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

Muni broadband with a twist

November 1, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built. There isn’t a city in the country that doesn’t want better broadband infrastructure. Several cities, tiring of waiting for the market to create those networks, have attempted to build their own.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Kamen plans to change the world; LaJoie might help

October 18, 2012 4:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Dean Kamen tried and failed to change the world with the Segway personal transport. Now he’s taking another shot at it, this time with a 200-year-old technological curiosity, and with the unlikely encouragement of one of the cable industry’s technology leaders.

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Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

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Cable doubles down on Wi-Fi

September 7, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.

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Survey: TV Everywhere strikes gold during Olympic coverage

August 13, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.

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Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

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TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

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ThinkAnalytics serves up recommendation engine to 70M customers

June 28, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine serves 70 million subscribers in eight languages.

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Google’s got your back for safe browsing

June 22, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front.

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TWC engineers IP workaround for Fleet Week in NYC

May 30, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable posted a blog and video yesterday about how the cable operator overcomes the frequency noise that is associated with Fleet Week in New York City.

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Cox CTO Hart shares thoughts on Cable Show, big picture at MSO

May 25, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications CTO Kevin Hart outlines the company’s key projects and initiatives.

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Cablevision’s Wi-Fi network an industry beacon

May 21, 2012 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Cablevision has been in the news for the steady stream of executives that have left the company, its decision to build a Wi-Fi network in 2008 has turned out to be visionary.

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Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

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Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

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Messaging for fun, profit

May 1, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

A top 5 MSO installs Front Porch’s messaging system and gets a huge boost in response rates on mobile phone app.

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