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

10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

July 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former New Orleans Mayor and Cox Communications executive Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

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Intel, Broadcom, Samsung set up yet another IoT standards group

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The new Open Interconnect Consortium will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices. OIC goes up against the AllSeen Alliance, whose members include Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, and CableLabs.

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Level 3 adds playout service for broadcasters

July 8, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Level 3 introduced asystem designed for broadcasters to use to create linear channels for secure distribution to cable headends and satellite TV network operations centers. Content owners provide their channel playlist and digital video files, and Level 3 will format and store those files until they’re ready for distribution over satellite or via fiber.

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FCC picks review teams for megamergers

July 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the members of the panel that will review two proposed mega-mergers: Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter, and AT&T / DirecTV. Those who watch such things infer from the choice of panelists that the FCC is not going to simply rubber-stamp either deal.

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Buckeye Telesystem expands with purchase of Line Systems

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Buckeye Telesystem does business in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area, but will expand its reach into the Mid-Atlantic region with its parent company’s acquisition of Line Systems, a full-service, integrated business communications provider.

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Cable veteran Bowick joins Calix’s board

July 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Cox Communications chief technology officer Chris Bowick has been named to Calix’s board of directors. Bowick replaced former chief financial office Michael Ashby on the board. Calix also announced today that Grande Communications was using its products to fuel its 1 Gbps serivce in Austin, Texas. 

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NaviSite locks down BYOD for businesses

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has launched its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to help businesses securely manage employees’ devices in the workplace. NaviSite said EMM was designed to enable enhanced data security while simplifying the management of devices and resources across an organization.

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Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

July 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones for its earnings. Sales growth in high-end Android devices has waned after several years of rapid expansion. 

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Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

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Hitron gateway achieves D3.0 certification from CableLabs

July 7, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.0 gateway, with a 24x8 configuration, and incorporating both the latest version of Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and MoCA 2.0. Hitron believes this is the first gateway with this combination of features. In the same Cablelabs testing wave, A-L earned DPoE certification for its OLTs.

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Standards catching up with 4K market

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Several sets of DVB-related standards have been approved that will help accelerate the adoption of Ultra HD, and promote multi-screen video usage: 1) the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification, which includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting, 2) a spec for delivery to second screens, and 3) a profile supporting the use of MPEG-DASH.

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Cablevision lights up Long Beach Boardwalk with Wi-Fi

July 7, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision has installed nearly 60 new hotspots along the Long Beach Boardwalk in New York to provide free Wi-Fi access to its data subscribers. Optimum WiFI is available along the 2.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk that was rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy. 

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Caps off for two new Cogeco data tiers

July 7, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cogeco Cable has taken the bandwidth caps off of two new data tiers for its Quebec and Ontario subscribers. Cogeco’s Ultimate 55 Unlimited offering starts at $73.5 per month while Ultimate 120 Unlimited begins at $94.95 for residential customers.

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Microsoft adds weight to AllSeen Alliance

July 2, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The group address a major challenge facing the Internet of Everything: there is no common way for ostensibly connected devices to autonomously discover and interact with nearby products. Alliance members are collaborating on a universal software framework which would enable that to happen.

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Comcast lights up Wi-Fi hotspots on Boston commuter platforms

July 2, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has activated Wi-Fi hotspots on portions of a subway line in Boston. The cable operator’s Xfinity Wi-Fi service is now available to Comcast data subscribers on the MBTA's Green Line from North Station to Kenmore. With the new access points, Comcast laid claim to being the first provider to offer Wi-Fi in parts of the first subway line to open in the United States. 

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