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Cablevision Slaps Verizon With WiFi Suit
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2015  |  8 comments
Three days after introducing its new Freewheel WiFi phone service, Cablevision sues Verizon over the telco's "false" and "deceptive" WiFi ads.
Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
Wagner’s Ring  | 
1/29/2015  |  35 comments
Comcast's customer retention department seems unclear on the concept of retaining customers.
FCC Sets 25/3 as New Broadband Bar
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  3 comments
The FCC has voted to raise the minimum broadband speed threshold from 4 Mbit/s downstream and 1 Mbit/s upstream (4/1) to 25 Mbit/s downstream and 3 Mbit/s upstream.
TWC Roars Back to Life
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  Post a comment
Despite falling shy of Wall Street financial targets, the No. 2 US MSO enjoyed a resurgent quarter, adding broadband and voice subs by the bucket while sharply cutting video sub losses.
Sony & Dish – Two Sides of a Coin
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  5 comments
An early user report suggests Sony's new PlayStation Vue video service will compete at the high end of the pay-TV market… in direct contrast to the new Sling TV service from Dish.
The Granddaddy of Gigabit Gatherings
The Gigabot  | 
1/29/2015  |  2 comments
Light Reading will bring the Gigabit Cities community together in Atlanta May 13 and 14.
Eurobites: Sky Goes Mobile With O2
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica buys stake in Indra; ETNO calls for level playing field with OTT crowd; Cinven bids for Telekom Slovenia.
Google Searching for 5G Wireless Engineer
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2015  |  6 comments
Google is hunting wireless experts to help it integrate WiFi and LTE with its Fiber cities.
CommScope Agrees $3B Takeover of TE Network Assets
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Merger will help CommScope enter new geographical and product markets and generate $150 million in annual cost synergies.
U-verse TV Growth Hits Skids
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  4 comments
AT&T's fiber-fed platform sees its growth slow down markedly in fourth quarter as company shifts focus to higher-end consumers and lower churn rates.
Eurobites: EU Roaming Charges Demise Delayed?
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Apple revenues 20% up in Europe; Norwegian government cuts stake in Telenor; retailer goes OTT in France.
Sling TV – Like Pay-TV, but Skinnier
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  2 comments
With the soft launch of Sling TV, Dish has introduced a service that's neither a high-end cable competitor nor a low-end Netflix knock-off, but something in between.
AT&T Eyes TVE Blitz With DirecTV
News Analysis  | 
1/28/2015  |  Post a comment
Carrier aims to bring TV Everywhere service to every device and put content on every wireless handset bought in stores once it closes DirecTV deal.
Kish to Cities: To Get Google, Get Ready
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1/27/2015  |  Post a comment
Google Fiber head Dennis Kish says the cities with the most-prepped infrastructure and processes are most attractive to Google.
Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  24 comments
Google Fiber continues its gigabit quest with announced rollouts in three more cities.
Imagine Makes RGB's Exit Dreams Come True
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
Imagine Communications picked up video specialist RGB Networks in its fourth acquisition over the past year.
CommScope Eyes $3B Takeover of TE's Networks Unit
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  1 comment
Merger would create company with more than $6 billion in annual revenues and generate synergies of $50 million next year, say analysts.
Eurobites: Providers Square Up to Net Neutrality
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2015  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch regulator issues net neutrality fines; TE Connectivity close to sale of network gear unit; Bell Labs' HetNet boasts.
Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
Column  | 
1/26/2015  |  10 comments
Cablevision's new Freewheel WiFi service will offer 'unlimited data, talk and text' plus access to Cablevision hotspots for a smallish monthly fee, but is hotspot access worth the price?
LightSpeed Looks to Plug the Gigabit Gap
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2015  |  9 comments
LightSpeed joins the ranks of gigabit providers addressing demand in mid-sized communities being passed over by incumbents for higher speeds.
Parks Predicts HBO OTT Success
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2015  |  7 comments
Research firm Parks Associates predicts that 17% of US broadband households are "likely to subscribe" to a standalone online video service from HBO priced at $14.99 per month.
Verizon Likes OTT Video Prospects
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2015  |  5 comments
With Dish, HBO and CBS moving forward with their Internet video ventures, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is optimistic about his company's OTT plans.
Eurobites: Portugal Telecom Shareholders Approve Oi Deal
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2015  |  5 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange nurtures startups; Austrian spectrum row; will anyone download the bride-valuation app?
FiOS Picks Up Pace Again
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1/22/2015  |  13 comments
Verizon's FTTP platform sees its growth re-surge in the fourth quarter as it continues to suck video subscribers away from cable operators.
New Set-Tops for Comcast, Charter
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1/22/2015  |  Post a comment
A new Cisco box made for Comcast has shown up in an FCC filing, while Charter has confirmed that Humax will be a second supplier for its Worldbox set-top initiative.
