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Justice Dept. reported skeptical of Comcast-TWC deal

April 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.

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FCC names deputy chief technologist

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alison Neplokh was chief engineer with the FCC’s Media Bureau and will continue to serve in that role. She will also continue to manage the Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee. 

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Cox AZ customers get broadband speed boost

April 17, 2015 1:36 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company is increasing its High Speed Internet Essential package from 5 to 15 Mbps, and its High Speed Internet Starter package was increased from 1 to 5 Mbps.

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FiOS adopting Canadian pick and pay model

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Verizon FiOS is breaking down its programming bundle, offering the option to subscribe to a basic tier of channels which can be supplemented with mini-bundles of channels – essentially theme-based tiers – for an incremental fee.

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Verizon bets on college sports for its mobile video offer

April 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The carrier today revealed new deals with ESPN, CBS Sports, 120 Sports, ACC Digital Network and Campus Insiders that will all center around NCAA content.

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Mediacom going all-digital in MO

April 16, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In Missouri, Mediacom is upgrading its TV service to all-digital. The transition will begin next month and end in early June.

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Lantiq chipset supports 300 Mbps VDSL in FTTN networks

April 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The semiconductor company now has available a new chipset designed for the distribution points in GPON networks that connect customers with VDSL-based service at speeds up to 300 Mbps.

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CenturyLink brings gigabit service to LaCrosse

April 16, 2015 12:56 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink has been rolling out the FTTH network over the past year. Last year, CenturyLink rolled out its gigabit service in Platteville, WI. In total, CentruyLink has brought its fiber network to residents and businesses in 17 cities across the U.S.

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AT&T files separate challenge to FCC’s net neutrality rules

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T’s suit is somewhat surprising as the carrier was expected to allow wireless industry organizations lead the legal battle. Yesterday, both the NCTA and ACA filed suits on behalf of the cable industry, as did the CTIA on behalf of its wireless constituency.

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

April 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The deal values Alcatel-Lucent at $16.6 billion, and the deal is expected to close in early 2016. 

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Dish makes Netflix a multi-room app

April 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish has made Netflix available for multiple room viewing for its customers with Joey receivers, and Vevo is now available to its customers with a Hopper DVR.

Dish adding voice input to its apps

April 15, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish is building Rovi Conversation Services into its Explorer iPad app, Hopper Voice remote, and Dish Anywhere app for viewing from mobile devices. Dish customers will be able to use voice commands to search for live and on-demand content.  

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Cable, Wireless industries sue to stop FCC's Title II plan

April 14, 2015 5:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

NCTA president Michael Powell said reclassification is unjustifiably going too far; that even a partial victory for any of the interests involved will be treated as a first step in completely undermining the FCC’s intent; and said that barring some other solution more litigation against the FCC is inevitable.

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Confirmed: Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel Lucent

April 14, 2015 3:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Nokia and ALU are "in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." They cautioned there is "no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction."

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This releases major upgrade for SwitchStream

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Version 3.0 introduces several new features for MVPDs and programmers including Audit Central, a tool for event verification and audit reporting; Map View for zone creation and event execution mapping; and an Event Dashboard for monitoring event execution status and system health management.

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