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Synacor fills back office gap with thePlatform

March 4, 2015 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Synacor is in the process of evolving its portal service into a content distribution system. To that end, it is stitching together the elements required for such a system, now including back-office management from thePlatform.

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Cable One bumping up broadband speeds

March 4, 2015 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Starting next month Cable One plans to start increasing Internet upload and download speeds on its Premier and Ultra plans across the majority of its network. Current subscribers will get free upgrades, and new subscribers will sign on at the new speeds.

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Charter will swoop back in if Comcast-TWC falls through

March 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.

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Wheeler Takes Controversial Title II Pitch on the Road

March 3, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

“President Obama and I have both been longtime supporters of net neutrality,” Wheeler said at MWC, arguing that the Internet needs a referee. “Do we have a set of rules that says activities should be reasonable and somebody who can throw the flag if they’re not?” 

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Pay TV ops lose video subs for second year running

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cord-cutting is happening, but it’s still happening only just enough to be detectable. The pay TV industry lost video customers again in 2014, this time about 125,000, compared to a net loss in 2013 of about 95,000 subscribers.

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Frontier CEO steps down, McCarthy to take over helm

March 3, 2015 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.

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GPON spending fuels big year for broadband equipment

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Robust GPON equipment sales played a key role in driving the worldwide broadband equipment market to a record year in 2014. Spending on broadband aggregation equipment rose 9 percent in 2014, to $8.2 billion, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

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Ethernet switch market sets record in 4Q

March 3, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Ethernet switch market reached a high-water mark in revenue and port shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data center and campus markets were key drivers in the record setting fourth quarter.

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Google Confirms MVNO Plans, Announcement in "Coming Months"

March 2, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."

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Broadcom adds upstream analysis tools to DOCSIS CPE chips

March 2, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Broadcom is in the process of enabling cable operators to perform upstream analysis. Separately, the company has added a pair of gateway chips that include support for both 4K video and MoCA 2.0 connectivity.

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Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

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Report: 2014 a record year for DOCSIS channel shipments

March 2, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.

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HP to fork out $2.7 billion to buy Aruba Networks

March 2, 2015 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is making a move into the mobile wireless market with today’s news that it has reached a deal to buy wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion. HP said the deal would combine Aruba’s wireless mobility offerings—which include Wi-Fi systems that have been installed in airports, shopping malls, hotels and universities—with its switching portfolio.

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Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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