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Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000

August 11, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Warsaw, Poland-based Netia has selected Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to support its broadband service. Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.

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MetroCast lights up fiber in Miss.

August 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MetroCast Communications has fired up a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in two communities that it serves in Mississippi. The recent FTTH deployments in the Mississippi towns of Starkville and Oxford followed on the heels of a deployment in Carthage, Mississippi earlier this year.

Suddenlink begins gigabit upgrade

August 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has embarked on a three-year program to accelerate Internet service rates. It plans to increase the rate of its Flagship 15 Mbps tier to 200 Mbps, and its top Billboard 107 Mbps tier to 1 Gbps. The company anticipates expanding its capex by $230 million.

Google using its clout to widen use of encryption

August 8, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results. Websites that automatically encrypt their services will now be boosted higher in Google Inc.'s recommendation system. 

Comcast checks in with Doctor On Demand

August 7, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed on as a client of San Francisco-based Doctor On Demand in order to provide its employees video visits with the healthcare service’s doctors. Comcast plans on integrating Doctor On Demand into its health and wellness offerings and will, for certain plans, fully subsidize employees’ video visits with Doctor On Demand physicians

Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

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Vyve fills out Oklahoma footprint with acquisitions

August 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband said it has acquired certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable. The acquisitions fill out Vyve’s footprint in Oklahoma. The former Reach and Lakeview systems have already been merged into Vyve's operations.

CenturyLink plans gigabit services in 16 markets

August 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink plans to leapfrog some of its competitors by going straight to symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps in 16 markets. The carrier has also been reported to be negotiating with some of the cities, including Portland, Ore., for video franchises.

Alternatives to passwords gain traction

August 5, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Passcodes are a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more.

Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

Cisco forms Internet of Things group

August 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco has created a new group, called the IoT systems and software group, dedicated to machine connectivity. Kip Compton has been named VP, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software, in charge of the company's strategy for what it considers a major growth area.

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Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

Comcast accelerates Xfinity for Californians

August 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSOs latest speed increase applies to all California customers except those in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista. The other markets where Comcast accelerated Xfinity speeds are Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX.

CableLabs to help Averna with DOCSIS 3.1 analyzer

August 4, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Averna is developing a new version of its DOCSIS 3.1 Protocol Analyzer Early, and has conscripted CableLabs to join its early adopter program to help the company develop the product. The analyzer is used for functional DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS network analysis, providing visibility into all layers of the network.

Comcast renews Internet Essentials commitment

August 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO is offering up to 6 months of complimentary service for any family that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials. Comcast also said it intends to forgive the debt of some families that have subscribed in the past to the Internet Essentials program and still have unpaid balances.

C7 Data Centers serves up Comcast Business services at new data center

July 31, 2014 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

C7 Data Centers is offering Comcast Business Ethernet services as a connectivity option for customers at C7’s new colocation data center. The new Granite Point II colocation data center is located in Bluffdale, Utah, which is one of four data centers in the metro Salt Lake City area that are connected to Comcast’s network. 

Comcast re-ups with CSG

July 31, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed a new contract with CSG International that provides the cable operator with CSG’s residential billing services through June 30, 2019. While CSG has worked with Comcast for the past 20 years, the new contract provides the framework for Comcast to consolidate all of its residential business onto CSG’s billing platform.

Report: Ethernet switch market to close in on $25 billion by 2018

July 31, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

According to a recent report, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is projected to approach $25 billon by 2018. The report by Dell’Oro Group said a 10 Gigabit Ethernet peak is anticipated before 2018 and then 100 Gigabit Ethernet was expected to become mainstream.

NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

July 31, 2014 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral arguments in Manhattan.

New video products pump up Charter's Q2

July 31, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost almost half as many video subscribers in its second quarter of 2014 as it did in Q2 2013. Charter has about 60 percent of its footprint converted to all-digital, and is introducing its new Charter Spectrum triple play with more HD channels and a new cloud-based interface it is beginning test.

Austin next for TWC Maxx upgrade; 7 cities on tap next year

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus outlined several of the company’s top priorities during this morning’s second quarter earnings call, which included the announcement that seven cities are slated to receive TWC Maxx network upgrades next year. TWC Maxx, which features 300 Mbps on the downstream, will touch down in Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

BHN launches Echo to fill in Wi-Fi deadspots

July 31, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is now offering residential subscribers in its Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas a new service that was designed to eliminate Wi-Fi “dead zones” in homes. The service, which is called “Echo,” is able to expand Wi-Fi into areas of a home that previously had trouble receiving the signals.

Verizon DMS, thePlatform, form strategic alliance

July 31, 2014 11:42 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Digital Media Services and thePlatform have combined the former’s suite of video services and the latter’s mpx video-management system to form a system they say performs everything from content management to multi-screen delivery.

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