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Ergen gets payoff as LightSquared bankruptcy settled

March 27, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen was granted a request for $1.4 billion in cash plus interest as repayment for LightSquared's debt he bought using hundreds of millions of dollars from his daughter's trust fund. In bankruptcy court last year, LightSquared alleged that Ergen had purchased the debt illegally on Dish's behalf and not for himself. 

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Arris heads for the pits at NASCAR

March 27, 2015 3:10 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Arris will furnish technological equipment and related services to NASCAR Productions at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. Teams participating in this year’s events will be provided with Arris’ SB6183 cable modem and an E6000 CER.

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Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

March 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Add Twitter to the list of companies streaming video. Meerkat was one of the big surprise hits of SXSW earlier this month. The app initially let users automatically tweet live streams to their followers.

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VeEX adds fiber connector analyzer

March 27, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

VeEX announced the general availability of V-Scope, a tool to analyze fiber connector end-faces. The fiber connection inspection utility uses auto focus image capture technology to evaluate fiber connections.

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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

March 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed. . .

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Sprint, CCA members make case for joint bidding in 600 MHz auctions

March 26, 2015 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint and smaller carriers are hoping to team up to take on AT&T and Verizon in next year’s 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions.

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USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications . . .

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Quickplay draws another $45M

March 26, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Quickplay has attracted another $45 million  in capital. The new infusion ups the amount of financing the company has attracted since it was founded in 2003 to $150 million.

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Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

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Columbus OH plans public-private broadband network

March 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The city council of Columbus, OH, looking to encourage the private sector to roll out high speed broadband, has approved a plan to offer anyone willing to provide such services to use city-owned fiber.

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Comcast invests in startup with smart home lock

March 25, 2015 2:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

August, a startup that has developed a door lock controlled by smartphones, has raised an exceptional amount of money -- $38 million -- from a group of investors that include Comcast Ventures.

Netgear bows ac Wi-Fi router for DSL networks

March 25, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Netgear’s new AC1600 modem router for VDSL/ADSL networks is compatible with ADSL2+ connections, and can support over ten devices, including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray players. 

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CableLabs joins 5G research project

March 25, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The research program, NYU Wireless, is exploring millimeter wave wireless. mmWave is good only for short distances, but it has the potential for delivering data at rates nearing 1 Gbps.

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Epix pops up on the Xbox

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Multiplatform VOD online movie channel Epix hopes to reach more people by introducing its app on Xbox One.

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Elemental Statmux is a multi-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexer that operators can use to optimize bandwidth while delivering linear and OTT services.

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