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

Cox launches mobile version of social media site for small biz

October 9, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox first launched the Blue Powered by Cox Business website in May as part of its strategy to help small business owners leverage technology to achieve their goals. The website was soft-launched near the end of March and marked the company’s first foray into engaging small businesses with a social media initiative.

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Sprint service aims at untapped MVNO customers

October 9, 2012 4:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint launched a new service on Monday aimed at bringing in new MVNO customers from the retail, hospitality and travel industries. The turnkey Mobile Broadband on Demand platform allows companies without prior MVNO experience to offer mobile broadband service on Sprint's CDMA network and Clearwire's WiMAX network.

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Active Broadband improves IPDR reporting

October 9, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Active Broadband has added code to its software that helps assure that IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record) data collected from CMTSs in DOCSIS networks is accurate and complete. Cable ops can use IPDR data to compute subscriber Internet usage for usage metering and usage-based pricing.

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Wipro paves way for prepaid broadband

October 9, 2012 3:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wipro Technologies introduced a service that will enable cable operators to offer video, broadband and telephony on a prepaid basis. The prepaid approach, which aims to reduce cost and credit obstacles, has proven to be a practical option for many wireless telephony customers, including many in unserved or underserved markets.

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Arris improves CMTS software

October 9, 2012 3:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Arris Group has updated its CMTS software to improve performance for control plane-related tasks, including IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Command Line Interface (CLI). The update, Release 8.1, also increases IPv6 route scaling.

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Comcast names Fore as regional SVP for California

October 9, 2012 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Henry “Hank” Fore reports to Steve White and oversees Comcast’s video, data and telephone operations in both the Bay area and central California, which serve more than 2.2 million customers. He will also manage more than 5,500 employees.

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This Technology opens doors on Denver office, hires more execs

October 9, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology recently opened a new office in Denver and hired three more executives. While This Technology will keep its original office in New York City, the Denver office opened in August. The Denver location puts This Tech closer to Broomfield, Colo.-based CableLabs.

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U.S. House: Chinese communications vendors pose security threat

October 9, 2012 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The House Intelligence Committee issued a report that recommends that American companies avoid sourcing network equipment from China's two leading technology firms – Huawei Technologies and ZTE – because they pose a national security threat to the United States.

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Dish, Gannett reach agreement over TV fees

October 8, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dish and Gannett said Monday that they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett. The companies didn't give further details in announcing their long-term agreement.

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NCTA’s Powell to speak at SCTE leadership program

October 8, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth today announced today that Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), will serve as the featured guest presenter for the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.

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Comcast wraps Xfinity Home launch in West Virginia

October 8, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had finished launching its Xfinity Home service across its West Virginia footprint. Xfinity Home is Comcast’s set of home security, monitoring and control services. Comcast expects to have Xfinity Home available across all of its footprint by the end of this year.

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Suddenlink launches TiVo Stream in Lubbock

October 8, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Suddenlink's new service is based on the new TiVo Stream box, which can stream both live channels and recorded content directly from TiVo Premiere digital video recorders (DVRs) to up to four iPods, iPads, and iPhones simultaneously. Support for other devices is promised.

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Cox connects with new Starz TV Everywhere services

October 8, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox is now able to offer its authenticated subscribers Starz Play and Encore Play for free via Starz’s Websites. Starz also said it would launch MoviePlex and MoviePlex Play with Cox and announce additional launch agreements with its distribution partners in the future.

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Cisco elevates two execs to president

October 5, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

 Cisco Systems hasn't had a president since CEO John Chambers gave up the title in 2006. Now, as the company thinks about Chambers’ successor, the company is  appointing two presidents: Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore.

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Verizon, Cox extend their partnership

October 5, 2012 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cox Communications has begun offering its customers in three more markets bundles that include cellular service from Verizon Wireless. The two have been cross-selling each other’s product, in Oklahoma City and Tulsa since May. They have extended their partnership to Cox markets in Wichita, Kan., Omaha, Neb., and northwest Arkansas.

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