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IN THE LOOP: EAS: Act locally, think regionally

April 30, 2008 8:10 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications Inc. | Comments

As cable communications systems have evolved from solo headends to master headend and hub configurations and then to regional super headends, the concept of the local emergency override seems to have gotten lost in the complexity of it all.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: ‘White spaces’ pose threat to cable

April 30, 2008 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

For several years now, the FCC has been pursuing the possibility of allowing unlicensed data transceivers on TV frequencies, in the channels that aren’t being used, also known as “white spaces.”

CED Webcast - When Worlds Collide...

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

Archived Webcast - May 1, 2008 Sponsored By MetaSwitch

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All Digital: The Roadmap To Get There

April 23, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

Archived Webcast - April 24, 2008 Sponsored By Motorola & Comcast Media Center

Broadband White Paper: Enabling Tuner Technology For All-Digital Cable TV Networks

April 22, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

Enabling Tuner Technology For All-Digital Cable TV Networks - By Cliff Anderson, Cable Marketing Manager, Microtune®, Inc.

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IP Capsule 4-2-08

April 2, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

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Adding Mobile, From The Ground Up

March 31, 2008 8:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

An operations support system (OSS) and a business support system (BSS), in combination with other back office software, is the foundation that a service provider builds a new product upon. After all, there’s no point in having a product you can’t provision, or bill for, or manage.

Understanding Mobile Backhaul

March 31, 2008 8:40 pm | by Randy Eisenach, Market Development Director, Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. | Comments

An understanding of the wireless 2G/3G standards, cell site capacity requirements, and performance metrics (latency, jitter, availability) will ensure cable operators choose the right technology, network, and architecture to implement a successful wireless backhaul business strategy.

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DOCSIS 3.0 Builds Better Business Model

March 31, 2008 8:35 pm | by Peter Percosan, Executive Director of Broadband Strategy, Digital Connected Home Business; and Etai Zaltsman, CTO,Broadband Technology Group, Texas Instruments | Comments

As the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 picks up steam, the dramatic increase in data transfer speeds of the new specification have garnered the headlines. However, it may end up being the little considered benefits of DOCSIS 3.0 that have the most important impact...

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A Cure For The Installer Blues

March 31, 2008 8:30 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

Cable operators have been striving to fix their collective reputation for miserable customer service, but they have a limited ability to do anything about installations performed by contractors.

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - CHINA

March 31, 2008 8:25 pm | Comments

In September 2006, the U.S. led China by 5.9 million broadband subscribers. By September 2007, the U.S. lead was cut to only 2.4 million (65.5 million to China’s 63.1 million). China is expected to pass the U.S. in 2008.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Lingering ghosts

March 31, 2008 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Today, a company can earn respect for innovation, skill, or acumen, but companies are no longer admired as paragons of Yankee know-how, repositories of the can-do spirit, or the vehicles of Progress.

MEMORY LANE: A Moving Story

March 31, 2008 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

With prosperity rising, developers developing, cars becoming more affordable and roads becoming more accessible, the percentage of U.S. citizens who changed residences after the end of WWII did what most elements of the post-War U.S. economy did: It grew.

CICIORA’S CORNER: Display technology evolves

March 31, 2008 8:10 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

It’s hard to believe, but video display technologies continue to accelerate. It’s time again to visit the consumer electronics store and see what’s available and try to figure out what that means for cable.

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!

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