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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Verizon good on spectrum as AOL deal brings subsidized video

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | Comments

As Verizon pegs video as the source of 53 percent of all its data traffic, CFO Fran Shammo said the AOL buy was important because it provides an ad-insertion platform that will allow it to provide subsidized video content. 

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MediaMelon does ABR one better

May 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MediaMelon has introduced an enhancement to adaptive bitrate technology it says can lower bitrate requirements for video streaming by an average of 35 percent. The startup is currently working with Deluxe OnDemand to implement the technology.

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Vowing merger is still on, Charter and BHN extend negotiations

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications and Bright House Networks’ parent Advance/Newhouse “remain committed to completing their previously announced transaction on the same economic and governance terms.”

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Sprint, Google, others join Wi-Fi trade group

May 19, 2015 1:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Sprint and Google are among 22 new members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Operator members serve over 1 billion subscribers, and manage over 10 million hotspots in total.

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Bright House picks up medical SMB customer

May 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a five year agreement to provide internet, and voice services to St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute locations in Tampa Bay, FL.

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NC sues FCC over muni broadband ruling

May 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The State of North Carolina is suing the FCC to prevent the city of Wilson, N.C., from expanding its municipal broadband network. North Carolina argues that the FCC lacks the authority to issue the order.

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Qualcomm's AllPlay gets Bluetooth to Wi-Fi streaming

May 18, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The new feature will allow all local or cloud-based music on a consumer's smartphone to be streamed to any Bluetooth-compatible AllPlay speaker and then re-streamed over Wi-Fi to multiple AllPlay speakers, all in sync.

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Amdocs adds analytics capabilities

May 18, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Amdocs has introduced a set of applications that enable service providers to aggregate data from multiple marketing, network and customer care sources for analysis. Separately, the vendor announced that Telefonica has selected its data management services for operations in Chile and Peru.

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CenturyLink expands availability of SMB gigabit service

May 18, 2015 1:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps service is now available to 115K SMBs in areas of Iowa, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The network now includes 490K small and mid-sized businesses within 17 states.

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Cybersecurity symposium added to Cable-Tec schedule

May 15, 2015 2:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs is holding a cybersecurity symposium that will coincide with this year’s Cable-Tec Expo.

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Report: Dish planning “Something Big” for wireless business

May 15, 2015 2:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish is preparing “something big” and looking for a new CMO as it moves forward with a plan to become the “only provider that can offer wireless voice, video and data,” according to a Dish document obtained by Yahoo Finance.

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CBS, Fox, now on Chromecast

May 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Chromecast is now streaming content from CBS, FOX, and HGTV, and free live video through Pluto TV, and Haystack. The $30 streaming stick has been on the market for two years, and competing streaming service providers include YouTube, Hulu, HBO Go, Netflix, and Plex.

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Video subscriber growth tanks; cable kills in broadband

May 15, 2015 2:06 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | Comments

This year’s Q1 was the weakest quarter for pay-TV net additions in ten years while broadband subscription was up by 1.2 million net additions. Cable’s broadband performance over the last year was dominating.

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Reports: Cox to trial data caps; FCC eying the practice

May 15, 2015 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Usage caps are gaining attention again, with separate recent reports that the FCC might open an examination of the practice and that Cox Communications is setting up a trial in Cleveland.

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Comcast vows to hire 10K veterans

May 14, 2015 2:24 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast NBCUniversal will hire 10,000 veterans, reservists, and their spouses or domestic partners over the next three years. The company has created the position of VP of military and veterans initiatives to manage all programs, and outreach efforts related to the military and veteran community.

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