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Netflix: Strong-Arming the Net-Neutrality Debate


The following is an edited excerpt from a June 12 blog post by National Cable & Telecommunications Association president and CEO Michael Powell.


‘I Want the One With the Big Gbs!’


DENVER — Nothing like a fresh batch of data about broadband usage, topped off with the start of the World Cup — always a streaming-video gauntlet — to check in on the Hype Central category that is Gigabit services.


What's It All About, Linaro?


Amid the lingo of open source software is a new-ish entrant: The Linaro Foundation, which dropped an intersection with cable in the May 29 formation of the “Linaro Digital Home Group,” abbreviated “LHG.”


What’s it all about? On the surface, it’s a way for chip makers, set-top/gateway manufacturers and service providers to manage the complexities involved with moving from one type of silicon chip architecture (“MIPS”), to another (“ARM”).



Mobile Video Growth: A 13-Fold Jump By 2019



For cable operators fixated on the looming wireless opportunities, this week's "Ericsson Mobility Report"  quantifies the vast expansion in wireless broadband - especially video - during the next five years: a 13-fold increase in mobile video traffic by 2019.



NBA Finals: Ratings Should Heat Up Early With Miami-San Antonio Rematch


Are pro basketball fans ready for the Heat-Spurs rematch, for the third Finals meeting between The King and Old Man Riverwalk? Adam Silver and John Skipper certainly hope so.



Oliver's Interpretation of Net Neutrality Casts Comcast as 'Monopolist'


 As far as we know, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have remained "neutral" about carrying Sunday's Last Week Tonight show on HBO.




They may not be laughing about it, but (again as far as we can tell) they haven't excised commentator John Oliver's excoriating analysis of cable's role in the current net neutrality deliberations.




Cable Show Tech Papers Full of Golden Nuggets

One of the bigger developments following this year’s Cable Show, if you’re into immersion learning via tech-talk, is the online placement of the 2014 Spring Technical Forum papers. For free!


Up until now, they came on a $50 DVD. Earlier, and for years, the papers came out as thick, bound editions. (A weary shelf at the office sags with Tech Papers dating back to the late ’80s.)


Apple Eyes Connected Home Platform

Apple will unveil a new "smart home" platform next week, an architecture that  could pose strong competition to the "Internet of Things" projects now underway at Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and other cable operators, as demonstrated in the large IoT exhibit at last month's Cable Show in Los Angeles.


Accelerated Lobbying: Bipartisan House Appeal to Reject Title II

Two new reports demonstrate the accelerating scale of Washington lobbying in connection with the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and with the FCC's network neutrality proceeding.