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

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.

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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.

xOD Capsule Februrary 13, 2008

February 12, 2008 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor, CED | Comments

I can unequivocally write that video on-demand (VOD) has improved my quality of life. Living in a rural area of Colorado, I'm no doubt late to the VOD bandwagon, and while we've had the service in our home for several years now, it's only lately that I have begun to truly appreciate VOD's life-changing qualities.

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IP Capsule - February 06, 2008

February 5, 2008 7:00 pm | Comments

Microsoft tried wooing Yahoo! two years ago. Two years ago, buying Yahoo might have been an obvious move. Now? Not so obvious.

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Bandwidth Race

January 31, 2008 7:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

It’s a mad, mad, mad HD world out there, and it only figures to get even crazier this year with MSOs, telcos and satellite companies all aiming to fill their channel lineups with more and more HD channels.

The business case for GPON in FTTP networks

January 31, 2008 7:30 pm | by Rick Schiavinato, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hitachi Telecom | Comments

The case for gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) is a simple one: in order to remain competitive, service providers need more capacity to carry bandwidth-intensive applications; fiber is the ultimate carrier of bandwidth, and GPON is one of the most cost-effective ways for a provider to deploy fiber.

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UPfront Februray 2008 - Latest industry news and insights

January 31, 2008 7:27 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

UPfront Februray 2008 - Latest industry news and insights. Convergence tops CES agenda; Cox cozies up to Gemstar-TV Guide, NDS; First vendors thru DOCSIS 3.0 door; Insight’s Dietz retires; Cisco’s Giancarlo departs; Sprint taps new prez/CEO...

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - CANADA

January 31, 2008 7:25 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

More than 95 percent of Canadians live in communities served by high-speed Internet access, and nearly 70 percent of Canadian households subscribed to a broadband service by the end of 2007.

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Fighting for HD bragging rights

January 31, 2008 7:25 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

Cable operators, telcos and satellite providers are going toe-to-toe in the battle to offer more high-definition (HD) programming to their subscribers. The number of HD channels an operator carries, and the quality of the carrier’s HD offering, has been, and still is, a bragging point between the three camps, creating somewhat of a marketing frenzy.

IN PERSPECTIVE: The gang’s all here

January 31, 2008 7:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

We took a stab at predicting 2008 in our January issue. I thought it might be instructive to see what other people, not necessarily in the business, are predicting.

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