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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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