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CenturyLink helping Utah expand gigabit connectivity

April 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink is assisting Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) in constructing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds.

CenturyLink sues FCC on Open Internet order

April 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Objecting that using Title II to impose network neutrality rules is too heavy-handed, CenturyLink said that it yearly spends hundreds of millions of dollars to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content.”

Comcast, TWC to meet with Justice Dept.

April 20, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be meeting with the Justice Department on Wednesday, following reports at the end of last week that Justice lawyers are leaning against approving Comcast’s acquisition of TWC.

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Justice Dept. reported skeptical of Comcast-TWC deal

April 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.

Cox AZ customers get broadband speed boost

April 17, 2015 1:36 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company is increasing its High Speed Internet Essential package from 5 to 15 Mbps, and its High Speed Internet Starter package was increased from 1 to 5 Mbps.

Mediacom going all-digital in MO

April 16, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In Missouri, Mediacom is upgrading its TV service to all-digital. The transition will begin next month and end in early June.

Lantiq chipset supports 300 Mbps VDSL in FTTN networks

April 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The semiconductor company now has available a new chipset designed for the distribution points in GPON networks that connect customers with VDSL-based service at speeds up to 300 Mbps.

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

April 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The deal values Alcatel-Lucent at $16.6 billion, and the deal is expected to close in early 2016. 

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Demystifying cloud computing for video workflows

April 14, 2015 5:39 pm | by Sudeep Bose, product and business development manager of video network monitoring, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing has been around for years, but only recently has it begun playing a significant role in the video workflow as operators turn cloud-based management, processing and distribution of . . .

Cable, Wireless industries sue to stop FCC's Title II plan

April 14, 2015 5:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NCTA president Michael Powell said reclassification is unjustifiably going too far; that even a partial victory for any of the interests involved will be treated as a first step in completely undermining the FCC’s intent; and said that barring some other solution more litigation against the FCC is inevitable.

This releases major upgrade for SwitchStream

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Version 3.0 introduces several new features for MVPDs and programmers including Audit Central, a tool for event verification and audit reporting; Map View for zone creation and event execution mapping; and an Event Dashboard for monitoring event execution status and system health management.

Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 14, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. A total of ten cities and seventeen townships will be included in the network.

Deviser bows line of cable, spectrum analyzers

April 13, 2015 4:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Deviser Instrument's Profiler line includes the E7000B and E7000L RF/Optic Cable & Antenna Analyzers, and the E8400B and E8600B Spectrum Analyzers. The cable and antenna analyzers can measure . . .

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Netgear 802.11ac router supports 10+ devices

April 13, 2015 4:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The AC1600 modem router by Netgear is for VDSL/ADSL networks, and is compatible with ADSL2+ connections. It can support more than ten devices including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray . . .

Ericsson offering cloud DVR

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ericsson already had live, linear and on-demand video capabilities, as well as traditional DVR capabilities with its Mediaroom TV Platform. But with the $95 million acquisition of cloud-based video specialist Fabrix Systems last fall, the company picked up the ability to help operators shift all DVR functions from the home to the cloud.

AT&T launches GigaPower in Atlanta

April 13, 2015 1:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T has launched GigaPower in and around Atlanta, where Google is getting ready to also offer gigabit service and Comcast is planning to offer connectivity at up to 2 Gbps.

Kaltura offers "universal" DRM

April 13, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Kaltura announced  a universal digital rights management solution it says will work regardless of the browser, device or platform being used. The approach is designed to address several moves in the market that carry the potential of disrupting streaming delivery services.

Disney/ABC Imagines taking linear broadcast to the cloud

April 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Disney/ABC is in the process of shifting its linear broadcast operations to an IP-based architecture, using technology from Imagine Communications. The company is ditching the classic broadcast center model in favor of running operations out of data centers.

Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

Employee Retention – What are the Keys?: Open Mic

April 10, 2015 4:59 pm | by Stacey Slaughter, CEO and CFO of Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

A clearly defined career path, feeling proficient on the job, and compensation tied to professional certifications are the three most important things to employees who consider staying with their . . .  

Adaptive Power Systems: Engineering-wise

April 10, 2015 3:44 pm | by Frank Sandoval, senior director of software engineering, Comcast | Articles | Comments

Energy management has been identified as a strategic concern within the cable industry. Key enablers of continued growth and increased reliability are access to reliable local power sources and an . . .

CRTC evaluating if Canadian ISPs are keeping up

April 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

Hybrid IP Gateways: Much More than Just a Set-Top Box: By The Numbers

April 10, 2015 2:03 pm | by Mike Paxton, senior analyst, SNL Kagan | Articles | Comments

Several high-profile hybrid IP gateway products, including Comcast’s X1, DirecTV’s Genie, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, shipped in record numbers last year. These products are projected to be in . . .

Imagine hooks up with Verizon DMS, HP

April 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced two high-profile partnerships, one with Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the other with HP. Both relationships are aimed at helping participants in the video industry set up multi-screen delivery services.  

Have means, will steal: Memory Lane

April 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

The $500 million impact of signal theft in the early 80s ran all the way up to $4.7 billion by the early 90s. However, ambiguity reigned as no one was able to track the exact toll of . . . 

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