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Clarity Telecom wraps up deal with WOW!

October 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clarity Telecom and corporate parent Pamilico Capital announced this week that they had completed their $262 million cash deal to buy broadband systems and assets, which are located in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa from WOW! Clarity said it would transition the platform over from WOW! in the coming months and recast the operation as Vast Broadband.

EU antitrust body OKs Liberty Global's Dutch deal

October 10, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has granted conditional approval to Liberty Global PLC's proposed 10 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal to fully take over Dutch cable operator Ziggo NV. The EU Commission said Friday the acquisition may go ahead provided Liberty sells one pay TV channel and changes its broadcaster contracts to ensure it won't abuse its market position to undermine competition.

Comcast shareholders approve TWC acquisition

October 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than 99 percent of Comcast shareholders voting supported Comcast’s proposal to issue 2.875 shares of Comcast Class A common stock for every share of TWC common stock. Meanwhile, Comcast and TWC are fighting the FCC's request to see the contracts they've signed with various programmers.

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Cisco reorganizing switcher/router operations

October 8, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pursuant to a round of layoffs announced in August, Cisco is reorganizing, reportedly removing a layer of executives, mostly product managers who were each responsible for specific product families within the company’s switching and routing business.

Time Warner Cable’s faster data speeds available across Austin

October 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its TWC Maxx project, Time Warner Cable has completed its speed upgrades in Austin, which means all of its subscribers in the area now have access to faster broadband speeds, including a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up offering. Time Warner Cable’s Ryan Kelly, integrated communications manager, wrote about the faster data speeds in a recent blog post.  

Sprint shutting down WiMax network

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

News of the shutdown originally surfaced when Android Central published a Sprint internal email. The memo states that starting Oct. 6 letters are being sent to corporate-liable customers and that individual-liable and prepaid customers will be notified 180 days before the scheduled shutdown.

New chipsets pave the way for gigabit DSL

October 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sckipio Technologies introduced a set of G.fast chip sets. The introduction was accompanied by announcements of G.fast network equipment and reference designs for network equipment and for customer premise equipment from Suttle, XAVi, Zinwell, VTech and Lantiq.

Cox Business connects Navy sites in San Diego

October 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of a new five-year contract, Cox Business recently completed the build-out of 40 miles of its broadband network to 165 Navy sites in San Diego County. Cox’s network now reaches into barracks, hotels, fire stations, residential housing, recreation centers, and ships in the harbor in order to offer its triple play services to approximately 50,000 sailors stationed in San Diego.

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Cox out of the 1-Gig starting blocks in Phoenix

October 6, 2014 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is following through on its 1-Gigabit announcement from earlier this year with Monday’s news that a 1-Gig residential service will launch in Phoenix later this month. The service, which has the brand name “G1GABLAST,” costs $69.99 a month when bundled with other Cox offerings.

ESPN steps toward a la carte NBA games

October 6, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The contract with ESPN may have a provision that will allow the channel to distribute out-of-market games on the web, outside its typical cable-channel basketball package, and in competition with the NBA’s own League Pass.

Verizon to shutter Redbox Instant streaming service

October 6, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon and Outerwall’s Redbox announced over the weekend that they would be pulling the plug on the Redbox Instant streaming video service on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The two companies said the service, which tied the Redbox DVD rental kiosk business with streaming video capabilities from Verizon, wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped it would be.

Fairbanks on tap for GCI’s 1-Gig service

October 6, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaska’s GCI announced that Fairbanks would be joining Juneau and Anchorage as cities that were slated for its 1-Gigabit service. With the same deployment timeframe as last week’s Juneau announcement, the 1-Gig service, which is called “fiber re:D,” will be up and running near the end of 2016.

Angels fans get Wi-Fi connectivity for the playoffs

October 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Angel Stadium was set up with stadium Wi-Fi, just in time for fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to have their spirits crushed by the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network, owned and operated by 5 Bars, went live last night.

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Windstream to take on Time Warner Cable in Lincoln

October 3, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Windstream plans to begin providing residential TV service in Lincoln starting next year. It will be delivered using Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, and it will be available bundled with Internet and phone service. The company said the service will be available to about 50,000 homes.

Dish family set to bid on AWS-3 auction

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies in which it has indirect ownership, to bid on AWS-3 spectrum. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also bid. Sprint will not participate in this auction, but instead save its strength for next year’s Incentive Auctions.

Amazon adds channels to Fire TV, thanks to Opera

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

The channels are being packaged as apps by Opera. The addition of little-known and little-watched channels will have little immediate consequence for either Amazon or Opera, but the maneuver is something both Amazon and Opera no doubt hope to build on. 

Comcast enables out-of-home streaming on cloud DVR platform

October 1, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has turned on out-of-home streaming for its cloud DVR service that is now live in eight markets across the cable operator’s footprint. The news about the out-of-home streaming element was announced in conjunction with rollouts of the cloud DVR service in San Francisco and Houston.

Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers

October 1, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday. David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. 

RGB at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

September 30, 2014 5:31 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Live From The Show: RGB Networks VP of Product Management Andy Salo is building on its background in open source cloud computing with what he says will be the industry's first commercial-grade, open-source transcoder. The company considers the combination of its RipCode transcoder and open APIs a pathway to software defined networking. 

FCC signals review if OTT companies qualify as MVPDs

September 30, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC has revived an obscure complaint by Sky Angel against Discovery. If the FCC changes policy in favor of Sky Angel, online providers would have the same ability to negotiate for carriage of local broadcast TV stations that cable and satellite TV providers have.

GVTC begins marketing gigabit connectivity

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has strung 2,200 miles of fiber across a 2,000 square mile area that includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales, area. More than 40,000 rooftops are connected to GVTC's network, with another 2,600 to be connected soon.

Comcast ups Herrin to focus on customer experience

September 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cable industry’s dismal customer satisfaction ratings have become a stereotype for the industry, but Comcast is vowing, again, to improve customer service with the promotion of Charlie Herrin to senior vice president, customer experience. On Friday Comcast Cable CEO and president Neil Smit took to company’s blog page to tout Herrin’s new role. 

Huawei vows $4B in fixed broadband R&D

September 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Huawei Technologies plans to invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology R&D in the next three years, citing the areas of photonics and software-defined networking (SDN). Separately, the company earlier this week demonstrated a virtual CCAP at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

TDS satiates subscribers’ appetite for devices with personal cloud service

September 26, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve the increasing number of personal digital devices used by customers, including PCs, Macs, tablets and iPhones, TDS Telecom is now offering a new personal cloud service. The new service, which is called “younited,” uses F-Secure’s technology to allow TDS customers to back up info, and store photos and videos in the cloud.

DirecTV shareholders approve $48.5B sale to AT&T

September 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval. Public-interest groups say the deal would lead to less competition, since AT&T and DirecTV provide pay-TV services to about 25 percent of the country.

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