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Incognito updates Bandwidth Activity Reporter

July 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help cable operators unlock “big data” in their broadband networks, Incognito Software has updated its Bandwidth Activity Reporter. The latest version of the platform extracts and analyzes data from multiple network, billing, and customer relationship management sources to provide network intelligence, usage reports, and service metrics. 

Internet companies lobby FCC for open Internet

July 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of over two dozen of the largest Internet companies, including eBay, Netflix and Facebook, are urging the FCC to refrain from Net Neutrality policies that would create so-called slow lanes and fast lanes. The companies also argued that the Commission treat fixed and wireless broadband providers in the same manner.

Cox doles out promotions to Woisard, Richter, others

July 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This month Cox Communications promoted Leigh Woisard and George Richter—the company’s top execs for communications and supply chain, respectively—to senior vice president positions. Woisard was promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs while Richter was upped to senior vice president of supply chain management.

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Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

Dish will bid in the 600 MHz incentive auctions

July 11, 2014 1:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“High-capacity cable broadband connections are the lifeblood of over-the-top (“OTT”) video services,” the company said. The satellite-TV company called the FCC’s auction framework a win-win for broadcasters and communications companies looking for mobile broadband spectrum.

Pend Oreille utility district upgrades to FTTH

July 11, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pend Oreille PUD  is using FTTH installation kits from Brooks Utility Products to extend high speed broadband to underserved areas in Pend Oreille County east of Seattle, covering an area that stretches from the border with Canada south to Spokane. The project is expected to cost $34.5 million.

Cineplex Store moves to Deluxe multi-screen delivery

July 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has contracted wth Deluxe OnDemand to power its video-on-demand service, the Cineplex Store. Cineplex’s online subscribers will be able to stream or download content to iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8-supported devices.

SCTE announces all-star lineup for 3.1, Wi-Fi symposium

July 11, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE announced the headliners for its Wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 Pre-Conference Symposium that takes place the day before Cable-Tec Expo officially kicks off. Comcast’s Jorge Salinger, Cisco’s John Chapman, and CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, Mark Poletti, and Vivek Ganti lead a group of seven presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the two services and their roles in the cable industry.

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Successful Strategies for Wi-Fi Deployments

July 9, 2014 7:27 pm | by CED | Webinars

Is there more to Wi-Fi than just raw silicon performance? Does the success of Wi-Fi rely more on controlling the interference, managing Wi-Fi airtime and ensuring quality of experience? This free, live, 60-minute webcast, sponsored by Arris and hosted by CED, will examine the additional elements that come into play in the performance of Wi-Fi connected devices.

Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google announced five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers.

Bell Labs achieves 10Gbps speeds on copper lines

July 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming a broadband speed record of 10 Gbps on traditional copper telephone lines using XG-FAST technology, a variant of the G.fast standard that is now being finalized. XG-FAST can also be used to deliver symmetrical 1 Gbps on copper.

Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

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GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

July 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former New Orleans Mayor and Cox Communications executive Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

Intel, Broadcom, Samsung set up yet another IoT standards group

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The new Open Interconnect Consortium will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices. OIC goes up against the AllSeen Alliance, whose members include Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, and CableLabs.

Cable veteran Bowick joins Calix’s board

July 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Cox Communications chief technology officer Chris Bowick has been named to Calix’s board of directors. Bowick replaced former chief financial office Michael Ashby on the board. Calix also announced today that Grande Communications was using its products to fuel its 1 Gbps serivce in Austin, Texas. 

NaviSite locks down BYOD for businesses

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has launched its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to help businesses securely manage employees’ devices in the workplace. NaviSite said EMM was designed to enable enhanced data security while simplifying the management of devices and resources across an organization.

Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

Standards catching up with 4K market

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Several sets of DVB-related standards have been approved that will help accelerate the adoption of Ultra HD, and promote multi-screen video usage: 1) the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification, which includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting, 2) a spec for delivery to second screens, and 3) a profile supporting the use of MPEG-DASH.

Caps off for two new Cogeco data tiers

July 7, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has taken the bandwidth caps off of two new data tiers for its Quebec and Ontario subscribers. Cogeco’s Ultimate 55 Unlimited offering starts at $73.5 per month while Ultimate 120 Unlimited begins at $94.95 for residential customers.

Microsoft adds weight to AllSeen Alliance

July 2, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The group address a major challenge facing the Internet of Everything: there is no common way for ostensibly connected devices to autonomously discover and interact with nearby products. Alliance members are collaborating on a universal software framework which would enable that to happen.

Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 2, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc., which ended March with $59 billion in cash.

US board: NSA's Internet monitoring is legal

July 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States are constitutional and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found. In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board largely endorsed a set of NSA surveillance programs.

The Continuing Evolution of Video Codecs

July 1, 2014 6:39 pm | by Stephen Wright, Software Architect, Openwave Mobility | Articles | Comments

The current dominant codec for Internet video is H.264, but there are influential companies dedicated to alternatives. With the advent of 4K (aka Ultra HD), new codecs will be useful. H.265 (aka HEVC) and VP9 could split the market, and another approach from Mozilla, called Daala, may prove to be a wild card.

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