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Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

Verizon pens letter to FCC on restricting network access

February 13, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon sought to clarify its intention to explore commercial arrangements that restrict network access. Verizon submitted a filing aimed at correcting comments FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made on the matter. Verizon's letter took issue with Wheeler’s alleged misunderstanding of “commercial arrangements.”

Obama eyes cybersecurity in heart of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was participating in a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.

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Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

Mediacom turbo charges speeds at Iowa race track

February 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway and Mediacom Business announced a renewed partnership that will help the racetrack address growing bandwidth demand, onsite high speed Internet in the Mediacom Media Center, and high definition video powered by Mediacom Business. 

FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyber attacks

February 12, 2015 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" — as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals. When big corporations like Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Target or Anthem suffered malicious hacks and data breaches that threatened their operations and reputations, they called in FireEye.

Time Warner Cable partners with BestBuy on smart home gear

February 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

By partnering with BestBuy, Time Warner Cable is providing an online retail route for users of its IntelligentHome monitoring and automation service. The deal with BestBuy allows IntelligentHome users to buy “smart” door locks, light bulbs and in-wall light switches that they can then self-install via a touchscreen.  

TWC performing DAI in multi-screen on-demand content

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

Time Warner Cable is preparing to add the ability to perform DAI with on-demand content delivered to IP-based devices. TWC has set itself up to enable advertisers to run unified ad campaigns that could cut across all three platforms: traditional VOD, linear over IP, and on-demand over IP.

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Wheeler: it'll be modernized Title II, not the hybrid approach

February 10, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC will use a modernized version of Title II with Section 706 as a “one-two” punch to keep the Internet fast, fair and open, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech last night, in which he provided a little more insight into his plans, which remain unpublished.

WOW! Business rolls 110 Mbps tier into 4 Southeast cities

February 10, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

With the addition of four cities in the Southeast, WOW! Business continues to roll out its 110 Mbps down, 15 Mbps up tier to more small businesses across its footprint. WOW! Business is now offering the 110 Mbps service in Augusta, Charleston, Knoxville and Panama City for a total of 10 Southeast markets.

Cogeco on track to open another data center this spring

February 10, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cogeco Data Centers said it was on track to open a new 100,000-square-foot data center this spring on the island of Montreal. The new facility, which is located in Kirkland, will be the fifth location in Cogeco Data Services’ growing data center fleet.

Connected cars have few safeguards against hackers

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information, according to a report from Sen. Edward Markey's office.

Netflix launching in Cuba

February 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users.

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Concurrent software supports cloud-based video apps

February 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The software offers dynamic data replication, balancing of content across storage nodes, automatic data recovery, and other features useful to support the launch of IP video applications such as network-based digital video recording (DVR) or personal video lockers.

Sling TV available to everyone, adds AMC Networks

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

As of today, Sling TV’s cord-cutting service is open for business to everyone, and it also announced that AMC Networks has joined its roster of content providers. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish, started out as an invitation-only offering when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

Atlantic Broadband hooks up with Miami Data Vault

February 9, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has bolstered its presence in the burgeoning South Florida communications sector by partnering with Miami Data Vault. The deal allows Atlantic Broadband to offer its suite of commercial services to businesses via Miami Data Vault’s data center and coloction facility.

Calix helps deliver Alabama’s first gigabit service

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Calix has lit up the state of Alabama’s first 1-gigabit service through a deal with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC.) After launching last week, FTC, which is Alabama's largest member-owned telephone cooperative, is providing symmetrical 1-gig speeds to customers in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

Apple exploring an over the top TV service

February 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Apple is reportedly reviving discussions with programmers about creating a streaming TV service. The company is in early stages of negotiations with programmers about securing rights to content, and has been demonstrating the ability to deliver TV, according to re/code.

Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation

February 6, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers.

Chunghwa using Envivio encoders to test 4K streaming

February 5, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Chunghwa Telecom will be using Envivio’s Muse Ultra HD software to support two modes of 4K HEVC delivery to a wide range of devices: video-on-demand content delivered via unicast transfer, and NVOD through multicast to HwaCom set-top boxes.

Cablevision starts Freewheeling today

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision turned on its Wi-Fi-exclusive phone service providing unlimited data, talk and text. Monthly fees will be much lower: $9.95 a month for Optimum customers and $29.95 a month for everyone else. The company is currently supporting Motorola’s Moto G.

Video, data, advertising fuel Charter’s fourth quarter results

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ fourth quarter results were driven by robust video and advertising revenues, and a continued increase in data subscribers. Charter’s residential video subscribers grew by 3,000, as opposed to a loss of 2,000 a year ago, while it added 104,000 high-speed Internet customers in the quarter.

Research: 25 percent of broadband homes find energy monitoring appealing

February 5, 2015 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 25 percent of the broadband households across the nation find an energy monitoring service “very appealing.” In more good news for cable operators that offer home automation services, 22 percent were interested in an appliance monitoring service while 26 percent found an HVAC monitoring service very appealing.

AT&T, GE testing industrial IoT apps

February 4, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T and GE said they have collaborated on the development of a smart meter system and a smart lighting solution. The two said the smart meter system is now being tested by customers. The two expect to commercialize the solutions later this year.

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