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Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

BHN teams up with CNSG on new channel partner program

April 15, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with Converged Network...

RCN Business hooks up ARIN confab

April 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business is providing fiber connectivity for the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (...

Zebra to spend $3.45B on Motorola business

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola...

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T-Mobile challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to end overage charges

April 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Those in the cable industry who favor the consumption model for billing have always pointed to the success of that model in the wireless space. T-Mobile is complicating the issue with the announcement it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers, and its challenge to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit.

SCTE establishes corporate membership program

April 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has launched a Corporate Alliance Program  designed to significantly increase the SCTE’s ability to create and deliver training and educational opportunities for engineering and operations professionals. Memberships will remain individual, but employees of companies that participate in CAP will be eligible for discounts in both membership dues and training course fees.

CTAM jumpstarts ‘tv everywhere’ campaign

April 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to increase subscribers’ use and awareness of multi-screen services, CTAM announced this morning that it had kicked off its “tv everywhere” campaign. After research by a committee of 20 cable operators and marketers, CTAM’s board approved the action plan, which included a new logo and the use of the “tv everywhere” (tve) brand.

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Field Museum in Chicago upgrades speed with Comcast Business

April 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Field Museum in Chicago recently upgraded its data services to a 1Gbps Ethernet connection from Comcast Business. The additional bandwidth allows museum goers to interact with collections, content and exhibits while giving the museum’s staff a faster connection for file transfers and other business uses. 

Investor sentiment on tech goes from giddy to glum

April 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. The steep downfall is raising questions about whether this is just a fleeting fit of fickleness or the foreshadowing of another market bubble about to burst.

AT&T in talks to bring 1 Gbps to N.C.

April 10, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T said this morning that it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its 1gigabit per second service in six cities in the state. AT&T will cross swords in North Carolina with Google’s expansion plans that were announced in February while Time Warner Cable has a large presence in the state.

RCN Business scores MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

April 9, 2014 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently granted its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to RCN Business. RCN Business achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification (CE 2.0) for its E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access services. Carriers that have achieved CE 2.0 certification are recognized for their ability to deliver Ethernet services at a higher quality and reliability than non-certified services.

Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal

April 9, 2014 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.nThe company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.

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Boxfish aims to change TV with really big data

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Boxfish has been processing, in real time, every single word spoken on 1,000 different TV channels worldwide, compiling a database of more than 86 million(!) topics that can be used to categorize and sort all broadcast content. The database is so vast and so versatile the company can barely figure out what aspect of the video industry revolutionize first. Program guides? Audience analysis? Targeted advertising?

SeaChange promotes Patibanda to CTO

April 3, 2014 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Patibanda had been general manager of SeaChange's Silicon Valley-based In-Home business, and will continue to do so, the company said. That operation is responsible for the creation and delivery of the SeaChange Nucleus video gateway software.

GSA approves Comcast for Ethernet services

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business has established an important road into the vast government market, having just scored a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

Imagine brings sales-billing tool to the cloud

April 2, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LandmarkOSI 8.0 integrates sales, CRM, traffic, and billing. With this version, the tool is now powered by MediaCentral, the company’s IP-based framework for migrating and optimizing media and playout functionality to a virtualized cloud environment. MediaCentral uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.

Microsoft vows app-like update schedule for Windows 8

April 1, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The software company is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

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Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

U.S. Supreme Court could limit software patents

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question, and the outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy, from gadgets on smart phones to advances in anti-lock brakes.

AT&T plans fourth 300M share buyback in 4 years

March 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

FCC bans broadcaster collusion in retrans negotiations

March 31, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC issued two key decisions today, one that prohibits broadcast stations from joining together in retransmission consent negotiations, the other opening another 100 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications. Under the new regulations, two or more separately owned Top-4 broadcasters in the same market would be prohibited from banding to negotiate retrans deals.

Charter to TWC investors: reject Comcast takeover bid

March 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications is recommending that investors in Time Warner Cable (TWC) reject Comcast’s takeover offer, which exceeded Charter’s offer by more than $25 a share. Charter demanded instead "that the TWC board engage in a full review of its strategic opportunities."

Microsoft brings Office to the iPad

March 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The app will allow reading and presenting of documents for free, but will require a subscription to Office365 to enable writing and editing. A subscription for up to five computers and five smartphones costs $100 a year, but a personal version for one computer and one tablet costs $70 a year. The subscription includes 20 gigabytes of storage space on OneDrive.

Harrison promoted to CEO at IneoQuest

March 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IneoQuest Technologies has promoted Calvin Harrison to president and CEO, effective immediately. Harrison had been chief operating officer (COO) of the company since 2010. Harrison joined IneoQuest in 2007, serving first as vice president of marketing and business development, and then as COO.

Viacom demanding 100% increases in carriage fees

March 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer is playing hardball as it negotiates carriage fees with cable operators all across the country, in some cases demanding rate increases variously described as being more than 100 percent and as being 40 times the rate of inflation. By one estimate, there are nearly 700 small cable operators, representing roughly 5 million customers, in confrontations with Viacom.

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel ally to create "Industrial Internet"

March 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The five are founding members of the Industrial Internet Consortium, whose ultimate goal is to create products to create fully networked industrial installations, such as factories, power plants, and hospitals. The idea is to bring intelligence to machines used across every industry, including agriculture, mining, power, health care, and more. 

Comcast Business connects Atlanta auto dealerships

March 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hooked up Atlanta-based Jim Ellis Automotive Group, which is the third largest online dealer in the nation based on sales volume, with its Ethernet services. With 14 dealerships spread across metro Atlanta, the dealership’s previous T1 lines from various providers were costly, slow and hard to manage.

Nagra/Kudelski buying Conax

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by CED | News | Comments

The Swiss group is buying Conax for roughly $256 million. Nagra/Kudelski said Conax will fit in with the company’s portfolio of products for service providers, including its OpenTV5 middleware, multiscreen/OTT solutions and SmarDTV’s advanced conditional access modules.

Open Mic: The Value of Service Hardening

March 25, 2014 8:00 pm | by Patty Chen, Consulting Manager, IBB Consulting Group | Articles | Comments

With competition for subscribers fiercer than ever, retention is paramount for every operator. As MSOs offer services ranging from VOD and cloud user interfaces to Wi-Fi and DVR, delivering reliability via infrastructure improvements has become key to keeping customers happy.

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