Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.
It seems everyone agrees that the Federal Communications Commission needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed recently with the FCC.
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70 percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."
Lynn Murphey was recently named as Cox Communications’ executive field director for its Middle Georgia market. In the newly created position, Murphey, who has worked for Cox for 16 years, will oversee day-to-day operations for Cox in the market.
JDSU has hired Susan Spradley as senior vice president and general manager of the Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business segment. She is responsible for the development and management of the communications test product portfolio.
Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading a task force that will present recommendations to President Barack Obama, met with representatives from the entertainment industry, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Expanding its Northwest footprint, Wave Broadband has acquired a fiber network operator that specializes in high-capacity links to public and business customers. Wave Broadband’s parent, WaveDivision Holdings, paid $50 million for Black Rock Cable, which provides fiber connectivity in northwest Washington State.
Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMAX provider. Clearwire stock rose 8 percent on news of Dish’s offer.
The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increases the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces.
Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 per share in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.
Bolstered by a $38 million second round of financing, controversial streaming provider Aereo plans on expanding its service to 22 more cities across the nation this year. Aereo launched its streaming service in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks.
Google said it is teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide the company's first urban Wi-Fi network. The network will be available free to about a 10-block area surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
Verizon’s new media server made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with an IP-based set-top box. Motorola made both the media server and set-top box, with the former rumored to be in the works for some time.
After semi-retiring last year, policy expert Joe Waz has returned to Comcast full-time as its senior strategic advisor. Waz had 17 years of service at Comcast prior to his retirement but remained active as a consultant for the company and the rest of the cable industry.
Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in
A number of comments were filed with the FCC, encouraging the Commission to approve LightSquared’s most recent proposal to give up 10 MHz of spectrum located closest to the GPS band and instead share spectrum currently used by the NOAA.
For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.
Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal. Current TV is carried by Comcast and DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.
LodgeNet, which provides Internet and on-demand movies to hotels and hospital rooms, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be acquired by investment firm Colony Capital. LodgeNet says it will form a strategic partnership with DirecTV.
Berkshire Partners announced it was brokering a deal, which is valued at $2 billion, that will merge Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks once it’s completed. Sidera was formerly RCN Metro Optical Networks until Abry Partners spun it off from RCN.
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that will serve to help airlines more expeditiously roll out in-flight broadband. The rules streamline the process for airlines applying for a license to offer Internet service onboard during flights.
Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Last year, I predicted that somebody might finally do something interesting with tru2way. Would studiously ignoring tru2way be considered “something interesting”? Judges? OK then, 2013.
The Federal Communications Commission has begun a new proceeding on delivery of emergency information to blind and sight-impaired viewers. The FCC seems to be aware of the practical problem noted above, but it’s not making much progress in dealing with it.
What better way to learn about regulatory and policy developments than directly from these heavy-hitters from Washington? The American Cable Association Summit will be held March 12-14. It's the 20th Annual ACA Summit.
The Data Cap Integrity Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), aims to give consumers the tools they need to manage their own data usage. It would institute industry-wide data measurement accuracy standards for ISPs and impose disciplines to ensure that ISP data caps are truly designed to manage network congestion.