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

Time Warner Cable CFO Steps Down, Joins WeWork

June 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Arthur Minson will continue working as an advisor to Time Warner...                                                                  

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Sling Taps Weinberger as Chief Product Officer

June 1, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish Network has appointed Ben Weinberger as senior vice president and chief product officer of Sling TV. Weinberger, co-founder and former CEO of Digitalsmiths, will oversee Sling TV's product . . . 

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Google Making Progress on Project Loon

June 1, 2015 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon for Google, said that the project is progressing to the point that it could be ready for commercial deployment as soon...

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NSA Surveillance Program Suspended, Congress Debates Renewal

June 1, 2015 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The National Security Agency suspended its collection of domestic phone records at midnight after Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blocked extensions of the program Sunday. The program and several other . . .

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Lenovo’s New Cast Device Joins Google, Amazon in Crowded Market

June 1, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Lenovo has introduced a new casting device that can send video content from personal devices to set-top boxes. The palm-sized device will be available this August for $49. It comes equipped with . . .

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Frontier Readies OTA, OTT Content Offering

June 1, 2015 11:23 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier is moving forward with its trial to bring a combined Over-the-Air (OTA) and Over-the-top (OTT) content service to its customers. The service is meant for customers who primarily want . . .

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Cox partners with TiVo to offer VOD catalog

May 29, 2015 3:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TiVo and Cox will offer Video on Demand services to TiVo's Permiere and Roamio DVR customers. The partnership was first announced in 2010, and will finally see the light of day in early June. The . . . 

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AT&T and DirecTV address conditions on merger

May 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, Associate Editor, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T and DirecTV met with the FCC as planned to address the conditions Netflix, Dish, Cogent, and advocacy groups want imposed on the pending merger. In the filing the companies cited the FCC's . . . 

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Report: FCC Unlikely to Expand 600 MHz Auction Spectrum Reserve

May 29, 2015 11:42 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

All four carriers along with cable and internet companies have lobbied for certain conditions in the 600 MHz auctions, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016. The proceedings will likely be one of the last times for the...

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ALU offers to help migrate PSTN networks to all-IP

May 28, 2015 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has set up a consulting and design service aimed at helping network operators who are still relying on PSTN (public switched telephone network) technology to migrate to an all-IP infrastructure – using the company’s ultra broadband networking solutions, of course.

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HP buys SDN specialist ConteXtream

May 28, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast and Verizon both participated in ConteXtream’s $14 million second round of financing in 2010. Comcast uses ConteXtream’s SDN technology to improve service delivery, reduce infrastructure and operational costs, and more quickly bring new services to market.

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Avago buys Broadcom for $37B

May 28, 2015 12:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

The semiconductor manufacturing company Avago bought chipmaker Broadcom Thursday for $37 billion. The combined company will be Broadcom Limited. It will be the sixth largest chipmaker in the world in . . .

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Charter sides with Sprint, T-Mobile, on 600 MHz auction rules

May 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Charter is weighing in on the rulemaking process for the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions and the cable provider is siding with Sprint and T-Mobile. All three are arguing that 30 MHz is not sufficient for the spectrum reserve and that the FCC must bump it up to 40 MHz.

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Hulu adds Suddenlink to MSO roster

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Suddenlink, which has 1.1 million TV subscribers, is the latest to hook up with Hulu, adding the service to its TiVo set-top box. It already had a partnership with Netflix.

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US Telecom looking for new avenue to challenge FCC

May 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

USTelecom has filed a petition against the FCC that on first glance appears to be counter to its own interests in the network neutrality debate. Appearances can be deceiving. The association is engaging in a legal a maneuver to gain standing to comment on the FCC’s order “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet."

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