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

Cuban govt is expanding Wi-Fi access, making it cheaper

June 18, 2015 9:43 am | by Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press | Comments

The spokesman for Cuba's state communications company told the newspaper that 35 government computer centers around the country would have Wi-Fi starting next month...

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Briefs: D-link, UIEvolution, Alcatel-Lucent, Panasonic

June 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by CED staff | Comments

D-Link announced its new ShareCenter + 4-Bay Cloud Network Storage Enclousure (DNS-340L), which is designed to provide features offered in business and consumer storage arrays. The DNS-340L is a . . . 

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Digitalsmiths: Average TV subscriber only wants 17 channels

June 17, 2015 12:36 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The percentage of pay-TV subscribers that have switched providers increased by two percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015. Of all respondents surveyed in a new report by Digitalsmiths . . .  

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U.S. Justice Dept. signs off on Nokia-Alcatel-Lucent merger

June 17, 2015 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department has granted early termination of the antitrust waiting period for the proposed merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent...

Officials say security lapses left system open to hackers

June 17, 2015 11:02 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

Years of fundamental cybersecurity lapses left the government's personnel agency wide open to a pair of hacks that have exposed the private information about nearly every federal employee...

Samsung, Pearl TV, Sinclair team up to accelerate work on ATSC 3.0

June 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The three parties have agreed to work together over the next 18 months to cooperatively engage in technical, field, and consumer testing.

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Report: Comcast in talks with DT about buying T-Mobile

June 17, 2015 9:21 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The German publication reports Comcast’s early edge relates to the U.S. cable company’s financial strength...                         

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Philo raises $10 million for its TV Everywhere service

June 16, 2015 11:49 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Phillo has secured $10 million in series B funding. The company will apply the monies to product development, and to the relocation of its headquarters to San Francisco. The series A investment round was . . .

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Verizon CFO: 'No' on Dish Acquisition

June 16, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

And yet some have questioned whether Verizon might be interested in acquiring Dish for its massive cache of spectrum.              

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Frontier taking $283M in Connect America funds to expand broadband

June 16, 2015 11:21 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Frontier Communications will put more than $283 million in Connect America Fund (CAF) support to expand broadband coverage to 1.3 million people.

Playstation Vue goes a-la-carte, expands to L.A. and San Francisco

June 16, 2015 10:23 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

At the onset, Playstation 3 and 4 owners will be able to sign up for Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus and Machinima...                      

Briefs: Sckipio, VeloCloud, Teletrax, Array

June 16, 2015 9:44 am | by CED staff | Comments

Sckipio has a new line of G.fast reference designs that support G.fast CPE modems inside SFP pluggable form-factor. The Netherlands-based company also has a new CPE bridge reference design with reverse . . .

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U-verse with GigaPower now available in Charlotte

June 15, 2015 5:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T announced Monday that U-verse with GigaPower is now available to residents and businesses in parts of Charlotte. Through the service customers have access to standalone internet packages . . .  

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Gigabit Pro coming to parts of Indiana

June 15, 2015 1:05 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast's Gigabit Pro will be available in select Indiana markets within the next month. Cities that will have access to the service include Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis . . .

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Vast data warehouse raises health overhaul privacy concerns

June 15, 2015 12:52 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

A government data warehouse stores personal information indefinitely on millions of people who seek coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law...

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