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

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Bandwidth management furor

March 31, 2008 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC issued a Public Notice on January 13, asking for comments, and held a public hearing near Boston. I took a look at the FCC’s docket file – it had more than 28,000 comments submitted!

xOD Capsule - March 26, 2008

March 25, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

Cox, Charter team up in Nevada to serve business customers - Charter and Cox listened to their customers in Nevada, and the end result was mutually beneficial for the cable operators and their business clients.

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IP Capsule - March 19, 2008

March 18, 2008 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Distribution is a good business for a distributor as long as distributing a product is hard and/or expensive. Distributing video has been both, and the cable industry has thrived doing it, but the process is getting easier and cheaper - bad news for cable, satellite and telco video providers.

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IP Capsule - March 05, 2008

March 4, 2008 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Ruckus Wireless demonstrated how easily and reliably it can transmit multiple HD channels using new Wi-Fi technology. The demo so impressed a hall-full of cable's wonkiest at the CableLabs Winter Conference that they voted the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN System the best new product idea most likely to succeed. Too bad cable won't be able to use it for distributing video in subscribers' homes.

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Three guys walk into a headend... and decide to make careers out of cable

February 29, 2008 7:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The SCTE bestows three awards for engineering excellence every year at its Conference on Emerging Technologies: The Polaris, Star of Integrity, and IP Innovator Awards.

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Cable: Refracted through QAMs

February 29, 2008 7:40 pm | by CED staff | Comments

The 2008 edition of the SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies offered plenty for cable operators to look forward to years from now, including the possible deployment of 4G wireless broadband technologies, a suggestion for what DOCSIS 4.0 might be...

Data-driven fulfillment

February 29, 2008 7:35 pm | by Joe Frost, VP of Marketing and Strategic Alliances, JacobsRimell | Comments

With the telecommunications industry facing an unprecedented diversity of competitive pressures, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are rethinking their whole approach to how they manage their customers’ experience...

HD VOD takes center stage in on-demand world

February 29, 2008 7:30 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

High-definition video-on-demand defines instant gratification for cable subscribers. “What you want to watch, when you want to watch it” is literally being played out on millions of streams via on-demand services in customers’ homes.

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - INDIA

February 29, 2008 7:25 pm | Comments

Lack of bandwidth and the high price of cable modems have been major obstacles to the development of Internet over cable in India. Another problem has been the poor infrastructure and bandwidth historically available from VSNL...

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Obfuscatory prestiloquadation

February 29, 2008 7:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The NTIA in its recent report “Networked Nation” attributes broadband growth in the U.S. to the Bush Administration’s implementation in 2000 of a “comprehensive and integrated package of technology, regulatory and fiscal policies.”

MEMORY LANE: Beam me down

February 29, 2008 7:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

Fashioning clever ways to make movies appear on television screens without the intervention of a traditional distributor (read: a cable company) has been a quest of Hollywood for a long time.

IN THE LOOP: Supply and demand

February 29, 2008 7:10 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications Inc. | Comments

Regarding the telecommunications industry, Wall Street watches very carefully to ensure that new initiatives that create demand have the proper supply chains in place, so that as the demand increases the ability to meet the demand is not disrupted.

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CAPITAL CURRENTS: Digital closed captioning issues

February 29, 2008 7:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Although the transition from analog to digital TV offers some wonderful new capabilities for closed captioning, there are two issues that are causing confusion, and it could get worse.

xOD Capsule - February 27, 2008

February 26, 2008 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor, CED | Comments

For smaller cable operators, next year's transition to all-digital signals comes on the heels of last year's separable security mandate for set-top boxes (STBs) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

IP Capsule - February 20, 2008

February 19, 2008 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor | Comments

Mission ImpOSSible - It's hard enough sizing content and applications for screens that differ vastly in size and handing off applications from one device type to another. But on top of that, service providers are going to have to figure out which subscribers can get what applications, from whom, and under what circumstances.

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