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RCN nets carriage deal with One World Sports

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable over builder RCN has scored a multiplatform carriage agreement with One World Sports. Starting Tuesday, current and new RCN digital subscribers will be able to access One World Sports’ video content in RCN’s New York market and in most of the other sustems in its footprint.

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ZTE floats Enablence with another $2.7M

December 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

ZTE will receive 18 million shares of newly-issued Enablence stock (15 cents a share). Enablence is a long-time supplier to ZTE, providing optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets. The vendor has been struggling for years to remain afloat. 

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FCC approves fee to connect schools, libraries

December 12, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

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Report: SoftBank downsizing U.S. operations, giving up on T-Mobile bid

December 12, 2014 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

SoftBank is scaling down its Silicon Valley operations. Sources say SoftBank is now considering renting out one of two buildings it leased to accommodate a “T-Mobile driven expansion.” Most of SoftBank’s workforce on the west coast will be moved back to Tokyo or to Sprint’s headquarters near Kansas City.

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FCC ups broadband speed for Connect America

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC has decreed that broadband service providers receiving money from the Connect America Fund must deliver a minimum of 10 Mbps on the downstream, and 1 Mbps on the upstream, up from 4Mbps/1Mpbs. Up to $1.8 billion of funding is currently available each year in the Connect America Fund.

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Windstream appoints Thomas as new CEO

December 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Windstream Holdings announced on Thursday that Tony Thomas was replacing Jeff Gardner as the company’s new president and CEO. In order to smooth over the transition, Gardner will stay on board as a senior adviser to Thomas and as a member of the company’s board through Feb. 1 of next year. Thomas was also named a director.

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CenturyLink beefs up Big Data with Cognilytics buy

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

CenturyLink announced it has bought Cognilytics, which provides Big Data and predictive analytics services to medium sized and enterprise level businesses. CenturyLink said that Cognilytics helped businesses convert "data to decisions" through its Big Data deployment, management, advanced decision sciences, predictive analytics and data visualization.

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Hearst forks out $81.3M for stake in AwesomenessTV

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hearst Corp. is betting $81.3 million that Internet video network AwesomenessTV will live up to its name. The investment announced Thursday gives Hearst a 25 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, which DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. acquired in May 2013.

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Broadband coverage numbers post-Comcast/TWC released

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

If Comcast is allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable, it will have at least one fixed-line broadband competitor with a roughly comparable 25 Mbps tier in only about a third of its footprint, according to information filed with the FCC. The issue is whether the broadband market is competitive.

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Arris stocks OTT Market with Portico TV

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting early next year, Arris will add N2TV’s streaming TV service, which is called Portico TV, to its over-the-top streaming platform for cable operators. Arris introduced “Arris Market,” which blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on its set-top boxes, earlier this year as part of its Whole Home Solution.

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Imagine upgrades Egypt’s Rotana TV

December 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Imagine Communications recently completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities for Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project allowed Rotana TV, which broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, to migrate all of its channels to HD, which allowed the playout center to operate in the file domain.

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Web inventor: Internet should be 'human right'

December 11, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing. Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the Internet can help tackle inequality — but only if it comes with the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

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HBO, Showtime dominate Golden Globe nominations

December 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards on Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. 

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FCC open for comments on 13K hotspots from Comcast, TWC

December 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Comcast are preparing to possibly deploy another 13,500 public Wi-Fi hotspots between them. The two require permission from the Federal Communications Commission to do so, and the FCC today began seeking public comments as part of its approval process.

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Liberty Global, Searchlight buy Puerto Rico’s Choice Cable TV

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has expanded its footprint in Puerto Rico by teaming up with Searchlight Capital Partners to buy Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Co., which does business as Choice Cable TV, for about $272.5 million. Choice TV, which is the second largest cable and broadband provider in Puerto Rico, will be folded into Liberty Cablevision with Liberty Global owning a 60 percent stake and Searchlight owning 40 percent.

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