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Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users' personal data

November 19, 2013 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users' online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company's data centers around the world. The commitment announced Monday by Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer follows a recent Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has been hacking into the communications lines of the data centers.

Google to pay $17M to settle Safari privacy case

November 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012. The settlement announced Monday stems from a technological loophole that enabled Google's DoubleClick advertising network to shadow unwitting Safari users.

Proposed bill will turn video business upside down

November 13, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Legislation to be proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would guarantee equal access to cable network programming to over-the-top companies such as Netflix, Sony, and others. The bill assumes that OTT companies would use those rights to offer those channels on an a la carte basis.

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Vermont on the verge of universal broadband

November 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband isn't just about streaming video or easy access to email — it's a critical part of modern living. Vermont has received more than $177 million of the billions in federal stimulus money has been spent to spread broadband across the country, part of an effort that some have equated with the 1930s New Deal effort to bring electricity to America's hinterlands.

Desparately Seeking FTTP; LA to issue an RFI

November 6, 2013 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LA’s desire is to have fiber extended to both residential and business customers. Initial estimates peg the costs anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion, and the city expects the bidder to assume it all. The city also wants the winning bidder to provide free connectivity to all at something between 2 Mbps and 5 Mbps.

Wheeler champions competition in first comments as FCC Chair

November 6, 2013 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After thanking acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn for her service, Wheeler called these "important days in determining the future of our networks." He quoted John Gardner's observation, 'History doesn’t look like history when you’re living it,' comparing today's fourth-generation networks to Gutenberg’s printing press and the original railroads for their revolutionary effects on civilization.

Miranda expands loudness monitoring product line

November 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Axino-400 retains the performance of the original Axino-410, but with a reduced channel count. Where the original Axino 410 was built to handle up to 200 channels simultaneously, the Axino-400 enables broadcasters to monitor up to 40 channels from one device.

Comcast spends to defeat Seattle mayor

November 4, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Hoping to help defeat the mayor of Seattle who is running for reelection, Comcast is making donations to political action committees supporting his rival. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is pursuing a public-private partnership to bring fiber-based broadband to one of his city’s neighborhoods.

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NSA argues to keep hacked data

November 4, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The NSA's general counsel declined to comment about published details describing the U.S. tapping into fiber optic cables to extract Internet data about customers of Google and Yahoo without the knowledge of the technology companies, but insisted that the program was not an attempt to avoid the supervision of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court.

FAA eases electronics restrictions as on-board broadband expands

November 1, 2013 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passengers traveling on U.S.-based airline carriers will be able to use most electronic devices throughout their flights. The new rules do not apply to cell phones, whose use will continue to be prohibited on takeoff and landing, though airlines are gradually adding cellular service as a broadband connectivity option.

Last call for Britt

October 31, 2013 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

After 41 years in the cable industry, Time Warner Cable CEO and Chairman Glenn Britt took part in his last quarterly earnings conference call this morning. Britt spent about the first 20 minutes of the call with analysts speaking about the state of the cable industry in general while providing his own views and experiences.

NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

October 30, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The Post cites documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials.

Senate confirms Wheeler, O’Rielly to FCC

October 30, 2013 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wheeler, appointed by President Obama in May, comes to the Commission from his work with venture capital firm Core Capital. Wheeler was also president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and was CEO of CTIA until 2004, when Steve Largent took over the post.

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Senate OKs FCC picks, but other battles brew

October 30, 2013 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved President Barack Obama's picks for top posts at the Federal Communications Commission and National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, By unanimous consent, senators approved campaign fundraiser and former lobbyist Thomas Wheeler as chairman of the FCC after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ended a procedural blockade of the nomination.

Australia maintains ban on Huawei for security

October 29, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's new government said Tuesday it will maintain a 2-year-old ban that excludes Chinese tech giant Huawei from working on the nation's high-speed broadband network. The conservative government elected last month has received briefings from national security agencies on the ban, Attorney General George Brandis said in a statement. He declined to give details.

Cancienne joins Charter as vice president, legislative affairs

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Earlier this week, Paul J. Cancienne II joined Charter Communications as vice president, legislative affairs. In this role, Cancienne oversees Charter's federal legislative efforts and is based in the company's Washington, DC office. 

SCTE, CableLabs cozy up on technology initiatives

October 21, 2013 8:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that they would work in tandem to accelerate the worldwide development and deployment of new cable network technologies. The cable industry’s support organizations, which also include the NCTA, have become more aligned over the past few years at the behest of the cable operators that they serve.

Huawei: No government has asked for customer data

October 18, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While American technology companies are trying to minimize the damage from revelations that the U.S. government spies on everyone including its own citizens, Chinese tech giant Huawei said it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government.

In Perspective: Tea Network

October 16, 2013 1:04 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The beginning of the commercial Internet was notable for an awful lot of stupid stuff, starting with young entrepreneurs who insisted that “Information wants to be free,” and who even more fatuously dismissed people who insisted that a business ought to turn a profit by accusing them of “just not getting it.”

Canada may impose a la carte on pay TV providers

October 14, 2013 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation that will force the country’s multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) to offer television channels on an a la carte basis. The country's Industry Minister promises to introduce a plan next week.

Broadcasters petition Supreme Court to kill Aereo

October 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a maneuver that has important ramifications for retransmission consent arguments, ABC, CBS, Fox and Comcast-owned NBC, along with Univision, Telemundo, PBS and several individual TV stations have signed the petition asking the Court to decide that Aereo's methods violate copyright law.

Aereo on its way to Android

October 11, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, will come to Android devices on Oct. 22. Earlier this week, a court in Boston denied a request by an ABC station owned by Hearst, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo's service.

SCTE announces new board appointments

October 11, 2013 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) recently announced the selection of members for its SCTE Board of Directors for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 terms, Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast, was newly appointed as a director while Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO of Suddenlink, was reappointed. 

Venech signs on with Charter as vice president, communications

October 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.

CVAA and CALM mandatory requirements -- why and how

October 8, 2013 7:14 pm | by Jim Welch, senior consulting engineer, IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

As of this month, all pre-recorded programming edited for internet distribution must now be close captioned. That's on top of video description content and the requirements of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act designed to eliminate huge volume spikes in video ads.

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