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Google to Plant More Kansas City Fiber

Here’s what’s turning cable’s crank today.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced it's expanding its 1Gbit/s fiber-to-the-home experiment to both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border. Google said Kansas City, Mo., will also tap in after the search giant picked Kansas City, Kan., as the initial site of its 1-Gig broadband test in late March. (See Google's 1-Gig Fiber Winner: Kansas City, KS.)

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) may put its Linksys consumer router and WebEx businesses on the block as the company moves ahead on a reorg that will shave down not only its product lines, but its workforce, as well, according to The Register. (See How Deep Will Cisco Cut? and Cisco Preps for Layoffs)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) is field-testing a remote user interface that pushes its guide and navigation system to Blu-ray players and connected TVs without the need for extra set-tops, using tech born out of the RVU Alliance .

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) EVP David Cohen said Wednesday that the company's controversial hiring of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker followed ethics rules to the point "that her conduct and our conduct could not be second guessed" and told reporters that "it is probably time to move on."

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) Director of Media and Entertainment Services Joseph Ambeault tells GigaOm that the company has no plans to cap its wireline Internet services. (See CableOne Tries Out Overage Fees.)

  • HBO will juice its HBO Go service for iPads, iPhones and Android devices this Sunday by giving customers the ability to stream the seventh episode of Game of Thrones a full week before its regularly scheduled debut on the linear HBO channel. (See Verizon Gets First Taste of 'HBO GO' Portal .)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable and Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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