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Xfinity Home adds another smart lock

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with Kwikset for the release of the Kwikset SmartCode 914 smart lock. The doorlock was made available to Xfinity subscribers yesterday. The deadbolt lock can be purchased online for $219.99.

Wave makes another aquisition.

April 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave Broadband said it has acquired ReallyFast, an ISP in Seattle that specializes in services for multi-unit housing and business customers. Separately, a Wave subsidiary that provides residential gigabit connectivity has expanded with its first clients in Everett, WA.

Suddenlink accelerating broadband in TX, WV

April 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink plans to invest nearly $250 million over the course of three years to increase internet speeds for its consumers in Texas, and another $40 million investment this year to increase internet speeds in West Virginia, part of a rollout of upgrades announced last year.

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ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

April 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Armed with a new study showing a direct correlation between rising programming costs and diminished infrastructure investment, the organization has petitioned the FCC to rein in skyrocketing content costs, which would free capital for service improvements.

SCTE releases Cable-Tec session schedule

April 7, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Technologies that can help cable operators avoid costs, deploy new revenue-generating services and increase the quality and reliability of services throughout the evolving cable network will dominate the workshops agenda announced by the SCTE for Cable-Tec Expo this fall in New Orleans.

Elemental drives live video on Comcast's private cloud

April 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is using Elemental Technologies’ software based encoders to prepare live video for delivery on its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Comcast is creating infrastructure that mimics the mechanics of cloud delivery, but entirely within its own managed network.

Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.

Time Warner Cable first to integrate video, data through CCAP

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO's CCAP deployment, using Casa System’s C100G system, is the first announced production deployment by any North American MSO that can run both QAM and IP data through the same port.

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Frontier bumps FiOS broadband to 150 Mbps in OR, WA

April 3, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications is making all of its residential FiOS broadband tiers symmetrical in Oregon and in Washington State. The company will now offer symmetrical speed tiers of at 30 Mbps downstream and up, 50 Mbps, 75 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 150 Mbps.

Judge overturns AT&T claim of exemption from FTC lawsuit

April 2, 2015 6:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Federal Judge Edward M. Chen of the District of Northern California has ruled against the claim AT&T filed in January, which stated the company is exempt from FTC jurisdiction due to their status as a common carrier.

RDK, Metrological present free RDK app emulator

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | News | Comments

RDK Management has partnered with Metrological to deploy the reference design kit app emulator. Licensing is now free, with the intent of encouraging more developers to create apps that run on RDK products.

Comcast rolling out 2 Gbps service to 18M homes

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company will base the service on an unspecified FTTH technology, a major new alternate route in its roadmap. Also, Comcast will have to either bow to Google’s pressure on broadband prices, or give up on being cost-competitive.

TN legislature fails to unleash Chattanooga's network

April 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tennessee lawmakers have shelved a bill meant to allow its municipalities to expand the internet services beyond its current limits. Consideration of the bill has been postponed until 2016 as support for the bill was insufficient.  

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Wave Broadband in talks to take over Click operations

April 1, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tacoma, whose Click service is one of the first modern municipal broadband networks, is considering leasing operations to Wave Broadband, which would introduce gigabit service and VoIP.

Vyve picks up another OK system

April 1, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband continued consolidating systems in Oklahoma with the completion of its acquisition of Alliance Communications Network’s Buford Media system in Pryor.

thePlatform’s powering SVOD in Australia and Canada

March 31, 2015 6:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast’s independent subsidiary thePlatform will be providing video services for Australian SVOD provider Stan, and also for Canada’s Shomi.  

Arris marketing new RFoG approach

March 31, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris is hitting the market with its previously announced AgileMax system, which introduces a variation of RF over glass technology that is designed to entirely sidestep optical beat interference problems.

PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony's own music service

March 30, 2015 12:29 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. Spotify hits the . . .

Arris heads for the pits at NASCAR

March 27, 2015 3:10 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris will furnish technological equipment and related services to NASCAR Productions at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. Teams participating in this year’s events will be provided with Arris’ SB6183 cable modem and an E6000 CER.

Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

March 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add Twitter to the list of companies streaming video. Meerkat was one of the big surprise hits of SXSW earlier this month. The app initially let users automatically tweet live streams to their followers.

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

March 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed. . .

Sprint, CCA members make case for joint bidding in 600 MHz auctions

March 26, 2015 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and smaller carriers are hoping to team up to take on AT&T and Verizon in next year’s 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions.

USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications . . .

Quickplay draws another $45M

March 26, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Quickplay has attracted another $45 million  in capital. The new infusion ups the amount of financing the company has attracted since it was founded in 2003 to $150 million.

Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

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