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Network neutrality: Consideration and froth

September 22, 2009 10:40 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski formally put the communications industry on notice that network neutrality regulations of some sort are going to be adopted. Various interests began jockeying for position immediately, ranging from the cable industry’s admonitory caution for a deliberately measured policy to the unequivocal opposition from free-market absolutists.

Can cable get smart?

September 18, 2009 12:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Light and deft, and technology is represented by a human who actually had something to do with the technology. This is something we should see more of.

Somebody buy somebody already!

September 10, 2009 10:55 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the D.C. Court of Appeals killed the notion of ownership caps, people have been speculating about cash-rich Comcast buying another cable company. Some are openly agitating for it, in fact. That, in turn, is giving rise to speculation of counter-maneuvers by rivals.

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Think global, and acting is always local

September 4, 2009 10:08 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

You’ve contributed to rebuilding projects in New Orleans. You’ve helped bring broadband to schools. You’ve extended broadband to rural areas desperate for a means to grow.

Whither CableLabs?

September 1, 2009 10:11 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Two of CableLabs’ most recent mega-projects – DOCSIS 3.0 and tru2way – are well into the implementation stage. Dick Green, who directed the operation for almost as long as it’s existed, has passed the torch to Paul Liao. Now what?

Abracadabra at Keystone

August 11, 2009 9:34 am | by Traci Patterson | Blogs | Comments

Imagine chucking your remote and just waving at your TV to get what you want. A technology that will enable that and much, much more – some of it a little creepy – prevailed as the innovation most likely to become a successful commercial product at the Innovation Showcase at CableLabs’ annual Summer Conference.

Validation for Canoe Ventures

July 1, 2009 4:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

A new study on the weakness of brand loyalty among American consumers is worth the cable industry’s attention. Its conclusion is that targeted advertising can pay off in spades for national brands.

CED tweets: Yes or no?

June 26, 2009 7:55 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Anybody out there want to follow CED on Twitter? Think on that for a second and I’ll be right back to you.

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Wall Street carrying ESPN’s ball

June 16, 2009 5:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

It looks like Wall Street is going to encourage more of a type of deal between Web sites and ISPs that is arguably anti-competitive and anti-consumer. A deal between Disney/ESPN and Comcast last week elicited the objections of the American Cable Association. Now a prominent analyst with Pali Research has come out in favor of the ESPN maneuver, drawing the ACA’s ire.

Cable is blind inside subscribers’ homes

June 12, 2009 9:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

In the last year or so, the cable industry has started talking about anytime/anywhere communications. Cable either has a blind spot when it comes to the subject, or maybe it’s just drawing attention away from a weak spot.

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