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

FCC chief defends spectrum auctions at NAB

April 17, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The head of the FCC tried to convince broadcasters to sell off their spectrum in voluntary auctions during a speech at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Report: AT&T, T-Mobile take fastest network honors

April 17, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

T-Mobile USA and AT&T finished top in their classes for 3G and 4G network performance, respectively, according to this year’s PCWorld report that measures wireless network performance.

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Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens

April 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oracle began trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.

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Comcast Cable ups Penna to SVP of HR

April 17, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Cable recently promoted Melanie Penna to the position of senior vice president of human resources service delivery.

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Cox bows TEDTalks On Demand

April 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has laid claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to offer TEDTalks On Demand, which features lectures from well-known scientists, adventurers, artists, designers and storytellers.

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New Starz, DirecTV deal adds in online sites

April 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starz Entertainment and DirecTV struck a new multi-platform deal that adds online access to movies and other video content to the satellite provider’s TV Everywhere stable.

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Streaming service for rocket launches lifts off with CMC

April 16, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Comcast Media Center (CMC) has inked a deal with United Launch Alliance to provide live and on-demand coverage of rocket launches across various media platforms.

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Provider taps Minerva, Edgeware for enhanced IPTV

April 16, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Indiana telecom company Smithville has enhanced its IPTV service by putting into place a system that records live broadcast TV and enables on-demand and restart viewing.

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OptiComm picks Casa Systems’ CMTSs

April 16, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Australia-based OptiComm will use cable modem termination systems from Casa Systems to build out the country’s first wholesale, DOCSIS 3.0-based HFC network to deliver data services.

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CTIA survey highlights growing data demand

April 16, 2012 2:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

According to CTIA, the annual U.S. wireless data traffic grew 123 percent – from 388 billion megabytes in 2010 to 866.7 billion megabytes in 2011.

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Chyron and ConnecTV combo on multi-screen

April 16, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two are set to integrate their systems to enable broadcasters to add interactivity that brings together TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones.

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Kiosks go mainstream for companies selling DVDs, iPads

April 16, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Streaming? Many people favor renting DVDs from a box – and they’re increasingly buying goods from kiosks.

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Verizon’s tech switch interrupts FiOS VOD service

April 13, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia will hold a hearing about Verizon’s foot-dragging on its FiOS rollout plans.

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Windstream opens doors on Little Rock data center

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Windstream opened its newest data center in Little Rock, Ark., in order to help provision its business customers’ needs via cloud-based and dedicated managed services.

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Study: China boosts mobile backhaul equipment market

April 13, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks in part to a surge in router purchases in China, the global mobile equipment market grew by 8 percent to $7.4 billion.

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