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Mike! Mike! Mike! Guess what day it is!

March 14, 2014 11:33 am | by CED | Comments

              You know what day it is.                                       

Report: Starbucks to test mobile ordering

March 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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Smart home market needs more help

March 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.

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Kit Carson Electric taps Fujitsu for FTTH project

March 13, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.

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Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

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Smit, McCaskill lead 2014 Vanguard class

March 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Neil Smit, president & CEO, Comcast Cable and Patty McCaskill, senior vice president & chief programming officer, Suddenlink Communications, were announced as this year’s recipients of the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Other Vanguard honorees include Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, TWCBC's Phil Meeks, and Mediacom's John Pascarelli.

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Finnish op DNA fires up multi-screen service

March 12, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The system is built on SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen platform. Other vendors and the technology they contributed included SF Anytime content, Harmonic transcoding, Edgeware streaming and storage, ATES single sign-on, Conax conditional access, Cubiware set-top client, and Intek set-tops.

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Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

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Liberty Global goes live in Germany with Arris E6000

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.

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Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

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RST Fiber lights up 100G-fiber backbone in N.C.

March 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.

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In the media: Comcast might take on YouTube

March 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.

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BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

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Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

March 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.

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Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

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