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San Francisco to app: Curb parking space auctions

June 24, 2014 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum. The app, called Monkey Parking, allows drivers who score a notoriously hard-to-get San Francisco parking spot to sell it.

Cablevision's antitrust suit against Viacom to move forward

June 23, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The antitrust lawsuit filed by Cablevision against Viacom is moving ahead, despite Viacom’s effort to get it dismissed. Should the suit continue, and be decided in Cablevision’s favor, it would set a precedent restricting the ability of programmers to force MVPDs to accept bundles of ancillary – and usually unwanted – content in order to get access to premium channels.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau blossoms with Comcast Business services

June 19, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business is serving up its data and cloud-based voice services to a non-profit farming organization located in the heart of the nation’s premier winemaking region. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will use Comcast Business’ services to keep area farmers and ranchers in Sonoma County connected with each other and the world at large.

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Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

June 19, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters? As part of the showcase of its brand new "Fire Phone," Amazon.com Inc. took the wraps off a feature it calls "dynamic perspective." Turns out, it's more than just a gimmick that allows you to see in 3-D.

Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

Fifty Years

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: I got a shocking call. I was asked if I would be willing to serve on my college class’ 50th anniversary celebration committee. What? Or as my pilot and ham radio friends would say: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?" Fifty years! That cannot be! But it is! That brings back a flood of old memories.

YouTube to launch music service that incenses indies

June 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video site is adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube, and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists," but a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.

CenturyLink boots up cloud-based managed services

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is now offering cloud-based, on-demand managed services to businesses. With the CenturyLink Cloud platform, businesses can tap into managed services — including web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems — with pay-by-the hour billing.

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Raleigh OKs AT&T’s GigaPower service

June 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has checked Raleigh off its list of North Carolina cities that have ratified the deployment of its fiber-based GigaPower service. AT&T has been working with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deploy its 1 Gbps service across six cities in the area

Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

June 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones. The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.

Cisco to buy software orchestration specialist for $175M

June 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco is in the process of buying privately-held Tail-f Systems, which specializes in implementing applications, network services and solutions across a range of networking devices. Service providers in particular should benefit from Tail-f’s products, using them to manage their networks as they introduce new services at a rapid rate.

Mediacom working with John Deere on automated farming

June 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Business and John Deere have filed an expression of interest with the FCC that outlines a plan to improve agricultural efficiency and production by driving fiber networks deeper into rural Iowa and connecting commercial farming operations with wireless broadband services.

TV Everywhere apps: “Market the damn things”

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are getting crushed by their over the top rivals when it comes to TV Everywhere – an area where the only thing they have to do to become more competitive is to let their customers know that they are, in fact, competing. The Diffusion Group’s advice to MSOs: “Market the damn things.”

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TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

Report: Pay-TV operators rule STB food chain

June 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The largest video providers rule the roost when it comes to defining the set-top box ecosystem, according to a recent report by ABI Research. While pay-TV operators are at the top of the set-top box food chain, hardware OEMs and semiconductor vendors function in supporting roles.  

Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

June 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. says it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion. Level 3 owns network and data centers around the world, while TW Telecom provides data and Internet and other services to businesses in the U.S.

Alibaba plans blockbuster IPO

June 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.

C Spire to buy business services specialist

June 13, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

C Spire said it is in the process of buying MegaGate Broadband from Cellular One. The acquisition helps C Spire with its strategy to expand its business services operations. MegaGate provides IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout much of Mississippi.

Contributed feature: Thinking inside of the box with SDNs

June 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by Dave Martin, vice president of product management, Edgewater Networks | Articles | Comments

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is emerging as an alternative to traditional network design. Coupling NFV with a software defined networking (SDN) infrastructure can provide maximum flexibility and automation for MSOs' business service offerings.

WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

Glenn Britt, former Time Warner Cable CEO, has died

June 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole.

CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

June 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

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