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FCC postpones 600 MHz auction again

October 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC attributed this new delay to legal challenges from broadcasters. The proposal rests on a guarantee to broadcasters that the spectrum can be used without interfering with their signals. Not all broadcasters are satisfied that the FCC is doing that with the way it is evaluating coverage areas.

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AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

October 24, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., will retain 50.1 percent ownership. The BBC said in a statement the partnership will help it reach new audiences in the U.S., strengthen BBC America, while creating opportunities for the U.K.'s "creative community."

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Summit Broadband stocks executive ranks

October 24, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Summit Broadband has hired Peter Murray, formerly with Wireless Access Communications, as director of carrier services. Thomas Foster, previously with Cisco and Time Warner Cable, has joined the company as director of technical operations, overseeing residential field operations.

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Hargray buys Kennedy Cablevision

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to expand its presence in southeast Georgia, South Carolina-based Hargray Communications announced it has picked up Reidsville, Ga.-based Kennedy Cablevision. In addition to adding Kennedy Cablevision’s residential and commercial customers into the fold, Hargray said the deal would allow it to upgrade its existing network technology and infrastructure as well build out additional infrastructure.

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Rose joins NBCU as SVP of government affairs

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast NBCUniversal announced this morning that Mitch Rose was hired as senior vice president of government affairs, NBCUniversal. Rose, who will be located in Comcast NBCUniversal’s Washington D.C. office, previously provided strategic counseling to Comcast, NCTA and RIAA, among others, as principal of Mitch Rose Strategic Consulting.

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Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results

October 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled last quarter at a time when some of Microsoft's better-known segments are slowing.

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Juniper beats Street 3Q forecasts

October 24, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Juniper Networks Inc. on Thursday reported a better-than-expected third quarter and announced plans to increase its share repurchases. But a weak fourth-quarter outlook sent the computer network equipment maker's shares down in extended trading. The Sunnyvale, California-based company reported a third-quarter profit of $103.6 million, or 23 cents per share. 

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Broadcom unveils silicon for G.fast DSLAMs, gateways

October 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Vendors are rapidly filling the market with enabling technology for G.fast. Broadcom announced variants of several DSL chips that will now support G.fast and G.vector standards, and Adtran said its G.fast technology, introduced last month, is in trials with several customers around the world. 

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U-verse a bright spot in AT&T's Q3

October 23, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company recorded 601,000 U-verse high speed Internet subscriber net adds, including 44,000 business customers, pushing its total of broadband customers past 12 million. AT&T also tallied 216,000 U-verse TV subscribers added, for a total of more than 6 million.

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X1 drives solid third quarter for Comcast

October 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Aided by declining video subscriber losses, an increase in data subscribers and continued growth in the business services sector, Comcast posted solid results in its third quarter earnings report this morning. While Comcast lost 81,000 video subscribers in the recent third quarter, it was still the best third quarter for video in the past seven years. 

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WICT Rocky Mountain tees up “Tech It Out” conference

October 22, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain Chapter today announced that its 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Tech It Out Conference is slated for Nov. 13 at Infinity Park Event Center in the Denver suburb of Glendale. WICT’s Tech It Out Conference was designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology and create strong women leaders, both inside and outside of the cable industry.

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Peregrine debuts RF chip for D3.1 cable modems

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Set-tops, cable modems and gateways have previously supported only one upstream and downstream band at a time. Peregrines new chip has a dual-band architecture, enabling it to operate in DOCSIS 3.0 networks, and then be reset to operate in a D3.1 environments, with no exchange of hardware necessary.

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Comcast and AT&T deal reviews both put on hold

October 22, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Numerous content companies have filed multiple objections, some complaining that specific individuals should be barred from viewing the contracts, some insisting that no one outside the FCC should be able to review the documents. Given the parties are at an impasse on this matter, the FCC is stopping its review clock.

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Eastlink launches Wireless TV

October 22, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Canadian cable operator Eastlink recently launched “Wireless TV” across its footprint, which gives its subscribers the ability to watch TV on up to six sets in a home without cable connections.The service uses Eastlink’s Maestro DVR, which, according to pictures on Eastlink’s website, is made by Arris.

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Cox doubles up on San Diego broadband speeds

October 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications is doubling up the downstream speeds on two of its most popular tiers in San Diego County. The speed of Cox’s Preferred tier will increase from 25 Mbps down to 50 Mbps while the Premier offering ramps up from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Cox said the Preferred and Premier tiers represent more than 75 percent of its data customers in San Diego.

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