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

Comcast plays catch up with Turner VOD deal

May 13, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting Systems that provides its subscribers the ability to “catch up” on complete current and past seasons from Turner’s roster of networks. The deal provides more fodder for Comcast Xfinity binge viewers by including “stacking rights” for shows on TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, CNN, Cartoon Network and truTV via Comcast’s VOD platform.

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Charter gets personal with Digitalsmiths

May 13, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications is offering TiVo-owned Digitalsmiths’ personalized search and recommendation platform on its mobile app that serves iOS and Android devices. Digitalsmiths has started to deploy its Seamless Discovery service to more than 5 million Charter TV and Internet customers.

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Harmonic announces first CMTS and distributed CCAP system

May 13, 2014 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The NSG Exo complements the company’s QAM products; working in tandem they are the two key elements in a distributed access architecture implementation of a converged cable access platform (CCAP). Initially this approach is apt to be used largely to serve MDUs (multiple dwelling units) and the hospitality market.

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Wheeler revising Internet rules after public backlash

May 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to an FCC official, Wheeler made revisions after the commission received 35,000 public comments —many of them expressing outrage. The FCC first briefed reporters on the proposed rules last month.

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Dish, nTelos to launch fixed LTE network in July

May 12, 2014 1:16 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish and nTelos last year announced the fixed mobile broadband partnership. The companies activated two wireless tower test sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains using Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson equipment. The broadband antenna used by Dish can be installed directly next to Dish’s TV satellite.

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OLEDs: the next wave in display technology

May 12, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A limited production, 55-inch OLED model by Samsung Electronics listed at $13,000 when introduced a year ago now sells on the Internet as low as $5,849. OLEDs are used in cellphones and mobile devices, most notably Samsung's recently introduced Galaxy S5 smartphone.

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Buckeye, Trilithic enter product test pact

May 12, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Trilithic and Buckeye CableSystem have entered a research and design collaboration to develop and commercialize new products used to improve service delivery and customer experience in the cable market. Buckeye will gain access to the latest Trilithic products during the term of the strategic partnership and provide Trilithic with feedback on next-generation technologies.

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Comcast in trial with Asian carriers for Wi-Fi access

May 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When it comes to monetizing Wi-Fi services, Comcast may have forged an in-road with a trial that it’s conducting with two Asian cellular operators. On Sunday, Reuters reported that Comcast was in a trial with Japan's KDDI and Taiwan Mobile that allows their subscribers to access Comcast’s Wi-Fi hotspots when they’re in the United States, which was confirmed by Comcast.

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Colorado updates rural broadband fund

May 12, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The legislation reroutes part of a $54 million annual ratepayer subsidy to telecom companies into a broadband fund to provide service in rural areas. The plan is to phase out the ratepayer subsidy — known as the "Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism" — in 10 years.

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TWCBC survey: Small businesses want Wi-Fi

May 12, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class conducted a survey in regards to small business technology trends. Among the list of small business needs, Wi-Fi rose to the top. The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents believed their customers expected free Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi also topped the list as the best way to attract new customers, but only 43 percent of the businesses offered Wi-Fi.

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Comcast hires former Cisco exec Klaer

May 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has hired former Cisco executive Ken Klaer to the position of senior vice president, premises technology where he will lead the cable operator’s customer premise equipment team. Klaer’s hiring filled the gap from Steve Reynolds’ departure from the same role last year to become CTO of what later became Imagine Communications. 

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Cisco offers three new Ethernet systems

May 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The three hardware platforms do all touch “endpoints” in a network, and could all, presumably, be used by any single network operator, so to that end, Cisco is lumping them all together in what it’s calling its Elastic Access portfolio. The software to manage them all is called Virtualized Elastic Access management.

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Clearleap hires Oesterling as COO

May 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Oesterling will further develop and scale Clearleap’s engineering and operational processes and systems, while assisting in managing the company’s global expansion. He will also lead recruiting efforts for technology professionals. Clearleap last November raised $20 million. The company said it plans to add 150 new employees this year.

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Liberty Media spinning off cable holdings

May 9, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Liberty Media said it is spinning off its cable and broadband properties into a new publicly traded company that will be called Liberty Broadband. At the same time, the company also said it bought 897,000 shares of Charter for $124.5 million, giving it a 26.4 percent beneficial ownership of Charter’s equity.

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Cogent CEO blames Comcast for prior Netflix slowdown

May 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The chief executive of one of the nation's largest providers of the Internet's backbone on Thursday blamed cable giant Comcast for a slowdown in Netflix streaming traffic over the last two years. Cogent Communications Group Inc. CEO Dave Schaeffer made the comments at a congressional hearing about Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday.

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