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Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 | by Brian Santo | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

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Ciena software brings SDN to WANs

July 9, 2014 4:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Supporting the move to software defined networking (SDN), Ciena has introduced a set of software products that includes a controller that enables network operators to virtualize their (WANs), along with three network applications. The company’s Agility portfolio is built using the OpenDaylight framework.

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Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises that are located across the nation in Comcast Business’ service areas.

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Cox scores deal with SEC Networks

July 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With a little over a month left before the kickoff of the SEC Network, ESPN announced it had reached a carriage agreement with Cox Communications. Southeastern Conference college sports action will be available on multiple platforms and across Cox’s entire footprint when it launches. Aug. 14.

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Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google announced five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers.

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Bell Labs achieves 10Gbps speeds on copper lines

July 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming a broadband speed record of 10 Gbps on traditional copper telephone lines using XG-FAST technology, a variant of the G.fast standard that is now being finalized. XG-FAST can also be used to deliver symmetrical 1 Gbps on copper.

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GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

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10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

July 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former New Orleans Mayor and Cox Communications executive Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

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Intel, Broadcom, Samsung set up yet another IoT standards group

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The new Open Interconnect Consortium will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices. OIC goes up against the AllSeen Alliance, whose members include Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, and CableLabs.

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Level 3 adds playout service for broadcasters

July 8, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Level 3 introduced asystem designed for broadcasters to use to create linear channels for secure distribution to cable headends and satellite TV network operations centers. Content owners provide their channel playlist and digital video files, and Level 3 will format and store those files until they’re ready for distribution over satellite or via fiber.

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FCC picks review teams for megamergers

July 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the members of the panel that will review two proposed mega-mergers: Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter, and AT&T / DirecTV. Those who watch such things infer from the choice of panelists that the FCC is not going to simply rubber-stamp either deal.

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Buckeye Telesystem expands with purchase of Line Systems

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Buckeye Telesystem does business in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area, but will expand its reach into the Mid-Atlantic region with its parent company’s acquisition of Line Systems, a full-service, integrated business communications provider.

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Cable veteran Bowick joins Calix’s board

July 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Cox Communications chief technology officer Chris Bowick has been named to Calix’s board of directors. Bowick replaced former chief financial office Michael Ashby on the board. Calix also announced today that Grande Communications was using its products to fuel its 1 Gbps serivce in Austin, Texas. 

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Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

July 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones for its earnings. Sales growth in high-end Android devices has waned after several years of rapid expansion. 

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Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

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Hitron gateway achieves D3.0 certification from CableLabs

July 7, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.0 gateway, with a 24x8 configuration, and incorporating both the latest version of Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and MoCA 2.0. Hitron believes this is the first gateway with this combination of features. In the same Cablelabs testing wave, A-L earned DPoE certification for its OLTs.

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