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

Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

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TWC joins green fleet program

August 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TWC is joining a program administered by the DOE to reduce petroleum use within its fleet of more than 20,000 service trucks and vehicles. Participation in the DOE’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleet Partnership is part of the company’s “Go Green” initiative.

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Cisco forms Internet of Things group

August 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco has created a new group, called the IoT systems and software group, dedicated to machine connectivity. Kip Compton has been named VP, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software, in charge of the company's strategy for what it considers a major growth area.

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Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

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Cablevision hires Yahoo's Dibble as CTO

August 4, 2014 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The CTO title is a new one at Cablevision. Cablevision had been looking for a top technology executive since May, when Yvette Kanouff, the company’s EVP of engineering, left to join Cisco as the head of its service provider video software and solutions (SPVSS) organization.

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NCTC inks multi-screen deal with Disney

August 4, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The NCTC announced a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

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Comcast accelerates Xfinity for Californians

August 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSOs latest speed increase applies to all California customers except those in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista. The other markets where Comcast accelerated Xfinity speeds are Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX.

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Harmonic adds to contribution encoder line

August 4, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The multiformat, multicodec Ellipse encoders support SD, HD, and MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC. Thy also feature 3G SDI inputs to support the compression of 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p60 content for contribution applications where pristine video quality is essential.

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CableLabs to help Averna with DOCSIS 3.1 analyzer

August 4, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Averna is developing a new version of its DOCSIS 3.1 Protocol Analyzer Early, and has conscripted CableLabs to join its early adopter program to help the company develop the product. The analyzer is used for functional DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS network analysis, providing visibility into all layers of the network.

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Comcast renews Internet Essentials commitment

August 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO is offering up to 6 months of complimentary service for any family that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials. Comcast also said it intends to forgive the debt of some families that have subscribed in the past to the Internet Essentials program and still have unpaid balances.

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French Carrier Iliad Offers to Buy T-Mobile

July 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Small French carrier Iliad  is offering $15 billion for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile. Iliad owner Xavier Niel said the deal represents a 42-percent premium over T-Mobile's stock price at the time of the announcement. Iliad confirmed the deal already has backing from international banks.

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RGB networks realigns, with new focus on software

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company will deemphasize hardware development in favor of software products. RGB execs declined to comment on reports of a layoff of nearly one-third of its employees, other than to say that any reduction in workforce will not impact the company’s strategy. 

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C7 Data Centers serves up Comcast Business services at new data center

July 31, 2014 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

C7 Data Centers is offering Comcast Business Ethernet services as a connectivity option for customers at C7’s new colocation data center. The new Granite Point II colocation data center is located in Bluffdale, Utah, which is one of four data centers in the metro Salt Lake City area that are connected to Comcast’s network. 

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Comcast re-ups with CSG

July 31, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has signed a new contract with CSG International that provides the cable operator with CSG’s residential billing services through June 30, 2019. While CSG has worked with Comcast for the past 20 years, the new contract provides the framework for Comcast to consolidate all of its residential business onto CSG’s billing platform.

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Report: Ethernet switch market to close in on $25 billion by 2018

July 31, 2014 3:03 pm | Comments

According to a recent report, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is projected to approach $25 billon by 2018. The report by Dell’Oro Group said a 10 Gigabit Ethernet peak is anticipated before 2018 and then 100 Gigabit Ethernet was expected to become mainstream.

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