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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.

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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.

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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.

Shentel serves up free Wi-Fi in W.Va.

October 27, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is helping support the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference by offering free Wi-Fi in Glenville, W.Va. Shentel’s free Wi-Fi offer started on Oct. 15 and is slated to run through the rest of the month.

FCC postpones 600 MHz auction again

October 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC attributed this new delay to legal challenges from broadcasters. The proposal rests on a guarantee to broadcasters that the spectrum can be used without interfering with their signals. Not all broadcasters are satisfied that the FCC is doing that with the way it is evaluating coverage areas.

Comcast’s Roberts: ‘Customer service should be our best product’

October 24, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast has suffered several customer service related black eyes this year, including the overly zealous customer service rep that refused to cancel a former subscriber’s service and the allegation that the nation’s top cable operator got another disgruntled customer fired for complaining about his customer service. Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts took to the customer service stump during Thursday’s third quarter earnings call.

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Hargray buys Kennedy Cablevision

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to expand its presence in southeast Georgia, South Carolina-based Hargray Communications announced it has picked up Reidsville, Ga.-based Kennedy Cablevision. In addition to adding Kennedy Cablevision’s residential and commercial customers into the fold, Hargray said the deal would allow it to upgrade its existing network technology and infrastructure as well build out additional infrastructure.

Broadcom unveils silicon for G.fast DSLAMs, gateways

October 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vendors are rapidly filling the market with enabling technology for G.fast. Broadcom announced variants of several DSL chips that will now support G.fast and G.vector standards, and Adtran said its G.fast technology, introduced last month, is in trials with several customers around the world. 

U-verse a bright spot in AT&T's Q3

October 23, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company recorded 601,000 U-verse high speed Internet subscriber net adds, including 44,000 business customers, pushing its total of broadband customers past 12 million. AT&T also tallied 216,000 U-verse TV subscribers added, for a total of more than 6 million.

X1 drives solid third quarter for Comcast

October 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aided by declining video subscriber losses, an increase in data subscribers and continued growth in the business services sector, Comcast posted solid results in its third quarter earnings report this morning. While Comcast lost 81,000 video subscribers in the recent third quarter, it was still the best third quarter for video in the past seven years. 

WICT Rocky Mountain tees up “Tech It Out” conference

October 22, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain Chapter today announced that its 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Tech It Out Conference is slated for Nov. 13 at Infinity Park Event Center in the Denver suburb of Glendale. WICT’s Tech It Out Conference was designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology and create strong women leaders, both inside and outside of the cable industry.

Peregrine debuts RF chip for D3.1 cable modems

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Set-tops, cable modems and gateways have previously supported only one upstream and downstream band at a time. Peregrines new chip has a dual-band architecture, enabling it to operate in DOCSIS 3.0 networks, and then be reset to operate in a D3.1 environments, with no exchange of hardware necessary.

Cox doubles up on San Diego broadband speeds

October 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is doubling up the downstream speeds on two of its most popular tiers in San Diego County. The speed of Cox’s Preferred tier will increase from 25 Mbps down to 50 Mbps while the Premier offering ramps up from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Cox said the Preferred and Premier tiers represent more than 75 percent of its data customers in San Diego.

The AWS-3 auction is going to be a street fight

October 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Eighty potential bidders have submitted applications to participate. Smaller carriers like Guam-based Docomo and Bluegrass Wireless have thrown their hats in the ring, but the ones to watch are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Dish, which needs a strong broadband play and thinks wireless will be the way to go.

FiOS growth solid, if unspectactular, in Verizon Q2

October 21, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While FiOS did well on the residential side with 114K new video subscribers, commercial FiOS operations have been lagging. On the enterprise side, FiOS revenue was down 4.4 percent in the quarter. Analysts assert that cable competition is cutting into FiOS commercial operations.

RCN Business checks into 325 Hudson Street

October 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business has installed a point-of-presence at 325 Hudson in New York City in order to provide its business customers with more interconnection options. On the flip side, 325 Hudson customers gained access to other markets served by RCN Business including: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Who is this Polka guy, and why is he saying such heinous things?

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

“Why won't you give cable subscribers the same rights you're evidently giving broadband customers under the ‘CBS All Access’ plan?” Maybe because broadcasters will make much less money if viewers get to choose to pay for each of the major networks, because everyone expects that tens and tens of millions of viewers won’t.

Incognito updates Auto Configuration Server

October 20, 2014 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the system, service providers will be able to remotely manage multiple devices, ease the roll out of new services, monitor their networks to resolve potential problems before they occur, and gain visibility into the home network, all designed to help operators increase quality of service.

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