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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Tom Wheeler said in a speech last night, in which he provided a little more insight into his plans, which remain unpublished.

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.

RCN Business bows managed LAN service

February 10, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

RCN Business is removing some of the complexities associated with enterprise-level customers managing their WAN and LAN assets by offering a new managed LAN service. The service is packaged as a switch management solution for RCN Business’ hosted voice and Ethernet products. 

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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.

Verizon confirms $10B sale of wireline network to Frontier

February 6, 2015 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Verizon will sell its wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications for $10.54 billion ($9.9 billion in cash and $600 million in assumed debt). Verizon will also lease the rights to 11,300 towers and sell an additional 165 towers to American Tower for $5 billion.

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.

Cablevision names Sweeney CFO

February 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision announced on Friday that Brian Sweeney would become the cable operator’s chief financial office effective March 1. Sweeney, who already holds the title of president at Cablevision, will succeed current CFO Gregg Seibert. Seibert will continue to serve as vice chairman of Cablevision where he will focus on the company’s long-term strategic and financial initiatives.

Bright House Networks delivers BabyFirst programming

February 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

BabyFirst, which is a TV channel targeted at toddlers and their parents, has launched on Bright House Networks, the nation’s sixth-largest cable operator. The launch added 2.5 million Bright House Networks customers in Detroit, Indianapolis, Central Florida, Tampa, Birmingham and Bakersfield to BabyFirst’s distribution, which now stands at more than 50 million U.S. homes, in English and, via SAP, Spanish.

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Sprint to set up shop as RadioShack files for bankruptcy

February 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack.The long-struggling consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. Part of its plan is for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to open mini-shops in as many as 1,750 of RadioShack's remaining stores.

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.

Pace promotes Gureck to CSO

February 4, 2015 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Gureck will be responsible for research and development, merger and acquisition activity, concentration on market value and trends, continued development of strategic partnerships, and diversifying the company’s lines of business, the company said.

Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

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Comcast, Charter bottom dwellers of Harris reputation poll

February 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

In the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study that was released today, Charter Communications and Comcast ranked 92nd and 93rd, respectively out of the 100 companies on the list. Given Comcast’s slate of customer service debacles, including the news last week that a customer’s name was changed to “A**hole Brown” on his bill, it’s no surprise to see it near the bottom.

Sony trims full-year loss forecast to $1.4 billion

February 4, 2015 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

Cable's power challenge: cut consumption or pay out the nose

February 3, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The cable expects its industry-wide $1 billion energy bill to quadruple soon. The SCTE's Energy 2020 project has calculated that between 73 percent and 83 percent of cable’s overall energy consumption is by hubs and headends, and it's determined to reduce that figure.

GCI closes deal to buy Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

February 3, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

General Communications, Inc. (GCI) has wrapped up its $300 million deal for Alaska Communication’s wireless business. The deal, which was announced in December, included Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC

Intel to buy broadband access vendor Lantiq

February 2, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to expand its reach into more households, Intel announced a deal to buy Munich, Germany-based Lantiq, which is a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. Terms of the deal, which is slated to close over the next 90 days after passing customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, weren’t released.

Cablevision suing Verizon over ad claims. Again.

January 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon for false advertising claims again, this time charging its rival with misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service. Cablevision is objecting to Verizon’s promotions of its new FiOS Quantum gateway.

Comcast pushes TWC merger date back to August

January 30, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Barring delays, Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have been completed by February. But there have been delays. Squabbles among companies who are party to the review, about who can see what documents in the proceeding, have repeatedly delayed the review process.

Streaming, cloud paying off for Amazon

January 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon's strategy to expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware has affected profitability to investors' sometime chagrin. But Q4 results seem to show the company has the reins in hand when it comes to spending big and being profitable.

Smartphones, broadband access markets buoy Broadcom's Q4

January 30, 2015 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company recently announced a DOCSIS 3.1 chipset that will be a critical component of next-generation cable equipment, right after announcing a g.fast chipset for equipment that can accelerate DSL networks to potentially compete with DOCSIS-based networks. 

Nickelodeon going direct to consumer too

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get, similar to the services planned by HBO, ESPN, and CBS.  It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March.

Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable industry insists that’s not the point. The speed definition of broadband is intrinsically tied into the network neutrality debate, which is tightly intertwined with the argument about how to classify broadband. (updated Jan. 30 to include ACA comment)

Time Warner Cable improves subscriber metrics in 4Q

January 29, 2015 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable had some positive news to report in what may be its last earnings report before being consumed by Comcast later this year. In the fourth quarter, the nation’s second-largest cable operator reported its best quarterly subscriber numbers in seven years, which included the loss of just 38,000 basic video subscribers, which was less than analysts had projected.

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