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December 19, 2012
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  • Alcatel-Lucent borrows $2.1B, will cut costs in tougher market
    Alcatel-Lucent, which has borrowed about $2.1 billion from Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, plans significant cost reductions in the face of another challenging year in telecommunications equipment, CEO Ben Verwaayen told Reuters. Gartner says 2012 sales of telecom network equipment have declined 4.9% from 2011 to $79.3 billion. The research firm forecasts a 2.4% increase in 2013 to $81.2 billion. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC to create competitive benchmarks for business broadband
    The Federal Communications Commission has introduced a new initiative intended to paint a more accurate picture of the competitive landscape for business broadband services in the U.S. The foundation of the initiative -- which stems from an August vote -- is a mandatory data-collection program that has raised objections from the cable industry, which says the requirements are overly burdensome. Broadcasting & Cable (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • USTelecom panel will discuss broadband competition at CES
    This session, part of the Broadband Unlimited conference on Jan. 7, explores the unexpected impact of dynamic competition in the Internet ecosystem and the rise of new marketplace structures that are upending the way we look at value creation and competition in the Internet space. Learn more about the panel and how to save 25% on your Broadband Unlimited registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FiOS TV brings Xbox Gold app up to speed with all 75 channels
    Microsoft on Tuesday released an upgrade for FiOS TV subscribers who pay $60 a year for an Xbox Live Gold membership. The upgrade gives the Verizon Communications customers the full fleet of 75 cable networks that the gaming console provides through the application; FiOS originally launched the app with 26 channels. Also, Xbox has added more content partners with AOL On Network's library of 420,00 short-form videos, as well as a Facebook video-sharing app from Vimeo. Multichannel News (12/18), Engadget (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers prefer video streaming to downloading, Cisco study says
    While many broadband users in the U.S. are averaging more than 100 minutes a week in watching professionally produced videos, those consumers are more likely to stream that content than to download it, according to a survey conducted by the Internet Business Solutions Group of Cisco Systems. More than one-quarter of respondents indicated that they are open to buying videos if a cloud service, such as UltraViolet, is involved. "While broadcast television still rules, 48% of consumers have increased their streaming of professionally produced video content in the past two years, making it the fastest-growing category of video use," Cisco's Chris Osika said. Home Media Magazine (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix wins House backing for sharing video online
    The House on Tuesday approved legislation sought by Netflix that would codify the ability of social network users to share video online. The move amends the Video Privacy Protection Act enacted in the 1980s in the wake of disclosures during the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Robert Bork, who died today. CNET (12/18), TechCrunch (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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