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Upfront - March 2012

March 2, 2012 7:15 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Comcast, Verizon come out punching; Canoe Ventures shuts down iTV business; Cable closes in on universal support for TV apps; IP-based home security on the rise ...

Bandwidth: The Gold Rush of the cable industry

March 2, 2012 7:05 pm | by John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks | Articles | Comments

Bandwidth remains one of a broadband operator’s most valued assets. As the industry evolves and advanced services flourish, it has quickly become the commodity on which revenue-generating service opportunities are dependent.

Pushing 802.11n technology to new heights

March 2, 2012 6:58 pm | by Sam Heidari, CEO Quantenna | Articles | Comments

In most cases, 802.11n technology actually offers superior video-handling performance, coverage and cost-effectiveness to wired options including MoCA, HPNA and powerline communications (PLC).

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Open Mic - Smaller ops can regain an edge

March 2, 2012 5:25 pm | by Joseph Nucara, CEO of Adara Networks | Articles | Comments

Popular demand for high-definition TV and the need to migrate to Internet protocol video delivery pose severe challenges, particularly for smaller operators with constrained resources.

Engineering-Wise - Smart energy management

March 2, 2012 5:21 pm | by Thomas Russell, Senior director of standards for the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Growing energy costs are not limited to consumption by electronics alone. An undesirable byproduct of high-speed broadband transmission electronics is heat, and plenty of it.

Capital Currents - FCC Advisory Committees

March 2, 2012 5:11 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President, Telecommunications & Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Maybe you’ve heard the term “FCC Advisory Committee” and wondered what it means. Or maybe you’ve read about a particular one of the FCC’s Advisory Committees and wondered what it does. Here’s an answer to your questions.

New Products - March 2012

March 2, 2012 5:04 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Harris to debut QuiC software at NAB Show; ZCorum, Incognito combo on DSL service management; VeEX intros mini OTDR.

Comcast Business Services launches chamber referral program

March 2, 2012 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services recently announced the regional rollout of its chamber referral program in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

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Verizon, MetroPCS net neutrality suit to proceed

March 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A court challenge to the FCC's controversial net neutrality regulations will proceed after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the agency's request to delay the case.

BendBroadband's Vault data center passes SSAE 16 audit

March 2, 2012 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband's data center, Vault, recently passed the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 audit process with flying colors.

Broadcast networks gang up on Aereo

March 2, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The start-up based its approach on the network DVR concept that Cablevision established as legally defensible.

AT&T officially throttles all unlimited plans

March 2, 2012 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T confirmed that it will begin throttling customers with 3G unlimited plans that exceed 3 GB of data in a single billing cycle. Speeds will return to normal at the start of the next billing cycle.

Rogers shoots, scores on Toronto Raptors live streaming

March 2, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NBA fans will be able to watch Sportsnet's live coverage of Toronto Raptors hoops games on their computers and smartphones.

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Q&A: CableLabs CEO Liao weighs in on Canoe, industry initiatives

March 1, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There's a busy year ahead for Liao and CableLabs before he leaves in December.

Microsoft, Adobe, others line up behind MPEG DASH

March 1, 2012 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Support for a universal streaming video technology is growing, but Apple's refusal to play along could be problematic.

Cisco preps next-gen Wi-Fi hotspots

March 1, 2012 4:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco is taking aim at the burgeoning small cell market with a new generation of hotspots that will bring a cellular-type roaming experience to Wi-Fi.

FCC to vote on 700 MHz interoperability, MSS

March 1, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Small wireless operators whose LTE services can't roam onto the networks of national providers because of interoperability problems could see some progress on the issue at the FCC's next open meeting.

Ex-SeaChange CEO joins Casa Systems' board

March 1, 2012 3:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bill Styslinger has been an investor in the company since 2005.

Report: North American CMTS ports grew 94% last year

March 1, 2012 3:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts, business was booming for cable modem termination system vendors, especially in North America.

Former Nextel exec rumored as new LightSquared CEO

March 1, 2012 3:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared may hire the former head of Nextel as its new CEO while it tries to turn around its LTE plans, which were left dead in the water by the FCC's decision to stop it from moving forward.

CED Video & Product Showcase - February 2012

February 29, 2012 5:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ATCi's Simulsat™; RFMD's GaAs Amplifier; Trilithic's Seeker GPS all-electronic system; Motorola Mobility's APEX3000; Sunrise Telecom's Spectrum Analyzer; Tektronix' Monitoring Solution

It's a wrap: Time Warner completes deal to buy Insight

February 29, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The country's second-biggest MSO formally completes its $3 billion cash deal to buy the ninth-largest operator.

In the media: Knology ponders sale

February 29, 2012 1:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology is testing the waters on a possible sale that could attract interest from private-equity firms.

Mediacom ramps up D3 in northern Iowa, Albany, Georgia

February 29, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has turned on the DOCSIS 3.0 spigot in several counties located in northern Iowa, as well as Albany, Georgia.

A+E preps for multi-screen with thePlatform

February 29, 2012 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast subsidiary thePlatform has picked up another big account, A+E Networks.

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