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Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

June 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. says it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion. Level 3 owns network and data centers around the world, while TW Telecom provides data and Internet and other services to businesses in the U.S.

Alibaba plans blockbuster IPO

June 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.

Wheeler expands network neutrality process to include peering

June 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Wheeler for the first time made a clear distinction between ISP networks and activity on the open Internet governed by peering agreements. Consumers expect good service, he said, and peering activity affects that. He has directed the FCC to start collecting information on peering agreements.

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Roku CEO discusses state of Internet video, TV

June 13, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"To me, it's pretty clear that all TV is going to be streamed... Things like DVD players are going to go away. Cable boxes are obviously going away, too. DVRs are just a stepping stone technology. When everything is on demand, you won't have to record anything anymore so that's going to disappear."

AT&T accepting applications for free school connectivity

June 13, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The non-profit organization Connected Nation has signed on to administer the selection process for AT&T’s $100 million commitment to provide free mobile broadband Internet access to select middle and high school students in Title 1 schools across the country.

C Spire to buy business services specialist

June 13, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

C Spire said it is in the process of buying MegaGate Broadband from Cellular One. The acquisition helps C Spire with its strategy to expand its business services operations. MegaGate provides IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout much of Mississippi.

On Demand: DOCSIS 3.1 checklist

June 13, 2014 10:11 am | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

While full-scale DOCSIS 3.1 implementations may not occur for another few years, cable operators are currently preparing their networks. In this free, live, Google Hangout, which is sponsored by VeEX, and hosted by CED, attendees will learn about how cable operators and vendors are gearing up for 3.1 rollouts. Panelists include: Cox’s Jeff Finkelstein, The Volpe Firm’s Brady Volpe, and VeEX CEO Cyrille Morelle.

Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

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WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

Internet of Things will break telcos' business model

June 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: The acceleration of broadband usage is affecting telcos in the same way it's affecting cable network operators: energy consumption will outstrip the ability of current infrastructure to handle it all. Telcos will have to rethink their networks in much the same way MSOs are with CCAP and other measures.

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

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Tektronix updates Sentry monitoring systems

June 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tektronix has upgraded its Sentry family of digital content monitors with features designed to help comply with new Closed Captioning regulations, better identify audio issues – including overly loud commercials, and ensure the quality of OTT and TV Everywhere services.

AT&T gets green light for 1-Gig service in Winston-Salem

June 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, AT&T will be bringing its 1 Gbps service to the Winston-Salem area after city officials there recently ratified an agreement. Back in April AT&T said it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its GigaPower service in six cities in the state, including Winston-Salem. 

CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

June 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press, wireless, cable | News | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week.

Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

Amtrak opens bidding for Wi-Fi network

June 9, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amtrak is looking for proposals on how to upgrade its on-board Wi-Fi service on trains running the Northeast Corridor. The goal is to increase available bandwidth per train from the currently available 10Mbps to a minimum of 25 Mbps. The company is soliciting bids for a proof-of-concept project.

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

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