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March 8, 2013
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  • FCC may let VoIP providers issue numbers outside service areas
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is said to have issued a series of rule-change proposals this week aimed at making it easier for those with VoIP services to get phone numbers from outside their geographic areas. The proposals reportedly would allow VoIP providers to tap into a national pool of numbers. VoIP providers have been lobbying for the change. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Longtime CEO of Level 3 to step down before year's end
    James Crowe, the CEO of Level 3 Communications for more than 15 years, plans to leave the post before the end of 2013. Level 3's board of directors has formed a CEO search committee. Crowe said in a statement: "For some time, the board and I have been considering CEO succession. Given the company's financial and operational strength, we have concluded that it is an appropriate time to begin the transition to new leadership with new perspectives." Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (3/7), Channel Partners (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gov. Cuomo earmarks $25 million for N.Y. broadband projects
    The state of New York will invest $25 million in connecting 153,000 more households to high-speed broadband networks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. Cuomo issued a statement saying the projects receiving the grants "represent the very best proposals with the most potential to benefit statewide economic and community development efforts." Bennington Banner (Vt.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Report: Studios' digital sales rose following closing of file-sharing site
    The federal seizure of file-sharing site Megaupload in 2012 helped boost revenue from digital sales and movie rentals for two top Hollywood studios by 6% to 10% in a dozen countries, according to research by Brett Danaher and Michael Smith. The Justice Department filed charges more than one year ago against site founder Kim Dotcom and six others for allegedly circulating more than $500 million in copyrighted content. The report does not name the studios, which cooperated with researchers without having "editorial control or oversight." IDEA at Carnegie Mellon University (3/7), Multichannel News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Licensing deal paves the way for Google VP8 video codec
    Google has entered into a licensing agreement with MPEG LA, a provider of patent management services, that will allow the search giant to market its VP8 video compression protocol without fear of patent claims. Google began formal Chrome support for the VP8 video codec a year after acquiring the technology in its buyout of On2 Technologies, but MPEG LA quickly responded with a call to action to 11 patent holders whose technology is essential to the specification. News Service (3/8), GigaOm (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Coalition calls for partners to test 100G trans-Atlantic link
    A partnership between a European network operator and a university-led coalition in the U.S. could inaugurate the first trans-Atlantic 100 gigabits-per-second backbone. The project is being undertaken by a group called Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe, or DANTE, and the America Connects to Europe project, led by Indiana University. The project, which already supports an 80 Gbps link across the North Atlantic, is calling on collaborative partners to conduct "exploratory trials" that could result in a boost in capacity soon. InformationWeek (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • MetroPCS keeps Ericsson in tow with 4G upgrade plans
    MetroPCS Communications has expressed its intent to continue improving its 4G-related offerings by engaging Ericsson to upgrade its fledgling voice-over-Long-Term-Evolution service and support the telecom's further expansion into advanced voice and video-chat features known as Rich Communications Services. The Swedish gear-maker has worked with MetroPCS for more than three years on the telecom's VoLTE service. Light Reading Mobile (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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