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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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Netflix raises prices by a $1 for new subscribers

May 9, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates. The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S.

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Bright House Networks launches Web page for disabled customers

May 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks recently launched a centralized Web page that was designed to better serve its subscribers with disabilities. The “accessibility” Web page provides information on the cable operator’s products and services for disabled customers and their families including hearing/speech, mobility, vision, and assistive offerings.

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C Spire kicks off 1 Gbps in Mississippi

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The first phase of C Spire’s fiber initiative will see the rapid home broadband deployed in nine Mississippi cities: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. C Spire anticipates laying 4,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure and spending millions to finish the first steps of the project.

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Comcast branches out cloud DVR, live streaming service

May 8, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments

Comcast has launched its cloud DVR and live in-home streaming service in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. The live in-home streaming part of the service was rolled out in the San Francisco area in the middle of last month with the network DVR element to follow. 

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ATX goes license-free with new transcoders

May 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

ATX Networks is dropping the license-based model for selling transcoders with the launch of its new VersAtivePro transcoding platform. The company said its goal with VersAtivePro is to make it the most budget-friendly solution in the professional quality transcoder market.

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NBC extends Olympic deal through 2032 for $7.75B

May 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC. In a stunning, pre-emptive deal negotiated secretly over six months, the International Olympic Committee awarded the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to NBC on Wednesday for an additional six games.

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