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  1. The retail availability of the first batch of DOCSIS 3.1 modems continues to be a bit of a moving target. After it initially hoped to start selling its first DOCSIS 3.1 modem at retail by the end of 2016, Arris confirmed that it now expects to spark sales of the device, the SB8200, by “early 2017.”
  2. Still shooting for regulatory approval of its proposed Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases by the end of March, Charter Communications is sorting out how to roll out its new cloud-based video guide and DOCSIS 3.1 technology throughout its footprint. Charter Communications Inc. President and CEO Tom Rutledge -- who aims to transform the fourth-largest US MSO into the second-biggest one through its deals for Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks -- laid out those ambitions Thursday morning. Speaking on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, which detailed the MSO's continued resurgence in subscriber and revenue growth, Rutledge said Charter executives are now grappling with how to extend their Spectrum guide to all their video customers and how to introduce DOCSIS 3.1 speeds to their even bigger broadband base.
  3. Altice USA is continuing with its gigabit rollouts with and announcement this week that it has deployed new services in Arizona, California, Missouri, and Texas. The company’s “Operation GigaSpeed” initiative was originally launched in 2014 and aimed to bring top download speeds of 1 Gbps to nearly 90 percent of the operator’s service areas by the end of 2017. Altice also recently revealed “Generation GigaSpeed” a five-year fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network rollout strategy leading to the ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps. That’s slated to begin next year, and the operator reports it’s eventually looking to reach all of its Optimum footprint and most of its Suddenlink footprint.
  4. MetroCast Communications, which offers internet, video, and phone services in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia announced broadband speed upgrades for its residential and business customers. The company says the peppier speeds increase MetroCast's "Ultra" package up to 150 Mbps and its "Turbo" package up to 50 Mbps. Current MetroCast Ultra and Turbo customers will automatically be upgraded to the new speeds in early January, MetroCast says in a statement. It adds that speed increases will be available in King George and Bowling Green, Va., in Q1 2017.
  5. North Dakota winters don’t provide pristine conditions for building out communications networks, but Midco reports it is soldiering on in Fargo so it can offer new internet and networking, cable TV, and phone services sooner. The operator picked the Fargo area as its first market to launch its gigabit services in early 2017, and has plans to expand it across other service areas. “Despite winter weather halting underground construction on Midco’s network infrastructure in Fargo, crews are still working on overhead lines,” the operator says in a statement. Midco plans to activate some residential and business services in downtown Fargo in January 2017. And after the city lifts its construction moratorium in the spring, that’s when the operator plans to finish building the last 255,000 feet of underground line to deliver services “to every residential address and most businesses.” It projects completing the entire Fargo construction project by Sept. 1, 2017.
  6. When Fraser Stirling was 16, his father asked him what he wanted to study in school. His answer: industrial design. His father, who's been an assistant principal and a soccer coach, wasn't pleased. "[He] said that was not a proper job for a man in his house," Stirling recalled in a thick Scottish accent. "He wanted me to get a job where I could actually make some money." Twenty years later, Stirling is in charge of designing products for the unlikeliest of companies: Comcast.
  7. Altice USA, the domestic arm of European telecom firm Altice N.V., is creating a separate company — Altice Technical Services USA — to house all its technical workers, a move it says is aimed at providing better training and top-notch customer service but one the union representing some of its employees sees as a means to reduce its workforce at will. Altice USA is in the midst of an aggressive fiber buildout plan across its footprint that it hopes will differentiate it further in its markets; its parent company has used a similar structure in other countries where it is upgrading its network. But tech workers are, perhaps understandably, suspicious that Altice USA felt the need to create a separate entity just for them.
  8. Back in July, Atlantic Broadband announced its $6.3 million “FastForward Miami” initiative that reportedly was aimed at doubling top internet speeds, and ultimately enabling the wide-scale availability of gigabit service. Last week, it revealed speed increase deployments as part of the initiative, which involves infrastructure and service enhancements to residents and businesses in Miami Beach and surrounding areas including Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Golden Beach, North Bay Village, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Brickell, the Biscayne corridor, and downtown Miami.
