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Verizon increases FiOS penetration in Q1

April 21, 2015 | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company addressed several controversies, including one associated with its its new pick-and-pay plans for FiOS TV, and the other about AT&T’s response to the FCC’s reclassifying broadband under Title II.

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Frontier names president of National Region

April 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Becky B. Potts has been appointed as president of Frontier Communications’ National Region. This region includes Frontier’s Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, North Caolina, and South Carolina markets.

Alaska claims SCTE's Chapter of the Year Award again

April 21, 2015 1:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The SCTE has named its Alaska Chapter as Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year. Alaska was awarded Chapter of the Year for demonstrating a supreme level of excellence.

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Comcast, AT&T expand gigabit access

April 20, 2015 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast said it will be bringing its Gigabit Pro service to 12 markets in California. Meanwhile, AT&T said it will be expanding GigaPower into several areas in and around Chicago this summer.

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FCC OKs shared access in new wireless band

April 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The wireless industry in particular has supported opening 3.5 GHz spectrum to broadband applications, including through the innovative use of new technologies such as small cells.

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Charter renews pact with Rovi

April 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter will continue to license Rovi’s products and services, which include Rovi Search, Recommendations, and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata, and Rovi Analytics.

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CenturyLink helping Utah expand gigabit connectivity

April 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink is assisting Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) in constructing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds.

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CenturyLink sues FCC on Open Internet order

April 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Objecting that using Title II to impose network neutrality rules is too heavy-handed, CenturyLink said that it yearly spends hundreds of millions of dollars to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content.”

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Comcast, TWC to meet with Justice Dept.

April 20, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be meeting with the Justice Department on Wednesday, following reports at the end of last week that Justice lawyers are leaning against approving Comcast’s acquisition of TWC.

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Bell Labs bumps G.fast to 10 Gbps

April 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bell Labs has achieved transmissions of 10 Gbps over copper wiring, using G.fast technology. The organization was able to sustain such speeds on loops of 50 meters. Beyond 50 meters, the transmission rate drops off considerably.

Justice Dept. reported skeptical of Comcast-TWC deal

April 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.

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FCC names deputy chief technologist

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alison Neplokh was chief engineer with the FCC’s Media Bureau and will continue to serve in that role. She will also continue to manage the Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee. 

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Cox AZ customers get broadband speed boost

April 17, 2015 1:36 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company is increasing its High Speed Internet Essential package from 5 to 15 Mbps, and its High Speed Internet Starter package was increased from 1 to 5 Mbps.

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FiOS adopting Canadian pick and pay model

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Verizon FiOS is breaking down its programming bundle, offering the option to subscribe to a basic tier of channels which can be supplemented with mini-bundles of channels – essentially theme-based tiers – for an incremental fee.

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Verizon bets on college sports for its mobile video offer

April 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The carrier today revealed new deals with ESPN, CBS Sports, 120 Sports, ACC Digital Network and Campus Insiders that will all center around NCAA content.

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Mediacom going all-digital in MO

April 16, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In Missouri, Mediacom is upgrading its TV service to all-digital. The transition will begin next month and end in early June.

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