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TWCBC teams up with OhioHealth for telemedicine

November 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is enabling OhioHealth, which a not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, connect patients and physicians with telemedicine services. In addition to triple play services, Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) is providing OhioHealth with its 100 Mbps point-to-point Ethernet private line (EPL) fiber circuits to connect 50 care sites across the state.

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Frontier Communications re-ups with Viacom

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications, Vyve Broadband and Cable One have moved on after failing to reach new carriage agreements with Viacom, Frontier Communications has inked a new a long-term retransmission deal with the content provider. Frontier’s deal with Viacom included multi-platform rights for 27 Viacom networks as well as for premium channel Epix. Terms of the new deal weren’t released.

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AT&T pauses fiber build on Title II concerns

November 12, 2014 12:31 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company couldn't afford to continue its fiber buildout until regualtory uncertainties were resolved. Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on the Net Neutrality debate. Obama urged the FCC to categorize ISPs under Title II, which would essentially make the Internet a public utility. 

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Yahoo forks out $640M for BrightRoll

November 12, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Yahoo is buying digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $640 million in the Internet company's latest attempt to boost its revenue after years filled mostly with financial futility. The acquisition announced Tuesday marks Yahoo's first major purchase since reaping a $9.4 billion windfall in September by selling part of its stake in a rapidly rising Internet star, Chinese e-commerce service Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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Juniper Networks CEO steps down after review

November 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Networking vendor Juniper Networks announced on Monday that CEO Shaygan Kheradpir resigned from the company after less than a year at the helm. Juniper Networks said that Kheradpir, who was also on the board of directors, resigned following “a review by the board of directors of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer." 

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Obama ignites debate on 'net neutrality'

November 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate has intensified now that Obama has entered the fray.

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AT&T’s in-flight LTE service aborts takeoff

November 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T's LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo. Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015. 

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Report: Europe leads U.S. in PC-to-TV connections

November 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.

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Shazam exec says second-screen not happening

November 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies on a more “lightweight” experience to engage them while watching television.

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Small companies rush to fill gigabit void

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The biggest companies have little interest in providing gigabit residential service, and Google is being extremely choosy and extremely slow about installing Google Fiber. That's opening opportunities to install fiber for companies like Pinnacle Communications, Ritter Communications and Arkwest, all in Arkansas.

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Cable stocks whacked on Obama Title II endorsement

November 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

If the FCC were to approve the White House's recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an "explicit ban" on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.

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Report: Carrier Wi-Fi revenues to reach $8 billion in U.S. by 2019

November 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Spurred on by recent standardization efforts, carrier Wi-Fi revenues in the United States are projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2019, according to a recent report. The report by ABI Research also said that Cisco and Ruckus Wireless were the early carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendor leaders while other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.

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AT&T Buying Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell for $2.5B

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.

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Obama endorses Title II reclassification for broadband

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

 President Barack Obama today said he would like to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open. NCTA president  Michael Powell responded, “We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet"

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Cable Wi-Fi growth to overwhelm LTE small cells

November 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.  

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