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

House votes to make ban on Internet access taxes permanent

June 10, 2015 9:28 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | Comments

The House passed the bill by a voice vote that did not require lawmakers to record their votes. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Marriott to offer Netflix access at hotels

June 10, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Marriott says it is the first hotel brand to allow guests direct access to Netflix.                                     

AT&T, CBS proceed with shaky programming agreement talks

June 9, 2015 4:45 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T’s U-Verse programming agreement for CBS, and cable channels including Showtime is set to expire on June 30.

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No TV news but Apple does add picture-in-picture to iOS

June 9, 2015 11:55 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

In lieu of outlining its new TV strategy, Apple announced that the upcoming iOS 9 will gain a classic TV feature: picture-in-picture.

Broadcom unveils DOCSIS 3.1 STB chips, SoC devices

June 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Broadcom announced a DOCSIS 3.1 cable set-top box reference design for cable operators and manufacturers. Separately the company unveiled a satellite set-top box device for satellite operators, and . . .

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US hedge fund asks Seoul court to stop Samsung takeover deal

June 9, 2015 11:17 am | by Youkyung Lee - AP Business Writer | Comments

A U.S. hedge fund is challenging a takeover deal between Samsung companies designed to ensure control of the conglomerate passes to the grandson of its founder.

Workers allege Verizon abandoning copper landlines

June 9, 2015 11:11 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

“As a public utility in these states, Verizon has a duty to maintain services for all customers."                             

Briefs: Comcast Business, Active Broadband Networks, Brightline, Dali Wireless, YipTV

June 9, 2015 9:53 am | by CED staff | Comments

Comcast Business announced its Ethernet services are available in Castle Rock, CO. The 10 Gbps connection is designed for businesses, hospitals, and other organizations that need more capacity . . .  

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Vodafone in talks with Liberty Global to exchange assets

June 8, 2015 3:54 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Vodafone confirmed it is in talks with Liberty Global about potentially exchanging assets. Vodafone said it does not intend to combine all its assets with Liberty Global, and that the talks could . . .

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Showtime OTT also coming to Roku, Sony Vue

June 8, 2015 12:04 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Showtime's new OTT service will be available through Roku set-top boxes, Sony's Vue TV, Apple TV, and iOS devices beginning in June. The standalone service will be available for $11 a month. Showtime . . .

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Cogeco’s Atlantic Broadband buying MetroCast Connecticut

June 8, 2015 11:20 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The U.S. cable company, a subsidiary of Cogeco Cable, said the MetroCast network passes about 70,000 homes.                        

Charter’s network investment not affected by Open Internet Order

June 8, 2015 11:05 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said the Open Internet Order has not changed how Charter invests in its network to develop competitive services.

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Report: Apple working on high-speed data network

June 8, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The news comes as Apple Monday prepares for its annual developer conference, where it is expected...                       

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Netflix to expand into Italy, Portugal in October

June 8, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Netflix will debut in Italy and Portugal in October as the Internet video service accelerates its international expansion.          

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British Open to move to NBC starting in 2017

June 8, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The network announced the 12-year deal with the R&A on Monday. The R&A is wrapping up an eight-year contract with ESPN.           

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