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Data Is Currency in OTT Wars
News Analysis  | 
5/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Data will have a big role to play in OTT deals.
Comment: Re: Two observations - msilbey - 5/23/2017
Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2017  |  13 comments
Who governs broadband in the smart city?
When Gig Speeds Alone Aren't Enough
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2017  |  5 comments
Bursty OTT traffic can cause a traffic bottleneck.
Comment: Re: Good scoop! - msilbey - 5/22/2017
Comcast Appears to Soft Launch First 4K DVR
News Analysis  | 
5/19/2017  |  3 comments
It looks like Comcast is rolling out its first 4K/HDR set-top from Arris.
Net Neutrality: Before the Vote
News Analysis  | 
5/18/2017  |  2 comments
Three things to know.
Verizon on M&A: Who Needs a Cableco?
News Analysis  | 
5/17/2017  |  11 comments
These are not the fiber strands you're looking for.
Comcast Woos the Enterprise With SD-WAN
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5/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast gets the enterprise cloud services bug.
Charter Cited in Skinny Bundle Talks – Report
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5/15/2017  |  Post a comment
A recent content deal with AMC may be the precursor to a new skinny-bundle streaming service from Charter.
Broadcasters Are the New TV Bundlers
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5/12/2017  |  5 comments
If content is king, content aggregation is a powerful queen.
CableLabs Takes On Network Virtualization
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5/11/2017  |  Post a comment
The cable association is eyeing the development of new interfaces in a virtualized cable access network.
FCC Net Neutrality Backlash Begins
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5/10/2017  |  15 comments
It doesn't match the uproar over, say, the president firing the head of the FBI, but the FCC is getting its share of criticism and activist response over changes to the telecom regulatory regime.
Comcast & Charter Seal Wireless Pact
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5/8/2017  |  1 comment
The quiet period is over.
Comcast 'X1 of the Internet' Arrives
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5/8/2017  |  1 comment
Xfinity xFi is a managed home WiFi experience, bringing with it the industry's first DOCSIS 3.1 gateway with integrated WiFi.
The Cable Show That Wasn't
MariNation  | 
5/5/2017  |  5 comments
The 'Near Future' is a little disheartening.
Arris Soft, but Still Strong in Q1
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5/4/2017  |  1 comment
Arris shared some interesting tidbits on the future of its cable products as the company beat analyst expectations for both revenue and earnings in Q1.
Comment: Re: odd choices - msilbey - 5/3/2017
Hulu Live Launches in Beta
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5/3/2017  |  3 comments
But will it make money?
Verizon Ditches Enterprise Cloud in IBM Deal
News Analysis  | 
5/2/2017  |  4 comments
Verizon sees no blue skies ahead for its enterprise cloud business, sells the unit off to IBM.
Charter Remains Cautious as Earnings Lag
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5/2/2017  |  2 comments
Charter is still feeling the pinch from integrating Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, but it's not planning any drastic changes in strategy.
Dish's Satellite TV Business Is Crumbling
News Analysis  | 
5/1/2017  |  14 comments
Can Dish make money from its wireless spectrum before its satellite TV business collapses?
The Title II Capex Argument Is Ridiculous
MariNation  | 
5/1/2017  |  6 comments
Network investment spending continues to rise.
Title II Capex Ridiculousness
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5/1/2017  |  Post a comment
Network investment spending continues to rise.
The Near Future Is Here
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4/28/2017  |  5 comments
Virtual reality, AI, drones and more.
Net Neutrality, Here We Go Again
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2017  |  1 comment
The FCC is reopening the issue of net neutrality, and it looks like Republicans and Democrats are about to face off again.
AT&T: TW Deal Will Light a Fire Under Video Biz
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2017  |  2 comments
Video was not a highlight for AT&T in Q1.
Netflix Set to Enter China
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2017  |  10 comments
Through a licensing deal with iQIYI in China, Netflix appears set to gain access to nearly 500 million potential new customers.
Utility Poles Pose Problems for 5G & More
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4/24/2017  |  Post a comment
New ideas surfaced at the FCC's first Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee meeting for solving the industry's pole attachment problem and accelerating broadband deployments.
Comment: Re: Overshadowed - msilbey - 4/24/2017
Cable-Powered Wireless Faces Tech Hurdles
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4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The technical challenges of going wireless aren't small.
Cable, Telecoms Spend Millions to Fete Trump
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  2 comments
And AT&T tops the list.
Comment: Re: Routine? - msilbey - 4/19/2017
Verizon's Fiber Spend Won't End With Corning
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2017  |  3 comments
Verizon needs a lot of fiber for future 5G rollouts, which leads to the age-old question: build it or buy it?
Comcast Ready for Clash With Hulu
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2017  |  8 comments
Untangling the tangled web of Comcast and Hulu.
Comcast Wins Spectrum – What's Next?
News Analysis  | 
4/14/2017  |  1 comment
A peek at what Comcast could do with its new wireless spectrum assets.
Cable Clashes With DOT Over Spectrum
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4/13/2017  |  1 comment
There's only so much wireless spectrum to go around.
Survey Says Future's Bright for Android TV
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4/12/2017  |  2 comments
Ovum reports clear skies for Android, surprising success with RDK and ominous signs for Roku.
YouTube Rains on Cloud DVR Parade
News Analysis  | 
4/11/2017  |  5 comments
There's a reason cloud DVR is so hard to get right.
FCC Broadband Panel Starts on Shaky Ground
MariNation  | 
4/10/2017  |  6 comments
The first meeting of the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee is scheduled for next week, and I'm not optimistic.
Comment: Who? - msilbey - 4/7/2017
Xfinity Mobile Isn't a WiFi Phone Service
News Analysis  | 
4/6/2017  |  6 comments
Comcast's new mobile service may be WiFi-first, but that only applies to data usage at launch, not traditional voice calls.
Verizon Adds Smarts to Digital Media Services
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4/6/2017  |  2 comments
Verizon is calling it a content intelligence system, or the Verizon Media Xperience Studio.
YouTube TV Is Here... in 5 Markets
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4/5/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube is the latest to launch an online TV service, starting in five markets.
Google, Amazon & the Video CDN Revolution
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4/5/2017  |  Post a comment