Verizon CFO Slams Title II Regs for ISPs
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2015  |  2 comments
Clarifying his earlier remarks, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo ripped into proposals to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, arguing that such a move would jeopardize US private investment in broadband networks.
Indiana Carrier Takes Fiber to the Farm
News Analysis  | 
1/22/2015  |  10 comments
NITCO is deploying a high-speed fiber network to deliver gigabit connectivity to businesses, including a local farm/tourist attraction.
Who Will Own Cable's Content Security?
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2015  |  3 comments
As the cable industry looks toward downloadable content security, there's a power vacuum waiting to be filled.
Eurobites: Ericsson Lands Nordics Services Deal
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: probe into Orange/Jazztel deal resumes; LTE-Advanced in Kenya; more O2 sale rumors.
Obama Skips New Broadband Mandates
News Analysis  | 
1/21/2015  |  2 comments
Keeping his critics always on their toes, Obama surprised many observers by touching only very lightly on net neutrality in State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Ericsson Starts Over With MediaFirst
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2015  |  Post a comment
Ericsson stripped Mediaroom 'down to bare metal' before starting over with the new MediaFirst platform, set to debut commercially in the second quarter.
Eurobites: UK Govt Pushes for Single EU Digital Services Market
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi Telecom hires new CEO as Q4 profits slump; ETNO seeks new director general; Envivio lands French multiscreen gig.
Cuomo Unveils Broadband Aid Program
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2015  |  15 comments
With an eye on a possible White House run, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces $500 million matching grant program for broadband providers willing to meet certain speed and other standards.
TWC Marks OpenStack Anniversary
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2015  |  1 comment
Time Warner Cable started its OpenStack efforts only one year ago, and today it has OpenStack-enabled cloud environments in two of the company's national data centers.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Ups Capex Ante
News Analysis  | 
1/19/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VimpelCom's Renee walks away; 'roam like at home' a step closer; AlcaLu claims subsea breakthrough.
Sprint CTO Blesses a Light Touch of Title II
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2015  |  4 comments
In a letter to the FCC, Stephen Bye says that a 'light touch application' of Title II would not harm mobile broadband investment.
FCC Demands the 'Dish' on Sling TV
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2015  |  7 comments
The FCC wants Dish Network to hand over details about the programming distribution deals that the satellite TV provider has negotiated for its online Sling TV service.
Eurobites: Ofcom Appeals for 5G Input
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global hikes European prices; TeliaSonera sounds warning; UK and US play cyber war games.
10G PON Technologies: Where Do They Make Sense?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/16/2015  |  Post a comment
Next-generation passive optical network (PON) pushes fiber closer to the edge.
Synacor Scoops Up NimbleTV
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2015  |  Post a comment
TV authentication specialist Synacor has acquired online video startup NimbleTV.
Toward Gigabit Community Unity
The Gigabot  | 
1/15/2015  |  4 comments
President Obama's stance on municipal broadband is politically polarizing – but could there be an upside for commercial service providers?
Obama Rocks Broadband World Again
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2015  |  26 comments
Terming high-speed broadband 'a necessity,' 'not a luxury,' for Americans, Pres. Obama calls for preempting state laws that ban municipally owned broadband networks.
Redefining Broadband Could Vex Carriers
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2015  |  9 comments
Too much too soon, says Broadbandtrends analyst Teresa Mastrangelo.
Arris Likes Its Charter Chances Too
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2015  |  Post a comment
Despite the deal announced a CES last week, Arris CEO Bob Stanzione doesn't believe Cisco's Worldbox agreement with Charter will take any set-top market share away from his company.
Momentum Mounting for Municipal Gigabit
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2015  |  5 comments
Supporters of municipal broadband gather in Kansas City, the site of the first Google Fiber deployment, as the US government gets behind munis.
Eurobites: Sunrise IPO on Horizon
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Egypt signs wholesale deals; Telefónica boosts VoIP with Zaark; AlcaLu reaches vectoring milestone.
TWC Maxxes Out in KC
News Analysis  | 
1/13/2015  |  2 comments
Time Warner Cable continues its all-digital transition with a rollout of its TWC Maxx initiative in Kansas City, its fourth upgrade market.
Eurobites: Orange Mulls French M&A Action
News Analysis  | 
1/13/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global reorganizes; Netflix rolls on to TalkTalk; German cable capers.
CES Redux: State of the Smart Home Wars
News Analysis  | 
1/12/2015  |  15 comments
Product demos, panel discussions and unfettered gossip spoke volumes about the chaotic state of the smart home at CES 2015.
Tele Columbus to Launch 400Mbit/s Service
News Analysis  | 
1/12/2015  |  6 comments
Germany's third-biggest cable operator claims new broadband service will be twice as fast as current market offerings.
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