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

Meeting residential bandwidth demand

December 31, 2007 7:40 pm | by William Sawyer, Market Manager, CATV; and David Kozischek, Technology Manager, Strategic Planning, Corning Cable Systems | Comments

Many cable network operators with limited fiber assets are working to capture additional revenue from the growing demands of the core residential network. To support continued residential bandwidth growth, MSOs must look for innovative design solutions based on proven technologies that can obviate the need for costly overbuilds, support rapid service velocity, and allow for flexible and scalable networks.

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Jumping into the Canoe

December 31, 2007 7:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Project Canoe is an industry-wide initiative that seeks to build a common advertising platform that will allow the cable industry, for the first time, to broadcast ads nationally or across entire marketing regions, and track when the ads were played out.

In the year 2008...

December 31, 2007 7:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

When he was a kindergartner, Barack Obama wrote an essay called, “I Want to Become President.” Forty years later, Obama told people he hadn’t always wanted to be president, and someone working for Hillary Clinton managed to find that essay, and called Obama a liar.

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - JAPAN

December 31, 2007 7:25 pm | Comments

As of June, Japan was the third-largest broadband country after the U.S. and China. Much of the success of broadband in Japan is owed to the growth surge that occurred in 2003 on the back of DSL. But in 2005, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) became the hot, need-to-have broadband service in Japan, and that remains true today.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Lonely tier drops

December 31, 2007 7:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Last year, the NFL decided to show eight games exclusively on the NFL Network. Comcast agreed to carry the NFL Network, and assigned it to a tier for which subscribers must pay extra. Comcast wanted to cover costs...

MEMORY LANE: Housebound

December 31, 2007 7:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

In 1986, the average cost of a home in the U.S. was $94,000, and the percentage of U.S. adults owning homes had climbed to 64 percent from 55 percent in 1950. Access to relatively affordable homes and reasonable interest rates, along with rising personal income levels, fueled a surge in home-construction like the country had never seen.

IN THE LOOP: The ‘constant-on’ future

December 31, 2007 7:10 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications Inc. | Comments

Some sociologists believe that the 2010s will usher in a lifestyle where technologies will not just be integrated into the existing home and workplace, but workplaces and homes will be built around the technologies.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Cell phone E911 location update

December 31, 2007 7:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC has just released a decision that requires cell phone companies to meet the location accuracy requirements over much smaller geographical areas than is the current practice, and you can hear their screams for miles. Even though the FCC allowed five years for full implementation, the screams seem justified.

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xOD Capsule - December 19, 2007

December 18, 2007 7:00 pm | Comments

Building a better EAS mousetrap - With all of the hubbub over things like more HD channels and increased on-demand content, Emergency Alert Messaging (EAM) may not be the sexiest topic to consumers, but it is literally a lifesaver.

IP Capsule - December 12, 2007

December 11, 2007 7:00 pm | Comments

One of the results of the writers' strike is that the lack of new content on network TV is driving people to find their entertainment on the Web. Anyone providing a pay-TV service should be concerned that the strike is accelerating subscribers' habituation to receiving video via the Internet.

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xOD Capsule - December 04, 2007

December 3, 2007 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck | Comments

A Qwest for video - Qwest is continuing its quest to provide video services, at least in areas outlying its Denver headquarters. Qwest has sat on the bench while its telco brethren, namely Verizon and AT&T, have taken to the field to compete with cable operators for the hearts and wallets of video subscribers; but that could change.

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The Broadband Fifty - December, 2007

November 30, 2007 7:45 pm | by CED staff | Comments

We are proud to present the seventh edition of CED’s Broadband 50: the fifty most prominent companies, technologies, trends and people who defined, shaped and epitomized the broadband industry in 2007, or threaten to do so in 2008. A long list of potential candidates is compiled by CED scribes and advisors, who discuss, argue over, weigh, bandy about, dispute, and hash over the list.

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Moving beyond yesterday’s network

November 30, 2007 7:40 pm | by Peter Chahal, Director of Solution Marketing in the IP Division at Alcatel-Lucent | Comments

For cable multiple system operators (MSOs), the network status quo is not an option. Tomorrow’s MSO networks must be more service-oriented and user-centric. They must continue to deliver residential services and allow those offerings to evolve with triple play and quad play services that meet customer demand and address increasing threats from telcos.

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IPTV providers drop the training wheels

November 30, 2007 7:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

In just a few short years, IPTV has collected 8.3 million subscribers worldwide – more than 5 million of them in just the last 12 months. There are scores of smaller telephone companies with active video programs, and many large telcos outside the U.S. rolling out IP video.

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What’s ahead for switched digital video

November 30, 2007 7:30 pm | by Yaron Raz, Director of Video Solutions Marketing; and David Ronald, Director of Corporate Marketing, BigBand Networks | Comments

The holy grail of the television industry is an ability to deliver infinite video choices and increasingly personalized content in a scalable and economical manner. Among the technologies needed to achieve this vision, switched digital video(SDV) stands out as one with great potential...

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