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Phone providers offer free calling to Nepal

April 29, 2015 2:10 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House, TWC, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are offering free calls made directly to Nepal. The 2015 Nepal earthquake occurred on April 25th and was measured at 7.8.

CenturyLink dinged $16M for 911 outage

April 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has agreed to pay a settlement fee of $16 million to the federal government for a...

Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 14, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. A...

Sprint fires up Wi-Fi calling on iPhones

April 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get...

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 2:06 pm | by Anne Flaherty, AP writer | News | Comments

Consumer advocate groups are asking the FCC to require phone companies to block automated calls. However, phone companies are resistant to the possibility of strict rules due to . . .  

New 3CX firmware enhances Optimum’s business trunking

March 24, 2015 11:47 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision’s telephone service Optimum Voice has certified its Business Trunking system with 3CX’s newest firmware.  

Frontier CEO steps down, McCarthy to take over helm

March 3, 2015 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.

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Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

Police probing CenturyLink outage in Arizona

February 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phoenix police are investigating an act of vandalism that left people across northern Arizona without the use of the Internet, cellphones and landlines for several hours. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday. Internet and phone service started to come back to some residents and businesses in Flagstaff by 6:30 p.m.

Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to battle Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional boundaries.

Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

Interop using Taqua's tech to enable VoWiFi

February 23, 2015 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Interop Technologies is adopting Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client, which will allow Interop to include voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) among the communications features it provides among its cloud-based services.

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FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

CED’s Persons of the Year: Time Warner Cable’s Mike and Mike take a curtain call

February 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

As of the end of last year, both Mike Hayashi and Mike LaJoie officially retired from Time Warner Cable, but over the course of 25 years or so, the two Mikes were cable’s own version of a dynamic duo. (Just don’t ask them which one was Batman and which was Robin.) For their long, distinguished careers at Time Warner Cable, Hayashi and LaJoie were named CED’s Persons of the Year.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

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RCN Business bows managed LAN service

February 10, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

RCN Business is removing some of the complexities associated with enterprise-level customers managing their WAN and LAN assets by offering a new managed LAN service. The service is packaged as a switch management solution for RCN Business’ hosted voice and Ethernet products. 

Calix helps deliver Alabama’s first gigabit service

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Calix has lit up the state of Alabama’s first 1-gigabit service through a deal with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC.) After launching last week, FTC, which is Alabama's largest member-owned telephone cooperative, is providing symmetrical 1-gig speeds to customers in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

Sprint to set up shop as RadioShack files for bankruptcy

February 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack.The long-struggling consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. Part of its plan is for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to open mini-shops in as many as 1,750 of RadioShack's remaining stores.

Cablevision starts Freewheeling today

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision turned on its Wi-Fi-exclusive phone service providing unlimited data, talk and text. Monthly fees will be much lower: $9.95 a month for Optimum customers and $29.95 a month for everyone else. The company is currently supporting Motorola’s Moto G.

Video, data, advertising fuel Charter’s fourth quarter results

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ fourth quarter results were driven by robust video and advertising revenues, and a continued increase in data subscribers. Charter’s residential video subscribers grew by 3,000, as opposed to a loss of 2,000 a year ago, while it added 104,000 high-speed Internet customers in the quarter.

Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs in home market

February 5, 2015 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has started domestic sales of high-end televisions powered by its Tizen operating system and plans to add washing machines, fridges and other appliances to the range of products that use the software. Samsung said sales of Tizen-powered ultra-HD TVs began Thursday in South Korea. 

Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

Comcast, Charter bottom dwellers of Harris reputation poll

February 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

In the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study that was released today, Charter Communications and Comcast ranked 92nd and 93rd, respectively out of the 100 companies on the list. Given Comcast’s slate of customer service debacles, including the news last week that a customer’s name was changed to “A**hole Brown” on his bill, it’s no surprise to see it near the bottom.

Time Warner Cable boots up Denver data center

February 3, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable flipped the “on” switch to its $85 million National Data Center West facility near Denver over the weekend. Time Warner Cable first broke ground on expanding the national data center, which is located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, in June, 2013. 

Mushroom Networks debuts VoIP Armor

February 2, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

San Diego-based Mushroom Networks recently released “VoIP Armor,” which was designed to improve the voice quality and reliability of VoIP calls by creating a bonded IP tunnel. VoIP Armor is built into Mushroom Networks’ flagship Truffle Broadband Bonding offerings, which aggregate and orchestrate multiple Internet access lines.

Time Warner Cable improves subscriber metrics in 4Q

January 29, 2015 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable had some positive news to report in what may be its last earnings report before being consumed by Comcast later this year. In the fourth quarter, the nation’s second-largest cable operator reported its best quarterly subscriber numbers in seven years, which included the loss of just 38,000 basic video subscribers, which was less than analysts had projected.

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