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NYC to convert phone booths into muni Wi-Fi network

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city issued an RFP for the project, called LinkNYC, earlier this year, and today awarded the contract for the work to CityBridge, a team of companies comprised of Qualcomm, Titan, Control Group, and Comark. Titan is an ad company that currently operates most of the city’s pay phones.

Infographic: Cable wins majority of new broadband subs in Q3

November 18, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 17 biggest broadband providers now account for 86.6 million subscribers. The cable companies among them claim over 51.2 million of the total; top telephone companies have nearly 35.4 million Internet subscribers. Cable added to its lead in the quarter.

Midco to bring 1-Gig to Northern Plains

November 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Monday Midcontinent Communications unveiled its “Gigabit Frontier Initiative” that will eventually make gigabit speeds available to 600,000 homes and 55,000 businesses via a fiber network that covers more than 7,600 miles across the Northern Plains. Work on the Midcontinent Gigabit Frontier Initiative is slated to start next year.

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RCN tees up 330 Mbps tier in NYC

November 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next month, RCN will light up a 330 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up tier across its New York City footprint where it will compete against Time Warner Cable’s 300 Mbps offering. Pricewise, the 330/20 tier will start at $64.99 a month for new subscribers, which includes a three-year price guarantee. 

Wheeler: $2 a year fee to support school broadband

November 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said in a proposal that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills.

Appeals court holds up megamergers; decision challenged

November 17, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of appeals ruled that programmers do not have to share details of their transmission contracts with a set of MVPDs because some of the MVPDs want to hire outside legal counsel to review the documents. The ACA challenged the decision as unjustified.

AT&T drops user-tracking "super cookies"

November 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Super cookies provide a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers. AT&T is giving up the practice because it made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online. Verizon Wireless said it is still using this type of tracking.

Comcast building data center in Oregon

November 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is building a data center in Hillsboro, OR, which the company said will provide support for video, Internet and phone services for Oregon and southwest Washington customers. The company has a headend and a large sales center nearby.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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. 

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