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December 7, 2012
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  • Coming by May 2014: Major carriers to provide 911 texting service
    The four major U.S. carriers will establish a service by May 2014 that will let subscribers send text messages to 911 call centers, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday in disclosing commitments made by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. "Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century -- and today, we are one step closer towards that vital goal," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Until the program gets started, the carriers will send bounce-back messages urging cellphone users to make a voice call. Reuters (12/7), The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FairPoint gets final nod on $32M Maine 911 contract: A five-year, $32 million contract for FairPoint Communications to build an advanced 911 system in the state will move forward after the final window for appealing an earlier Public Utilities Commission decision passed Wednesday. The PUC had twice earlier awarded the contract to FairPoint, but the decisions were appealed by two rivals. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This free webinar, presented by Juniper Networks, discusses how to capitalize on the mobile and OTT momentum by leveraging the customer experience. By focusing on emerging cloud-based applications, network service providers can drive service innovation and profits. See why wired operators are in a tremendous position to capitalize on the mobile and OTT shift. Watch it when you want -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • YouTube aims to become TV-like destination
    YouTube's redesigned site is meant to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite channels and watch content as they would TV programming, instead of clicking through to various clips based on searches. "This pattern of behavior -- the ability to program YouTube and then develop this habit to know, 'Hey, even if I'm not sure what I want to watch, I've told YouTube what I like' and come back -- increases watch time dramatically," said Noam Lovinsky, director of product management at YouTube. "It's our big bet for how to get to audacious TV-type watch time." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telecoms among signees to set-top box power agreement
    Verizon Communications, AT&T and CenturyLink are among the 15 multichannel video providers and equipment-makers who are backing a voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes. The Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, which will go into effect Jan. 1, could save U.S. homeowners up to $1.5 billion annually. CEPro.com (12/6), CEDMagazine.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Aruba expands Wi-Fi suite with new controllers, OS upgrade
    Aruba Networks has enhanced its wireless operating system and introduced three new controllers to its suite of Wi-Fi components that are designed to automatically scale to meet network demands. The Aruba 7200 series supports 16,000 to 32,000 users and includes a new feature called AppRF that optimizes network traffic to correspond to specific applications. Network World (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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