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Capital Currents - FCC Advisory Committees

March 2, 2012 5:11 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President, Telecommunications & Technology Policy | Comments

Maybe you’ve heard the term “FCC Advisory Committee” and wondered what it means. Or maybe you’ve read about a particular one of the FCC’s Advisory Committees and wondered what it does. Here’s an answer to your questions.

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In-Building Enterprise Connectivity – The Last 100 Yards

February 8, 2012 1:18 pm | by Matt Squire, former CTO of Overture Networks, and Andy Paff, managing director of Headwaters | Comments

When connecting a business customer with carrier Ethernet, the last 100 yards is critical.

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Converging on IP: Starting from Parallel Networks

February 1, 2012 3:53 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

One immediate consequence of the spectacular non-stop growth of the Internet is that it is pushing the subject of network convergence.

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2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

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Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

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Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

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UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

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In Perspective - (Can’t get no) Satisfaction

February 1, 2012 2:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless. If that goes through ...

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Memory Lane - A Remote Opportunity

February 1, 2012 2:14 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

In the 1950s, of course, the next great leap for remote controls was tied to television. Zenith Electronics’ iconic Lazy Bones remote was the first incarnation, but users quickly found fault ...

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Ciciora’s Corner - Be amazed ...

February 1, 2012 2:03 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

Apparently HDTV is old stuff now. According to USA Today, HDTV receivers are now in 87 percent of U.S. homes, even if some of those homes don’t have HDTV programming.

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Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

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Engineering Wise: Business Services – Differentiation is the Key

February 1, 2012 1:45 am | by Marty Davidson, Vice President of Engineering and Network Operations at The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

As the demands of Wall Street and budgetary challenges continue to apply pressure on MSOs, cable operators searching for new sources of significant revenue ...

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Capital Currents - FCC CALM Act Rules

February 1, 2012 1:33 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

It’s no surprise that the law imposes new burdens on cable operators and broadcasters. The whole purpose is to regulate the loudness of commercials, which was never regulated before.

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THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

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CED Person of the Year: Jorge Salinger

January 1, 2012 2:34 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

While it may take a village to drive the development and implementation of something as far-reaching as the cable industry’s CCAP specifications, Comcast’s Jorge Salinger has beat the drum louder than anyone else.

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