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Bright House Networks, NetCracker complete 1st phase of BSS upgrade

January 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and NetCracker have checked off the first phase of a large-scale BSS and customer experience upgrade off of their to-do list. The project includes consolidating and replacing Bright House Networks’ billing system as well as new CRM and e-commerce implementations.

Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

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Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

Sale of Iusacell stake removes hurdle for AT&T’s purchase of mobile carrier

January 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Mexican broadcaster and media company Grupo Television announced it had wrapped up the sale of its 50 percent stake in wireless operator Iusacell back to joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas. The deal paved the way for AT&T to close on its acquisition to buy Iusacell for $2.5 billion, which was announced in November of last year.

Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

Mass. AG: Verizon pays $1.3M to resolve allegation

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

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Verizon has paid more than $1.3 million to resolve an allegation that the company overcharged the state for telecommunications services under a statewide procurement contract. Coakley says the settlement resolves a lawsuit pending in Hampshire Superior Court and also requires Verizon to make additional payment offers to towns, cities and others affected by the alleged overbilling.

Review: IPhone user tries to switch back to BlackBerry

December 31, 2014 10:23 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In this product review, a former Blackberry devotee takes the BlackBerry Classic for a spin, but finds it’s not enough to make him switch back from his iPhone. He lists apps and touch screens among the reasons for sticking with his iPhone. 

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Liberty CEO Maffei garners job security

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

Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive announced that their respective board of directors had reached agreements to keep Greg Maffei as their president and CEO through 2019. Maffei’s prior contract was close to expiring before the new deal was announced on Monday. 

Title II means $15B in consumer fees? "Baloney"!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Communications companies claim that applying Title II regulation to broadband would inevitably lead to up to $15 billion in regulatory fees being passed on to consumers. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act, says the claim is "baloney."

Submit those SCTE Cable-Tec Expo abstracts now

December 19, 2014 11:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is actively recruiting abstracts for next year’s Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. The deadline for abstract submissions, which will be reviewed by the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo2015 Program Committee that’s chaired by Liberty Global CTO and EVP Balan Nair, is Feb. 17.

BlackBerry pitches Classic in Hail Mary

December 18, 2014 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with.

Cox close to wrapping up Homelife roll out

December 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Baton Rouge, La. going live last week, Cox Communications is close to having its home automation and security service launched across its entire footprint. The Cox Homelife service, which was first trialed in Phoenix three years ago, will be completely launched once Cox deploys it in Florida and Georgia in early February.

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Windstream appoints Thomas as new CEO

December 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream Holdings announced on Thursday that Tony Thomas was replacing Jeff Gardner as the company’s new president and CEO. In order to smooth over the transition, Gardner will stay on board as a senior adviser to Thomas and as a member of the company’s board through Feb. 1 of next year. Thomas was also named a director.

Taking care of business: a Cable-Tec Expo recap

December 10, 2014 11:03 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Today it remains somewhat murky where the whole pay TV business is going, or precisely what it will look like when it gets there, but MSOs know for certain they need to prepare their networks to deliver whatever has to be delivered, and Cable-Tec Expo made it crystal clear that those networks will still depend heavily on DOCSIS 3.1.

Liberty Global, Searchlight buy Puerto Rico’s Choice Cable TV

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has expanded its footprint in Puerto Rico by teaming up with Searchlight Capital Partners to buy Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Co., which does business as Choice Cable TV, for about $272.5 million. Choice TV, which is the second largest cable and broadband provider in Puerto Rico, will be folded into Liberty Cablevision with Liberty Global owning a 60 percent stake and Searchlight owning 40 percent.

Bright House Networks lands 3 hospitality deals in Fla.

December 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has signed up three new hotels in Tampa Bay, Fla. for its business class voice, video and data services. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is providing the Epicurean, Le Meridien and Aloft Hotel Tampa Downtown with its fiber-based dedicated Internet access (DIA), High HD video, and telephone trunking services.

Atlantic Broadband names new CEO, presidents

December 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective Jan. 1, Richard Shea will take over as Atlantic Broadband’s president and CEO while David Isengberg was promoted to president and chief revenue office. Both Shea and Isenberg have worked at Atlantic Broadband since it was founded in 2003. Cogeco, Atlantic Broadband’s parent company, said current CEO and president Edward Holleran agreed to stay on as vice president of industry relations on a part-time basis.

Charter hires former Starz exec

December 10, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Starz executive Jodi Robinson was hired by Charter Communications as its senior vice president, user experience design and development. Robinson will oversee the user experience design and development for all of Charter's products and will to report to Rich DiGeronimo, senior vice president, product and strategy.

Two more towns go gigabit with Calix

December 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Calix has added two more towns to its list municipal customers: the city of Sandy, OR, and the village of Sebewaing, MI. Both are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to residential and business subscribers.

Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

GCI snaps up Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage-based Alaska Communications announced plans Thursday to sell its remaining wireless assets in the state to General Communication Inc. (GCI) to help pay down debt and focus on its growing broadband business. The sale, for $300 million, includes Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC. 

WOW! trims 9% of workforce

December 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder WOW! is cutting 9 percent of its more than 3,000 employees. According to a story by DSLreports.com, the layoffs started Wednesday. A company spokeswoman said the elimination of the 270 jobs would continue through early next year.

Liberty Global picks Amdocs to power MVNO deployments

December 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global is using Amdocs’ mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) platform to support its mobile services in Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands. With Liberty Global’s foray into quad play services, Amdocs said its Compact Convergence solution reduced time to market while also integrating MVNO with existing business support systems (BSS.)

RCN Business rings up Office Mobility app

December 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business has launched a new app that lets its business customer employees stay connected with their office phones when they’re on the go. The Business Office Mobility app, which is a new feature from RCN Businesses’ hosted voice and business phone with call manager products, works with both iOS and Android devices. 

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