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Harnessing Big Data Analytics

November 20, 2014 4:01 pm | by Chris Menier, vice president client services – IP media and cable, Guavus | Articles | Comments

Using Big Data analytics, service providers can gain invaluable insights that can help them to stay ahead of the competition, improve customer services and drive new revenues. So how can service providers best harness Big Data analytics, and what do they stand to gain from doing so?

Comcast trials tech tracker

November 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are probably few things more annoying than being held hostage over a four-hour window for...

Grande expands gigabit offering in Austin

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the third time, Grande Communications is expanding its gigabit service in Austin, Texas....

Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve...

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Hundreds bid to host FCC's rural 100 Mbps broadband experiment

November 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC set aside $100 million for the project. More than 180 entities proposed 600 projects worth $885 million suggesting even before the experiment is conducted there is widespread demand for far more than the minimum level of broadband service many think is adequate for rural markets.

Mediacom Business: We got gigabit too

November 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been quick to point out that they’ve been offering gigabit services on the business services side for sometime now. Such is the case with Mediacom Business, which first started offering fiber-based gigabit services back in 2007 before renaming the platform “Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions” in the summer of 2013.

Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

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ZigBee 3.0 aims to standardize ZigBee standards

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Internet of Things promises universal interconnectivity. There are multiple ZigBee profiles optimized for different applications, however. So that different groups of products no longer operate in silos, the ZigBee Alliance plans to unify most ZigBee profiles under a common standard: ZigBee 3.0.

Atlantic Broadband makes video available from any PC

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has launched an online portal that gives customers direct access to content on any personal computer. Atlantic Broadband customers can log in with their user names and passwords, anywhere in the U.S. where they have an Internet connection.

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.

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.

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