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Wheeler: no secret orders from the White House

March 17, 2015 | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Is anybody waiting for the day when the merits of Title II regulation are debated? The news today is that if you are, you’re going to be waiting longer still. But Congress has got conspiracies to address, so let's get to it.

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HBO's streaming service available only through Apple TV

March 9, 2015 4:50 pm | by Editor | Comments

HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.

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Trust the market... except when it's wrong

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.

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How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 16, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

It’s true that sponsored data has some benevolent, or at least fairly benign, applications. But an app that uses Fitbits to monitor hotel employees to make sure they're working suggests that more Orwellian applications could be on the horizon. 

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Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

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Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

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The resurrection of the dead cable business

January 13, 2015 1:49 pm | by Editor | Comments

The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content. 

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Title II means $15B in consumer fees? "Baloney"!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Communications companies claim that applying Title II regulation to broadband would inevitably lead to up to $15 billion in regulatory fees being passed on to consumers. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act, says the claim is "baloney."

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Survey: GigaDuh?

December 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While the service provider industry is rife with almost daily announcements on gigabit service rollouts, a large chunk of consumers are tuned out when it comes to understanding, letting alone wanting, the faster speeds. According to a survey by Pivot Group and Telecompetitor, 87 percent of its 800 respondents across the nation had never heard of “gigabit” before the survey. 

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Dear Sony: please let us help you screw the terrorists (and give you money in the process)

December 17, 2014 11:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Dear Sony; Please release “The Interview” on demand on the Playstation Network. Between those who actually want to see the movie, and those who want to metaphorically lift a middle finger to terrorists, I think your audience might be as big as all of America.

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Juniper hopes Gainspeed will be its point of convergence with cable

December 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

One way to enable SDN and NFV would be to ditch the CMTS, and put control functions in a standard edge router loaded with specialized control software. That’s what Gainspeed and Juniper have been working on together, expecting that cable's path will intersect with its own as cable moves toward end-to-end IP networking.

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AT&T walks back Title II threats... a little

December 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

“Uncertainty” doesn’t really mean anything, and uncertainty doesn’t derive from reclassification, it derives from the industry’s reaction to it: lawsuits. Show us exactly how reclassification would cost more – not including the litigation costs – or admit it’s all just whining. Put up or shut up.

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Report: Roku still rules the roost for streaming media devices

December 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When it comes to streaming media players, Roku still reigns supreme followed by Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. According to a report by Parks Associates, Roku was the leading brand with 29 percent of sales in the United States while Chromecast took over second place from Apple TV with a market share of 20 percent compared to Apple’s 17 percent.

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Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.

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A Perry Mason twist in the FCC's favor

November 25, 2014 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In Washington, D.C., a set of programmers are holding up two major corporate takeovers because they don’t want a few extra lawyers to become privy to the trade secrets in their retrans consent contracts. Meanwhile, in Washington State, a Court of Appeals just ruled there no grounds for claiming that the terms of retrans agreements are trade secrets.

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AT&T dangles prospect of Shop While You Watch app

November 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by Editor | Comments

The idea has been kicking around for years: give viewers the ability to buy whatever they see on their screens being worn, used, eaten, or in any other way displayed. AT&T is considering doing that for U-verse. AT&T is calling the concept Shop While You Watch, and it seems to be floating the idea to see if anyone will bite.

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