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Google installing fast Internet service in Kansas City

February 6, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to begin construction on its long-awaited, super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan.

SCTE announces committee chairs

February 6, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced the committee chairs that will lead its eight core groups.

Calix rolls with 12 more broadband stimulus projects

February 6, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The dozen service providers together have a total of about $153 million in stimulus money for projects across the United States.

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Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

Comcast hires former Cisco exec as SVP of finance and strategic planning

February 3, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inder Singh is responsible for Comcast Cable's forecasting, strategy, business trends, and long-range plan preparation.

ATX Networks buys Arcos Technologies

February 3, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The purchase price could total over $26 million; just less than half that amount is to be paid upfront, with much of the balance to be paid as royalties contingent on future sales.

MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Towns push back as Georgia tries to crush municipal broadband

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state government is set to consider legislation that backers claim will make public broadband networks play by the same rules as private service providers.

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Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Evolution on evolution

February 3, 2012 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

February 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

Time Warner Cable's bid to buy Insight passes FCC muster

February 2, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission issued a memorandum order and opinion that gave its stamp of approval for Time Warner Cable to wrap up its purchase of Insight Communications.

Comcast extends contract with Amdocs

February 2, 2012 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs said it is talking to Comcast about adopting additional products in its customer experience portfolio.

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Kanouff leaves SeaChange

February 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said she will not be replaced and that the title of president will be eliminated as part of ongoing cost reduction measures.

Comcast's Coblitz to keynote SCTE's SEMI Forum

February 2, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has lined up a heavy-hitter for the keynote address at its upcoming SEMI Forum with Comcast's Mark Coblitz.

U.S. Cellular plans March LTE launch

February 2, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular will light up its LTE network in six states, covering about a quarter of its customers in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

U.S. digital textbook proposal puts a premium on broadband

February 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Education and the FCC propose to phase out physical textbooks for electronic versions that can be easily revised and updated.

Suddenlink completes fiber network in Ark.

February 1, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has put the finishing touches on a new 162-mile fiber-optic network that was designed to better serve its customers in Arkansas.

FCC OKs Lifeline reforms

February 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC passed broad reforms of its Lifeline program at its open meeting, paving the way to overhaul a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income families.

Report: Service providers tap into home automation to reduce churn

February 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation is a burgeoning sector for service providers because it provides incremental revenues and reduces customer churn, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Amdocs launches M2M, Connected Home services

February 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is launching two new programs that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market – one focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services and the other on connected devices in home and office.

Sprint gives LightSquared until mid-March for FCC clearance

February 1, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has agreed to give LightSquared until mid-March to resolve GPS interference problems that have delayed the launch of its LTE network.

Videotron added 540 new customer service reps last year

February 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to keep up with a growing customer base, Videotron said it added 540 new customer service employees across Québec last year.

Telefónica de Argentina switches to Comptel

February 1, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica de Argentina recently selected Comptel Convergent Mediation to help manage more than 90 million daily transactions from its 23 million subscribers.

Clearleap hires Van Orden as product marketing VP

February 1, 2012 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap said it has hired television technology industry veteran Bob Van Orden as the company's new vice president of product marketing.

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