While telephone techs were viewed, fairly or not, as professionals with crisp, clean outfits and white-gloved hands, cable installers were perceived as shirt tail out, tobacco-chewing, wall-drilling invaders who are only slightly more welcome than carpenter ants.
I got a demo of the Clear residential/mobile service last month, in a car with an in-dash screen and WiMAX (and Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi can come free with WiMAX). As we drove across the Willamette River and back, then picked our way through downtown Portland, Ore., Clear was easily downloading video from YouTube and Hulu.
Imagine the Internet didn’t flow from a tangle of buried wires but instead rained down freely from the sky. Wherever you go, it’s there, nearly anywhere in the world, its presence orchestrated by a band of satellites that toss signals to one another like baseballs, assuring seamless connectivity.
Despite the current economy, there are a number of cost-effective solutions that can help cable system operators grow their businesses and improve their competitive position.
The first part of the story is a lesson in how a major success does not mean there will necessarily be another. The story starts much earlier with the French entrepreneur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who built the 119-mile-long Suez Canal.
By the time you read this, Kevin Martin will no longer be FCC chairman, and we can all say good riddance. Late in his term, the Congress investigated reports of corruption and deceit at the agency. The result was a report full of name-calling...
The Evolution of Traffic Optimization - The challenges facing today’s broadband network are a result of technical and business decisions made early in the evolution of public data networks.
The challenges facing today's broadband network are a result of technical and business decisions made early in the evolution of public data networks.
Bergman imprinted early with the cable industry as the daughter of Advance/Newhouse Chairman and cable executive Robert Miron, but she’s also an amalgam of leadership, curiosity, drive and determination, as well as a dedicated mother of three daughters. Bergman, who is president of Advance/Newhouse’s Bright House Networks (BHN), is CED magazine’s Person of the Year for just as many reasons, including for being on the spearpoint of the industry as a strategic thought leader.
In this article, we’ll look at how MSOs can use wave division multiplexed passive optical network (WDM-PON) to leapfrog their competitors and move beyond technologies such as gigabit passive optical network (GPON) to deliver scalable, dedicated and secure high-bandwidth services to residential and business customers.
In the maddeningly acronym-laced world of telecom, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. This is shorthand for the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) Release 8 effort to replace current third-generation mobile technology with IP-fueled voice/data networks that are faster than anything now available over the air and, in many cases, even through wires.
By my tally, I went something like 5-5-4 last year, which is why you don’t want me on your planning committee. Nonetheless, I did get some stuff right, which is merely encouragement to try again.
Nearly 20 years ago, many of the techniques and tactics that today fall under the semantic umbrella of “advanced advertising” were tested and measured by a long-forgotten cable television company called KBLCOM.
We know we live in an “on-demand” world. From the early days when consumers set their VCRs to record a broadcast program at a specific time, through pay-per-view, hard drive disk recorders and VOD services, there has been a steady growth in consumers’ ability to capture and view content on their own schedule.
There is another digital video transition underway affecting TV stations, but this one is more complicated than the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. During 2008 and 2009, broadcasters are exchanging their analog 2 GHz electronic newsgathering microwave transmitters for digital ones and converting to a new channel plan.