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

Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

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Vyve fills out Oklahoma footprint with acquisitions

August 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Vyve Broadband said it has acquired certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable. The acquisitions fill out Vyve’s footprint in Oklahoma. The former Reach and Lakeview systems have already been merged into Vyve's operations.

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Jones/NCTI offers field tech reference app

August 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Jones/NCTI has introduced a mobile tool designed to help field technicians by making training content immediately accessible. Amp is designed to complement a company's internal education toolkit and fill knowledge gaps so field teams can quickly and efficiently solve problems.

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Dish's Q2 profit not enough to make analysts happy

August 6, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Englewood, Colorado-based company reported net income of $213.3 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $11.1 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The company's results missed analysts' expectations.

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Synacor taps Comcast exec to lead turnaround

August 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Synacor appointed former Comcast Cable manager Himesh Bhise as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. The company announced in March that CEO Ron Frankel would be stepping down following the company's 2013 loss.

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CenturyLink plans gigabit services in 16 markets

August 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

CenturyLink plans to leapfrog some of its competitors by going straight to symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps in 16 markets. The carrier has also been reported to be negotiating with some of the cities, including Portland, Ore., for video franchises.

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Alternatives to passwords gain traction

August 5, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Passcodes are a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more.

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Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

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TWC joins green fleet program

August 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TWC is joining a program administered by the DOE to reduce petroleum use within its fleet of more than 20,000 service trucks and vehicles. Participation in the DOE’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleet Partnership is part of the company’s “Go Green” initiative.

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Cisco forms Internet of Things group

August 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco has created a new group, called the IoT systems and software group, dedicated to machine connectivity. Kip Compton has been named VP, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software, in charge of the company's strategy for what it considers a major growth area.

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Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

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Cablevision hires Yahoo's Dibble as CTO

August 4, 2014 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The CTO title is a new one at Cablevision. Cablevision had been looking for a top technology executive since May, when Yvette Kanouff, the company’s EVP of engineering, left to join Cisco as the head of its service provider video software and solutions (SPVSS) organization.

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NCTC inks multi-screen deal with Disney

August 4, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The NCTC announced a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

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Comcast accelerates Xfinity for Californians

August 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSOs latest speed increase applies to all California customers except those in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista. The other markets where Comcast accelerated Xfinity speeds are Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX.

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Harmonic adds to contribution encoder line

August 4, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The multiformat, multicodec Ellipse encoders support SD, HD, and MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC. Thy also feature 3G SDI inputs to support the compression of 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p60 content for contribution applications where pristine video quality is essential.

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