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Sen. Schatz: No Big Infrastructure Bill Coming
News Analysis  | 
2/17/2017  |  Post a comment
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) warns the telecom industry not to hitch its wagon to a big infrastructure bill out of Congress.
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Charter Launches 5G Field Trials
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2017  |  6 comments
In a surprise move, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge used the company's Q4 earnings call to announce new 5G plans.
Comcast Teases X1 With Xfinity Stream
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2017  |  1 comment
For those Comcast subscribers who can't get X1, there's Xfinity Stream.
Qwilt Opens Up at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
2/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Qwilt's new Open Edge Cloud is the next evolution of its transparent caching technology for video delivery.
Comment: DAA architecture - msilbey - 2/8/2017
Comment: Is there a future? - msilbey - 2/8/2017
New CableLabs Optical Tech Promises Big Bandwidth Boost
News Analysis  | 
2/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Early CableLabs tests of coherent optics for the access network are producing speeds above 2 terabits per second.
Comment: Never shy - msilbey - 2/7/2017
Playing Politics at the FCC
News Analysis  | 
2/7/2017  |  1 comment
Rancor at the FCC isn't fading with new leadership in place.
Nagra, Altice Unlock TV Security Market in US
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2/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable content protection will never be the same.
Cox Picks Arris, Netgear for Next-Gen WiFi
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2017  |  1 comment
Cox isn't licensing the new Comcast digital home solution to power its premium Panoramic WiFi service. At least not yet.
Facebook's Video Future Still Hazy
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2017  |  4 comments
What does Facebook want to be when it grows up?
NY State Sues Charter for Broadband Fraud
News Analysis  | 
2/1/2017  |  Post a comment
New York AG claims Charter isn't providing the broadband speeds that subscribers are paying for.
Comment: Fee is coming - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Comment: Re: Shifting sands - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Pai Opposes Title II, FCC Alums Oppose Pai
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  10 comments
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his opposition to Title II classification for ISPs today, while others hope to preserve the Open Internet Order.
Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play
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1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
With AT&T and Liberty Global on its partner list, Tibit plans to disrupt the access network industry.
There's a Reverse Cloud on the Horizon
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  1 comment
So says CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney, who also believes a 'reverse cloud' will be necessary to support future augmented and virtual reality applications.
Comment: Re: Maybe not so bad - msilbey - 1/27/2017
Lawmakers Say Lock That Box
MariNation  | 
1/27/2017  |  4 comments
There go the keys to the set-top kingdom.
Comment: Time Warner deal - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comment: Re: Comcast Kicks A$$ - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comcast Kicks A$$, Earns $80B in 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  12 comments
It's good to be in cable, especially if you're Comcast.
Comment: Hot space - msilbey - 1/25/2017
Comment: Customers? - msilbey - 1/25/2017
Muni Broadband Hits New Speed Bumps
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  28 comments
Municipal broadband is off to a rough start in 2017 – both financially and in the face of potential new regulations – but supporters aren't backing down.
Verizon Uses Fios as Shiny Object in Q4
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  9 comments
There was a time when it looked like Verizon might give up on Fios, but the telco is once again touting fiber to the home as a success story.
Comment: Show me the $$ - msilbey - 1/23/2017
Comment: LPWA deployments - msilbey - 1/23/2017
FCC: Comcast Unparalleled in TV Distribution
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  2 comments
Comcast occupies a unique position among television distributors, according to the FCC's latest report on competition in the market for video programming delivery.
Is Pai Filling FCC Role?
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1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
There are only three FCC Commissioners today, and rumor has it that one of them could soon be the new Chairman.
TVkey Promises TV Service Sans Set-Top
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1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Big security for 4K video in a tiny little package.
Comment: Timeline? - msilbey - 1/19/2017
Comment: Re: DVD service - msilbey - 1/19/2017
Netflix Lands in Nearly Half of US Households
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1/19/2017  |  6 comments
Another solid quarterly performance puts Netflix in nearly 50 million US households, and in 93.8 million households around the world.
Comment: Counting subs - msilbey - 1/18/2017
Comment: Re: Oh my - msilbey - 1/18/2017
Operators Gird Loins for Trumpageddon
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2017  |  5 comments
As the hordes descend on DC, AT&T and Comcast plan a wireless access boost.
Cable One Bids $735M for NewWave
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1/18/2017  |  1 comment
Cable One aims for around $1 billion in annual revenue with the acquisition of NewWave Communications.
Cable Has One Thing Verizon Needs
MariNation  | 
1/17/2017  |  7 comments
Verizon buying Comcast or Charter? Preposterous! Except...
Comment: Re: VR in 4K - msilbey - 1/17/2017
Comment: VR in 4K - msilbey - 1/17/2017
TV's Paradox: No HDR Without 4K
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1/17/2017  |  8 comments
The pay-TV industry can't unbundle HDR technology from 4K Ultra HD TV, even though maybe it should.
Comment: Other OTA mash-ups - msilbey - 1/13/2017
It's the End of TV as We Know It
MariNation  | 
1/13/2017  |  3 comments
In 2017, TV is what consumers make it.
Comment: Growth rate - msilbey - 1/12/2017
