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Time Warner Cable slashes international call fees

November 21, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

 Time Warner Cable has sweetened its triple play bundle with the addition of  its Global Penny Phone Plan, which features calling to land line phones in over 40 countries worldwide for as little as one penny per minute.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.

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Cox kickstarts campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs

November 20, 2012 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced a nationwide marketing campaign that was designed to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the holiday season. Customers can donate new, unwrapped toys at the 133 Cox stores across the nation. The toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in each of Cox's markets.

Time Warner Cable’s $82M National Data Center opens in Charlotte

November 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.

Memory Lane - A signal of what would come

November 19, 2012 12:50 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.

Videotron CEO touts mobile service at conference

November 16, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron President and CEO Robert Dépatie used the Mobiz 2012 conference to tout the cable operator’s mobile service, which it launched two years ago. Despite facing intense competition, Videotron built its own AWS network for its illico mobile service.

Wave Broadband rakes in $1B to expand West Coast ops

November 15, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates as cable operator Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it raised more than $1 billion in funding. The funding included substantial equity investments from Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners.

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Nortex to purchase Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz spectrum

November 15, 2012 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to sell a portion of its lower 700 MHz B-block spectrum to Nortex Communications, an independent telephone company based in Muenster, Texas. The spectrum is part of Verizon's holding in the 700 MHz A- and B-blocks.

Time Warner Cable zapped with 2 lawsuits over cable modem fees

November 14, 2012 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable was hit with two class-action lawsuits in regard to its decision to charge its data customers a cable modem lease fee of $3.95 a month. The lawsuits were filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of New York.

Sprint unveils Phone Connect for MVNOs

November 13, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced Sprint Phone Connect for Wholesale, a product for MVNOs to provide their customers with a home phone service without the need for a landline or broadband service. It's a plug-and-play device that enables end users to plug their current office or home landline phone into the Sprint Phone Connect device.

Bright House boots up cross-promotions with Verizon Wireless in Orlando

November 9, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is on the board with Verizon Wireless now that the two companies have started their joint marketing efforts in Orlando. Bright House is the last MSO to start cross-promoting its triple-play services with Verizon Wireless’ smartphones and tablets.

Suddenlink reports robust Q3, plans to add TiVo Mini next year

November 9, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bucking the trend of cable operators losing basic video subscribers, Suddenlink Communications actually added a total of 200 in the third quarter en route to chalking up some solid financial results. Suddenlink reported third-quarter revenues of $511.9 million.

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Windstream shares down after earnings warning

November 8, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company Windstream's quarterly report disappointed Wall Street for the third time in a row, sending its stock down to a three-year low. The company is offering promotional prices on broadband and is seeing slower growth in sales of connections for cellular towers.

Time Warner Cable rings in holiday season with Best Buy offer

November 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s “Holiday Triple Play” is hitting Best Buy stores. New and existing Time Warner Cable customers that sign up for Time Warner Cable’s voice, video and data services during the holiday offer get a $150 Best Buy gift card. The triple-play bundle starts at $89.99 a month and lasts for one year.

AT&T sets $14B broadband expansion

November 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Many homes in AT&T's local phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion, three-year investment plan the company revealed. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting customers from regular phone lines to wireless service.

AT&T broadens LTE plans in 22 states

November 7, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is leveraging its extensive wireline infrastructure to expand its LTE network into new markets across nearly two dozen states. The LTE service will cover 99 percent of "customer locations" across AT&T's 22-state wireline area, growing to rural markets it may have otherwise left unserved.

Charter’s new strategy shows signs of paying off in Q3

November 6, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications reported third-quarter revenue of $1.88 billion, slightly up from revenue in its Q3 a year ago, and a loss of $87 million, compared with $85 million a year ago. Residential video customers decreased by 73,000 in the third quarter.

Cablevision’s Q3 overwhelmed by expenses

November 6, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision reported a third-quarter loss of $3.8 million on slightly higher revenue, compared with the similar period a year ago. Third-quarter net revenue grew 1.2 percent to $1.685 billion. The loss was attributed to higher expenses associated with restructuring and compensation, as well as larger expenditures on paying down debt.

Wireless ops report progress on post-hurricane repairs

November 6, 2012 3:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wireless providers on the East Coast report that progress is being made to restore service after major damage from Hurricane Sandy. Cell towers and other infrastructure were hit hard by flooding and power outages, particularly in New Jersey and New York.

Comcast moves Lopez to head Oregon operations

November 6, 2012 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has named Rodrigo Lopez as regional vice president for Oregon and southwest Washington State. The position opened when Comcast offered Lopez’s predecessor, Hank Fore, a similar position running the company’s California operations.

TWC’s video subs down, business services booming in Q3

November 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s quarterly profit and video subscriber losses were below Wall Street’s projections, but data and business services continued to be a boon to the company’s bottom line. Time Warner Cable’s net income increased to $808 million, or $2.60 a share, in the third quarter.

TWC rolls mobile charging stations into NYC; Cablevision re-groups

November 2, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With tensions mounting in some of the areas that saw the biggest impact from Hurricane Sandy, Time Warner Cable and other service providers are rushing into the morass to fix their triple-play services and ease subscribers’ frustrations.

Cogeco grows; market is ‘maturing’

November 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable reported higher revenue but lower profit, a decrease attributed largely to higher taxes resulting from changes in Canada’s tax code. Revenue in the company’s fourth quarter increased by 6.2 percent to reach $324.8 million; profit was $45.7 million.

FCC: Communications slowly improving after Sandy

November 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. That compares with 1 in 4 cell towers that were out of service the day after the storm made landfall.

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