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Comcast dials up free phone calls over Wi-Fi

May 23, 2012 10:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added some new bells and whistles to its Xfinity Voice service, including the ability to make free phone calls over a home or public Wi-Fi hotspot.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

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Cablevision promotes Kanouff to EVP of corporate engineering, tech

May 18, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kanouff worked her way up to president at SeaChange International prior to leaving the company to join Cablevision.

N.H. House resurrects Internet access tax ban

May 17, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After it killed it, the House resurrected a bill that would ban taxing Internet access in New Hampshire.

Verizon: Data sharing will end ARPU metric

May 16, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo revealed more than had previously been released about the company's plans to launch data sharing plans

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

Rogers launches SIP trunking for enterprise businesses

May 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Business Solutions is now offering its SIP trunking services to enterprises in Canada that are seeking scalable voice services while using less equipment.

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Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

Cox teams up with hospital to launch a patient channel

May 11, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has developed a new internal channel for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

SeaChange sticks a fork in broadcast and storage unit sale

May 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After passing regulatory muster, SeaChange announced that it had completed the sale of its broadcast server and storage unit to a private investment group that has named the newly formed company XOR Media.

Mediacom adds more data subs to help offset video losses

May 10, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included a boost in data subscribers that somewhat offset its basic video subscriber losses.

CenturyLink adds 89K broadband subs in Q1

May 10, 2012 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier is also making some modest progress with its DSL-based video product, Prism TV, adding 15,000 subs in the quarter.

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Comcast lands a sweet Metro Ethernet deal with Sarris Candies

May 9, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continues to rack up customer wins for its Metro Ethernet service, with the latest addition being Pennsylvania-based Sarris Candies.

Windstream making push in data business

May 9, 2012 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business services are the future for the Alltel spin-off, which expects to spend $1B this year on data centers and other infrastructure investments.

@ CTIA: OTT services are next battleground

May 9, 2012 3:19 pm | by Brad Smith, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Panel discussions at CTIA Wireless conventions are invariably hospitable and friendly. But there was an underlining tension Tuesday at the Executive Forum panel.

Charter Communications narrows net loss

May 8, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With new CEO Tom Rutledge at the helm, the company also reports an unexpected surprise – its first gain in video subscribers in years.

Ericsson outs LTE 'office in a box'

May 8, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson is offering its business customers an LTE-capable "office in a box" that runs on Verizon Wireless' next-generation mobile broadband network.

Study: Comcast tops VoIP scorecard for North America

May 7, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was ranked first in North America for its hosted VoIP service, while Verizon Business took top honors among IP connectivity providers.

Verizon plans 2013 text-to-911 service

May 4, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced a major text-to-911 push, making it the only top-tier operator in the country to offer the emergency service.

O’Carroll announces retirement from Rogers Cable

May 3, 2012 6:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After 17 years and a nearly complete overhaul and integration of the company’s wireline and wireless networks, O’Carroll said he’s looking forward to time on his own.

Cablevision adds video subs in Q1

May 3, 2012 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The achievement aggravates analysts, however, since it was based on promotional pricing that compromised cash flow.

TWC partners with American Express to promote SignatureHome

May 3, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is enticing American Express cardholders to sign up for its premium SignatureHome Premium View tier thorough an exclusive partnership.

Colorado telecom overhaul in doubt this year

May 3, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill to end subsidies for phone service in rural areas is faltering.

TV's double vision: When 1 screen isn't enough

May 3, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Social networking is wreaking a profound change in TV-viewing habits.

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