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Shawnee approves Google Fiber

May 3, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb. The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal with Google.

Avgiris promoted to CFO of Comcast Cable

May 2, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a promotion last year, Comcast’s Cathy Avgiris continues to climb the corporate ladder with today’s news that she was promoted to chief financial officer for Comcast Cable Avgiris will start her new job July 1 and report to Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit.

Liberty Media wraps up $2.6 billion investment in Charter

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Liberty Media said on Wednesday that they had wrapped up Liberty Media’s $2.6 billion investment in the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator. The investment was first announced in March and now that its completed John Malone’s Liberty Media has a 27.3 percent stake in Charter. 

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Cox Business launches cloud-based voice service for SBs

May 2, 2013 11:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to better serve small business customers, Cox Business announced this morning the launch of its VoiceManager IP Centrex service. The cloud-based service is fully managed by Cox Business, which lets small business owners focus on running their day-to-day operations while reducing the demand on their IT staff and other employees.

Mediaroom VP joins SeaWell board

May 1, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pete Thompson, vice president of Microsoft Mediaroom, has joined the board of directors of SeaWell Networks. Before joining Microsoft, Thompson developed new products and services at T-Mobile, Graviton, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Levi Strauss & Co.

Comcast's Q1 fueled by price hikes

May 1, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Price increases on video service and customers upgrading to HD packages and digital video recorders (DVRs) helped boost Comcast’s first quarter profit by 17 percent. It lost 60K basic video subs, but  increased its broadband subscriber count by 433,000 in the quarter. It also added 211,000 new voice customers.

Report: Ethernet switch market evolving

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market is undergoing a transformation as end users start to favor products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the data center, enterprise, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and carrier Ethernet services.

Cablevision sells off theatre chain

April 30, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision continued divesting non-core businesses with the sale of the vast majority of its Clearview Cinema chain of movie theatres to Bow Tie Cinemas, though the company will retain ownership of the Ziegfeld in New York City. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Former AOL exec replaces Esteves as TWC’s CFO

April 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced yesterday afternoon that former AOL executive Arthur Minson will replace Irene Esteves as the company’s chief financial officer. Minson, who formerly worked at Time Warner Cable, will start his new job on Thursday while Esteves’ last day is tomorrow.

Comcast Business extends network to N.H. business park

April 30, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that it had made a major investment to serve up its entire suite of Ethernet, data, voice and video services to 250 businesses in Portsmouth, N.H. The businesses are located in Pease International Tradeport, which was an Air Force base that has been turned into a business park.

AT&T locks up home automation deployments

April 26, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which it calls Digital Life, is available in 15 cities across the nation. AT&T said in January that it planned on launching Digital Life in March to eight cities, but delayed the launch until this month in order to offer the service in more markets.

Time Warner Cable’s 1Q profit driven by business services

April 25, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

An increase in Time Warner Cable’s business services revenue helped the cable operator’s bottom line in the first quarter, but the nation’s second-largest cable operator continued to bleed out basic video subscribers. For the quarter, Time Warner Cable lost 119,000 basic video subscribers, which were more than the 91,000 that analysts had projected.

TWC boots up free Wi-Fi in Austin

April 25, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started to deploy its Wi-Fi service, which is called TWC WiFi,  to its subscribers in Austin, Texas. There are currently several dozen access points deployed in Austin to date, but the cable operator plans on having up to 1,000 go live this year.

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Comcast, EcoFactor win home automation award

April 25, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation vendor EcoFactor recently won an award from GTM Research for working with Comcast on the cable operator’s Xfinity Home service. Last year EcoFactor integrated its SaaS infrastructure with Comcast to provide Xfinity Home subscribers monthly HVAC savings on their energy bills.

ActiveVideo taps Brockman as CTO

April 24, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO. The position has been open since Rogers Communications hired away ActiveVideo’s previous CTO, John Callahan, almost a year ago. Brockmann was working for Avinity Systems when ActiveVideo acquired it three years ago.

RCN partners up to enable free Wi-Fi service in Boston

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business Services has forged a partnership with two other companies that will enable free Wi-Fi access in the Boston area. RCN’s piece of the puzzle is providing the backhaul necessary to connect the small cells to the core network. 

TWC taps Meeks to run Business Services

April 23, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired Phil Meeks, who had been running Cox Business for the last few years, to run its Business Services unit. Meeks will get the new title of executive vice president and chief operating officer for Business Services.

Rogers prospers in first quarter

April 23, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers lost 25,000 TV customers, leaving it with 2.18 million at the end of the quarter. Those losses were measured against a gain of 26,000 broadband subscribers, bringing the total of wireline Internet customers to 1.89 million. Toss in 17,000 new phone subscribers, and Rogers increased its overall number of revenue generation units by 35,000, to 5.1 million.

TWC’s security service launches in Dallas

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dallas is the latest city to launch Time Warner  Cable’s home automation service, which is called IntelligentHome. Time Warner Cable has previously said it planned on having IntelligentHome rolled out across its entire footprint by year’s end.

ATX hires EMEA business development director

April 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ATX Networks has hired Ofer Kachan as director of business development, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia). He will be responsible for promoting and executing sales for the company’s digital video products and solutions. Ofer joins ATX from Rotal Networks where he was the regional sales director.

Charter announces $1B debt offer

April 19, 2013 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced a series of financial moves, most designed to manage corporate debt. One action is designed to help finance the acquisition of Bresnan Communications from Cablevision. Some of the proceeds from some of the other maneuvers, notably an offer of $1 billion in notes, will also go to fund general corporate purposes.

Bright House Networks donates data services to non-profit

April 19, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help jumpstart new technology businesses, Bright House Networks Business Solutions announced that it has partnered with Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs. As part of the partnership, Bright House Networks donated a 200 Mbps high capacity, highly survivable fiber dedicated Internet Access connection to support the communication needs of the organization.

Provo next after Austin for Google Fiber

April 18, 2013 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will take over a troubled municipal fiber-optic system and make Provo, Utah, the third city to get its high-speed Internet service via fiber-optic cables. Google Fiber was rolled out in Kansas City, Mo., last year; company announced earlier this month it will make Austin, Texas, the second city to get ultra-fast Internet service.

8 finalists for Cable Show’s CIO.IT | competition

April 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Eight executives of vendor companies will offer presentations as they compete in the fourth annual CIO.IT | Competition 2013. The presentations focus on either cloud-based and service oriented architecture (SOA) technology that can enhance cable operations; or operational and business opportunities from “big data.”

Tech execs fill 2013 Vanguard slate

April 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The recipients of the 2013 Vanguard Awards include several high-profile technology leaders, including William Goetz of Time Warner Cable, and William Stemper and John Schanz, both of Comcast. Nancy Dubuc of A+E Networks and Patrick Esser of Cox Communications are the recipients of the Distinguished Leadership awards.

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