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TWC increases broadband penetration to low-income families in NYC

June 15, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended a partnership that fosters greater digital penetration to low-income families in New York City.


Verizon rebuts spectrum warehousing claims

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon Wireless continues its effort to convince the FCC to approve its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum as the clock ticks down on the deal.


In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.


Disney rolls out more live TV apps with Comcast

June 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Disney rolled out three more apps that enable pay-TV subscribers of Comcast to watch live TV on the go.


Communal Clearwire? Meet Karma.

June 15, 2012 2:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

A new start-up is chucking the conventional approach to data plans in favor of plans that require users to share access to their Wi-Fi hotspots.


Anga Cable Show a bigger draw for foreign attendees

June 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Anga Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, increased its number of foreign attendees from 43 percent to 50 percent.


NBC to stream events, but only to subscribers

June 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Given that NBC pays a premium to air the Olympics, it will allow only authenticated cable and satellite subscribers to view streamed coverage on


Cablevision offers self-provision tool to business customers

June 14, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The online tool will enable small business customers to manage many aspects of their own services, including provisioning services and features.


Obama measures aim to promote broadband

June 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The president signs an order to make it easier to build on federal lands and announces a program to encourage new uses of broadband networks.


Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.


Proxy firms give WOW/Knology deal stamp of approval

June 14, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Two leading independent proxy advisory firms have thrown their support behind the $1.5 billion merger agreement between WideOpenWest and Knology.


FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.


Sprint hikes fiber backbone to 100G, plans 400G trials

June 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The operator said it hired Ciena to upgrade its optical backbone network to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps and that it plans to conduct trials of 400 Gbps links next year.


Charter’s customer rewards program celebrates 5-year anniversary

June 14, 2012 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications’ customer rewards program, which it calls “Live It with Charter,” celebrated its five-year anniversary recently.


TWC taps Herbert as regional VP of operations for Midwest Market

June 14, 2012 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After 20 years at Time Warner Cable, Jack Herbert has taken on a new role as the cable operator’s regional vice president of operations for its Midwest Market.



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