At first glance, two recent announcements by Google and Amazon have little to do with each other, and yet there is a connection.
Malone Cable Empire Expands to Alaska
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4/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Another complicated financial transaction is putting new cable assets into the hands of cable kingpin John Malone.
New Comcast Wireless Details Drop This Week
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2017  |  4 comments
Besides its MVNO agreement with Verizon, what role will spectrum play in Comcast's upcoming mobile launch?
Pai's FCC Makes Access Regs Flip-Flop
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  9 comments
Business Data Services are back on the FCC docket but instead of more regulation to promote competition, Pai is pushing fewer rules.
Verizon Takes IoT Network Nationwide
News Analysis  | 
3/30/2017  |  1 comment
The big question: Is Verizon's new 4G LTE Category M1 network for IoT applications cost-competitive?
About That Broadband Privacy Vote
MariNation  | 
3/29/2017  |  12 comments
Warning: opinion piece ahead.
Comcast May Go All IP by End of Year – Rumor
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2017  |  1 comment
Speaking on stage at the ACA Summit, NCTC CEO and President Rich Fickle reported that he's heard Comcast will be delivering all-IP video service to all new customers by the end of the year.
The Skinny on Comcast's Skinny Bundle
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Don't call it OTT.
Comment: Video failure - msilbey - 3/28/2017
WOW Makes Its Case for IPO
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3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
WOW is looking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.
Cable's DAA Moment Is Here
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3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco is rolling out its Remote PHY product in volume this month, an indicator of the momentum behind distributed access architectures in the cable industry.
Comcast Stacks Up National TV Rights – Report
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3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast is reportedly working to extend its video distribution rights nationally, though the company says it's still not planning on offering an OTT service.
Why Do Content Creators Like OTT So Much?
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3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Ben Watkins, creator and executive producer for the Amazon series Hand of God, says OTT is still the Wild, Wild West, and that's very appealing to a content creator.
Comcast Has a New Timeline After 4K Delay
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  3 comments
There are a lot of reasons Comcast's 4K video service rollout hasn't gone according to plan.
YouTube Packs VR Mesh Key in 4KB Payload
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube's new Projection Independent Mesh technology seeks to define how best to render 360-degree video on a rectangular surface.
Cablecos Gain From Era of Telco Transition
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2017  |  7 comments
The cable industry is benefiting from a tough period of technology transition in telecom.
Incoming! Comcast Eyes SmartOffice Launch
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2017  |  5 comments
Light Reading has uncovered details about a new Comcast video surveillance service for the business market.
Tivo Takes Wurl for a Whirl
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  1 comment
The Wurl TV streaming network that combines linear and on-demand video is now accessible on Tivo boxes sold at retail stores and leased by pay-TV operators.
NYC Charges Verizon With Fios Fraud
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2017  |  6 comments
New York City has filed suit against Verizon for failing to live up to its Fios promises.
Comment: Intel Inside - msilbey - 3/13/2017
$100M at Stake in US Wireless RFP
News Analysis  | 
3/13/2017  |  1 comment
The National Science Foundation has tasked US Ignite and Northeastern University with managing an estimated $100 million in funding set aside for advanced wireless networking research.
Dish's 5G Plans Should Rouse Cablecos
News Analysis  | 
3/10/2017  |  5 comments
Dish's spectrum could pair well with cable companies' fiber.
Comcast Gets Its IoT On With Icontrol Close
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3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Icontrol is now formally split between Comcast and Alarm.com.
AT&T, Verizon Want to Wholesale IPTV
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3/8/2017  |  Post a comment
It's early days, but AT&T and Verizon are already looking ahead to licensing their IPTV platforms.
Why Is Verizon Offering Prepaid Fios?
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2017  |  25 comments
A prepaid option may increase Fios penetration rates, but is it worth it for Verizon?
Comcast: Our Network's Ready for 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2017  |  3 comments
Comcast's Neil Smit says that independent evaluators have reviewed Comcast's network footprint and believe it's well suited for future 5G rollouts.
Comment: Re: Stone age - msilbey - 3/3/2017
Technicolor Table Lamp Runs on AWS
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3/3/2017  |  5 comments
Technicolor shows how the future of the connected home could run through Amazon Web Services.
Comment: Crowded field - msilbey - 3/3/2017
This Is the New Fios TV From Verizon
News Analysis  | 
3/1/2017  |  3 comments
Timing is still unclear, but Verizon has quietly revealed how its current Fios TV service will transition to all-IPTV.
Comment: Re: Charter... - msilbey - 3/1/2017
US Ignite Unites Telecom With Smart Cities
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2/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Once again, US Ignite is partnering local governments with telecom companies, this time for new funding pursuits.
Is Ruckus Right for Arris?
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2017  |  5 comments
The Ruckus acquisition is a big bet for Arris. Here's a look at some of the challenges ahead and what CEO Bruce McClelland thinks are the strategic opportunities.
Arris Bags Ruckus Assets in $800M Deal
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2017  |  3 comments
For $800 million in cash, Arris plans to buy both Ruckus Wireless assets and the ICX Switch business from Brocade.
Dish in 2016: ARPU Up, Video Subs Down
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2017  |  1 comment
Riddle me this: How is Dish increasing ARPU even as its base of cheaper Sling TV subscribers grows?
AT&T Lab Tests DirecTV Now Over 5G
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2017  |  1 comment
The telco's OTT video service gets its first 5G trial run.
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Layer cake - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2017  |  21 comments
Competitive broadband providers want to take their pole attachment fight to the federal government.
Sen. Schatz: No Big Infrastructure Bill Coming
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2/17/2017  |  1 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  |  2 comments
For those Comcast subscribers who can't get X1, there's Xfinity Stream.

