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Contestants gear up for round 2 of SCTE IP Challenge

May 18, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prospective combatants in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ IP Challenge can start gearing up for the challenge with online practice.

FCC set to advance mHealth

May 18, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An FCC proposal to allocate spectrum for wireless health monitoring devices could lead to the development of products that may lower healthcare costs and improve outcomes for patients.

Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

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Comcast connects with Skype in 10 markets

May 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s HD video Skype service will be available to its subscribers in 10 markets, and it’s using an adapter box from Technicolor to provision the service.

Arris supports HTML5 in whole-home solution

May 17, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The Moxi box is getting an HTML5 browser, and the company is releasing a software development kit with the relevant APIs.

Incognito to demo IPDR system at Cable Show

May 17, 2012 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated system is designed to make sense of IPDR data so that MSOs can efficiently provide better, more efficient service.

Affinegy, Sigma Systems bring TR-069 to DOCSIS

May 17, 2012 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The two companies have combined their products to create a means of upgrading deployed DOCSIS 2.0 and DOCSIS 3.0 devices for management control.

De la Vega talks shared data, subsidies

May 17, 2012 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph de la Vega hinted that his company is eyeing shared data plans, similar to those Verizon Wireless has said it will offer.

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N.H. House resurrects Internet access tax ban

May 17, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After it killed it, the House resurrected a bill that would ban taxing Internet access in New Hampshire.

Time Warner Cable blends Vutopia into TV Everywhere mix

May 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable MoviePass subscribers now have access to Vutopia’s movie service on their PC and Mac computers and laptops across the cable operator’s entire footprint.

Cox, AT&T, T-Mobile among new spectrum swaps

May 16, 2012 2:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is buying eight 700 MHz lower B-block licenses off of Cox in areas of Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Avail-TVN bows DAI tools

May 16, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Avail-TVN has come up with some new dynamic ad insertion (DAI) tools to help content providers monetize VOD viewing.

SeaChange, Tellabs cue up OTT ad targeting demo at Cable Show

May 16, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange and Tellabs will jointly demonstrate a new ad-targeting technology for over-the-top video that is based on Web browser activity.

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Unity Telecom preparing another OTT challenger

May 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based on Entone’s FusionTV platform, Unity TV will unite Web-based content with free-to-air channels using a scheme designed to avoid retrans agreements.

Prusch: Clearwire TD-LTE a competitive must-have

May 16, 2012 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire's top executive made bold claims at an investor conference when he said carriers who don't sign up for its wholesale TD-LTE network will be at a competitive disadvantage.

Verizon: Data sharing will end ARPU metric

May 16, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo revealed more than had previously been released about the company's plans to launch data sharing plans

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

ACA to FCC: Over-the-top companies are not MVPDs

May 15, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The legal distinction would give companies like Hulu and Netflix rights to programming they have not earned, the ACA argues.

Verizon AWS deal opponents form alliance

May 15, 2012 2:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile USA and a number of other groups have come together to put added pressure on the FCC as it reviews Verizon Wireless' purchase.

Shaw Business inks deal with city of Winnipeg

May 15, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw business has signed a multi-year deal to provide the city of Winnipeg with data networking, Internet and Wi-Fi services.

Adobe adds Comcast’s Banse, Cisco’s Calderoni to board

May 15, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Adobe Systems has added three new members to its board of directors, including executives from Comcast and Cisco.

Zayo to upgrade Chicago-Seattle backbone

May 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers are demanding lower latencies to and from huge data centers that have been built in the Northwest by the likes of Google and Facebook.

LightSquared files for Chapter 11

May 15, 2012 2:29 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Boeing Satellite Systems is its biggest unsecured creditor, with a disputed $7.5 million claim, followed by Alcatel-Lucent with a $7.3 million disputed claim.

Voyager Mobile launch stymied by malicious attack

May 15, 2012 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Voyager Mobile, the latest prepaid MVNO to resell Sprint’s 3G and WiMAX service, has delayed today’s launch because of an attack on its website.

Rogers launches SIP trunking for enterprise businesses

May 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Business Solutions is now offering its SIP trunking services to enterprises in Canada that are seeking scalable voice services while using less equipment.

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