  9. On Friday, Canadian operator Rogers Communications revealed it’s dropping its development of an internet-based TV system and instead going all-in with Comcast X1. Rogers announced a “long-term partnership” with Comcast to offer Rogers subscribers video services via Comcast’s X1 IP-based video platform. Earlier this year, Rogers announced it was the first major company in Canada to offer gigabit internet service to all of its customers. Its new IPTV service will go across that network, and Rogers reports an expected launch of the new service in early 2018.
  10. Comcast has joined Charter in committing to DOCSIS 3.1 for the long term, following Altice USA’s somewhat stunning announcement last week that it would be the first U.S. cable company to deliver multigig services with an all-fiber network. Speaking at UBS’ annual media and telecom conference this week, Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh followed Charter Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge in swearing allegiance to the “Full Duplex” version of DOCSIS 3.1, a technology currently under development by CableLabs that can theoretically deliver symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbps over HFC networks. “In a couple of years' time, we'll have the next-generation DOCSIS, which will allow for a multigig symmetrical,” Cavanagh said. “So, that's our roadmap. Nothing changes about that roadmap. And, of course, we preserve the ability to take fiber directly all the way anywhere where it makes sense.”
  11. Mediacom announced that it will have its entire network upgraded to the DOCSIS 3.1 specification by the end of the year. Following the completion of this upgrade, Mediacom will deploy gigabit-speed services, which it branded “Gigasphere,” across its 22-state footprint. The New York-based MSO ended the third quarter with 1.14 million high-speed internet users. Mediacom said its network upgrade is based on Cisco’s cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) and Casa’s C100G CCAP products. The cable company also said it’s bumping its base-level 50 Mbps broadband to 60 Mbps.
  12. Comcast isn't worried about competition from AT&T and Hulu's new streaming bundle services, nor is the company shy about competing in a new area of its own: wireless service. Mike Cavanagh, senior evp and CFO for Comcast, talked today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York about the company's plans for 2017. (Netflix, CBS, 21st Century Fox and Discovery Communications execs spoke at the conference on Monday, while AT&T and Verizon weighed in on Tuesday.) The company is continuing to roll out its X1 set-top box, which Cavanagh said now reaches 45 percent of subscribers. Comcast is looking to bundle those next-gen cable services with broadband to keep its customers happy, "knowing that there's lots of competition coming," he said.
  13. At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Tuesday, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said the company is looking toward a future that includes 10 Gbps symmetrical and a world of blended wired and wireline. In greenfield construction, Rutledge pointed out that Charter is going all-fiber. However, in other areas the operator is “taking fiber deeper but not necessarily all the way.” He noted that through CableLabs efforts there’s a pathway to 10 gigabit symmetrical, and while Charter will have to make “some investments in our infrastructure” it won’t “have to rebuild it all.” CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex extension does indeed offer symmetrical 10 Gbps, and the spec should be completed in 2017. A white paper, “Full Duplex DOCSIS Technology over HFC Networks” by CableLabs' Belal Hamzeh is available here.
  14. While the majority of 1 Gbps rollouts you hear about tend to happen in larger metros, other less populated areas want the speeds as well. Mediacom, which primarily serves smaller markets, released news on Wednesday underlining its gigabit commitments to those sometimes overlooked areas. The operator says that it will become the first major U.S. cable company to fully transition to the DOCSIS 3.1 “Gigasphere” platform, and its entire broadband network will be gigabit-capable by the end of this year. Mediacom CEO Rocco B. Commisso notes that after the Gigasphere modems became available earlier this year, the company sped up the first phase of its three-year, $1 billion capital investment plan. “This will ensure that the predominantly working-class neighborhoods we serve throughout Middle America are not technologically disadvantaged in today’s global marketplace,” Commisso adds.
  15. The retail era for DOCSIS 3.1 modems and gateways is about to get underway. Netgear’s first D3.1 product, the CM1000, is available for preorder on Amazon ahead of an expected Dec. 13 release date. It’s selling for $179.99 – about $50 more than the price for the Netgear CM700, a DOCSIS 3.0 product that can bond up to 32 downstream channels and eight upstream channels.