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

Incognito updates Bandwidth Activity Reporter

July 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to help cable operators unlock “big data” in their broadband networks, Incognito Software has updated its Bandwidth Activity Reporter. The latest version of the platform extracts and analyzes data from multiple network, billing, and customer relationship management sources to provide network intelligence, usage reports, and service metrics. 

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Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

July 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's Interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. Whitworth's resignation is effective on Wednesday. Personal computer maker HP said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.

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Internet companies lobby FCC for open Internet

July 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

A group of over two dozen of the largest Internet companies, including eBay, Netflix and Facebook, are urging the FCC to refrain from Net Neutrality policies that would create so-called slow lanes and fast lanes. The companies also argued that the Commission treat fixed and wireless broadband providers in the same manner.

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Epix reaches carriage agreement with AT&T

July 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, AT&T is now distributing Epix’s movies and original programming to its U-verse subscribers. AT&T has added Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In to its channel lineup, and is offering a free preview of Epix that will run from July 25-27.

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Cox doles out promotions to Woisard, Richter, others

July 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This month Cox Communications promoted Leigh Woisard and George Richter—the company’s top execs for communications and supply chain, respectively—to senior vice president positions. Woisard was promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs while Richter was upped to senior vice president of supply chain management.

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Barnhart joins Charter's D.C. policy team

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its policy presence in Washington D.C. with the recent addition of Christianna Lewis Barnhart, who joined the company as vice president, regulatory affairs. Barnhart, who started her new job today, now reports to Alex Hoehn-Saric, senior vice president, government affairs.

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Samsung suspends China supplier over child labor

July 14, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

July 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction.

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Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

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Dish will bid in the 600 MHz incentive auctions

July 11, 2014 1:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

“High-capacity cable broadband connections are the lifeblood of over-the-top (“OTT”) video services,” the company said. The satellite-TV company called the FCC’s auction framework a win-win for broadcasters and communications companies looking for mobile broadband spectrum.

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Pend Oreille utility district upgrades to FTTH

July 11, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pend Oreille PUD  is using FTTH installation kits from Brooks Utility Products to extend high speed broadband to underserved areas in Pend Oreille County east of Seattle, covering an area that stretches from the border with Canada south to Spokane. The project is expected to cost $34.5 million.

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Cineplex Store moves to Deluxe multi-screen delivery

July 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has contracted wth Deluxe OnDemand to power its video-on-demand service, the Cineplex Store. Cineplex’s online subscribers will be able to stream or download content to iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8-supported devices.

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SCTE announces all-star lineup for 3.1, Wi-Fi symposium

July 11, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The SCTE announced the headliners for its Wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 Pre-Conference Symposium that takes place the day before Cable-Tec Expo officially kicks off. Comcast’s Jorge Salinger, Cisco’s John Chapman, and CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, Mark Poletti, and Vivek Ganti lead a group of seven presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the two services and their roles in the cable industry.

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TWC, Tennis Channel serve up U.S. Open contest

July 11, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers can enter a contest to win a VIP trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in early September. Two grand-prize winners can win a five-day trip to New York for two to watch U.S. Open Tennis action in Flushing, New York.

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Aereo: We're a cable company

July 11, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

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