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IN PERSPECTIVE: Cable’s cannibal diet

January 31, 2009 7:35 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

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.

MEMORY LANE: When the Internet went higher

January 31, 2009 7:30 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

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.

Open Mic - Near-term strategies for optimizing bandwidth

January 31, 2009 7:25 pm | by John Roy, Vice president of cable operations and engineering for the Comcast Media Center | Comments

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.


CICIORA’S CORNER: Engineering projects and the Panama Canal

January 31, 2009 7:20 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

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.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Unethical behavior in Kevin Martin’s FCC

January 31, 2009 7:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

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...

Web Extras - February 2009

January 31, 2009 7:05 pm | Comments

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 Evolution of Traffic Optimization

January 31, 2009 7:00 pm | by Don Bowman, Sandvine's co-founder and CTO | Comments

The challenges facing today's broadband network are a result of technical and business decisions made early in the evolution of public data networks.

CED’s Person of the Year - Bergman shines brightly

December 31, 2008 7:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

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.


WDM-PON for the MSO market

December 31, 2008 7:35 pm | by Timothy Badar, product manager for optical modules at ADC's Global Connectivity Solutions | Comments

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.


LTE: Telco’s Long Term Evolution

December 31, 2008 7:30 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

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.


IN PERSPECTIVE: Fearless predictions 2009

December 31, 2008 7:24 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

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.

MEMORY LANE: A city ahead of its time

December 31, 2008 7:20 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

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.

Open Mic - Challenging opportunities for delivering personalized content, advertising

December 31, 2008 7:15 pm | by Joe Matarese, Vice president and general manager of the On Demand Business Unit at Arris Media Communications Systems | Comments

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.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: The FCC’s white spaces decision

December 31, 2008 7:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

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.

Web Extras - January 2009

December 31, 2008 7:00 pm | Comments

"Resolving the Security Threat: Deep Packet Inspection for Residential Gateways" By Sanjeev Challa - Webcasts - Alcatel-Lucent: Please join us on Jan. 22 for Enabling Profitable Business Services Evolution, BigBand Networks: Paths to Personalization, Juniper Networks: Using Application Awareness - Job Search - CED has added a new job search tool that scours the Web for postings relevant to the communications industry.


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