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

New rules may answer question of whose Internet it is

February 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

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AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

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Cablevision suing Verizon over ad claims. Again.

January 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon for false advertising claims again, this time charging its rival with misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service. Cablevision is objecting to Verizon’s promotions of its new FiOS Quantum gateway.

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Comcast pushes TWC merger date back to August

January 30, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Barring delays, Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have been completed by February. But there have been delays. Squabbles among companies who are party to the review, about who can see what documents in the proceeding, have repeatedly delayed the review process.

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Streaming, cloud paying off for Amazon

January 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amazon's strategy to expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware has affected profitability to investors' sometime chagrin. But Q4 results seem to show the company has the reins in hand when it comes to spending big and being profitable.

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Smartphones, broadband access markets buoy Broadcom's Q4

January 30, 2015 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company recently announced a DOCSIS 3.1 chipset that will be a critical component of next-generation cable equipment, right after announcing a g.fast chipset for equipment that can accelerate DSL networks to potentially compete with DOCSIS-based networks. 

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ALU demos aggregating current fiber links to 400G

January 30, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Spain said they have used the former’s 1830 Photonic Switch to reach aggregate data transport rates up to 400 Gbps on an existing fiber link. The trial demonstrates the ability of an existing optical network to carry data at up to 17.6 Tbps.

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Nickelodeon going direct to consumer too

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get, similar to the services planned by HBO, ESPN, and CBS.  It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March.

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AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Analysts estimate the bulk of the proceeds came from AT&T and Verizon, each of which might have spent $15 billion to $20 billion on the auction. It’s possible that both carriers bid around each other since the AWS-3 band plan made it possible for two carriers to land 20 MHz of spectrum.

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Time Warner Cable improves subscriber metrics in 4Q

January 29, 2015 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Time Warner Cable had some positive news to report in what may be its last earnings report before being consumed by Comcast later this year. In the fourth quarter, the nation’s second-largest cable operator reported its best quarterly subscriber numbers in seven years, which included the loss of just 38,000 basic video subscribers, which was less than analysts had projected.

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WOW! Business adds fiber in Chicago to serve 38 downtown buildings

January 29, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

WOW! Business has purchased fiber conduit in Chicago to better serve 38 downtown buildings. The fiber conduit runs along Wacker Drive in the downtown Chicago central business district and will enable WOW! to offer its triple play and cloud computing services in the area.

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CBS, Bell Media reach deal on Showtime in Canada

January 29, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Multimedia provider Bell Media and CBS inked a long-term content licensing and trademark agreement for Showtime in Canada, which brought the Showtime brand to Canada for the first time. The Showtime programming will be available across Bell Media platforms in English and French, including its new premium TV streaming service, CraveTV, as well as its pay television service, The Movie Network (TMN.)

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Charles Townes, who helped invent laser, dies

January 29, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and led to other scientific discoveries.

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Telefónica uses Amdocs again, this time in Brazil

January 28, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Telefónica continues to use Amdocs to upgrade the business support systems (BSS) of its properties in South America. This time it is looking to Amdocs for systems to support the multi-screen experience for quad-play customers of its Vivo operation in Brazil.

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U-verse grows a bit; Stephenson allows Title II feasibility

January 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T U-verse added a modest 73K video subscribers in Q4. Meanwhile, CEO Randall Stephenson allowed that there might be ways for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II without damaging the industry; he just wants to see the plan first before deciding. 

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