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Suddenlink renews with The Weather Channel

April 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In advance of tornado season, Suddenlink has renewed a distribution deal with The Weather Channel that will span several years.

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AT&T selling bonds to finance DirecTV purchase

April 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T has sold $17.5 billion in bonds in anticipation of its merger with DirecTV. To help secure Federal approval for the deal, the company is promising to expand GigaPower to two million additional customers.  

Cablevision debuts packages for cord cutters

April 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The packages start with broadband, and also make use of the situation that Aereo tried (but failed) to exploit – that local TV channels are free over the air. Cablevision’s new packages come with a free HDTV antenna that subscribers can install in their homes.

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Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone involved, but all of the proposed benefits were nice-to-haves -- nothing associated with the deal was imperative or solved any particular problem for anybody.

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Modest U-verse growth in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T’s broadband subscriber base grew by 440,000 to 12.6 million. The company’s pay TV subscriptions increased by 50,000 in the quarter. The company’s U-verse service makes up 69 percent of wireline consumer revenues, which is a 10 percent increase year over year.

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Comcast activates Gigabit Pro in Florida markets

April 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast will bring Gigabit Pro to its customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Jacksonville early next month. In total, 1.3 million Florida customers will have access to the fiber to the home (FTTH) symmetrical 2Gbps service, if they want it.

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CenturyLink dinged $16M for 911 outage

April 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink has agreed to pay a settlement fee of $16 million to the federal government for a 911 outage that affected seven states. most were in Washington. According to local reports, the outages were due to a software coding error by Intrado Communications.

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Arris to buy Pace for $2.1B

April 22, 2015 8:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Arris bought Motorola Home for $2.35 billion at the end of 2012. Only last week, the company teamed with Charter Communications to buy ActiveVideo, for a total of $135 million. Pace, meanwhile, recently purchased Aurora Networks for $310 million.

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Google’s Project Fi mobile phone service is here

April 22, 2015 2:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Project Fi is promising a seamless experience as it automatically connects you to the strongest available signal on either Wi-Fi or LTE. As reported, Project Fi will use Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s LTE networks.

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Alcatel Lucent trialing ONT with gigabit Wi-Fi built in

April 22, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Subscribers to gigabit tiers offered by some FTTH network operators find their Wi-Fi routers aren’t capable of gigabit rates, especially as subscribers connect more devices. ALU designed its new ONT to address that.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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