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ISPs can't turn to Congress for Title II avoidance

February 25, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A key Senator said the Republicans opposing the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband as a communications service don't have enough votes to stymie the Commission's plans.

Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based service over-the-air (OTA.) Starting mid-year, TiVo and Frontier will jointly market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo’s whole home offerings and services, but the OTA element was designed for Frontier’s broadband customers that don’t subscribe to typical linear tiers.

TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to Liberty’s next generation Horizon set-top boxes. Liberty Global will be offering TransGaming’s GameTree TV to subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland Ireland, Poland and Hungary.

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Report: Broadband access market scales to $11.5 billion in 2014

February 25, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Pushed along by high demand in the PON sector, the worldwide broadband access market, which also includes DSL and cable technologies, set a new record of $11.5 billion last year. Dell’Oro Group senior analyst Alam Tamboli said PON spending had picked up in North American  last year with the advent of gigabit networks, but those deployments were small when compared to China.  

Republican Commissioners Ask for Delay of Vote on Title II

February 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly on Monday asked Chairman Wheeler to delay a vote on whether to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as public utilities.

Baseball helping more programmers go over the top

February 24, 2015 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media operation is helping to set up both HBO’s and Sony’s forthcoming online services. As many as 40 other programmers are also lining up for MLBAM's services.

Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

With help from Arris, RDK now supports DVB

February 23, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Thanks to “significant contributions” from Arris, RDK Management announced this morning that it was adding more support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely employed in Europe and other parts of the world. The Reference Design Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common platform for CPE devices, now supports in-band DVB Service Information (DVB-SI) elements.

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Verizon report: IoT building momentum

February 23, 2015 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent report commissioned by Verizon, the Internet of Things (IoT) sector is being powered by technological, political and social factors that are driving more organizations to adopt IoT-enabled services and platforms. The use of social media and mobile technology—along with declining costs for IoT equipment, processing power and connectivity—were cited as factors for the current momentum behind IoT adoption.

Interop using Taqua's tech to enable VoWiFi

February 23, 2015 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Interop Technologies is adopting Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client, which will allow Interop to include voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) among the communications features it provides among its cloud-based services.

FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

TIA, Wi-Sun ally on Smart Grid connectivity

February 20, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TIA and Wi-Sun said they will cooperate in areas of mutual interest. One of the specific areas of mutual interest is the proposed TR-51 standard, which is being developed specifically for Smart Utility Networks.

Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

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What Operators Need to Know About RDK Development

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mark Johnson, senior global product and program manager, Alticast | Articles | Comments

RDK is continuing to mature with each release, but it’s important to understand the architecture and what other functionality an operator might need to complete the offering. A thoughtful approach to building an RDK solution will benefit the operator both during and after deployment, making future support and subsequent releases a much smoother process.

Small ISPs make case for Title II exemption

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Representatives of the ACA met with members of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to reiterate its argument that Title II would impose “unwarranted and onerous burdens” on small service providers.

ABC News app debuts on Xbox Live

February 19, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

This appears to be the first time a news app has been developed for a game console. Users will gain access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.

Cox partners with Cleveland Clinic on digital home health care services

February 19, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications has formed a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic to further develop in-home healthcare services. The new telehealth and home health services will be offered by the joint venture Vivre Health.

Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Kontron coordinated the establishment of the research facility in Penang, and enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as participants. The new lab is part of Malaysia's  Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology program. 

CED’s Persons of the Year: Time Warner Cable’s Mike and Mike take a curtain call

February 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

As of the end of last year, both Mike Hayashi and Mike LaJoie officially retired from Time Warner Cable, but over the course of 25 years or so, the two Mikes were cable’s own version of a dynamic duo. (Just don’t ask them which one was Batman and which was Robin.) For their long, distinguished careers at Time Warner Cable, Hayashi and LaJoie were named CED’s Persons of the Year.

Comcast reports TV Everywhere success data

February 18, 2015 12:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said that in the past year or so, it has more than doubled its catalog of live streaming networks on the Xfinity TV Go app, and more than 30 percent of Xfinity TV customers are using TV Everywhere monthly.

Comcast partners with Boulder-based Boomtown on IoT lab

February 18, 2015 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast Labs has forged a partnership with startup accelerator Boomtown to build an Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Boomtown’s hometown of Boulder, Colo. The companies said the IoT lab will be one of the first in nation when it launches during “Boulder Startup Week” in May.  

Frontier finishes phase 1 of broadband upgrade in Washington, North Idaho

February 18, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has wrapped up the first phase of its broadband network upgrade in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Frontier said the upgrade doubled the available bandwidth en route to enabling faster broadband speeds while also providing network redundancy for its commercial and residential subscribers in the area.

Time Warner Cable Internet speeds in San Antone rose

February 18, 2015 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TWC will gradually introduce faster broadband speeds throughout its entire system in and around San Antonio. The upgrade will also include an expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, building on an existing constellation of hotspots in businesses.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

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