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Phones gain ability to learn by touching

June 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a form of extrasensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them.

SK Broadband launches IPv6

June 18, 2012 2:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean MSO implemented the capability with a software upgrade of its Arris CMTSs.

CEO leaving LodgeNet

June 18, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Sioux Falls-based company that provides Internet services to hotels and other industries is searching for a new CEO.

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TWC increases broadband penetration to low-income families in NYC

June 15, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended a partnership that fosters greater digital penetration to low-income families in New York City.

Verizon rebuts spectrum warehousing claims

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless continues its effort to convince the FCC to approve its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum as the clock ticks down on the deal.

In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.

Disney rolls out more live TV apps with Comcast

June 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney rolled out three more apps that enable pay-TV subscribers of Comcast to watch live TV on the go.

Communal Clearwire? Meet Karma.

June 15, 2012 2:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A new start-up is chucking the conventional approach to data plans in favor of plans that require users to share access to their Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Anga Cable Show a bigger draw for foreign attendees

June 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Anga Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, increased its number of foreign attendees from 43 percent to 50 percent.

NBC to stream events, but only to subscribers

June 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Given that NBC pays a premium to air the Olympics, it will allow only authenticated cable and satellite subscribers to view streamed coverage on NBCOlympics.com.

Cablevision offers self-provision tool to business customers

June 14, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The online tool will enable small business customers to manage many aspects of their own services, including provisioning services and features.

Obama measures aim to promote broadband

June 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The president signs an order to make it easier to build on federal lands and announces a program to encourage new uses of broadband networks.

Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

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FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

Sprint hikes fiber backbone to 100G, plans 400G trials

June 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The operator said it hired Ciena to upgrade its optical backbone network to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps and that it plans to conduct trials of 400 Gbps links next year.

WD expands connected home offerings with My Net routers

June 14, 2012 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Western Digital has released a new line of in-home routers aimed at mitigating performance problems related to the increasing number of wireless devices connecting to home networks.

Elemental, CTCSP partner in Japan

June 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies and Japan’s CTCSP have formed a strategic partnership to provide video encoding and transcoding solutions to streaming service providers in Japan.

Yahoo ties up with CNBC on financial news

June 13, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will be able to use search data to help determine the content they'll produce for visitors.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

TWC launches 1st cloud-based VOD search application in Syracuse

June 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is out of the starting blocks with the first launch of its cloud-based video-on-demand application in Syracuse.

Comcast taps ActiveVideo to enable VOD trial

June 12, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO will test ActiveVideo’s cloud-based system to provide a VOD user interface in Chattanooga.

FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Comcast slapped for Xfinity ad claim

June 12, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An ad industry watchdog says Comcast is going too far with unqualified claims that Xfinity is the fastest broadband service available.

Dish pays Qualcomm to design mobile broadband chip

June 12, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move anticipates receiving a favorable ruling from the FCC on spectrum use that is by no means assured.

Harmonic carries Olympic torch for Virgin Media on 24 HD channels

June 12, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic scored a deal with Virgin Media to enable HD channel delivery across the United Kingdom to Virgin Media’s TV viewers.

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