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WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

Glenn Britt, former Time Warner Cable CEO, has died

June 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole.

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CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

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

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

Bellville lands post with Hitachi Consulting

June 10, 2014 12:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In her new job, Bellville will be supporting not only cable operators but the entire broadband community – including programmers and content providers, as they plan new product launches, consider mergers and acquisitions, and make other investments.

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

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Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

Report: Apple Teaming with AT&T, T-Mobile for Prepaid Push in Retail Stores

June 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple will reportedly partner up with AT&T and T-Mobile in order to offer prepaid account activations for iPhones purchased in Apple’s retail stores. 9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. 

China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

Comcast Business provisions 10-Gig network in Calif. business park

June 6, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has pushed its fiber network into a business park in Pleasanton, Calif. en route to delivering Ethernet, data, Wi-Fi and voice services to various businesses located in the park. With the fiber upgrade, Valley Business Park is now being served by a network that features speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Leadership change at PeerApp

June 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company did not give a reason for the departure of Mayer, who as PeerApp’s founder ran the company for 9 years. Tamari said, “I want to thank Robert Mayer for his many significant contributions to the company during his tenure as founder and CEO.”

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WOW! hires Worcester for channel partner program

June 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business has hired Ken Worcester as its new vice president of channel sales. In his new job, Worcester is responsible for developing, managing and executing a strategic channel partner program that will attract and retain national and regional master agents serving the Midwest and Southeast United States.

Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

June 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of all small businesses still don't have a website. Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online.

AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds. Expanding broadband access and raising speeds is a federal policy goal, so AT&T's offer could interest regulators at the Federal Communications Commission.

Pirate sites use subterfuge to nab legit advertising

June 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy web operations are thriving by using deceptive practices to lure legitimate advertising from companies like Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Walmart and Ford, often concealing their illicit activities so advertising brands remain unaware.

Report: CDN spending up, VOD servers down last year

June 3, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The OTT broadcast and video streaming equipment market grew 5.6 percent worldwide last year thanks to increased spending on content delivery networks (CDNs.) On the flip side, spending on contribution encoders and VOD playout servers declined last year, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

Comcast Business debuts dual band gateway for SMBs

June 3, 2014 10:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Taking a page out of its residential playbook, Comcast Business is offering a dual band Wi-Fi gateway for small businesses. As part of its neighborhood Wi-Fi initiative, last year Comcast started deploying gateways with dual SSIDs, which is the same tack its taking with the new business wireless gateway. 

New Apple Mac, home automation features coming this fall

June 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, even though the Mac and mobile systems are separate. 

AT&T re-enlists with Navy for VoIP service

June 2, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T Government Solutions, a division of AT&T that serves federal agencies, announced it had landed a $10.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide VoIP services to Navy facilities across the nation. The renewed contract provides AT&T’s cloud-based VoIP enterprise 911 routing and call handling offerings to the Navy via four geographically diverse AT&T data centers. 

Motorola to close Texas smartphone factory

June 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S. At the time, Google had explained its surprising decision by saying the location would enable it to fulfill customized, built-to-order devices and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. within five days. 

AT&T signs up to provide GigaPower near UT campus

May 30, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting Aug. 1, AT&T will be delivering its GigaPower service to a new student housing complex near the University of Texas in Austin. AT&T will provision its GigaPower service over a fiber-to-the-premise network to the housing complex, which is called “The Villas on 26th.”

Apple's Beats buy is two-sided for music streaming

May 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music-streaming industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services. 

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