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KDG Prices 100-Meg Wideband to Move

Good morning, cable gang. Today's roundup ranges from a look at how an MSO in Germany is trying to push the Docsis 3.0 adoption needle and how the Universal Service Fund could be tweaked to subsidize broadband subscriptions.

  • Cheap wideband could be on the way. German MSO Kabel Deutschland GmbH is kicking D3 into gear by charging just €19.90 ($27.08) a month for a new 100Mbit/s broadband tier during the first year of service. (See KDG Boots Up D3 Promo.)

  • The Universal Service Fund will be used to subsidize broadband service in rural communities if Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski gets his way. (See FCC: Broadband Starts at 4 Mbit/s .)

  • Entertaining local newspaper story about cord-cutters in Delaware, where some families are dropping Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and using high-speed connections and devices such as the Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) Playstation 3 to get video from Hulu LLC and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) (See Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend .)

  • Two years after someone hacked Comcast's network in Arizona to display a porn clip during the Super Bowl, the feds arrested a former Cox Communications Inc. employee for the prank. (See Super Bowl Interruptus .)

  • AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is handing over its publishing operations to Arianna Huffington in its $315 million deal to buy The Huffington Post.

  • A news anchor in Houston learned the hard way that widescreen HDTV cameras can capture gestures that were intended to be off-camera.

  • Some great Super Bowl commercials Sunday Night, including Volkswagen's "The Force," which leads Hulu's rankings of the top ads.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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