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Alaska’s GCI connects with T-Mobile on roaming

September 19, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, which is the largest triple play provider in Alaska, has inked an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile that provides its wireless customers access to an LTE network from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. While roaming agreements across the country are nothing new, GCI said the deal with T-Mobile was the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

Cox names Wolfe SVP, Southwest region manager

September 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced that it has named John Wolfe as senior vice president and Southwest region manager, which is Cox’s largest region in the nation and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe, who has logged nearly 30 years in the cable industry, came over to the Southwest from Cox's Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

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Virgin Media tunes up 1-Gig test with ‘narrow trenching’

September 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, which is the largest cable operator in the UK, will fire up a small 1-Gigabit trial in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth that will feature a new trenching technique for laying fiber. Virgin Media said it would lay fiber in Papworth by using “narrow-trenching,” which it claims could reduce the cost of the network roll out by 33 percent. 

CableLabs, SCTE further align on energy initiatives

September 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs announced today that they would collaborate more closely on improving energy management issues for the cable industry, including strategies and innovations designed to reduce energy consumption and costs in facilities, plants, and fleet, as well as in the home. 

SCTE bolsters international presence

September 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has broadened its reach abroad with the recent addition of Liberty Global to SCTE’s Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) as well as the formation of an international-based training program. The training and certfication program is called the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), which will serve as an international gateway to the SCTE’s library of resources. 

Casa reels in another deal from TVCable

September 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TVCable Ecuador picked CMTS and CCAP vendor Casa Systems to provision its platform for a six-city expansion project. TVCable had previously teamed up with Casa on a first phase expansion across eight cities within its footprint. Miami-based Cable Network Associates helped Casa land the deal with TVCable.

SpinCo recast as GreatLand Connections

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Comcast announced they were ditching the name SpinCo for the emerging cable company that will be spun off once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and Charter/Comcast transactions are completed. The new name is GreatLand Connections Inc.,which drew upon the company’s Midwest and Southeast footprint that was formely operated by Comcast.

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Charter inks data warehouse deal with Sense Corp

September 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced it has signed a deal with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to create its next-generation enterprise data warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, St. Louis-based Sense Corp will serve as Charter’s exclusive vendor for its business intelligence initiative, which Charter said would include integrating new subscribers by early next year. 

AT&T files suit against Cox for patent infringement

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T filed a patent lawsuit against Cox Communications alleging that the cable operator and over 30 of its regional systems had infringed on eight of its patents. The patents were related to DVRs and set-top boxes as well as managing VoIP and data services.

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

Cox, Verizon shine in J.D. Power business voice study

August 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Verizon stood out for their wireline services in the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Business Study. Cox Communications was first in the large enterprise business category for overall customer satisfaction index scores while Verizon placed second.

WOW! Business doubles up service delivery team to serve commercial customers

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business announced this morning that it had streamlined and expanded its business service delivery team to better serve small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise and wholesale communications customers across its 19 markets. WOW Business’ 60-member service delivery team has doubled since the same time frame a year ago, and recently moved into a national service delivery center in Huntsville, Ala. 

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Charter Spectrum takes flight in more SoCal communities

August 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a recent conversion to all digital, Charter Communications has launched its Charter Spectrum brand in more communities in Southern California. The new digital services included a free speed upgrade from up to 30 Mbps on the downstream to 60 Mbps for most of the MSO’s subscribers in the area. 

Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the world. 

Time Warner Cable techs pitch in on AMBER alerts

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), all of Time Warner Cable’s 18,000 cable technicians across its footprint can now receive AMBER alerts. Along with the new technology that allows them to receive the AMBER alerts, the techs will receive training on how to be on the look out during an alert and to contact law enforcement if they see an abducted child.

Comcast, NBCUniversal hire 3,000 veterans

August 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January of 2012 as part their ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative. NBCUniversal and Comcast’s goal was to hire 2,000 veterans through the program by 2015. 

Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

MetroCast lights up fiber in Miss.

August 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MetroCast Communications has fired up a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in two communities that it serves in Mississippi. The recent FTTH deployments in the Mississippi towns of Starkville and Oxford followed on the heels of a deployment in Carthage, Mississippi earlier this year.

NCTC inks multi-screen deal with Disney

August 4, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NCTC announced a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

Comcast re-ups with CSG

July 31, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed a new contract with CSG International that provides the cable operator with CSG’s residential billing services through June 30, 2019. While CSG has worked with Comcast for the past 20 years, the new contract provides the framework for Comcast to consolidate all of its residential business onto CSG’s billing platform.

Austin next for TWC Maxx upgrade; 7 cities on tap next year

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus outlined several of the company’s top priorities during this morning’s second quarter earnings call, which included the announcement that seven cities are slated to receive TWC Maxx network upgrades next year. TWC Maxx, which features 300 Mbps on the downstream, will touch down in Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

CliIntel helps Midcontinent improve customer care, service windows

July 30, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications improved its customer service and operational efficiencies from last year to this year with the aid CliIntel. Midcontinent engaged with CliIntel's professional services team last year to analyze current business metrics and provide optimization opportunities. Midcontinent’s goals included improving the customer experience, exceeding 2014 customer expectations of service and providing ongoing metrics.

Cable vet Simmons joins Cablevision’s board

July 30, 2014 11:57 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry pioneer Steve Simmons was elected to Cablevision’s board of directors effective immediately. Simmons joined the board as an independent director and his election increased Cablevision’s board to 18 members. Simmons, 68, has been chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons Patriot Media & Communications since 2002.

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