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RCN doubles upload speeds for broadband customers

Cable overbuilder RCN said that it doubled the upload speeds for its two most popular broadband tiers, and that it won't charge subscribers additional fees for the upgrade.

Armstrong deploys TOA field management software

TOA Technologies said Armstrong Cable is deploying its ETAdirect product to manage its field crews.

AT&T spending $7.1B to upgrade California telco plant

AT&T said it'll spend $7.1 billion to upgrade its wireline and wireless network in California. The investments will include upgrades that will allow the telco to expand its U-verse TV and Internet footprint in California.

Comcast's Smit: MSO, Time Warner Cable are 'very well aligned'

Comcast Cable President-CEO Neil Smit said today that things will start to move fast once the communications giant has the OK to acquire Time Warner Cable because, among other things, "we are very well aligned."

Cox subs in Topeka could lose three channels by week's end

Yet another retransmission battle is brewing in America's heartland, this time between three TV channels controlled by KSN and its parent company LIN Media, and Cox Communications.

True Detective finale swamps HBO GO

HBO got some good news and some bad news last night. The good news is that its "True Detective" series finale starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey was wildly successful. The bad news is that the episode's popularity overwhelmed its HBO GO TV Everywhere service, causing a firestorm on social media.

Aereo shuts down in Denver and Salt Lake City

Internet-based TV service Aereo went dark in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday, although the company's founder insisted in a letter to subscribers that the cable alternative was down but not out and that he looked forward to presenting his case to the Supreme Court April 22.

Comcast at center of marijuana TV ad controversy

Comcast's Spotlight advertising group is at the center of a controversy about why the nation's first television advertisements for medical marijuana never reached the airwaves.

Cartoon Network app to deliver content bites with no authentication required

Cartoon Network is planning to move some small chunks of content off the cable TV platform and onto the mobile phone later this year with a "micro technology" app that delivers 15-second content bursts to mobile devices.

Verizon bets on 'double up' promotion to boost FiOS, wireless sub count

Verizon launched a promotion called "double up," which is aimed at driving sales of FiOS triple-play bundles and smartphones that run on its 4G network.

Distributors cheer proposal to prohibit coordinated retrans negotiations

Local TV stations would be prohibited from teaming up to negotiate retransmission-consent agreements with pay-TV distributors, under a proposal FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced Thursday.

AT&T takes on Comcast, WOW with U-verse launch in Augusta

Comcast and cable overbuilder WideOpenWest face new competition in Georgia from AT&T, which launched its U-verse TV and Internet products in Augusta on Thursday.

DOJ taps Hesse to lead review of Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal

Renata Hesse, a veteran antitrust attorney who has previously helped the government prosecute companies ranging from Microsoft to American Airlines, will lead a review of Comcast proposal to acquire Time Warner Cable, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

Cincinnati wants spot on Google Fiber expansion list

Cincinnati launched a campaign earlier this week that is focused on pushing Google Fiber to construct its 1-Gig network in the city, local station WLWT-TV reported earlier this week.

DirecTV in discussions with Disney for OTT deal

DirecTV is following the lead of competitor Dish Network and is in discussions with Walt Disney Co. to deliver Disney content such as ESPN, the Disney Channel and ABC to customers via an over-the-top Internet-based product.

Time Warner Cable veteran Bill Goetz resigning

Time Warner Cable confirmed that Bill Goetz, a longtime Comcast executive who joined TWC in 2002, is resigning from his post as EVP and COO of residential services.

DirecTV poised to profit from Comcast-Freewheel deal

Comcast's acquisition of advertising technology vendor Freewheel could result in a payday for DirecTV, which bought an equity stake in Freewheel in January 2013.

Synacor CEO resigns as TV Everywhere vendor pummeled in Q4

Synacor stock dropped about 10 percent Thursday morning, hours after the TV Everywhere technology vendor posted a drop in fourth-quarter revenue and net income and announced that CEO Ron Frankel would resign.

Cox targeting businesses nationwide with Essential Cloud service

Cox Communications said Thursday that it is not only targeting businesses within its cable footprint with a new cloud-based service, but that its Essential Cloud suite of applications is available nationwide.

WideOpenWest leans on NetCracker for OSS support

Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest is using NetCracker's operational support system (OSS) to "streamline network operations, enhance service fulfillment processes" and help it pursue the commercial services market.