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SCTE Canada names Arris VP Professional of the Year

March 8, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This is the first time that an engineering resource of a technology supplier company has been honored with the SCTE Canada award.

In the media: Netflix cozying up to cable?

March 7, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is reportedly in discussions with some of the largest cable operators in the nation in regard to adding Netflix's streaming service to the MSOs' on-demand services.

Cox's tech support goes nationwide

March 7, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to alleviate customers' computer-related frustrations and cut down on truck rolls to their homes, Cox Communications' Cox Tech Solutions is now available across the cable operator's entire footprint.

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Sprint said to nix LightSquared network deal

March 7, 2012 2:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is reportedly planning to end its network-sharing agreement with LightSquared, another setback for the struggling company.

Apple set to unveil iPad 3

March 7, 2012 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad at an event in San Francisco, and analysts and news outlets also have speculated that the company could take the wraps off of a new Apple TV product.

Google aggregates content into Google Play Store

March 7, 2012 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google launched Google Play, a media hub that aggregates all of its many content storefronts – Google Music, Android Market, Google eBookstore – into one central entertainment hub.

Cox's Brennan to retire; Campbell will replace him as new COO

March 6, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Leo Brennan set to retire, Cox Communications promoted Jill Campbell to Brennan's former roles of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

HomeFusion makes Verizon Wireless 'cantenna' a reality

March 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless introduced HomeFusion Broadband, a new service that will bring wireless LTE service into the home as a primary broadband connection for those in areas with limited options.

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Alticast tees up Windmill iTV ecosystem

March 6, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Alticast has launched an end-to-end digital interactive ecosystem for TV operators with support for cable, satellite, DTT, IPTV and hybrid systems.

Ciena upgrades tech to head toward 400G networking

March 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company's WaveLogic 3 includes an optical transmitter that incorporates DSP.

N.Y. Gov. proposes $25M for rural broadband

March 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to use a job creation fund to extend broadband to rural New York communities, some of which lack even cellular coverage.

2012 FTTH Conference & Expo

March 6, 2012 2:16 pm | Events

More than 2,000 people from across the fiber to the home industry gathering under one roof to learn, network and join together to create an all-fiber future!

TWC selects Nagra-OpenTV’s next-gen billing platform

March 5, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Media is the first cable operator to pick Nagra-OpenTV’s EclipsePlus/xG Billing offering, which is the vendor’s first module in its forthcoming line of next-generation advanced advertising products.

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Verizon, cable ops defend AWS sale

March 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless defended its $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from four cable companies against critics of the deal in documents filed with the FCC, and it continued to insist the Commission exclude a marketing side deal from its review of the transaction.

FCC puts Dish LTE on ice

March 5, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC cleared Dish Network's satellite spectrum acquisition but put the company's wireless plans on the back burner, denying a waiver to use the airwaves for a land-based next-generation LTE-Advanced network.

Suddenlink finishes 20 Mbps data rollout in Arizona

March 5, 2012 1:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has largely completed the launch of its 20 Mbps broadband service in the former NPG Cable systems it bought last year.

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).

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.

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.

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