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Bright House adds DDoS mitigation to business services

April 22, 2015 12:55 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bright House developed the service to help users address the yearly increase in DDoS attacks, which occur when systems traffic floods the bandwidth or resources of a specific system on one or more web servers and result in site crashes.


Bright House adds security to hotspot network

April 22, 2015 12:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bright House now offers an authenticated Wi-Fi network, BHN Secure, to its customers in hotspots within all of its service areas. Wi-Fi users are authenticated and connected to an encrypted network.


Senate heavyweights urge rejection of Comcast-TWC merger

April 21, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Six U.S. Senators have asked the Justice Department and the FCC to block Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable. Sens. Franken, Sanders, Markey, Wyden, Warren, and Blumenthal did not even address the possibility of approving the merger with conditions, asking instead that the deal be rejected outright.


CenturyLink buys cloud database specialist Orchestrate

April 21, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink has acquired Orchestrate, a Portland-based startup with a fully managed cloud-service for managing multiple databases. According to media reports, CenturyLink spent between $10 and $12 million for the company.


Comcast quietly cuts X1 upgrade charge

April 21, 2015 1:54 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast has lowered the cost for upgrades to its cloud based X1 operating system from $49.99 to $19.99 for certain customers. In early March, the company quietly began offering the price drop to customers in Philadelphia, New Jersey, or Connecticut.


Frontier names president of National Region

April 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Becky B. Potts has been appointed as president of Frontier Communications’ National Region. This region includes Frontier’s Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, North Caolina, and South Carolina markets.

Alaska claims SCTE's Chapter of the Year Award again

April 21, 2015 1:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The SCTE has named its Alaska Chapter as Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year. Alaska was awarded Chapter of the Year for demonstrating a supreme level of excellence.


Verizon increases FiOS penetration in Q1

April 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company addressed several controversies, including one associated with its its new pick-and-pay plans for FiOS TV, and the other about AT&T’s response to the FCC’s reclassifying broadband under Title II.


Comcast, AT&T expand gigabit access

April 20, 2015 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast said it will be bringing its Gigabit Pro service to 12 markets in California. Meanwhile, AT&T said it will be expanding GigaPower into several areas in and around Chicago this summer.


FCC OKs shared access in new wireless band

April 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The wireless industry in particular has supported opening 3.5 GHz spectrum to broadband applications, including through the innovative use of new technologies such as small cells.


Charter renews pact with Rovi

April 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter will continue to license Rovi’s products and services, which include Rovi Search, Recommendations, and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata, and Rovi Analytics.


CenturyLink helping Utah expand gigabit connectivity

April 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink is assisting Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) in constructing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds.


CenturyLink sues FCC on Open Internet order

April 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Objecting that using Title II to impose network neutrality rules is too heavy-handed, CenturyLink said that it yearly spends hundreds of millions of dollars to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content.”


Comcast, TWC to meet with Justice Dept.

April 20, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be meeting with the Justice Department on Wednesday, following reports at the end of last week that Justice lawyers are leaning against approving Comcast’s acquisition of TWC.


Bell Labs bumps to 10 Gbps

April 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bell Labs has achieved transmissions of 10 Gbps over copper wiring, using technology. The organization was able to sustain such speeds on loops of 50 meters. Beyond 50 meters, the transmission rate drops off considerably.


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