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Charting the CSP's Future
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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Better Solutions That Address Growing Scale

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For Comcast, the X1 rollout and 17-fold increases in broadband speeds in the past 16 years are among factors driving the need for Energy 2020 solutions that reduce cost and consumption, says Mark Hess.
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Ethernity Network Delivers Instant Offloading of Network Functions Wth All-Programmable Intelligent NIC

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David Levi, CEO of Ethernity Networks, explains that programmability of the hardware makes the company's All-Programmable Intelligent NIC uniquely beneficial for communications service providers that need advanced data appliances with agile support of virtualization. Utilizing the company's patented network processing technology, Ethernity offers data path ...
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BCE 2017: Vodafone Gets Obsessed With Cloud-Native

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Vodafone's Matt Beal updates us on Project Ocean and explains why simple virtualization isn't enough of a goal for network transformation. Catch up with other BCE 2017 keynotes and news at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
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BCE 2017: Intel's Take on Network Transformation

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In this BCE 2017 keynote, Lynn Comp discusses Intel's vision for areas such as analytics, automation and service assurance. For more videos and BCE coverage, see http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
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Order From Chaos: The Steve Saunders BCE Keynote

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Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability testing.
Think of this as the video sequel to the recent columns he's written about NFV and the prospect of a telecom app store. (See

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Service Provider Panel: Partnering in the Digital Era

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Coopetition has always been part of telecom, but the ecosphere now includes data centers, vendors, apps developers, cloud service providers and Internet content providers. This BCE 2017 panel explores the new attitudes among network operators as to the value and variety of ...
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Site Demo: AT&T's IoT Flow Platform

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At AT&T's R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel, project leader Eyal Segev talks about the operator's Flow platform and how it helps to prototype IoT applications.
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Agent of Change: A Q&A With AT&T's John Donovan

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Carol Wilson talks with the man leading AT&T's transformation efforts about the challenge of change.
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BCE Service Provider Panel: The New Business Realities

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For virtualization to happen, the telecom industry first has to grapple with key functional aspects of SDN and NFV that need to be universal, such as onboarding of virtualized network functions and federation of software-defined networks.
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BCE Service Provider Keynote: CenturyLink

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Aamir Hussain leads the Product Development and Technology organization at CenturyLink, which includes the company's information technology function. He is an experienced senior technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementation of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business ...
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CenturyLink CTO on Transformation

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The 80-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
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Light Reading Hall of Fame 2017

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Find out who made it into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
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TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
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Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.