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

Shaw gears up for Gigabit Internet, RFoG trials

February 18, 2010 8:27 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Google’s announcement last week in regard to a planned 1 Gigabit fiber-to-the-home trial garnered a lot of ink, virtual or real, Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications has been planning its own Gigabit FTTH trial for some time.

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Addendum: Suddenlink bows faster D3 speed

February 11, 2010 9:30 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications spokesman Pete Abel followed up with some additional information on the company’s expanded DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts including the news that a faster download speed of 36 Mbps was launched earlier this week in Lubbock, and Midland Texas.

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NCTA shuffles top-MSO ranking to include satellite, telco providers

February 9, 2010 8:34 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Recently, I was reading a press release from Bright House Networks that referenced it being the nation’s seventh-largest MSO. Since I was so used to writing that BHN was the sixth-largest MSO, I asked a Bright House media rep about the lower ranking, and she said that Verizon had recently surpassed it to become the sixth-largest MSO.

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Comcast’s class-action setback

January 12, 2010 9:20 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast lost a procedural matter in court recently, the practical result being that a class-action lawsuit filed against the MSO will continue to be prosecuted.

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Report: Broadband TV households to top 360 million by 2014

January 6, 2010 11:14 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

More than 360 million households worldwide will have the right equipment in place by 2014 to view over-the-top videos, with half of that number actively receiving OTT services, according to recent research by The Diffusion Group.

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Home networking to get easier. And harder.

December 8, 2009 9:39 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Two new home networking standards – G.hn and WHDI – are on the way. Each has its respective champions, who expect to not just earn a place beside MoCA, Wi-Fi, HPNA, Ethernet, HDMI, HomePlug, UWB and other extant communications standards, but to eventually supplant most of them.

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The NCTA’s FCC bid to kill CableCards

December 7, 2009 9:33 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ready for another punishing debate about CableCards? The new version of the FCC is, according to the NCTA.

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NBCU deal: Comcast in bed with Hulu

December 3, 2009 8:34 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After months of courting, Comcast has finally consummated its deal with General Electric to become the majority partner in NBC Universal, which means Comcast is now a part owner in NBCU offspring Hulu.

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On deck: TWC brews On Channel On Demand

November 17, 2009 8:03 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

At last month’s CTAM Summit in Denver, Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern mentioned that the nation’s second-largest cable operator was working on the next step for subscribers after Start Over and Look Back.

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DOCSIS 3.0 vs. DOCSIS 3.0

November 3, 2009 8:26 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Yesterday’s news that RCN, through its RCN Business Services division, was launching a DOCSIS 3.0 service for small- to medium-size businesses was noteworthy for several reasons, not the least of which was that it appears competing DOCSIS 3.0 services will be available in the same areas for the first time in North America.

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TV Everywhere – literally this time

November 3, 2009 8:03 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Sling Media wants to point out that if you want all TV literally everywhere, well then TV Everywhere is profoundly misnamed. On the other hand, Sling can give cable the ability to get TV literally everywhere with its new Sling-enabled, tru2way-based cable HD DVR.

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CALM yourself

October 12, 2009 11:36 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Decades and decades ago, TV viewers began to treat commercial breaks not as extraordinary opportunities to increase their brand loyalty as was their duty, but as opportunities for unauthorized activities that took them out of earshot of their TVs, such as fetching bowls of crab meat & Jell-o salad.

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Despite economy, RCN Metro Optical finding sweet spot

October 7, 2009 9:27 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While the economy is still a dark cloud, RCN Metro Optical Networks has found a ray of sunshine with its new network ring that will connect colocation facilities and financial exchanges in New York and New Jersey.

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Clarifying Comcast’s 100 Mbps deployment in Seattle

September 30, 2009 10:22 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is in the process of deploying its DOCSIS 3.0-enabled, 100 Mbps downstream tier for businesses in the Seattle area, but the nation’s largest cable operator isn’t saying when it will be launched.

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Network neutrality: Consideration and froth

September 22, 2009 10:40 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski formally put the communications industry on notice that network neutrality regulations of some sort are going to be adopted. Various interests began jockeying for position immediately, ranging from the cable industry’s admonitory caution for a deliberately measured policy to the unequivocal opposition from free-market absolutists.

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