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

FBI, Justice Dept. taking encryption concerns to Congress

July 8, 2015 11:35 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

Federal law enforcement officials pressed their concerns about data encryption before Congress Wednesday, telling senators that the right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.

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AT&T to offer dirt cheap DSL as condition of DirecTV merger approval

July 8, 2015 10:48 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

In areas where AT&T has already deployed broadband service with speeds exceeding 3 Mbps, the company will...

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Sarah Palin's subscription web channel going offline

July 8, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A spokesman for the public relations firm representing TAPP said the company doesn't disclose subscription numbers and wishes Palin well.

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Briefs: Ericsson, Comcast, GTT Communications, Frontier

July 8, 2015 9:20 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Ericsson is using its Networked Event platform to enable tennis fans around the world to follow the Collector Swedish Open.

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AT&T’s promise of 11.7M new fiber connections inflated, says analyst

July 7, 2015 4:03 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

“To be sure, the AT&T fiber numbers aren’t as big as first meets the eye. But they are a real increase in competitive intensity,” Moffett wrote.

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ACA: FCC not applying RSN conditions in AT&T-DirecTV deal

July 7, 2015 12:14 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

“The FCC’s action would fly in the face of overwhelming evidence that AT&T and DirecTV have overcharged for their RSNs..."

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Al Jazeera YouTube channel airs satirical video about US

July 7, 2015 11:24 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | Comments

A video posted on an Al Jazeera YouTube channel over the Fourth of July weekend mocks Americans for dubious "achievements" in obesity, pornography production and gun ownership.

Mediacom petitions FCC for retrans blackout reform

July 7, 2015 11:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso wants the FCC to do something about rising retransmission fees.                                        

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Briefs: Comcast, CenturyLink, Alcatel-Lucent, VimpelCom

July 7, 2015 9:58 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Comcast today announced it has launched more than 1,800 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout its Keystone Region.                      

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Comcast boosting speeds for Xfinity triple play customers

July 7, 2015 9:42 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Comcast today announced that triple play customers in its Northeast coverage area will see their broadband speeds jump from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps.

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Women's World Cup final seen by record 26.7 million in US

July 6, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Japan in the Women's World Cup final was the most viewed soccer game in the history of American television.

Amazon pushes Prime service with day of deals

July 6, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon doesn't release the number of Prime members it has, but Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates there are 35 million to 40 million.

Broadcasters say FCC rules could cost $8.3B in 600 MHz auction

July 6, 2015 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

“We understand that the FCC Staff is considering how to solve this issue, and we appreciate their concern,” the EOBC wrote.

Scripps offers to buy rest of Poland’s TVN

July 6, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to Reuters, the Scripps media group is offering about $843 million to buy the remaining TVN shares is doesn’t currently own.

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TabletTV expanding mobile PVR functionality

July 6, 2015 11:20 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The update will allow for time shift on TabletTV application which means users will be able to set future programs to record.

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