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Tuesdays with Terry -- Engineering-Wise

June 25, 2014 8:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Suddenlink CTO Terry Cordova was elected chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors at the end of 2013. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A. "We have large, complex networks that have evolved from stand-alone systems to centralized platforms riding on highly capable, efficient networks. Customers have high expectations that we must meet and exceed."

Google said to be prepping another set-top

June 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google is working with several OEMs to create a market of Android-based set-top boxes to compete with other retail devices such as the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple's Apple TV. The success these other boxes suggests there is a basis for building a business for versatile home gateways.

Another former Cablevision exec joins Charter’s management team

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

James Nuzzo is the latest former Cablevision executive to join his former Cablevision boss, Tom Rutledge, at Charter Communications. Nuzzo has boarded Charter as executive vice president, business planning and will report to Charter COO John Bickham, who is also another former Cablevision executive.

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Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's CEO has told Congress that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees Tuesday to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

AT&T promises to wire 15M if DirecTV deal okayed

June 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation. The combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

San Francisco to app: Curb parking space auctions

June 24, 2014 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum. The app, called Monkey Parking, allows drivers who score a notoriously hard-to-get San Francisco parking spot to sell it.

Vyve announces faster data tiers

June 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband recently announced that it had increased the speeds of its data tiers across the company’s nine-state footprint at no additional cost to its current subscribers. Vyve is now offering download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps and 105 Mbps, and is in the process of moving its standard Internet subscribers to the 25 Mbps tier. 

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Bill introduced that would prohibit paid prioritization

June 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Doris Matsui have introduced bicameral legislation to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.

UPC Hungary delivering YouTube app hosted in the cloud

June 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UPC Hungary is delivering YouTube content to its subscribers entirely through the cloud, using ActiveVideo’s StreamCast platform and associated cloud service. While delivery is through UPC Hungary’s set-top boxes, there is no software resident in the box to enable the delivery, according to the companies involved.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau blossoms with Comcast Business services

June 19, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business is serving up its data and cloud-based voice services to a non-profit farming organization located in the heart of the nation’s premier winemaking region. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will use Comcast Business’ services to keep area farmers and ranchers in Sonoma County connected with each other and the world at large.

T-Mobile offers iPhone trial, free music streaming

June 19, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starting Monday, June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile's Test Drive online. A few days later, they’ll receive an iPhone 5s fully loaded and ready to go. As for streaming music, even after subscribers exhaust their data allotments, they will still stream music for free.

Pico Digital offering "headend in a box"

June 19, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pico Digital has introduced system that has all the functionality of a headend, all fitting into a 5-RU space. The company said it designed the system for multiple dwelling units (MDU), headend in the sky (HITS) operations, and the hospitality industry.

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Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

Midcontinent turns up 200 Mbps tier

June 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications doubled the speeds on most of its data tiers, which included the debut of a 200 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up service. The speed increases were system-wide—without price increases—except in remote areas within Midcontinent’s footprint of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

YouTube to launch music service that incenses indies

June 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video site is adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube, and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists," but a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.

GVTC deploys gigabit network in San Antonio suburbs

June 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network that stretches across three cities just north of San Antonio, Tex.

Spirent develops 400G tester

June 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a development that has ramifications even for CMTS traffic, Spirent has been working with Huawei’s NE5000E core router, which incorporates Xilinx processors, to verify the Spirent 400G Ethernet Test System. The tester works for evaluating 400G systems, ISO layers 1 through 3.

Raleigh OKs AT&T’s GigaPower service

June 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has checked Raleigh off its list of North Carolina cities that have ratified the deployment of its fiber-based GigaPower service. AT&T has been working with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deploy its 1 Gbps service across six cities in the area

DOCSIS 3.1 Checklist

June 17, 2014 5:29 pm | by CED | Webinars

While full-scale DOCSIS 3.1 implementations may not occur for another two years, cable operators are currently preparing their networks. In this live Google Hangout, sponsored by VeEX and hosted by CED, attendees will learn how cable operators and vendors are gearing up for 3.1 rollouts.

Cisco to buy software orchestration specialist for $175M

June 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco is in the process of buying privately-held Tail-f Systems, which specializes in implementing applications, network services and solutions across a range of networking devices. Service providers in particular should benefit from Tail-f’s products, using them to manage their networks as they introduce new services at a rapid rate.

Mediacom working with John Deere on automated farming

June 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Business and John Deere have filed an expression of interest with the FCC that outlines a plan to improve agricultural efficiency and production by driving fiber networks deeper into rural Iowa and connecting commercial farming operations with wireless broadband services.

How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

Texas two-step: Suddenlink bows 300 Mbps service

June 16, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering a new data tier in two Texas communities with a speed of up to 300 Mbps on the downstream. The 300 Mbps service, which tops out at 15 Mbps on the upstream, is now available in Leander and Pflugerville, Texas with Georgetown to follow in the Lone Star state later this summer.  

TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

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