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Broadband Signups to Fall by 10% in 2010, analyst says

Broadband Sign-ups To Fall By 10 Percent in 2010, Forecast Shows

Silver Spring, MD—Approximately 4 million U.S. households will become new high-speed Internet customers this year, marking a 10% decline in subscriber growth compared to 2009, according to a new forecast by market research provider Pike & Fischer.

The total number of broadband-connected homes will exceed 77 million by the end of the year, representing about 65 percent of all U.S. households, P&F says in its new report, Broadband Competition Outlook 2010. more

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NTIA Plays Matchmaker for Broadband Stimulus Applicants


“BroadbandMatch” Intended to Help Prospective Applicants for Recovery Act Funding Find Broadband Project Partners


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WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) today announced the launch of BroadbandMatch, a new online tool to facilitate partnerships among prospective applicants to the agencies’ broadband grant and loan programs. The programs, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are intended to expand broadband access and adoption in America, helping to bridge the digital divide, create jobs, and stimulate long-term economic growth. more

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Sling Media unveils new gear at CES

Sling Media Unveils Suite of New OEM Products at CES 2010

Innovative New Placeshifting Products Improve Time to Market, Simplify Installation for Television Service Providers

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire - 01/06/10) - CES — Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS - News), today unveiled four products as part of an expanded strategy targeted at television service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Leveraging the award-winning technology in its core Slingboxďż˝ product, Sling Media has created elegant, easy-to-install new products that deliver video placeshifting, allowing anyone to enjoy their video around their home or around the world.

New Sling Media OEM Products Unveiled at CES 2010:

— Slingbox 700U

— Sling Receiver 300

— Sling Monitor 150

— Sling Touch Control 100 more

Verizon Offers Mobile Broadband Backup to SMBs

Verizon Adds Mobile Broadband Backup for Dedicated Internet Service to Keep Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Online All the Time

High-Performance Internet Access Automatically Routes to Verizon Wireless 3G Network for Uninterrupted Business Operations

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 — Small and medium-sized businesses now can get Verizon (NYSE:VZ) high-performance Internet access coupled with automatic wireless broadband backup to help ensure the businesses are always available to their customers. The new solution — Verizon Internet Dedicated Access with Mobile Broadband — automatically routes business traffic to the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO broadband wireless network in the event of a service disruption.

The new solution, which is immediately available nationwide, is ideal for businesses that have highly distributed locations and primarily use IDA for outbound critical traffic, Web research or point-of-sale transactions. more

Comcast settles P2P throttling class action

Comcast Corporation Settles Class Action Consumer Lawsuit Over Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Practices

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2009 — Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has agreed to settle a consumer class action that challenged the company’s practice of secretly blocking certain Internet traffic while claiming to provide unlimited Internet access. The lawsuit alleges that Comcast impaired the use of some “Peer-to-Peer” file sharing traffic (”P2P”) on Comcast’s High-Speed Internet network. Under the terms of the settlement, Comcast has agreed to pay up to $16 million, less settlement costs, to eligible Class members. more

Verizon Conducts World’s First 10 Gigabit-per-Second Fiber-to-the-Premises Field Test

Next-Generation Passive Optical Network Test Paves Way for Enormous Capacity Increases

WALTHAM, Mass. – Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is the first telecommunications company in the world to successfully field-test a passive optical network system known as XG PON that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) downstream and 2.4 Gbps upstream, four times as fast as the current top transmission speeds supporting the company’s all-fiber FiOS network.

The test, conducted recently in southern Massachusetts sets the stage for Verizon to meet the emerging customer demand for a wide variety of devices and applications that require a network capable of transmitting large amounts of data at very high speeds. The devices and applications could include unicast HD video streaming, ultra-high-definition video, 3D video, user-generated content distribution, video conferencing and new high-speed data services for medium and large business customers. more

Global-i (Gi) Customer Assessment and Acquisition Services Available Now for Converged Communications and IT Clients, December 8, 2009

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Global-i (Gi) Customer Assessment and Acquisition Services Available Now for Converged Communications and IT Clients, December 8, 2009 . .

Herndon, VA (December 8, 2009) - Global-i (, a provider of strategic business and technology consulting and project-based outsourcing services to Commercial and Government Clients is now making its Customer Assessment™ Services available. Global-i Assessment™ Services offers a suite of services that will benefit communications clients to acquire new customers for new products and services, and boost its acquisition efforts for current products and services. Utilizing the Global-i Assessment and Acquisition Methodologies, Service Providers, Systems Integrators, OEMs, Enterprise, Government and Vertical Market Customers can quickly jump start their customer assessment and acquisition activities. The services are focused on several next-generation and emerging technologies in the areas of 3G and 4G Wireless, VoIP and Broadband Access, Wireless Integration more

Cox Business Enhances Data Portfolio with Online Backup

Cox Business Enhances Data Portfolio with Online Backup

Business-Class Online Backup Service Free for Cox Business Internet Customers

ATLANTA – Cox Business announced today that it is extending its award-winning data services portfolio to include online backup capabilities. Cox Business Online Backup service automatically backs up business files to secure data centers to ensure that critical data is protected in the event of PC file corruption, accidental deletion or hardware failure caused by human error or unforeseen disaster. more

US Patent and European Patent Offices Grant Ruckus Wireless Patent for IP Multicast-to-Unicast Conversion

United States Patent Office and European Patent Office Grant Ruckus Wireless Patent for IP Multicast-to-Unicast Conversion

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 7 –Ruckus Wireless(TM) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have each awarded the company a landmark patent on conversion of multicast to unicast transmissions. Originally filed in November 2004, the multicast conversion patent is one of nearly two dozen patents granted to Ruckus with dozens more pending approval. more

ADTRAN Announces Optical Solution for Smart Grid Applications

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading supplier of next-generation networking solutions, today announced an IEEE 1613-compliant model of its industry-leading OPTI-6100® Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). Components of this OPTI-6100 platform have been designed and tested to comply with the IEEE 1613TM, “Standard Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices in Electric Power Substations” standard, which outlines the guidelines for equipment operation in the presence of electromagnetic interference. The additional compliance validation will expand applications for the OPTI-6100 in the utility industry and allow customers to benefit from the many operational efficiencies of this platform. more

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