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Obama endorses Title II reclassification for broadband

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama today said he would like to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open. NCTA president  Michael Powell responded, “We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet"

Cable Wi-Fi growth to overwhelm LTE small cells

November 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.  

Amazon's Echo app puts a microphone in peoples' homes

November 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device just in time for the holiday shopping season. The device offers updates on news and weather and provides hands-free voice control for Amazon services such as Prime Music.

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Suddenlink adds video, data subs; Project GigaSpeed ramping up

November 7, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.

Cablevision loses data subs too; says more programmers prepping to go direct

November 6, 2014 1:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.

Mediacom loses more video subs in 3Q, revenues inch up

November 6, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications saw its third quarter revenue increase slightly in the face of declining video subscribers. Privately held Mediacom, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, reported a net quarterly decline of 8,000 primary service units (PSU) across its two subsidiaries.

Vonage buys Telesphere Networks for $114 million

November 6, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said it plans to buy privately held Telesphere Networks for $114 million. Telesphere, based in Phoenix, provides video conferencing and cloud-computing for small businesses. It's expected to have revenue of about $40 million this year, Vonage said.

Dish optimistic its mobile broadband will be “real business”

November 5, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network is “cautiously optimistic” that the fixed-mobile broadband trials it’s currently running with Sprint and nTelos will turn into a “real business.” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for growth.

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Comcast hires former Yahoo exec to lead multicultural services

November 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable has hired former Yahoo executive Javier Garcia to the positions of vice president and general manager, multicultural services. In his new job, Garcia will report to Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services for Comcast Cable. He’ll be responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural services strategy across all of its Xfinity products.

Liberty Media finishes Liberty Broadband spinoff

November 5, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Media company Liberty Media has completed its spinoff of Liberty Broadband into a separate, publicly traded company. The spinoff includes Liberty Media's interest in the cable TV provider Charter Communications, its subsidiary TruePosition and its interest in another cable company, Time Warner Cable.

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. 

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.

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

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