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Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and...

Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service...

Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes...

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Bright House, GCI, join SCTE corporate program

March 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House and GCI have become members of the SCTE corporate alliance partner (CAP) program.

Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

What Gap? What the Generations Say About Learning and Technology in the Workplace

March 23, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wayne Applehans, president and chief product officer, Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

Strife in the workplace. Headlines about generations in the workforce play up the differences among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1965), Generation X (born 1966-1980) and Millennials (born 1981-2000) . . .

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Comcast to triple size of social media team

March 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is tripling the size of its social care team in order to focus on assisting its customer base via social media platforms. The idea is to have a Comcast team available to customers wherever those customers are on social media.

Antietem joins the broadband overage crowd

March 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Antietam Cable will begin charging its broadband customers overage fees when they exceed their monthly data allocations, in what is now a common practice.  

MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

McKinney, Nair to speak at Tuck

March 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablelabs' Phil McKinney and Liberty Global's Balan Nair will be this year’s featured presenters at the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.

DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.

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SeaChange hires VP of sales for Latin America

March 16, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Rafael Castillo as vice president of Latin America sales. Prior to joining SeaChange, Castillo was senior vice president Latin America and the Caribbean for Grass Valley.

FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.

Charter in talks to buy Bright House

March 12, 2015 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.

Espial hires Huppertz VP of marketing

March 12, 2015 12:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

After playing an important role in the acquisition of SeaWell Networks by Arris last year, Jeff Huppertz has been brought on by TV and IPTV software and solutions supplier Espial as the new vice president of marketing and business development.

FTC sues DirecTV for deceptive advertising

March 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV was offering a 12-month discount, without adequate notice that the discount comes only with a 24-month contract. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed in a conspicuous way, the FTC said, charging the company with hiding the details of the offer in fine print.

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FiOS drops The Weather Channel over fee dispute

March 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FiOS subscribers will still be able to get weather news on TV. Verizon on Tuesday launched the new AccuWeather Network on one channel and its mobile app and has a WeatherBug "widget" on another channel.

Videotron buys local data center for $31.5M

March 11, 2015 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Videotron said the acquisition of the data center will give its Business Solutions an advantage when it comes to offering bundled services to Quebec businesses, which like businesses elsewhere are increasingly interested in digitizing and decentralizing their data servers.

Rudnay, Block promoted to EVP at Comcast

March 9, 2015 1:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast CCO D’Arcy F. Rudnay has been promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president. D’Arcy is the first woman promoted to EVP at Comcast. The company also promoted general counsel Arthur Block to EVP.  

Metroplex targets Texas companies with symmetrical broadband

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Texas-based communications company is attempting to entice businesses in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, with fiber-based communications services that happen to be symmetrical.

Time Warner Cable exceeds green goals

March 6, 2015 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable reduced its carbon intensity by 38 percent over the last two years, increasing the company’s overall energy efficiency by mitigating its energy consumption.

Charter will swoop back in if Comcast-TWC falls through

March 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.

GPON spending fuels big year for broadband equipment

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Robust GPON equipment sales played a key role in driving the worldwide broadband equipment market to a record year in 2014. Spending on broadband aggregation equipment rose 9 percent in 2014, to $8.2 billion, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

HP to fork out $2.7 billion to buy Aruba Networks

March 2, 2015 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is making a move into the mobile wireless market with today’s news that it has reached a deal to buy wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion. HP said the deal would combine Aruba’s wireless mobility offerings—which include Wi-Fi systems that have been installed in airports, shopping malls, hotels and universities—with its switching portfolio.

TWC’s NaviSite launches new West Coast data center

February 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Survey says cloud lives up to hype for enterprise businesses

February 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A recent survey by communications and enterprise IT service provider Tata Communications found that enterprise organizations with more than 500 employees saw tangible benefits to their cloud computing efforts. The survey results included 85 percent of the respondents saying that the cloud had lived up to the industry hype, while 23 percent said it had exceeded their expectations.

Report: Broadband access market scales to $11.5 billion in 2014

February 25, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Pushed along by high demand in the PON sector, the worldwide broadband access market, which also includes DSL and cable technologies, set a new record of $11.5 billion last year. Dell’Oro Group senior analyst Alam Tamboli said PON spending had picked up in North American  last year with the advent of gigabit networks, but those deployments were small when compared to China.  

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