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Reaction mixed on FCC, DOJ approval of Verizon AWS

August 17, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Depending on who you ask, the government's approval of Verizon Wireless' AWS purchase is either a good thing or the end of competition as we know it for certain segments of the telecommunications industry. The head of the FCC said he was prepared to approve Verizon's acquisition of AWS spectrum from Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Comcast.

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Dish: Partner needed for wireless rollout

August 17, 2012 3:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

A top Dish Network executive says the company may need to partner with an existing wireless operator to construct its LTE network. Delays securing FCC clearance for its wireless plans may make it necessary to work with an incumbent provider, instead of constructing its own greenfield network.

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Buckeye CableSystem plans for 90 Mbps upstream speed

August 17, 2012 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is in the final stages of a project that would enable aggregate speeds of 90 Mbps on the upstream. Recently, Comcast announced that its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier featured 65 Mbps on the upstream, which matched Verizon’s fastest upstream speed that was launched in June.

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Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

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FCC, DOJ to clear Verizon AWS deal

August 16, 2012 3:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC and Justice Department are set to clear Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable operators.

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Cablevision tees up multi-year agreement to carry NFL Network, RedZone

August 16, 2012 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Football fans in Cablevision’s New York metropolitan area footprint now have access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone, thanks to a new multi-year agreement between the cable operator and the NFL.

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Verizon LTE coverage hits 75% mark

August 16, 2012 3:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon Wireless ticked off another milestone today, expanding its LTE network to cover three-quarters of the U.S. population.

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Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

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SeaChange, TiVo extend Cardio to Cisco networks

August 16, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.

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Verizon stirs in BBC America HD to FiOS lineup

August 16, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Verizon FiOS is working on adding more HD channels, and on that note, it announced that BBC America HD is now available to its FiOS TV subscribers. BBC America HD is available in FiOS TV’s Extreme HD and Ultimate HD packages. The channel was already available in standard-definition on FiOS TV. Verizon said it also plans to add BBC America HD to its video-on-demand offerings soon.

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A year after launch, Comcast chalks up nearly 100K families for Internet Essentials

August 15, 2012 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Since the launch of Internet Essentials, Comcast has helped close the digital divide for nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 low-income citizens, by connecting them to the Internet.

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S3 Group joins Comcast RDK party

August 15, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.

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FCC clears T-Mobile LTE tests on federal spectrum

August 15, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC is allowing T-Mobile USA to move forward with tests of an LTE service that would share spectrum with federal users in the 1755-1780 MHz band.

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Procera Networks names Schuh VP of global support, quality

August 15, 2012 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Deep packet inspection vendor Procera Networks announced that Trevis Schuh has joined the company in the newly created position of vice president of global support and quality.

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FCC, DOJ approval rumored for Verizon AWS deal

August 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The government is said to be set to approve Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

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