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  1. Last March, NPD Group projected that there were around 734 million connected devices in use in the United States, averaging 7.8 connected devices per home. And it’s not exactly a bold guess to say that number has probably boomed in the ensuing months since the research firm released that report. With all those gadgets demanding a lot of upload and download attention from broadband networks in both homes and businesses, announcements from a variety of providers about speed boost offerings aren’t hard to come by. Verizon made one of the latest reveals of an advanced speed service rollout on Thursday, saying that on Jan. 14 it will begin offering Fios Instant Internet with equal upload and download speeds of 750 Mbps. The symmetrical nature of the offering is interesting given that most ultra high-speed services pushing toward 1 Gbps don’t offer upload speeds similar to download. The Fios 750/750 Mbps symmetrical speeds will reportedly be available to nearly seven million homes and businesses in New York City/northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Va. More markets are promised this year, including Boston and Norfolk, Va., later in the first quarter.
  2. As 2017 promises to be "the Year of DOCSIS 3.1" for cable, the industry is working to supercharge its Internet delivery upstream. While DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 have set the stage for downstream speeds at gigabit levels, the upstream return path has been limited, putting cable at a potential competitive disadvantage as cloud, video, business services, Internet of Things (IoT) and other rich applications eat up upstream capacity. According to a new Heavy Reading report, Cable Bets On Full Duplex for Symmetrical Broadband, the cable industry is rallying around Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) to overcome its upstream limitations and enable symmetrical Internet service at multiple gigabit speeds. As an extension of DOCSIS 3.1, FDX relies upon cable's existing hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) architecture and uses unique tricks to share downstream and upstream bandwidth without causing signal interference. However, the report says, FDX requires significant changes in cable's last-mile plant and is unlikely to move into the marketplace until 2019. The growing requirements for upstream capacity beg the nagging question of whether cable providers need to build fiber to the home, as Altice 's US division has already decided to do.
  3. Canada's Shaw Communications announced a voice-controlled television product on Wednesday that it hopes will help it stem years of market share losses to western Canadian telecom rival Telus. The product, named BlueSky TV, is available in Calgary and will expand to other markets in coming months, Shaw said in a statement. The product is powered by Comcast's X1 (cmcsa, -0.32%) technology, which is making its first foray outside of the United States.
  4. Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone said the Trump presidency could open a new era of consolidation and raised the possibility that three major cable TV companies could join forces and enter the wireless business by acquiring T-Mobile US Inc. Speaking at a Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. investor event, the cable billionaire said he expects less-restrictive regulatory oversight from the incoming Donald Trump administration. Malone, 75, became one of the largest shareholders of Lions Gate, a film and TV company, through its purchase of his Starz cable networks and other deals. As business lines begin to blur with phone providers like AT&T Inc. offering live TV over broadband, Malone said a cable industry response could be possible. AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, recently agreed to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion, a deal that will require regulatory approval from the new administration.
  5. Livonia, Mich., has partnered with WOW! Business for advanced fiber-optic connectivity to its government services for residents. WOW! originally began working with the city back in 2015 to install fiber with 100 Mbps of dedicated internet access to the city hall complex. That reportedly doubled the city's overall bandwidth from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. According to a WOW! statement, the service has allowed the city to reduce operating costs, increase efficiency, and lower the amount of resources previously required to manage the information services the city provides residents. WOW! reports that Livonia is a key expansion area for the company as it extends its local HFC network to support the city itself, and more residents and businesses in the future. The operator says it offers most residents in the region high-speed internet, video, and voice and has plans to expand services to reach all residents in the area.
  6. Comcast has tapped Arris and Technicolor as its first two suppliers for the XB6, a DOCSIS 3.1-powered, multi-gigabit advanced gateway that the MSO plans to start rolling out in the first quarter of 2017, according to multiple industry sources. Comcast declined to name its XB6 suppliers, but confirmed that its first version of the product will employ Intel’s Corp.’s Puma 7 chipset, and that it is also designing a version that will run on silicon from Broadcom. Sources said the first Intel-based XB6 model is being made by Arris, and that Technicolor is working on the Broadcom-based model.
  7. "There's a lot of reasons why the packages, the big rich packages, will stay together," Tom Rutledge told an investors conference. The fat cable bundle isn't going away anytime soon, Tom Rutledge, head of cable operator Charter Communications, told investors on Wednesday. "I think there's a lot of reasons why the packages, the big rich packages, will stay together, and why people will continue to pursue their historic [consumer] patterns," the Charter CEO and chairman told the annual Citi 2017 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas during a session that was webcast.
  8. After completing its acquisition of InnoTrans last year, H.I.G. Capital LLC announced this week that its portfolio company, ATX Networks Corp., has now acquired Pico Digital. Pico has its HQ in San Diego, and designs and manufactures distribution and customer premise equipment for cable companies, satellite providers, and radio customers. Hotels, universities, healthcare facilities, and MDUs use Pico’s satellite gateway equipment to transmit customized video and data services to each room in a property. “Pico Digital represents a highly strategic and complementary investment, allowing us to continue to grow our commercial video solutions business worldwide and providing ATX entrance into the satellite and radio markets,” ATX’s President and CEO Ken Wildgoose says. “We have been very impressed with Pico’s leadership, blue-chip customer relationships, and technological capabilities.”
  9. 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.”
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.