Who Needs a Gig? Verizon's Got 750 Mbit/s
News Analysis  | 
1/12/2017  |  5 comments
Verizon's new Fios Instant Internet service promises symmetrical broadband speeds of 750 Mbit/s, but the cost is more than most ISPs charge for full gigabit service.
Ericsson: 5G Heralds 'New' New Economy
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1/12/2017  |  11 comments
Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson suggests that what 5G promises today is just a glimpse of what it will enable tomorrow.
Comcast Shows Off Gig Gateway at CES
LRTV Interviews  | 
1/11/2017  |  1 comment
Light Reading's Mari Silbey gets a demo of Comcast's new gigabit gateway and WiFi management platform at CES 2017.
Verizon Proves NG-PON2 Interoperability
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1/11/2017  |  Post a comment
An interop test conducted by Verizon demonstrates the possibility of using multiple vendors in concert for NG-PON2 deployments. It's an important step for NG-PON2's viability as an upgrade to current PON technology.
Cisco's Cloud Video Platform Grows Up
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1/10/2017  |  Post a comment
This is what happens when Cisco's Videoscape portfolio matures into the Infinite Video Platform.
Comment: Re: Times a changin? - msilbey - 1/9/2017
A Photo Tour of CES 2017
Slide Shows  | 
1/9/2017  |  3 comments
Virtual reality, drones and power rangers: the big reveals at CES 2017.
Tivo's Big Consumer News Isn't at CES
News Analysis  | 
1/6/2017  |  3 comments
Here's what Tivo's not saying (publicly) at CES.
TimeSync Links WiFi Devices in Time
News Analysis  | 
1/5/2017  |  2 comments
The Wi-Fi Alliance brings precision time synchronization to wireless devices.
ZipKey Tech Promises Auto-WiFi Set-Up
News Analysis  | 
1/5/2017  |  1 comment
Cirrent offers the latest in secure automatic WiFi provisioning with ZipKey.
Comcast Unveils Smart Home Platform
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1/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast's platform could be the new operating system for connected devices in the home.
Dish AirTV Launch Pairs OTA & OTT
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1/3/2017  |  5 comments
Dish hopes to ride cord-cutting wave with new AirTV Player.
CES Preview: The Service Provider Edition
MariNation  | 
12/29/2016  |  1 comment
Just because it's a consumer show doesn't mean service providers stay home for the annual CES shindig in Las Vegas.
OTT Went Big in 2016, Aims Higher in 2017
News Analysis  | 
12/26/2016  |  1 comment
A roundup of OTT news in 2016 and a look at what's coming in the New Year.
Atlanta Shares Smart City Plans for 2017
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/22/2016  |  6 comments
At the recent Smart Cities Summit in Boston, Light Reading caught up with Torri Martin from the Atlanta Information Management Department to hear about the government's smart city plans.
AirTV Promises Best of OTA & OTT
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12/21/2016  |  Post a comment
New AirTV looks to combine over-the-top TV with Sling TV and other online video apps.
Nielsen Scoops Up Gracenote for $560M
News Analysis  | 
12/20/2016  |  1 comment
Gracenote trades owners again in a metadata merry-go-round.
Altice Spins Out Technical Workforce in US
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2016  |  1 comment
New spinout company will focus on fiber-to-the home deployments. According to Altice, the move will not impact the company's commitment to avoid layoffs in New York over the next four years.
Gigabites: XGS-PON Gets Its Day in the Sun
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12/16/2016  |  Post a comment
XGS-PON got its first plugfest a few weeks ago with vendors, including Huawei, Nokia and Broadcom testing their gear for interoperability. The technology standard promises symmetrical speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.
Comment: Re: Defracture - msilbey - 12/16/2016
Rogers Dumps In-House IPTV Product for X1
News Analysis  | 
12/16/2016  |  3 comments
Rogers will take a huge loss in the fourth quarter as a result of dropping its own IPTV development project and deciding to license Comcast's X1 platform instead.
Wheeler's Parting Advice on Title II
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12/15/2016  |  Post a comment
In the final FCC open meeting of the year, Chairman Tom Wheeler offered his insight on the staying power of the Open Internet Order.
Internet Privacy Rules Take Effect Jan. 3
News Analysis  | 
12/15/2016  |  1 comment
Just under the wire, the FCC is sliding in its Internet privacy rules before Donald Trump takes office.
Atlanta Wraps Up RFIs for Fiber, Wireless
News Analysis  | 
12/14/2016  |  Post a comment
RFI submissions for new municipal projects in Atlanta are due on December 22.
Comment: Re: Comcast - msilbey - 12/14/2016
In Philly, Comcast Trumps Muni Broadband
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2016  |  2 comments
A new deal between Comcast and the city of Philadelphia promises more investment in the local broadband network, and more business for the cable company.
Comment: Hmmm - msilbey - 12/13/2016
Comment: Cozy with Trump - msilbey - 12/13/2016
FCC on the Verge of 2-2 Split
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2016  |  5 comments
A Senate recess gives Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosensworcel virtually zero chance to be reconfirmed before she is scheduled to step down from the FCC at the end of this year.
Gigabites: Full Duplex Gets the Hard Sell
News Analysis  | 
12/9/2016  |  3 comments
Charter and Comcast both talk a good game with Full Duplex DOCSIS, but widespread deployments supporting 10-gigabit broadband speeds are still years away.
Verizon's Boston Smart Cities Pilot Begins
News Analysis  | 
12/9/2016  |  4 comments
With construction underway, Verizon expects to start collecting useful data from its Smart Cities pilot project in Boston before the end of the year.
Small Arctic ISP Caches Netflix in New Way
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2016  |  5 comments
Meshnet in the Canadian Arctic is using Aterlo Network's NightShift technology to cache Netflix content locally so consumers with low-speed Internet connections can still stream the video service.
Verizon Hails Boston Fios Launch but Eyes 5G
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2016  |  3 comments
Verizon launches Fios in new Boston-area neighborhoods, but looks ahead to promoting 5G.
Comment: RDK-B - msilbey - 12/6/2016

