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

Raleigh OKs AT&T’s GigaPower service

June 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T has checked Raleigh off its list of North Carolina cities that have ratified the deployment of its fiber-based GigaPower service. AT&T has been working with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deploy its 1 Gbps service across six cities in the area

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Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

June 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones. The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.

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Cisco to buy software orchestration specialist for $175M

June 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco is in the process of buying privately-held Tail-f Systems, which specializes in implementing applications, network services and solutions across a range of networking devices. Service providers in particular should benefit from Tail-f’s products, using them to manage their networks as they introduce new services at a rapid rate.

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Mediacom working with John Deere on automated farming

June 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Mediacom Business and John Deere have filed an expression of interest with the FCC that outlines a plan to improve agricultural efficiency and production by driving fiber networks deeper into rural Iowa and connecting commercial farming operations with wireless broadband services.

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Cox Business debuts dual Wi-Fi router; access to CableWiFi hotspots

June 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

As of last week, Cox Business data customers can tap into more than 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation from other members of the CableWiFi Alliance at no additional charge. Also on the Wi-Fi front, Cox Business has deployed a gateway from Cisco that enables public and private SSIDs for its business customers.

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RCN tunes in TiVo’s caller ID on TV feature

June 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN subscribers with leased TiVo boxes can now tap into the latter’s caller ID on TV service at no additional cost. The new feature, which will be available to new and existing customers this week, displays the name of the caller and the number on the TV screen during an incoming call. 

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Cable STBs enjoy growth spurt in 1Q

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While worldwide set-top box revenue declined in the first quarter of this year, the cable set-top box segment grew 5 percent in both units shipped and revenue growth. Infonetics Research’s set-top box report said that worldwide set-top box revenue totaled $4.8 billion in the first quarter, which was a decline of 3 percent from the preceding fourth quarter.

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How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

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Texas two-step: Suddenlink bows 300 Mbps service

June 16, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering a new data tier in two Texas communities with a speed of up to 300 Mbps on the downstream. The 300 Mbps service, which tops out at 15 Mbps on the upstream, is now available in Leander and Pflugerville, Texas with Georgetown to follow in the Lone Star state later this summer.  

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Columbus Communications using Triveni portable MPEG analyzer

June 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Columbus Communications has deployed Triveni Digital's StreamScope Portal portable MPEG analysis and troubleshooting tool across its operations in the Caribbean. Columbus is using the tool to monitor and improve video streams from its distribution plants on multiple islands.

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TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

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Report: Pay-TV operators rule STB food chain

June 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The largest video providers rule the roost when it comes to defining the set-top box ecosystem, according to a recent report by ABI Research. While pay-TV operators are at the top of the set-top box food chain, hardware OEMs and semiconductor vendors function in supporting roles.  

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Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

June 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. says it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion. Level 3 owns network and data centers around the world, while TW Telecom provides data and Internet and other services to businesses in the U.S.

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Alibaba plans blockbuster IPO

June 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.

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Wheeler expands network neutrality process to include peering

June 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wheeler for the first time made a clear distinction between ISP networks and activity on the open Internet governed by peering agreements. Consumers expect good service, he said, and peering activity affects that. He has directed the FCC to start collecting information on peering agreements.

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