, the month when the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 for the first time, the cable network Nickelodeon introduced a new animated television series about a sponge. Of the two events, Nickelodeon’s would prove to be the more enduring.


September 30, 2009 8:25 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

A “Black Swan” is defined as a highly improbable consequential event.


OPEN MIC: See You in Denver!

September 30, 2009 8:20 pm | by John Schanz, executive vice president of national engineering and technical operations at Comcast Cable | Comments

By now you’ve been sufficiently plied with e-mails, flyers and collateral from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, urging you to get yourself out to Colorado for this year’s Cable-Tec Expo.


CAPITAL CURRENTS: Implanted Medical Device Communications

September 30, 2009 8:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

In March, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to allocate 24 MHz of spectrum in the 400 MHz range for low-power communications to control surgically injected neuromuscular microstimulation devices.

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 every day for news gathered and written specifically for communications service providers and their vendors.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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