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

AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

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Brooklyn union workers ratify labor deal with Cablevision

February 17, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Brooklyn union workers at Cablevision System Corp. have voted to ratify a two-year contract with the company. Communications Workers of America Local 1109 said the labor agreement was ratified by a strong margin Saturday night. More than 260 workers are covered by the agreement, which includes wages increases and better health and pension benefits.

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Virgin Media to boost broadband reach with $4.6 billion build out

February 13, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Virgin Media has thrown down the gauntlet against BT by announcing a five-year, $4.62 billion build out of its broadband network. Virgin Media has generally topped BT’s speeds in cities and towns across the UK where they compete against each other, but BT has enjoyed a larger broadband footprint.

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Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

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Report: Global pay-TV market to grow 5 percent in 2014

February 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

While the final numbers are still pending, ABI Research said in a report that the worldwide pay-TV market was expected to grow 5 percent in 2013 while topping 924.4 million subscribers. On a global scale, IPTV is the driving force behind the increased in subscribers.

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Verizon pens letter to FCC on restricting network access

February 13, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon sought to clarify its intention to explore commercial arrangements that restrict network access. Verizon submitted a filing aimed at correcting comments FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made on the matter. Verizon's letter took issue with Wheeler’s alleged misunderstanding of “commercial arrangements.”

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Yahoo targets mobile as primary path

February 13, 2015 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Yahoo is on a path to generate a significant portion of its revenue from mobile. Yahoo Senior Vice President Adam Cahan on Thursday told Bloomberg Television that mobile advertising is set to fuel its new businesses and in turn generate half of the company's total revenue in the next 12 to 18 months. 

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Obama eyes cybersecurity in heart of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was participating in a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.

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Sling TV offer discounts on Roku, Amazon

February 12, 2015 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

After making its national debut on Monday, Sling TV has sweetened its cord-cutting streaming service by offering deals on Roku and Amazon streaming sticks and devices. By aligning itself with Roku and Amazon, Sling TV has strengthened its appeal for cord-cutters who are looking to unbundle their video services from traditional pay-TV providers.

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Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

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Mediacom turbo charges speeds at Iowa race track

February 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway and Mediacom Business announced a renewed partnership that will help the racetrack address growing bandwidth demand, onsite high speed Internet in the Mediacom Media Center, and high definition video powered by Mediacom Business. 

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Streaming video platform ViewLift launches

February 12, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Backed by investments from former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis, as well as Comcast Ventures, ViewLift launched its “B2B” streaming video platform today. ViewLift is positioning itself as a “one-stop-shop” for creating, launching and monetizing video applications that are designed for distribution across various devices, including smartphones, TVs, tablets, over-the-top boxes and game consoles.

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FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyber attacks

February 12, 2015 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" — as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals. When big corporations like Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Target or Anthem suffered malicious hacks and data breaches that threatened their operations and reputations, they called in FireEye.

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Cisco beats Street 2Q forecasts

February 12, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Cisco Systems rose in aftermarket trading Wednesday after its fiscal second-quarter results surpassed Wall Street's expectations. The San Jose, California-based company also raised its quarterly dividend to 21 cents from 19 cents.

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Sprint’s Bye Says Title II Won’t Stop AT&T, Verizon From Investing

February 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Sprint CTO Stephen Bye is calling out AT&T and Verizon Wireless on their claims that reclassifying Internet service providers under Title II will chill network investment.

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