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Incognito automates IP address management functions

November 4, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The ongoing transition from IPv4 to IPv6 only complicates IP address management. Incognito Software Systems has updated its Address Commander software to streamline and automate IP address assignment. This version also includes network-wide device discovery and problematic assignment management.

Dish turns in uninspiring Q3 results

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish Network reported a modest uptick in third quarter revenue, less than half the profit, a modest decline in subscribership for its video service, and a minimal increase for broadband. With the video market is saturated, the company is widely seen as treading water.

Google boots up superfast Wi-Fi at KC Starbucks

November 4, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Google has added a triple shot of Wi-Fi speed to a Starbucks store in Kansas City now that the store has been connected directly to the Google Fiber network. The Starbucks located at the corner of 41St and Main Street in Kansas City was the first out of the gates to tap into Google’s fiber network. 

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Cable One taps into CSG’s next-gen billing platform

November 4, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is up and running with the latest iteration of CSG International’s customer care and billing platform. Cable One is using CSG in support of its video, voice and data services for both business and residential customers. 

American Express intros NFC, HCE mobile payments suite

November 3, 2014 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

American Express will now be able to replace traditional 16-digit account numbers with “tokens” used to authenticate online purchased and mobile payments made via NFC-enabled devices. This system means consumer account information won’t be stored with merchants and also allows for tokens to be assigned to specific merchants or payment types.

Carnival floats promise of faster Wi-Fi

November 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Carnival said will offer a long-range, broadband wireless Internet network on all of its 101 ships across nine cruise line brands. The cruise ship company says WiFi@Sea will use a combination of  land-based antennas installed along cruise routes, Wi-Fi from a port connection, and advanced satellites to offer onboard Internet.

Verizon bows faster gateway

November 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon teamed up with Greenwave Systems on its new home gateway, which, under lab conditions, can deliver up 800 Mbps on the downstream along with an unobstructed Wi-Fi range of up to 325 feet. The gateway uses beamforming and supports the various standards of Wi-Fi, including 802.11b/g/n/ac, as well as MoCA 2.0 and Ethernet.

Yellowstone park considers bumping up bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology. Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through neighboring Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. 

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Proposed FCC compromise will be a win for the industry

October 31, 2014 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may drop attempts at Title II reclassification, but in exchange will approve the Comcast / Time Warner Cable and AT&T / DirecTV mergers only with conditions that will bar them from engaging in paid prioritization. It's a win for MVPDs, but will they accept it?  

Imagine picks up OpenTV's ad platform

October 31, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Imagine said the acquired products will be supported alongside Imagine Communications’ existing advertising business systems offerings while providing a foundation for future developments that include linear, online, OTT and programmatic business models for TV and radio.

Xfinity customers can make the drop at UPS stores

October 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continues to polish its customer service apple by allowing subscribers to drop off their equipment directly at UPS stores where the gear will be processed, packed and shipped back to Comcast free of charge. In addition to the more than 500 Xfinity stores, the equipment can now be dropped off at 4,400 UPS stores across the nation. The equipment can be handed into the UPS stores as is, without wrapping or packaging.

Arris steady in Q3, expects a boost in 2015... eventually

October 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris reported Q3 revenue of $1.4 billion, up 32 percent from the third quarter a year ago. Arris expects its largest customers might get distracted by the megamergers they're involved in, but they all need to respond to demand for gigabit services and Wi-Fi. CCAP trials might commence in the summer.

Time Warner Cable’s profit slides in 3Q

October 30, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Time Warner Cable waits in the wings to be acquired by Comcast, the nation’s second-largest cable saw its third-quarter net income drop 6 percent. On the subscriber front, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 residential video customers in the quarter, which was partially offset by the addition of 92,000 data customers and 14,000 voice subscribers.

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WiGig startup pulls in $20M of vencap

October 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fabless semiconductor company Peraso Technologies has closed a $20 million funding round. The company's chipsets are designed for products that will support the 60 GHz IEEE 802.11ad specification, which supports gigabit wireless connectivity for wireless backhaul, small cell base stations, file transfer, docking stations and other applications.

Charter slows video losses, revenue up 8%

October 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aided by an increase in broadband subscribers, Charter Communications increased its revenue in the third quarter while also cutting its net losses. Charter added 94,000 data subscribers in the third, which helped offset the loss of 9,000 basic video subscribers. Charter had lost 27,000 video subscribers in the same quarter a year ago

Cox’s Gigabit tier marching into Virginia

October 29, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is taking its Gigabit talents to Virginia where the superfast service will be available via a greenfield fiber build to homes in the Viridian Reserve at Hickory in Chesapeake. The 1-Gig service, which Cox calls “G1GABLAST,” will be available near the end of next year to 165 homes in the new housing development.

Wheeler proposes allowing OTT companies to compete directly with cable

October 28, 2014 6:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC Chairman proposed that over the top video distributors be given the same rights to retransmit broadcast stations and to distribute linear channels as any telco, cable company, or satellite broadcaster. Wheeler said it's time to modernize our interpretation of "MVPD" so that it is technology-neutral.

TWC makes VoIP service portable -- call from anywhere

October 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

People who subscribe to Time Warner Cable (TWC) VoIP can now use their phone service anywhere in the world they have access to a Wi-Fi signal. TWC has launched an app, called Phone 2 Go, that lets its Home Phone customers take their service on-the-go at no additional cost.

FilmOn follows Aereo asking to be an MVPD

October 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FilmOn has notified the FCC it intends to begin retransmitting local broadcast channels to authenticated subscribers. The company said it has established headends to receive, record and stream local broadcast station video programming to consumers in dozens of designated market areas.

BHN lines up speed increases, new 300 Mbps tier

October 28, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in December, Bright House Networks will upgrade subscribers’ broadband speeds across some of its most popular tiers, as well as launch a residential 300 Mbps offering in Florida early next year. The speed upgrades are slated for the following tiers, Bright House Networks Standard Internet will move from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps; Lightning 30 to 35 Mbps; Lightning 60 will move to 75 Mbps and Lightning 90 will increase to 150 Mbps. 

SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts power exec roundtable

October 28, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting an executive roundtable next week that will tackle various top-of-mind topics including current events, network capacity, competition and customer experence. The “Executive Roundtable: 2015 and Beyond" event is slated for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at The Cable Center in Denver.

Former Liberty Global exec steps in as CenturyLink’s new CTO

October 28, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink announced this morning that former Liberty Global executive Aamir Hussain has joined the company as its new chief technology officer. Hussain, who reports to CenturyLink CEO and president Glen Post, previously worked in the Netherlands as Liberty Global's managing director and chief technology officer for Europe.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

October 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy's Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald's Corp., critics have noted that it's not accepted by a number of other large chains.

Frontier bobbles takeover of AT&T's Connecticut operations

October 27, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications wrapped its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T wireline business, statewide fiber network, U-verse operations, and Dish Network customers in Connecticut, marking the occasion with service interruptions in both broadband and TV. The deal was announced at the end of 2013.

Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast, Roku

October 27, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.

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