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Charter says customers will benefit from $67.1B merger

June 25, 2015 1:34 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

In an effort to sway government approval of Charter's $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter said it will roll out faster internet with no data caps for Time . . . 

Qwilt secures $25M in additional funding

June 25, 2015 11:57 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Qwilt has obtained $25 million in funding through investments led by venture capital firm Disrupt-ive. As a result of the series D funding round, the company has secured $65 million in total that it plans . . .


Fox News launching new SiriusXM news channel this fall

June 25, 2015 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News is launching a new radio channel that will bring breaking news and other reports to SiriusXM subscribers.


DOJ prods FCC to side with smaller carriers on auction rules

June 25, 2015 11:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The Justice Department appears to be siding with T-Mobile, Dish Network, Sprint and other interested parties...                     


AT&T adds Apple Watch support, channels to U-verse app

June 25, 2015 11:18 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T U-verse subscribers can control their services through an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch can be used as a remote control, and serve as an alert for upcoming . . .


Verizon OTT service signs content deal with Food Network, Travel Channel

June 25, 2015 10:18 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Verizon today announced a mobile-first content distribution agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive.                       

Briefs: Intelesat, Anvato, S3 Group, SCTE

June 25, 2015 9:45 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Intelesat has signed an agreement with OneWeb to build and launch a low orbit Ku-band satellite constellation, and will invest $25 million in the company. Intelesat will leverage OneWeb's LEO platform . . .


Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

June 25, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The $600 million project announced Wednesday marks Google's first commitment in eight years to build a U.S. data center.


Briefs: Espial, Marvell, Klas Telecom, Frontier Communications

June 24, 2015 12:15 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Espial announced the acquisition of Bluestreak Technologies, which is a software and services provider of video solutions for connected devices, but also set-top boxes, smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets . . . 


Google startup replacing NYC pay phones with free Wi-Fi

June 24, 2015 12:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Google startup Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors that will acquire the newly formed Intersection. Intersection is part of a group that is developing a free city-wide Wi-Fi project . . .    


Vivint launches 100Mbps fixed wireless broadband service

June 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The service already counts 15,000 customers in pilot cities including El Paso, San Antonio and several cities in Utah.             

Netflix to execute 7-for-1 stock split next month

June 24, 2015 9:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Netflix will execute a seven-for-one stock split next month in a widely anticipated move designed to make the Internet video service's shares more...

Showtime now available as a Hulu Plus $9 add-on

June 23, 2015 5:06 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Showtime will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers early next month for $9. Hulu Plus customers will be able to access Showtime programming through the Hulu app just before new seasons of "Masters of . . .


CWA: Verizon's pay increase a 'smokescreen'

June 23, 2015 4:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) says Verizon's offer to raise pay for 38,000 wireline employees is a ruse.


Cablevision boosts core internet service speed

June 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision has boosted its 15 Mbps Optimum internet service tier to 25 Mbps for new and existing residential and business customers. The upgrade is being provided at no additional cost. Standalone . . .



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