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Kentucky eases telephony access requirements

January 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a measure that illustrates precisely some of the issues the FCC is currently wrestling with, The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to cut back on landline investments.

FCC's IP dreams: Lifeline? Meh.

January 31, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The FCC is encouraging experiments in moving from POTS to VoIP. As a practical matter, the FCC is talking to phone companies, but the results might have some ramifications for cable operators that got into the voice market with VoIP, as well as those cable operators who also operate POTS networks.

TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

January 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. 

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WBL Services picks RCN Business to help provision Super Bowl

January 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business announced that WBL Services has selected it to provide connectivity for the media center’s communications and data transport in the New York tri-state area for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As part of the agreement, RCN Business is providing big data circuits to WBL Services to enable HDTV live video and advanced voice communications.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

Comcast adds video subs in Q4; Cox kicks tires on X1

January 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.

Suddenlink promotes Pflantz, Sonne

January 28, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced it has promoted Mike Pflantz to senior vice president of corporate finance and accounting at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis. Suddenlink also announced that Jared Sonne was promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the company’s Texoma Region.

Liberty Global snaps up rest of Ziggo for $13.7 billion

January 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone can scratch Ziggo off of his “to do” list now that his Liberty Global has picked up the rest of Ziggo that it didn’t already own in a $13.7 billion cash and stock deal. After purchasing a 28.5 percent stake in Ziggo in March of last year, Malone and Liberty Global had been in hot pursuit of the rest of Netherlands-based Ziggo since August. 

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AT&T denies Vodafone bid

January 27, 2014 12:04 pm | by Wireless Week | News | Comments

At the request of the UK Takeover Panel, AT&T Monday confirmed that it does not intend to make an offer for Vodafone.  AT&T recognized that recent speculation regarding a potential transaction involving Vodafone could have affected recent movement in the share price of Vodafone. 

NBCU/Comcast tee up deal with 49ers, Levi’s Stadium

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well. 

Charter fires back at Time Warner Cable

January 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to win the hearts, minds and votes of Time Warner Cable shareholders, it’s become a war of online presentations between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Today Charter Communications posted a follow up presentation on its website that came on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s rejection of its $132.50 per share bid for Time Warner Cable early last week.

Former Cox exec Schultz joins Charter

January 17, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Richard Schultz for the position of senior vice president of inbound sales and retention, customer operations. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience leading sales in the telecommunications industry, most recently at Cox Communications.

Time Warner Cable Business Class debuts SIP trunking

January 17, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering a session initiated protocol (SIP) trunking service to its customers. Comcast, Cox Rogers Communications and Cablevision also offer SIP trunking services to their business customers. 

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Comcast’s new research center reaches for the skies

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Not content with already having the tallest skyscraper in its hometown of Philadelphia, Comcast announced yesterday that its new research center will be even taller when its finished in 2017. The glass and stainless steel Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will over shadow the neighboring Comcast Center, which is the cable operator’s headquarters that opened in 2008.

Suddenlink picks NetCracker for customer management

January 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NetCracker Technology announced this morning that Suddenlink Communications has signed on to use its Customer Management and CRM platform. NetCracker was already the primary hosted billing platform provider for Suddenlink, but NetCracker has expanded that relationship by installing its web-based Customer Management and CRM offering.

Completel adds SIP trunking using AudioCode SBCs

January 15, 2014 12:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Completel is using AudioCodes session border controllers (SBC) to link its enterprise communications platform with a new SIP trunking service. The French company has deployed AudioCodes Mediant 4000 SBCs in a geographically redundant configuration to connect its already deployed Enterprise Telephony and Unified Communications (UC) platforms and Completel's SIP trunk service.

Huawei rejects reports of security weakness

January 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Wednesday rejected suggestions its telecoms equipment is vulnerable to hacking and forecast a rise in 2013 profit of nearly 50 percent. Chief financial officer Cathy Meng rejected as "groundless" reports that Huawei equipment might be more vulnerable to security threats than telecoms infrastructure made by other companies.

Charter calls Time Warner Cable a 'turnaround project'

January 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. The criticism was leveled Tuesday after Charter revealed details of its proposed bid for Time Warner Cable. The offer would create the third-largest pay TV provider in the country.

Phone firms balk at proposed spy data shift

January 14, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

TWC rejects ‘grossly inadequate offer’ from Charter

January 14, 2014 11:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The gloves are off in Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover Time Warner Cable. Charter has offered to buy the nation’s second largest cable operator for $132.50 a share, which was slightly higher than where Time Warner Cable’s shares closed on Monday. Monday night Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, who took over as CEO of the nation’s second-largest cable operator on Jan. 1, formally rejected Charter’s third offer.

AT&T, Beats Music team up for family offering

January 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After rumors of a subscription streaming music service for some time, AT&T announced it has hooked up with Beats Music for a new family-orientated offering that will launch Jan. 21. The deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Electronics will allow AT&T wireless customers to stream or download the service to five family members on up to 10 devices for $15 a month.

Cablevision hires Comstock as EVP of operations

January 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Robert Comstock to the newly created position of executive vice president, operations. Effective immediately, Cablevision said Comstock is responsible for all aspects of infrastructure that support the delivery of Cablevision’s customer experience, including network management, field operations, outside plant, Wi-Fi execution, and telecommunications network management.

Lui heads up Time Warner Cable’s HR department

January 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that Alan Lui was promoted to senior vice president of human resources. Effective today, Lui now leads all aspects of the cable operator’s human resources department. He continues to report to Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer.

Fairfax ups investment in troubled BlackBerry

January 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fairfax Financial Holdings said Wednesday it is buying another $250 million of convertible debt in BlackBerry in what Fairfax says is a show of confidence in the troubled smartphone maker's new management. Fairfax, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, led an investment group that injected $1 billion into the company last fall.

Samsung, Apple CEOs to discuss lawsuit settlement

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

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19.

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