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Time Warner Cable finishes TWC Maxx upgrades in NYC, LA

November 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.

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Cable One to spin off from Graham Holdings

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Graham Holdings’ board of directors has decided that its Cable One division would be more successful on its own with the spinoff slated for next year. Graham Holdings board of directors gave management its nod of approval to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Cable One, which will result in the cable operator being a publicly traded company.

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Small mobile providers voice concerns over Title II

November 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak in the smaller markets they serve. The response from rural and regional carriers is similar to what larger carriers and wireless industry groups have said after President Obama earlier this week urged the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers.

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Infographic: Net Neutrality debate is about the lack of competition

November 13, 2014 6:46 pm | by CED | Comments

Infographic: It is a misconception that the discussion about network neutrality is solely about principles such as preventing ISPs from blocking traffic or favoring traffic from any source. It's also very much about broadband competition, or more to the point, the lack of it.

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ZCorum diagnostics cover in-home Wi-Fi

November 13, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

ZCorum has added a feature to its TruVizionbroadband diagnostics application that displays Wi-Fi diagnostics information for subscribers who have CPE with an embedded Wi-Fi access point. Anywhere from 20- to 40 percent of inbound tech support calls are related to the home.

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Cox lights up 500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Phoenix

November 13, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has turned up 500 hotspots across Phoenix with plans to deploy an additional 1,200 access points across the valley by the end of this year. Cox, which recently started offering its 1-Gigabit service in the Phoenix area, has targeted more than 2,500 hotspots in metro Phoenix by the end of next year.

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Alaska’s GCI partners with oil & gas vendor

November 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI, through its GCI Industrial Telecom division, has struck a strategic partnership with oilfield monitoring vendor WellAware. The deal will give WellAware access to GCI’s mapping and analytics information across the state, which will be used by oil and gas field operators.

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Media: Wave Broadband cues up 1-Gig in Seattle

November 13, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Wave Broadband will unleash a 1-Gigabit service in one area of Seattle starting next month. Through a subdivision, CondoInternet, Wave Broadband has seemingly beaten Google Fiber, Comcast and CenturyLink to the 1-Gigabit punch with its plans to offer the service to every home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, according to a blog in The Seattle Times

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Cisco beats Street 1Q profit, revenue forecasts

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday. It also announced that its chief financial officer will step down. The seller of routers, switches, software and services said its net income totaled $1.83 billion, or 35 cents per share.

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Roberts: Full steam ahead on Time Warner deal

November 13, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is moving "full steam ahead" with the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable despite the uncertainty raised by President Barack Obama's call for tougher regulations on high-speed Internet service providers. Roberts said Comcast Corp. still intends to spend about $20 billion during the next two years to improve its Internet service and other products.

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YouTube adds subscription service to music mix

November 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of ad-free subscription service "Music Key" and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free. The subscription service is part of Google's effort to mine more revenue from YouTube as the video site approaches the 10th anniversary of its inception.

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Tablets increasingly used to watch linear TV

November 13, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Infographic: More and more people are using their tablets for viewing linear content. Ad placement (and viewing) in broadband content is increasing significantly. That's true not only of long-form content but also of short-form content  and everything in between.

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thePlatform instantly converts linear broadcast for replay modes

November 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

thePlatform has introduced a service for broadcasters that converts linear TV almost immediately into a format that can be used for instant replay in a multi-screen delivery environment. The capability is based in part on Elemental Technology’s Delta JIT packaging system. 

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Jackson Energy goes gigabit with Adtran

November 12, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

JEA first deployed its FTTH network over a decade ago, with the expectation that deploying fiber could support the community’s evolution into a globally connected commercial center. West Tennessee has historically been an agricultural region.

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WOW! tunes in Netflix on Arris boxes

November 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on Arris boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by Arris, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates Netflix app into the leased boxes.

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