From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
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Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
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MWC 2017's Key 2-Letter Terms

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5G, AI, VR... these are just some of the two-letter terms that will dominate show-floor chat at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, according to these two blow-hards (a.k.a. Scott Bicheno of Telecoms.com and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre). And then there's PB...
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Key Trends for Mobile Operators in Developing Markets

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Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about the challenges and opportunities facing mobile operators in the developing markets of Africa and the Middle East.
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YouTube Takes on Facebook Live-Streaming

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Popular 'YouTubers' will be the first to get the new service on their smartphones. You have been warned.
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Open Source NFV/SDN Automation

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AT&T ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) code is transitioning into the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. In this video, Carol Wilson provides an update on the maturation of open source ECOMP and meets with industry leaders from AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Linux Foundation and Amdocs to discuss what this means for the ...
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Uber & NASA Collaborate on Flying Car Project

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Is Uber for real? Well, it's hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to lead the project, and he wouldn't come cheap.
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Zuckerberg Tries Out the Oculus Rift VR Glove

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Facebook CEO shows off a new way to interact with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: an Oculus glove.
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Huawei Digital Transformation Forum 2017

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Here's a preview of the upcoming Huawei Digital Transformation Forum taking place in Barcelona with trending telecom topics like cloud, IoT, 5G and much more!
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Dan Sahar of Qwilt on Open Edge Cloud Platform

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Dan Sahar, Qwilt's co-founder, sits down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading for a conversation about Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud platform and the new role of service providers in application and content delivery.
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ZeroStack's 'Self-Driving Cloud'

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Its Z-Brain tech automates day-to-day management and long-term planning for hybrid clouds.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum's Craig Sprosts on DNS & Cybersecurity Trends

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Nominum's Craig Sprosts talks about the fast-changing landscape of cybersecurity with Steve Saunders of Light Reading. Sprosts touches on the trend of the rise of ransomwares, rivals of IoT base attacks, and mobile network security. He also discusses the realization of the importance of IoT security after a recent cyber attack that paralyzed several major ...
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China Moves Towards Mixed Ownership of Telcos

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Chinese authorities are promoting new ownership models in order to raise capital.
Shades of Ray
What to Expect at MWC 2017

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5G is set to dominate as the key buzz term at this year's Mobile World Congress but there are other pressing 4G matters to address.
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