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Expo to kick off with C-suite execs in general session

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

Founder of Dolby Laboratories dies

September 13, 2013 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

RDK Management names president/GM, lays support foundation

September 12, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following on the heels of its formation last month, RDK Management has named Comcast executive Steve Heeb as its president and general manager, along with picking S3 Group and itaas to provide support services to the organization and its licensees. Heeb, who is already manning the RDK Management helm, brings 20 years of industry experience to the organization. 

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Comcast promotes Jenckes, Charytan, Khoury; hires Brassel

September 11, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has passed out promotions to Lynn Charytan, Jennifer Khoury and Marcien Jenckes, and hired newcomer Ed Brassel to a newly created job. After previously serving as senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast Cable, Jenckes has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer services.

TWC promotes FitzPatrick to SVP, CFO of residential services

September 11, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently announced that Mark FitzPatrick had been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of residential services. FitzPatrick, who now reports to executive vice president and chief financial officer Artie Minson, now oversees all areas of finance for the company’s residential, media and video operations.

Cox snaps up Tulsa-based CLEC

September 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy EasyTEL, which is a Tulsa, Okla.-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC.) The deal will give Cox Business better access to a metropolitan fiber network in order to provide voice, video and data services to area businesses.

Charter hits refresh on website

September 5, 2013 11:51 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.

Verizon sees few changes to US wireless business

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.

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Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. 

Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

August 29, 2013 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

Bright House Networks turns up voice, data services for school district

August 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.

Suddenlink inks outside sales channel deal with Telarus

August 23, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has signed a deal with Telarus that allows the latter to resell its portfolio of small, medium and enterprise broadband and voice services. The deal marked Suddenlink’s entry into the outside sales channel sector, which will help the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator reach higher-end business clientele. 

Cox Business reaches for cloud with ViaWest

August 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Cox Business announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest that will enable it to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Cox Business will start offering ViaWest’s services to customers initially in its Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California markets.

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Cox Business scores deal with Las Vegas Convention Center

August 20, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has won a seven-year contract to provide voice, video and data services to the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. The deal covers 3.3 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space across Las Vegas. Cox will start providing its services to some of the conventions and special events this fall. 

Study: Tight race between Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson

August 19, 2013 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telecommunications vendors Cisco, Huawei and Ericsson were neck and neck on Infonetics Research’s equipment vendor leadership scorecard. While each vendor had different strengths, Huawei was ranked first on the scorecard, followed closely by Ericsson and Cisco.

Comcast tabs Martinez as SVP in Houston

August 15, 2013 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this week that Ralph Martinez has been appointed as the senior vice president for the company’s Houston Region. In his new job, Martinez is the top executive responsible for operations, financial performance and customer service for the region, which includes 63 communities throughout the Greater Houston area.

Comcast, TWC team up to form RDK Management

August 15, 2013 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have formed RDK Management, LLC, which will take the reins on licensing, training, community support and code management for the Comcast Reference Design Kit. Comcast will contribute RDK components into the new entity, including the RDK code and specifications, related intellectual property rights and associated contracts.

Cisco 4Q profit grows but plans to cut 4,000 jobs

August 14, 2013 11:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco's revenue guidance for the current quarter was weaker than Wall Street expected, and shares fell sharply in extended trading. The company's stock fell $2.51, or 9.5 percent, to $23.87 in extended trading after the results were released.

Midcontinent gears up for network expansion

August 14, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in October, Midcontinent Communications will begin a 15-month expansion project that will span nearly 270 miles between its network operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. and the 511 Building in Minneapolis. The 511 Building is a secure redundancy center housing back-up and offsite disaster redundancy for over 150 network companies throughout the United States.

AT&T to serve up triple play to properties in Atlanta, Austin, Orlando

August 14, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning AT&T announced an agreement with Camden Property Trust to serve up its triple play services to high-end apartment properties in Atlanta, Austin and Orlando. AT&T is provisioning the services to the properties over its FTTP network in the three cities, the first of which will go live this fall.

Despite subscriber losses, Suddenlink’s revenues grow 5.6% in Q2

August 13, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications saw subscriber defections from both its video and data services, but still managed to post second quarter revenues that were higher than the same quarter a year ago. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator, reported second quarter revenues of $554.0 million this morning, which were a 5.6 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago.

Comcast Business signs colocation deal with Cologix

August 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cologix announced today that Comcast Business has signed up to use its data center in downtown Minneapolis in order to better prevision its business services portfolio. The deal makes Comcast Business a preferred partner with Cologix and helps the cable operator’s business unit support its enterprise customers’ colocation needs.

Despite Q2 video sub losses, Mediacom’s revenue increases

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Thursday privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the second quarter, which mirrored the results of its larger cable brethren. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator saw more basic video subscribers leave the fold in the second quarter, but continued the trend of adding more data customers.

Cox Virginia promotes three employees

August 1, 2013 11:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently named Bob Latvis as vice president of field operations, Jim Ruel as vice president of outside plant, maintenance and construction and Toni Stubbs as vice president of engineering and operations for Cox Virginia.As new members of Cox Virginia’s senior executive team, Latvis, Ruel and Stubbs are based out of the Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake.

NBCUniversal, data increase Comcast’s Q2 bottom line

July 31, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.

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