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Nov
21
2014

Comcast hires Raj as SVP of strategic and financial planning

Comcast has hired Devesh Raj as its senior vice president of strategic and financial planning. In his new job, Raj will help drive the overall growth strategy at both Comcast and NBCUniversal, which includes leading the identification and pursuit of strategic business opportunities, partnerships, alliances, and licensing agreements. Raj reports Alexander Evans, Comcast’s executive vice president of global corporate development and strategy. He will be based at Comcast’s headquarters in Philadelphia. Read more about Comcast […]

Nov
20
2014

Delay In FCC Neutrality Vote Has Consumer Advocates Nervous -

When President Obama issued his surprisingly clear but annoyingly belated support for Title II reclassification network neutrality advocates clearly felt empowered. Even though the FCC is an independent agency, Obama was clearly calling out FCC boss Tom Wheeler to leave legally dubious Section 706 rules and his hybrid solution behind and clearly and quickly go the Title II route. Wheeler’s response after ten years of debate on the issue? Waiting longer. The FCC’s agenda released […]

Nov
20
2014

DOJ Tells Apple Kids Will Die Because of Their Encryption Stand -

It has been interesting to see lately how Apple and Google have effectively started competing on privacy — both companies announcing recently that new encryption standards used on their latest OS’s and devices mean they’ll no longer unlock devices at the behest of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Not too surprisingly this shift has annoyed law enforcement and intelligence agencies, who’ve been escalating their rhetoric in opposition to the shift. This week the Wall Street […]

Nov
20
2014

CenturyLink Insists Users 'Don't Need' Fiber Speeds -

The New York Times recently explored the statewide protectionist bans paid for by incumbent ISPs that hinder or outright prohibit communities from building their own networks. As we’ve long covered, these bans don’t really care if ISPs aren’t willing to service these same areas, and some even block public/private partnerships. The FCC has hinted they may fight to overturn some of these bills to help accelerate broadband deployment. CenturyLink, which has a very long history […]

Nov
20
2014

AT&T and Cisco Collaborate on Cloud-Based Conferencing Service

AT&T and Cisco have partnered together to develop a new cloud-based conferencing tool for business customers. The service uses Cisco’s Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud, bringing together WebEx Personal Rooms with WebEx Video Bridge to provide a video conferencing service that users can access from any connected video device. Business customers will be able to participate in conferences supporting voice, video, and content sharing from an Internet-enabled smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. The service is […]

Nov
20
2014

Wireless Carriers Bid Over $24 Billion in Airwave Auction

The government auction of airwaves saw bids climb over $24 billion yesterday as wireless carriers battle it out for the valuable licenses. It’s been about a week since the auction began and already companies have shot past the reserve price of $10 billion. The demand for the airwaves, which can be used to enhance existing LTE networks, is particularly strong in metro areas such as Los Angeles and New York City. It’s not known who […]

Nov
20
2014

U.S. Cable TV Companies Gain 83% of Net High Speed Access Customers

The largest U.S. cable TV companies accounted for 83 percent of net high speed access  additions in the third quarter of 2014, continuing a trend that has been in place for some time. Of some 700,000 net new subscribers, cable TV companies added 580,000 net new customers, according to Leichtman Research Group. The largest U.S.  telephone companies added about 120,000 net high speed access subscribers in the third quarter of 2014, a figure complicated by […]

Nov
20
2014

New Comcast App Will Allow You to Track Technicians' Locations -

As part of the company’s attempt to shore up lagging customer service (or to at least shore up the perception of lagging customer service) Comcast today unveiled a new app that will let customers track where a technician currently is located. Waiting all day for a technician that never shows up is a large reason for the cable industry’s abysmally low customer satisfaction rankings, and Comcast and their new new “Customer Experience” VP Charlie Herrin […]

Nov
20
2014

Household Bandwidth Requirements Will Grow 31% Annually, Next 5 Years

Average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, from a peak hour average usage per household of 2.9 Mbps in 2014 to 7.3 Mbps in 2018, according to a study sponsored by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research. Some might argue the absolute speeds are less important than the growth rate, as different studies come up with different conclusions about the current state of peak hour speeds. A […]

Nov
20
2014

Why Dish Network Wants Higher Spectrum Prices, in AWS Auction

Typically, would-be acquirers of new mobile spectrum would prefer to pay lower prices. Sometimes, though, a bidder might actually act to increase overall prices. That appears to be the case for the on-going U.S. auction of AWS spectrum. The actual identities of bidders are secret, but Dish Network, which has three entities able to bid, actually has a valid business reason for desiring higher prices. Dish Network purchased similar spectrum earlier in 2014, namely a […]

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