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Broadband Briefs for 11/21/08

Fri, 11/21/2008 - 7:00am

Hamilton-Piercy named an IEEE fellow
By Traci Patterson

Nick Hamilton-Piercy, a CED technical board member, has been named as an IEEE fellow – the association’s most coveted honor – for his role in the development, design and implementation of modern network architecture in the cable industry.

Hamilton-Piercy, who is now retired, is a former CTO of Canada’s largest cable operator, Rogers Cable. He has also previously served on the technical advisory committee of CableLabs.

The IEEE is a professional association for the advancement of technology. IEEE was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, but today the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E), according to the association.

Dish adds 9 MPEG-4 markets
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network will begin transmitting standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming in the MPEG-4 AVC standard to consumers in nine additional markets in the eastern U.S.

The additions make 61 the total number of markets that receive all programming in MPEG-4. In August, Dish announced that it was the first pay-TV provider to offer all-MPEG-4 service (story here).

Dish has also added HD local channels in eight new markets: Charleston-Huntington, W.V.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington and Louisville, Ky.; Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Lawton, Okla. The satellite provider now offers local channels in 84 markets, reaching 76 percent of U.S. TV households.

Report: U.S. access landlines connect 5.3M business sites
By Mike Robuck

U.S. Business Landline AccesBusiness customers utilized nearly 5.3 million landline connections at their Untied States sites, a net increase of nearly 700,000 lines in the past five years, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest market analysis.

Business Ethernet and business cable are the fastest-growing access segments, followed by OC-3/OC-12+, Business DSL and FT3/T3. Growth for the largest segment, FT1/T1, has leveled off, while the base of low-speed 56/64 kbps connections continues to rapidly decline.

"The economic downturn will curtail total connection growth, however enterprise customer demand remains strong for lower-cost, higher-speed access lines for site connectivity to business services, particularly IP/MPLS VPNs, Ethernet and DIA (Dedicated Internet Access)," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "In the past five years, aggregate access bandwidth has more than tripled as a result of customer network migration to larger capacity access connections."

More Broadband Direct:

• In the media: New regulatory direction

• Clearwire shareholders approve deal with Sprint

• Judge schedules Feb. trail in TiVo, Dish Network dustup

• Digital transition "nightlight" bill progresses

• Comcast to promote, sell services in Sears stores nationwide

• Iowa Telecom buys another Minn. Carrier

• Sezmi cuts workforce

• In-Stat: HD spurring telco TV headend growth

• IAB, PwC: Internet ad revenues fall flat, sequentially, in Q3

• Broadband Briefs for 11/21/08

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