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@ The Cable Show: Hey, do you remember the future?

May 23, 2012 10:10 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Is anyone ready for expanding the spectrum on their HFC networks to 1.7 GHz? DOCSIS transport at 1 Gbps? QAM modulation at 4,096 channels?

@ The Cable Show: FCC chief commends cable’s innovation efforts

May 22, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In stark contrast to the dark days of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin’s reign, current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski lavished praise on the cable industry for its innovative efforts.

Verizon advances 700 MHz sale with advisor picks

May 22, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is taking steps to move forward with the sale of some of its valuable 700 MHz assets, a plan it said it will only follow through on if the FCC approves its AWS acquisition.

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Bright House, Cisco offer managed security services

May 22, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Cisco are working together to help enterprise, government, healthcare and educational institutions better handle security defenses in their networks.

@ The Cable Show: Verizon debuts video portal; Comcast a partner

May 22, 2012 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead announced his company’s new mobile video portal app, which is called “viewdini,” and he said that Comcast is the first announced cable operator partner.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

@ The Cable Show: Cable ecosystem turbo-charges speed-to-market cycles

May 21, 2012 4:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There’s definitely a need for speed when it comes to the innovation cycles for new products and services.

@ The Cable Show: Boston will soon get Xcalibur, renamed X1

May 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is set to commercialize the app, which turns the second screen into a remote control and a host for interactive applications complementing what’s on TV.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS lobby FCC to limit Dish to 20 MHz

May 21, 2012 1:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are lobbying the FCC to limit Dish Network's use of the spectrum it plans to use for an LTE network.

China approves Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility

May 21, 2012 1:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

China’s go-ahead was all that was needed for the deal to move forward after antitrust agencies in the United States and Europe issued their statements of approval.

After a malicious attack, Voyager Mobile launches

May 21, 2012 12:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Voyager Mobile is a new prepaid MVNO using Sprint’s 3G and WiMAX networks.

In Cuba, mystery shrouds fate of Internet cable

May 21, 2012 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government never mentions the cable anymore, and Internet here remains the slowest in the hemisphere.

TWC, Cox, Bright House, Comcast team up for Wi-Fi roaming

May 21, 2012 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Subscribers from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cablevision and Cox Communications will be able to log in to each other’s Wi-Fi hotspots, thanks to a new roaming agreement.

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Cablevision’s Wi-Fi network an industry beacon

May 21, 2012 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Cablevision has been in the news for the steady stream of executives that have left the company, its decision to build a Wi-Fi network in 2008 has turned out to be visionary.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Itaas licenses Comcast’s tru2way RDK

May 21, 2012 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Itaas has signed a license agreement for Comcast’s Reference Development Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes, along with other open source components.

Sarepta Advisors a dream team of former cable execs

May 21, 2012 11:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz has founded a new advisory firm, Sarepta Advisors, that features several high-level former cable operator executives in its lineup.

Videotron punches 200 Mbps on D3 tier in Québec

May 18, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron has taken a commanding lead in the DOCSIS 3.0 speed race with the launch of a 200 Mbps down, 30 Mbps up tier in Québec.

Cablevision promotes Kanouff to EVP of corporate engineering, tech

May 18, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kanouff worked her way up to president at SeaChange International prior to leaving the company to join Cablevision.

Verizon, MetroPCS spar on LTE roaming claims

May 18, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is again going on offense against critics of the AWS deal, this time targeting MetroPCS.

Azuki, D-Link partner on OTT sidecar

May 18, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The partners have devised a means to enable MSOs to provide multi-screen services without major upgrades to their existing QAM and set-top environment.

SeaChange, Avail-TVN to demo VOD ad insertion

May 18, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have integrated their products to create a system that can place ads at any place within a VOD stream.

Contestants gear up for round 2 of SCTE IP Challenge

May 18, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prospective combatants in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ IP Challenge can start gearing up for the challenge with online practice.

FCC set to advance mHealth

May 18, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An FCC proposal to allocate spectrum for wireless health monitoring devices could lead to the development of products that may lower healthcare costs and improve outcomes for patients.

Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

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