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February 15, 2013
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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  • Private-equity investors to acquire NewWave
    Pamlico Capital has agreed to sell NewWave Communications to GTCR and Rural Broadband Investments. Financial terms weren't disclosed. NewWave has more than 90,000 customers in rural areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. CEDMagazine.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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  • Free webinar: Ultra-High Definition Alert
    Learn about the hottest video technology: Ultra-HD, also referred to as 4K or 8K. This free webinar on Feb. 28 will provide an executive summary of the state of Ultra-HD and address what must be done to enable the service. Anyone involved in preparing and positioning their company's broadband service will benefit from this webinar. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Many of DIRECTV's existing customers will pay more for RSNs
    DIRECTV this spring will start charging current subscribers a $3-a-month surcharge for regional sports networks in New York, Los Angeles and other places where there are multiple RSNs; the satcaster introduced the surcharge in August for new customers only. Verizon FiOS also has begun implementing a similar $2.42 monthly RSN fee, but cable providers have yet to follow suit. Separately, DIRECTV announced in its earnings report that it added 103,000 net new U.S. subscribers and increased revenue in the U.S. by 5% to $6.3 billion. Multichannel News (2/14), Multichannel News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digital-literacy training to be offered by Connect2Compete, FCC
    Connect2Compete, a public-private initiative to expand broadband adoption among low-income users, is teaming up with the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Best Buy's Geek Squad to offer free digital-literacy training. Under the initial phase of the partnership, people in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minn., and Washington, D.C., will be able to access the program via HUD neighborhood network centers and other facilities. Additional cities will be announced in the coming months. Broadcasting & Cable (2/14), Education Week (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama calls for action against litigious patent-holders
    President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Congress to take tougher action against patent-holders who routinely sue technology companies even though the patent-holders do not actually make any products. Many companies that might have strong legal cases against the litigants -- often referred to as "trolls" -- prefer to settle rather than incur legal costs. "Our efforts at patent reform only went halfway to the point where they need to go," Obama said in an online chat session, adding that it was important to protect intellectual property rights. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CommScope demos high-capacity copper Ethernet in Phoenix
    CommScope is pushing the capacity of twisted-pair copper cable with a technology that supports transfer speeds of 40 Gbps over enterprise Ethernet networks. The company demonstrated the concept -- which relies on the 6-year-old 10GBASE-T standard and proprietary Category 8 RJ-45 connectors -- at a recent IEEE meeting in Phoenix. ZDNet (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it."
--John Ruskin,
British art critic


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