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Sony's TV service to go commercial early next year

November 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.

Time Warner Cable finishes TWC Maxx upgrades in NYC, LA

November 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.

Cable One to spin off from Graham Holdings

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Graham Holdings’ board of directors has decided that its Cable One division would be more successful on its own with the spinoff slated for next year. Graham Holdings board of directors gave management its nod of approval to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Cable One, which will result in the cable operator being a publicly traded company.

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Small mobile providers voice concerns over Title II

November 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak in the smaller markets they serve. The response from rural and regional carriers is similar to what larger carriers and wireless industry groups have said after President Obama earlier this week urged the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers.

Infographic: Net Neutrality debate is about the lack of competition

November 13, 2014 6:46 pm | by CED | News | Comments

Infographic: It is a misconception that the discussion about network neutrality is solely about principles such as preventing ISPs from blocking traffic or favoring traffic from any source. It's also very much about broadband competition, or more to the point, the lack of it.

ZCorum diagnostics cover in-home Wi-Fi

November 13, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZCorum has added a feature to its TruVizionbroadband diagnostics application that displays Wi-Fi diagnostics information for subscribers who have CPE with an embedded Wi-Fi access point. Anywhere from 20- to 40 percent of inbound tech support calls are related to the home.

Cox lights up 500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Phoenix

November 13, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has turned up 500 hotspots across Phoenix with plans to deploy an additional 1,200 access points across the valley by the end of this year. Cox, which recently started offering its 1-Gigabit service in the Phoenix area, has targeted more than 2,500 hotspots in metro Phoenix by the end of next year.

Alaska’s GCI partners with oil & gas vendor

November 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, through its GCI Industrial Telecom division, has struck a strategic partnership with oilfield monitoring vendor WellAware. The deal will give WellAware access to GCI’s mapping and analytics information across the state, which will be used by oil and gas field operators.

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Media: Wave Broadband cues up 1-Gig in Seattle

November 13, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wave Broadband will unleash a 1-Gigabit service in one area of Seattle starting next month. Through a subdivision, CondoInternet, Wave Broadband has seemingly beaten Google Fiber, Comcast and CenturyLink to the 1-Gigabit punch with its plans to offer the service to every home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, according to a blog in The Seattle Times

Cisco beats Street 1Q profit, revenue forecasts

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday. It also announced that its chief financial officer will step down. The seller of routers, switches, software and services said its net income totaled $1.83 billion, or 35 cents per share.

Roberts: Full steam ahead on Time Warner deal

November 13, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is moving "full steam ahead" with the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable despite the uncertainty raised by President Barack Obama's call for tougher regulations on high-speed Internet service providers. Roberts said Comcast Corp. still intends to spend about $20 billion during the next two years to improve its Internet service and other products.

YouTube adds subscription service to music mix

November 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of ad-free subscription service "Music Key" and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free. The subscription service is part of Google's effort to mine more revenue from YouTube as the video site approaches the 10th anniversary of its inception.

Tablets increasingly used to watch linear TV

November 13, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: More and more people are using their tablets for viewing linear content. Ad placement (and viewing) in broadband content is increasing significantly. That's true not only of long-form content but also of short-form content  and everything in between.

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Jackson Energy goes gigabit with Adtran

November 12, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

JEA first deployed its FTTH network over a decade ago, with the expectation that deploying fiber could support the community’s evolution into a globally connected commercial center. West Tennessee has historically been an agricultural region.

AT&T chair: go Title II and we'll sue

November 12, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

If the FCC were to attempt to reclassify broadband as a communications service under Title II, the industry will immediately sue to block the move, AT&T Randall Stephenson vowed. Furthermore, communications companies will stop investing in their networks.

TWCBC teams up with OhioHealth for telemedicine

November 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is enabling OhioHealth, which a not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, connect patients and physicians with telemedicine services. In addition to triple play services, Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) is providing OhioHealth with its 100 Mbps point-to-point Ethernet private line (EPL) fiber circuits to connect 50 care sites across the state.

AT&T pauses fiber build on Title II concerns

November 12, 2014 12:31 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company couldn't afford to continue its fiber buildout until regualtory uncertainties were resolved. Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on the Net Neutrality debate. Obama urged the FCC to categorize ISPs under Title II, which would essentially make the Internet a public utility. 

Yahoo forks out $640M for BrightRoll

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

Yahoo is buying digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $640 million in the Internet company's latest attempt to boost its revenue after years filled mostly with financial futility. The acquisition announced Tuesday marks Yahoo's first major purchase since reaping a $9.4 billion windfall in September by selling part of its stake in a rapidly rising Internet star, Chinese e-commerce service Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Juniper Networks CEO steps down after review

November 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Networking vendor Juniper Networks announced on Monday that CEO Shaygan Kheradpir resigned from the company after less than a year at the helm. Juniper Networks said that Kheradpir, who was also on the board of directors, resigned following “a review by the board of directors of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer." 

Obama ignites debate on 'net neutrality'

November 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate has intensified now that Obama has entered the fray.

AT&T’s in-flight LTE service aborts takeoff

November 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo. Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015. 

Report: Europe leads U.S. in PC-to-TV connections

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

When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.

Small companies rush to fill gigabit void

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest companies have little interest in providing gigabit residential service, and Google is being extremely choosy and extremely slow about installing Google Fiber. That's opening opportunities to install fiber for companies like Pinnacle Communications, Ritter Communications and Arkwest, all in Arkansas.

Cable stocks whacked on Obama Title II endorsement

November 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

If the FCC were to approve the White House's recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an "explicit ban" on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.

AT&T Buying Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell for $2.5B

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.

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