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Put It In Writing: New Video Captioning Standards Coming Soon

Effective date set for new video captioning requirements In its continuing effort to assure that television programming is more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, last February the Commission ratcheted up the captioning requirements for Video Programming Distributors (VPDs) and video programmers. Show More Summary

The Internet has come of age – for better or worse

In a review of where we now stand on the Internet. “Observer” columnist John Naughton comes to this conclusion: “So here we are at the end of 2014, finally wising up to what we’ve got ourselves into: an internet that provides us with much that we love and value and would be hard put to […]

Three Telecom Trends to Ring in the New Year

Contributed by Jay Borer, marketing development manager for 3M’s Communication Markets Division 2014 was a big year for communication service providers and the manufacturers that support them, as we worked together to continue to look for ways to extend services and increase speed and bandwidth to the growing base of subscribers. As we move into 2015, […]

Net neutrality, Google Fiber highlight transition, change in 2014: Year in Review

As we look to close out yet another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect back on the major news themes of the past year. Net neutrality and consolidation were just a couple of the key topics that will continue to dominate the industry. Once you've checked out this year's biggest stories, let us know what you think in the comments.

Equinix Gives Itself REIT Status for Christmas

It’s official. When New Year’s Day rolls around, Equinix will be a REIT. The company’s board of directors voted on the subject yesterday before heading home for Christmas, unanimously approving the conversion it began working on a couple years ago. … [visit site to read more]

Boeing Partners with Blackberry to Produce Ultra Secure “Black” Smartphone

At first glance U.S. government defence contractor Boeing’s first attempt at a secure military grade smartphone is really nothing to look at, yet one more plain looking cloak and dagger device aimed at keeping snooping eyes away from one’s private data. But where other such offerings have been geared towards keeping Big Brother at bay, [...]

New Hampshire delays vote on $13M contract amidst ongoing union strike, outages

FairPoint Communications' pending $13 million contract with New Hampshire has gone into limbo as the state has decided to delay action amidst a spike in service outages that have emerged during a labor strike by its northern New England employees.

D.C. Circuit Rebuffs SoundExchange in CRB Appeal of SDARS/PSS Royalty Rates

But Sirius XM, which succeeded before the CRB, may not be happy that its victory was upheld. When it comes to setting copyright royalty rates, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) enjoys considerable leeway. Just ask the U.S. Court of Appeals...Show More Summary

Report: Republicans propose new net neutrality alternative to prevent 'paid prioritization'

Republican Congressional leaders are proposing a new plan that could prevent service providers from giving priority for some websites over others, reports The Washington Post, citing unnamed industry officials close to the plans.

Alcatel-Lucent's Alwan: SDN creates new automation opportunities for service providers

Alcatel-Lucent said that it sees software-defined networking (SDN) technology becoming a tool that service providers will use to automate their network and service delivery functions.

Virtual appliances remain star in the application delivery controller market

While the overall application delivery controller (ADC) market only grew slightly over 1 percent sequentially, virtual appliances helped make up the slack, rising 17 percent during the quarter, says Dell'Oro Group.

BT serves up discount on its fiber-based Infinity bundles

BT is upping the ante of its holiday promotional efforts by serving up discounts for customers that purchase its Infinity 1 broadband and voice service bundle plan.

CenturyLink poses new threat to Google with Portland, Ore., video franchise

CenturyLink is officially establishing itself as the new video provider in Portland, Ore., as the telco reached a deal for a new franchise agreement with city officials with plans to deliver service sometime in 2015, reports The Oregonian.

Windstream lights up Ethernet network for National Weather Service

Windstream has won a five-year multi-million dollar contract from the National Weather Service (NWS) to supply Ethernet-based services to the agency's Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that are housed in various locations throughout the United States.

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Hearing Aid Compatibility Proceeding

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a request from the Wireless Telecommunications and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus for comments to refresh the record in a couple of proceedings relating to hearing aid compatibility regulations. Show More Summary

Telstra Swoops In, Buys Pacnet

The rumors from last week turned out to be true.  Telstra has agreed to acquire Pacnet in a deal worth some $697M, including some $400M in debt.  The deal includes both Pacnet’s submarine cables spanning the Asia-Pacific theater and also the company’s joint venture in China.   … [visit site to read more]

Network Roundup: Level 3, Windstream, AT&T

As Christmas looms and the schools let out, here’s a quick rundown of some news from the network side of things so far this week: … [visit site to read more]

The Shadow of a Lame Cyberwar Looms

All this North Korea and Sony hacking stuff has been taking a dark turn of late.  Yesterday, North Korea was apparently vanished from the global internet by circumstances unknown.  I say unknown in the sense that the hackers who invaded Sony Pictures over the film “The Interview” remain unknown.   … [visit site to read […]

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