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Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

July 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's Interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. Whitworth's resignation is effective on Wednesday. Personal computer maker HP said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.

Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

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Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

FCC picks review teams for megamergers

July 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the members of the panel that will review two proposed mega-mergers: Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter, and AT&T / DirecTV. Those who watch such things infer from the choice of panelists that the FCC is not going to simply rubber-stamp either deal.

Buckeye Telesystem expands with purchase of Line Systems

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Buckeye Telesystem does business in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area, but will expand its reach into the Mid-Atlantic region with its parent company’s acquisition of Line Systems, a full-service, integrated business communications provider.

NaviSite locks down BYOD for businesses

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has launched its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to help businesses securely manage employees’ devices in the workplace. NaviSite said EMM was designed to enable enhanced data security while simplifying the management of devices and resources across an organization.

Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

July 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones for its earnings. Sales growth in high-end Android devices has waned after several years of rapid expansion. 

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Shentel offers students reduced rate broadband

July 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following a major upgrade in its network in McDowell County, West Virginia, Shentel said it is supporting a program that is distributing laptops to local students with discounted broadband access. The company is providing an Internet package for $10 per month to 3,400 qualifying students in the county. 

Hilda Donofrio, cable pioneer, passes away

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

Hilda Viveiros Donofrio, chairwoman of Full Channel, died early Saturday at the age of 87. Donofrio and her husband John Donofrio, Jr., incorporated Full Channel in 1965.  Full Channel has remained the only independent broadband provider in Rhode Island.

Roberts, a best-dressed billionaire, signs 1-year deal with Comcast

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

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts landed himself on Vanity Fair's list of best-dressed billionaires, cited for his use of color "inside a pretty limited set of sartorial lines." Separately, Comcast has agreed to extend Roberts' employment contract by another year.

CommScope scores two UK-based wireless businesses

July 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CommScope increased its already large portfolio of telecommunications products and services by completing a deal with United Kingdom-based Alifabs Group. Without disclosing any of the financial details other than it paid cash, CommScope bought the Alifabs cabinets and ancillaries unit in Yorkshire, England and the Alifabs design and construction business in Guildford, England. 

VeEX nabs Agizer, Optixsoft

July 1, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Test and measurement vendor VeEX announced this morning that it had completed a deal to buy Optixsoft and Agizer, which are respectively based in Belarus and Lithuania. Optixsoft is a software company that focuses on system and mobile software for OTDR analysis and cloud-based solutions for the management of fiber optic testing activities. Agizer is a developer and manufacturer of fiber optic test and measurement solutions.

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Lightpath adds managed videoconferencing service

June 30, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cloud-based service provides virtual meeting rooms and managed video services that enable mid-market and large businesses to conference and connect with up to 25 attendees worldwide from nearly any device. Lightpath will design and install videoconferencing systems for their customers.

LG names Coopmans as new Ziggo CEO

June 27, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced this morning that it had made its formal bid on Ziggo and that Baptiest Coopmans will be Ziggo’s new CEO once the deal is done. Liberty also said that Bert Groenewegen would continue as Ziggo’s CFO. Coopmans won’t assume his new position until after the deal closes, which could take place later this year.

Suddenlink’s Sonne new SVP of operation in N.C.

June 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has named Jared Sonne as its senior vice president of operations for its North Carolina region, which is based in Greenville. Sonne will replace Phil Ahlschlager, who is retiring on July 1. Sonne most recently served as vice president of operations for Suddenlink in East Texas and Oklahoma, based in Tyler, Texas.

Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Articles | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

SCTE announces new, wide-ranging energy program

June 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning a new power and energy program that was designed to insure that cable operators remain competitive over the coming years. The new program is called “Energy 2020” and it’s under the auspice of the SCTE Energy Management program. Energy 2020 replaces the SCTE’s SEMI with a much more inclusive energy management program.

Tuesdays with Terry -- Engineering-Wise

June 25, 2014 8:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Suddenlink CTO Terry Cordova was elected chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors at the end of 2013. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A. "We have large, complex networks that have evolved from stand-alone systems to centralized platforms riding on highly capable, efficient networks. Customers have high expectations that we must meet and exceed."

Another former Cablevision exec joins Charter’s management team

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

James Nuzzo is the latest former Cablevision executive to join his former Cablevision boss, Tom Rutledge, at Charter Communications. Nuzzo has boarded Charter as executive vice president, business planning and will report to Charter COO John Bickham, who is also another former Cablevision executive.

Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's CEO has told Congress that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees Tuesday to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

AT&T promises to wire 15M if DirecTV deal okayed

June 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation. The combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

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