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Apple aims to unify home networking with HomeKit

January 15, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Think of HomeKit as a way to unify smart-home products from different manufacturers. Currently, if Acme Co. makes a light switch, you need to download Acme's app to control it remotely. With HomeKit, companies can integrate their apps into a single software platform that you control from your iPhone or iPad.

Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

Intraway adds subscriber Wi-Fi self management tool

January 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

How would you like it if you never heard another customer ever say "I forgot my password"? Intraway’s solution allows users to change and recover passwords and SSID, and select the Wi-Fi channel, among other capabilities inherent in their Wi-Fi DOCSIS devices.

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Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

Obama criticizes state laws on broadband competition

January 15, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wading into a states' rights dispute over Internet access, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws that prevent local communities from creating their own broadband networks. Obama, for the second time in three months, cast himself as an antagonist to large cable and telephone companies that provide the bulk of the nation's Internet service.

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

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New FiOS portal powered by Synacor

January 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.

Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

Obama pitching more access to fast Internet

January 14, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications services, siding with local communities that want either to expand competition or provide municipal services themselves. 

The resurrection of the dead cable business

January 13, 2015 1:49 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content. 

TWC Maxx all-digital train heads to K.C

January 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next week, Time Warner Cable will start informing its Kansas City-based subscribers that the company’s all-digital “TWC Maxx” project will begin its first phase. After upgrading networks in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin last year via TWC Maxx initiatives, Kansas City was one of the cities on the shortlist for this year, along with Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego. 

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WOW! Business unleashes 110 Mbps tier in Detroit, Evansville

January 13, 2015 1:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business announced the availability of its 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier in Detroit and Evansville, Ind. The 110/15 business offering, which uses Arris' cable modems, was previously deployed in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. 

Obama: With tech advances come privacy risks

January 13, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked and protecting students' private data. Obama wants Congress to pass legislation called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would require companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked.

RCN drops 110 Mbps tier into Lehigh Valley

January 12, 2015 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN had rolled its 110 Mbps down, 15 Mbps up data tier across its Lehigh Valley, Pa. footprint. Prior to Lehigh Valley, RCN had launched its 110/15 Mbps Internet speeds in Chicago, Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

Obama wants laws on data hacking, student privacy

January 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama will announce the proposed legislation Monday, along with a measure aimed at preventing companies from selling student data to third parties.

NYC libraries pioneer free hot spot lending program

January 12, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. The program — which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value — seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.

Over the top wins as Tech Emmys are awarded

January 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vast majority of the Emmys for Technical / Engineering Achievement went to companies that in one way or another were involved in broadband video, with an unprecedented emphasis on technologies frequently associated with over the top (OTT) video.

Proximus allies with Cisco on cloud video, smart cities, and more

January 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Proximus is preparing to tie its fortunes more closely with the vendor, not only continuing to deliver video services based on Cisco products, but to explore expanding the relationship into smart/connected cities, service orchestration for business customers, SDN, and more.

AT&T tees up LTE broadcast trial at championship game

January 9, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage. 

CES: A few gems in smart home sector

January 9, 2015 12:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. Here's a review of the connected and smart home devices that were on display at CES this week. 

Sony CEO: 'No playbook' for hack

January 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. More than six weeks later, the studio's network is still down as techs work to get it back online.

Report: IoT morphing Internet

January 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the full fruition of the Internet of Things may be a several years away, smart home and connected devices are already having an impact on the Internet. Cloud-vendor Akamai Technologies released its third quarter 2014 State of the Internet report this morning, which said, in part, that the Internet of Things (IoT) was starting to change the Internet.

CES: Wheeler hints at utility-style rules for Internet

January 8, 2015 1:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.Wheeler strongly indicated Wednesday that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing it as "just and reasonable" during an appearance in Las Vegas at CES.

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