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Schmidt: Google Still Working on Google Glass

March 23, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Google hasn't taken its eye of Google Glass and is still working to bring the controversial wearable to market.  

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Comcast to triple size of social media team

March 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast is tripling the size of its social care team in order to focus on assisting its customer base via social media platforms. The idea is to have a Comcast team available to customers wherever those customers are on social media.

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AT&T's Project VIP dropped $1.8B in Missouri

March 23, 2015 2:25 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

From 2012 to 2014 AT&T has invested over $ 1.8 billion in its Missouri wired and wireless network as a part of its project velocity IP (VIP) investment plan.  

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Antietem joins the broadband overage crowd

March 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Antietam Cable will begin charging its broadband customers overage fees when they exceed their monthly data allocations, in what is now a common practice.  

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Euro carriers accelerate DSL to 170 Mbps

March 23, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Telefonica, BT, and Orange, have wrapped lab trials of G.fast technology, in which they were able to accelerate DSL on local loops to 170 Mbps. BT is about to move into field trials, and a group of companies is looking to adapt the technology for cellular backhaul.

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Frontier honors execs during Women's History Month

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications is recognizing its female leaders in honor of women’s history month. The company has highlighted women occupying important positions in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

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Piksel revamps workflow management tool

March 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Piksel said it has fully redesigned its cloud-based asset management system with a new interface and a process that enables video companies to create single-page workflows.

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HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

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HomeGrid Forum tabs new prez

March 20, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The HomeGrid Forum has elected Donna Yasay as its new president. Yasay is business development director at Marvell Semiconductor, one of HomeGrid’s promoter members.

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Atlantic Broadband pitches in on Miami centennial

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The cable operator will support eight Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Miami, and will also install fiber optics within the festival area in order to televise live footage from the “Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival.”

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MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

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AT&T, Verizon to litigate Title II through industry organizations

March 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T and Verizon will likely allows others to fight the upcoming court battle against the FCC's new Open Internet rules. 

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Startup claims to fix delays on wireless networks

March 19, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Twin Prime, a startup that claims to be able to accelerate content delivery on the last mile of cellular networks, pulled out of stealth mode with a $9.5 million round of funding, including an investment from GigaOm founder Om Malik.

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ViaSat, Boeing prep satellite-based broadband system

March 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

ViaSat and Boeing have announced a global satellite broadband network, the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System. The venture is meant to enable regional operators around the world to offer broadband services.

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