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Republican Commissioners Ask for Delay of Vote on Title II

February 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly on Monday asked Chairman Wheeler to delay a vote on whether to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as public utilities.

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IBM, Juniper aim at CSP market with big data services

February 24, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

IBM and Juniper Networks plan to work together to develop network analytics to help communications service providers and enterprises. Juniper will now be able to resell IBM big data analytics services with many of its routing products.

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Baseball helping more programmers go over the top

February 24, 2015 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media operation is helping to set up both HBO’s and Sony’s forthcoming online services. As many as 40 other programmers are also lining up for MLBAM's services.

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Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to battle Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries.

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Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

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Mediacom adds data subs, loses video customers

February 23, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

At year’s end 2014, Mediacom was down to 890,000 basic video customers. Its total number of broadband customers in 2013 was 965,000, but by the close of the most recent year, the company had increased its total broadband customer base to over a million.

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With help from Arris, RDK now supports DVB

February 23, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Thanks to “significant contributions” from Arris, RDK Management announced this morning that it was adding more support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely employed in Europe and other parts of the world. The Reference Design Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common platform for CPE devices, now supports in-band DVB Service Information (DVB-SI) elements.

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Verizon report: IoT building momentum

February 23, 2015 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

According to recent report commissioned by Verizon, the Internet of Things (IoT) sector is being powered by technological, political and social factors that are driving more organizations to adopt IoT-enabled services and platforms. The use of social media and mobile technology—along with declining costs for IoT equipment, processing power and connectivity—were cited as factors for the current momentum behind IoT adoption.

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Ergen back as Dish’s CEO: Clayton to retire

February 23, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV provider as the company faces declining subscribers and a changing pay-TV industry. CEO Joseph Clayton, 64, said Monday he will retire March 31. He had been CEO since June 2011 and also holds the president title.

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Interop using Taqua's tech to enable VoWiFi

February 23, 2015 12:52 pm | Comments

Interop Technologies is adopting Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client, which will allow Interop to include voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) among the communications features it provides among its cloud-based services.

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FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

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TIA, Wi-Sun ally on Smart Grid connectivity

February 20, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TIA and Wi-Sun said they will cooperate in areas of mutual interest. One of the specific areas of mutual interest is the proposed TR-51 standard, which is being developed specifically for Smart Utility Networks.

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Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Level 3 vaults to 2nd place on Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard

February 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Thanks to its acquisition of tw telecom last year, Level 3 has moved into second-place on Vertical System Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Based on retail port shares, Level 3 was behind top-ranked AT&T but ahead of third-place Verizon.

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Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

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