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

All-digital: How to get there from here

June 1, 2008 8:30 am | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

There are many drivers pushing cable operators to an all-digital environment, but no matter what the reason is for the transition, cable operators would be well advised to start working on the roadmaps that will take them down the all-digital roadway.

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The new digital deal

June 1, 2008 8:25 am | by Brian Savory, Director of Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking | Comments

In the late 1990s, streets across the U.S. were narrowed to one or two lanes as construction crews carved the earth to lay the fiber optics that would shoulder the burgeoning demand for Internet bandwidth. Then the dot-com bubble burst...

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - Nordic Region

June 1, 2008 8:25 am | Comments

Denmark, Sweden and Finland

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IN PERSPECTIVE: The timely death of the set-top box

June 1, 2008 8:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Panasonic North America chairman and CEO Yoshi Yamada is quoted in this month’s “Memory Lane” as predicting the death of the set-top box.

MEMORY LANE: Hail, Columbus!

June 1, 2008 8:15 am | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

“The set-top box for cable is going to disappear,” said Yoshi Yamada, whose company is now building cable reception technology directly into TV sets.

CICIORA’S CORNER: Unk unks

June 1, 2008 8:10 am | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

At the beginning of the last century, some thought that if you had enough data and a powerful enough computer, you could predict everything. It was just a matter of having all the equations and knowing the constants and the “initial conditions;” then the computer would calculate the result.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: 1-800-SUICIDE

June 1, 2008 8:05 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

On December 12, 2006, the head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, filed an emergency petition at the FCC. It seems that the organization that was using three toll-free phone numbers had fallen behind in paying its phone bills.

Broadband White Paper - Delivering High Quality Video over IP

May 27, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

For years, network and service monitoring tools have been providing operations engineers with invaluable information for troubleshooting, diagnosis and problem resolution.

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CED Show Daily - The Cable Show - 2008

May 18, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

CED Show Daily - The Cable Show - 2008 - Show Daily coverage directly from the show.

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It's the End of Cable As We Know It (And We Feel Fine)

April 30, 2008 8:45 pm | by Brian Santo, CED Editor | Comments

The chief technology officers joining us this year are, in alphabetical order, Chris Bowick of Cox Communications, Marwan Fawaz of Charter Communications, and Tony Werner of Comcast. The article was assembled from live interviews and written comments, and edited a bit for length by CED Editor Brian Santo.

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DOCSIS 3.0 arrives

April 30, 2008 8:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

In the high-stakes broadband game, DOCSIS 3.0 has been an ace in the hole for the cable industry, and this year that card will be on the table as MSOs start to roll out faster broadband services by using DOCSIS 3.0’s wideband downstream channel bonding.

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Someone’s knocking at the door

April 30, 2008 8:35 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

The cable industry for years has denied it’s a closed society, but the perception among some telco-centric vendors is that what the industry says and what its senior engineers do are two different things. They still think cable is a tough business to crack.

Mobile backhaul grows as business opportunity

April 30, 2008 8:30 pm | by Beau Atwater, Vice President of Strategy & Marketing, Global Solutions, Telcordia | Comments

With the emergence of next-generation mobile services such as Web applications, streaming video, and multimedia communications, mobile operators are attracting increasing volumes of traffic; however, this traffic is not yet well understood. This unpredictability creates considerable operational challenges

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA

April 30, 2008 8:25 pm | Comments

Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

IN PERSPECTIVE: To the right

April 30, 2008 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The purpose of CED is to carry on a conversation, about what’s new, what’s going on, who’s doing what, and why they’re doing it.

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