In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.
As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.
Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.
CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.
Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.
Steve Cochran will take over the tiller at WOW when he succeeds current CEO Colleen Abdoulah on April 1. Abdoulah, who has led WOW since 2002, will continue in her role as chair of the company’s board of directors. Cochran is currently president of WOW. Marketing officer Cathy Kuo will take over Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as chief operating officer.
NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.
Live multi-screen coverage debuted in London; at Sochi, viewers will be able to review Olympics events through on demand streaming. Adobe and Microsoft are teaming to provide live and on-demand delivery, as well as digital ad insertion. Other vendors enabling content capture, creation and distribution include Akamai, thePlatform, Harmonic, Miranda, Ericsson and Avid.
Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.
The approach relies on caching live video content in the network as it is being streamed. Content is stored for a set duration to provide a rolling time-shifted playback window. During this window, consumers can watch and interactively control content playback on any of their connected devices.
Network policy control vendor Sandvine announced this morning that it had received a $5 million expansion order from a large North American cable operator that has been a customer since 2003. The follow on order represented the ongoing expansion of the operator's deployment of business intelligence and traffic optimization solutions. Sandvine expects to recognize most of the associated revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014.
Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations.
The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.
Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.
In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base.
Once the PPSS system is installed, subscribers can then be allowed to buy a cable modem at retail. When they plug it in, Active Broadband’s PPSS system provides the portal that pops up, activates and provisions the modem, authorizes the standard credit or debit cards customers use to pay with, and manages the service.
Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi service is now live at 11 NJ Transit stations. The 11stations, which include the major hubs of NJ Transit, were the first to be outfitted with Optimum WiFi as part of the 20-year partnership between NJ Transit and Cablevision that was announced in June.
Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.
The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses. The company will offer four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers" — the people who are trying out Glass.
The company’s Pre-Equalization Analyzer uses technology from Nimble This to analyze the pre-equalization data from cable modems. The new ZCorum tester can not only identify upstream impairments, but also determine the location of the impairment and the severity of the impairment.
Once known as 4Manager, it will now be referred to as Guru, though it gets to keep its revision number. Guru 4.0 includes a new and improved user interface, as well as tools such as enhanced monitoring, connectivity enhancements, device auto-discovery and scheduled service control.
In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.
Suddenlink Communications announced it has promoted Mike Pflantz to senior vice president of corporate finance and accounting at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis. Suddenlink also announced that Jared Sonne was promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the company’s Texoma Region.
John Malone can scratch Ziggo off of his “to do” list now that his Liberty Global has picked up the rest of Ziggo that it didn’t already own in a $13.7 billion cash and stock deal. After purchasing a 28.5 percent stake in Ziggo in March of last year, Malone and Liberty Global had been in hot pursuit of the rest of Netherlands-based Ziggo since August.
MSOs continue to gradually accrete more networks for their TV Everywhere line-ups. Time Warner Cable and ally Bright House Networks said they have just signed A&E, History and Lifetime. TWC is already hosting the apps for those networks as part of its TV Everywhere offerings. Bright House Networks will follow next week.