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US Senate: Companies must protect against hacked ads

May 15, 2014 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers have learned how to use software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements to steal personal data. The Senate suggested tougher U.S. regulations or new laws that could punish the ad networks in addition to prosecuting the hackers.

Wheeler revising Internet rules after public backlash

May 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to an FCC official, Wheeler made revisions after the commission received 35,000 public comments —many of them expressing outrage. The FCC first briefed reporters on the proposed rules last month.

Colorado updates rural broadband fund

May 12, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The legislation reroutes part of a $54 million annual ratepayer subsidy to telecom companies into a broadband fund to provide service in rural areas. The plan is to phase out the ratepayer subsidy — known as the "Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism" — in 10 years.

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Wheeler's rules: open Internet, competition, and don’t test him

April 30, 2014 4:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If anyone thought the former head of the NCTA was going to come to the Cable Show and act all cuddly, they were very, very wrong. Wheeler warned, slapped, threatened and cajoled, though even his targets might not have noticed at first, given his measured tone and erudite phraseology.

Cable Show: Liberty’s Fries says cooperation key to closing functionality gap

April 29, 2014 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global CEO and president Mike Fries didn’t pull any punches in regards to questions on a general session panel about why TV Everywhere services haven’t entirely blossomed for cable operators and their content partners. Fries also said the entire net neutrality debate was about video.

Cable Show: Powell keynote; Cable builds communities

April 29, 2014 4:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCTA president and CEO Michael Powell kicked off The Cable Show Tuesday morning by saying that the cable industry helps build communities through its broadband pipes, but needs to stay free of policymakers in order to continue that success story going forward. Powell contrasted the open Internet with public utilities, highway systems and water supplies that are foundering under the weight of regulatory control.

Charter, Comcast strike a multi-pronged deal

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable triangle has come full circle with today’s news that Comcast and Charter have reached an agreement that included selling off 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers to Charter, swapping 1.6 million subscribers between Comcast and Charter and spinning off 2.5 subs to form a new company.

FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards 


April 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. 

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

April 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is to present the proposed rules to the other commissioners on Thursday.

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

Service providers prime targets for hackers

April 22, 2014 1:46 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The world’s networks are under constant, relentless attack, including – perhaps especially – the networks of service providers. Service providers are not only targets themselves, but since they provide the network infrastructure for so many other companies, they are doubly at peril, according to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

April 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of Aereo hinges on a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia discusses how the Internet and IP networking are affecting the fundamentals of the TV business, and how the Supreme Court decision is important because for Aereo there is no "Plan B." 

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Comcast funds Internet security center at UConn

April 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new center will specialize in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

Comcast tops 1 million Wi-Fi mark; increases data speeds in NE

April 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had topped the 1 million threshold for hot spots deployed across the nation and that it was increasing some data speeds in its Northeast footprint. The two announcements were choreographed to coincide with Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today in regards to the deal between the two companies. 

Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal

April 9, 2014 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.nThe company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.

Game on: Comcast, TWC file deal with FCC

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Time Warner Cable and Comcast filed their applications and public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission. Today’s FCC filing isn’t the first salvo in Comcast’s $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable—last week both companies filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the Department of Justice, but it provides a game plan for answering critics’ concerns over the deal.

GSA approves Comcast for Ethernet services

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business has established an important road into the vast government market, having just scored a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

U.S. Supreme Court could limit software patents

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question, and the outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy, from gadgets on smart phones to advances in anti-lock brakes.

FCC bans broadcaster collusion in retrans negotiations

March 31, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC issued two key decisions today, one that prohibits broadcast stations from joining together in retransmission consent negotiations, the other opening another 100 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications. Under the new regulations, two or more separately owned Top-4 broadcasters in the same market would be prohibited from banding to negotiate retrans deals.

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel ally to create "Industrial Internet"

March 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The five are founding members of the Industrial Internet Consortium, whose ultimate goal is to create products to create fully networked industrial installations, such as factories, power plants, and hospitals. The idea is to bring intelligence to machines used across every industry, including agriculture, mining, power, health care, and more. 

House Committee passes STELA version enabling broadcaster "collusion"

March 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology passed a version of the STELA act that explicitly allows broadcasters to band together in negotiations with MVPDs, a maneuver that the FCC is in the process of trying to bar, and which the ACA has explicitly called “collusion.”

Capital Currents: Did the FCC Lose the Battle But Win the War?

March 24, 2014 7:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

You can tell that the Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FCC net neutrality rules is important because there have been so many opinions flying around about what it means. Some commentators claim the decision goes far beyond the issue of net neutrality to give the FCC authority to regulate virtually any aspect of the Internet.

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