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Aurora closes $46 million deal with Harmonic

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks has closed its $46 million deal to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access unit that was first announced on Feb. 19. Aurora said the acquisition would increase its market share lead in the optical transport market by significantly increasing its installed base for next-generation service-providing products and create long-term strategic growth opportunities.

SCTE issues call for abstracts for Expo

March 4, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today announced that it is seeking proposals for papers and presentations for the technical sessions at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013. The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee is looking for abstracts that address the evolution of cable networks, services and business processes for the Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24 event in Atlanta.

Time Warner Cable scores marketing deal with University of Kentucky

March 4, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has struck a multi-year sponsorship deal with the University of Kentucky’s athletic program centered around the men’s basketball and football teams. With the agreement, Time Warner Cable serves as the official sponsor of University of Kentucky athletics across its core video, high speed data, Wi-Fi and home phone products and services.

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Comcast connects city of West Haven

March 1, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has connected city hall, schools and libraries throughout the city of West Haven, Conn. with its Ethernet and trunking services. Comcast is providing West Haven with high-speed Internet access and voice services that connect city hall to 17 municipal locations, including West Haven's three libraries, six firehouses, the high school, beach patrol offices and the police department. 

Superstorm Sandy rains on Cablevision’s earnings

February 28, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s fourth quarter subscriber numbers and revenue took a hit in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The nation’s fifth-largest cable operator lost about 50,000 video subscribers, 5,000 data customers and 10,000 voice subscribers in the fourth quarter.

TDS forges deal to buy Baja Broadband

February 27, 2013 1:48 pm | News | Comments

The small cable operator market continues its wave of consolidation. Yesterday TDS Telecom announced a deal to buy all of the assets of Baja Broadband. Baja Broadband, which is headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico, offers triple play services to residential and business customers in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. 

ZCorum shows new VoIP diagnostic features

February 26, 2013 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Testing vendor ZCorum has added a new reporting feature to help cable operators keep abreast of VoIP quality issues, as well as a loop diagnostics test that can be run from a smartphone or tablet.

Time Warner Cable delivers bundles for telecommuters

February 25, 2013 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) has rolled out a new suite of services that were designed to meet the needs of businesses with remote employees. Teleworker Solutions is available across the greater New York City area, New York State, New England and the Carolinas.

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Charter narrows Q4 loss; heading for all-digital

February 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications said its residential customer relationships increased by 20,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the year-ago period, which CEO Tom Rutledge said was the best Q4 performance at the company in 10 years.

Frontier reports flat Q4

February 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $1.2 billion, slightly down from the similar quarter last year, and net income of $24.9 million. During the quarter, the company reported having lost approximately 50,400 customers.

Comcast debuts cloud services market for SMBs

February 20, 2013 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is now making available a suite of third-party cloud-based products and services that its business customers can purchase directly through an online portal. The MSO has partnered with other companies that provide storage, security, and Web and document collaboration.

TWCBC connects schools in N.C. with gigabit speed

February 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has broadened the reach of its fiber-optic network in North Carolina in order to offer schools systems a gigabit-per-second service. TWCBC is the largest school data provider in North Carolina, serving 25 school systems across the state.

Windstream returns to profit in Q4

February 19, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windstream posted fourth-quarter net income of $10.1 million, reversing a year-ago loss, as the company grew its broadband business. Windstream, which was spun off from Alltel, has been transforming its business to provide more lucrative broadband and data services.

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Kansas House approves telecom deregulation bill

February 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas would lessen its regulation of telecommunications but begin to phase out consumer-financed subsidies for universal landline service under a bill approved by the state House. The House's 118-1 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it also is expected to have bipartisan support.

GTCR, Rural Broadband strike deal to buy NewWave Communications

February 14, 2013 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Private equity firm GTCR and Rural Broadband Investments have struck a deal to buy NewWave Communications from Pamlico Corporation. Financial terms of the definitive agreement weren’t released, and neither was the target date for the closing.

NCTC picks SageQuest for GPS fleet tracking

February 14, 2013 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has named Fleetmatics Group’s SageQuest GPS fleet tracking platform as an exclusive provider to its members. Fleetmatics Group's products are marketed both under the Fleetmatics and SageQuest brands

Comcast all in on NBCUniversal; broadband subs drive Q4

February 13, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that it was buying out General Electric’s 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion instead of waiting until next year’s previously scheduled date of July to take full control of NBCUniversal. Comcast earned $1.52 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the fourth quarter.

Ohio telco adopts Adtran’s video platform

February 13, 2013 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Glandorf Telephone has installed Adtran’s broadband platform to provide broadband and video services to its customers in the northwestern part of Ohio. Glandorf is using Adtran’s Total Access 5000 to deliver services both on its DSL network and via FTTH lines.

Genband unifies product line, launches white label cloud service

February 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Genband launched a new white label cloud service, which is called “NUViA,” that it said will cut down on the amount of equipment service providers need to provision their services while also cutting down on time to market.

Cablevision signs distribution deal with Telarus

February 11, 2013 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sandy, Utah-based Telarus recently announced that it had entered into an agreement with Cablevision to distribute its triple-play business services. The deal opened the door to 1,200 independent commercial communication consultants who source through Telarus.

FCC aims to improve completion rate of long-distance calls to rural areas

February 8, 2013 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks comment on rules to help address problems in the completion of long-distance telephone calls to rural customers. The NPRM is specifcally aimed at intermediate carries that complete long-distance calls for long-distance providers.

Charter bags former Bresnan systems for $1.625B

February 8, 2013 11:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, emerged as the sweepstakes winner for the former Bresnan systems with a winning bid to Cablevision of $1.625 billion. The deal is slated to close in the third quarter.

Idaho panel: Let telecoms call existing customers

February 8, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A House committee agreed that Idaho should lift a 13-year-old restriction barring phone and cable TV companies from calling existing customers to market new products or services, rejecting an argument from the attorney general's office that the change would erode people's privacy protections.

Sprint posts record Q4 revenue, $1.3B loss

February 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company said the loss was primarily due to network improvements related to its Network Vision initiative, including the shutdown of the Nextel platform. The company also noted $45 million, or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax), related to impacts from Superstorm Sandy.

A kaleidoscope of moving parts

February 7, 2013 11:34 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The once heavily tech-driven business model of small Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable and broadband service providers is morphing into a kaleidoscope of moving, interchangeable parts. Smaller operators whose subscriber counts number in the four- and five-figure range are fiddling with and tweaking their business models like never before.

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