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ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Comments

The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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'House of Cards' all aces for Netflix

February 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.

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FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

February 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

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Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin

February 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.

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Police probing CenturyLink outage in Arizona

February 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Phoenix police are investigating an act of vandalism that left people across northern Arizona without the use of the Internet, cellphones and landlines for several hours. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday. Internet and phone service started to come back to some residents and businesses in Flagstaff by 6:30 p.m.

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Wi-Fi pacing Cablevision's connectivity strategy

February 25, 2015 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Emboldened by increasing customer usage of data services in general and new Wi-Fi services in particular, Cablevision is now explicitly recasting itself as a connectivity company, not a video company.

ISPs can't turn to Congress for Title II avoidance

February 25, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

A key Senator said the Republicans opposing the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband as a communications service don't have enough votes to stymie the Commission's plans.

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Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based service over-the-air (OTA.) Starting mid-year, TiVo and Frontier will jointly market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo’s whole home offerings and services, but the OTA element was designed for Frontier’s broadband customers that don’t subscribe to typical linear tiers.

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TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to Liberty’s next generation Horizon set-top boxes. Liberty Global will be offering TransGaming’s GameTree TV to subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland Ireland, Poland and Hungary.

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Report: Broadband access market scales to $11.5 billion in 2014

February 25, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Pushed along by high demand in the PON sector, the worldwide broadband access market, which also includes DSL and cable technologies, set a new record of $11.5 billion last year. Dell’Oro Group senior analyst Alam Tamboli said PON spending had picked up in North American  last year with the advent of gigabit networks, but those deployments were small when compared to China.  

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Republican Commissioners Ask for Delay of Vote on Title II

February 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly on Monday asked Chairman Wheeler to delay a vote on whether to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as public utilities.

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IBM, Juniper aim at CSP market with big data services

February 24, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

IBM and Juniper Networks plan to work together to develop network analytics to help communications service providers and enterprises. Juniper will now be able to resell IBM big data analytics services with many of its routing products.

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Baseball helping more programmers go over the top

February 24, 2015 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media operation is helping to set up both HBO’s and Sony’s forthcoming online services. As many as 40 other programmers are also lining up for MLBAM's services.

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Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to battle Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries.

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Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

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Mediacom adds data subs, loses video customers

February 23, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

At year’s end 2014, Mediacom was down to 890,000 basic video customers. Its total number of broadband customers in 2013 was 965,000, but by the close of the most recent year, the company had increased its total broadband customer base to over a million.

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