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Community Wi-Fi – A Primer

September 11, 2014

By Vivek Ganti –  When walking through a typical residential neighborhood today, all Wi-Fi access points in range are almost always locked, preventing access to anyone but the owner. Although subscribers pay for a certain high-speed broadband connection, bandwidth caps are not reached most of the time. An opportunity exists to optimize bandwidth resources for […]

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CableLabs Technology Adopted by China’s Cable Operators (C-DOCSIS)

September 4, 2014

By Karthik Sundaresan, Principal Architect, CableLabs – DOCSIS® continues to prove its strength, longevity, and relevance as a worldwide access network technology. Last week, CableLabs issued the C-DOCSIS System Specification, completing the suite of specifications known as C-DOCSIS. Cable companies in China are choosing DOCSIS as one of the technologies for offering High-Speed Data and […]

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Progress in the First Year of the STB Voluntary Agreement

August 28, 2014

    By Debbie Fitzgerald, Director, CableLabs –  Back at the beginning of this year, I blogged about the historic STB Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement. Today, the signatories of VA announced the release of their first annual report, and they are already making significant progress. CableLabs is proud to be a part of this important […]

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Learning to Innovate – The Innovation Bootcamp

August 6, 2014

By Phil McKinney, President and CEO, CableLabs – The Importance of Innovation Companies depend on the ability to innovate in order to remain competitive. Traditionally, we consider innovation to involve fun and creativity. However, innovation can be hard work requiring both willingness and an ability to generate ideas. According to Linda Hill and co-authors of […]

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In-home Wi-Fi Networks: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

July 22, 2014

Do you have broadband Internet service? If yes, most likely you also have a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) for wireless connectivity in the home. Today, in-home Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous in the countries with developed economies, and the penetration is only growing. A new iGR study forecasts that almost 98 percent of broadband data use […]

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The Future of Home Networking: HIPnet, HOPnet, and RAP

July 16, 2014

By John Berg – HIPnet, HOPnet, and The Future of Home Networking You might think this is going to be a story about Eminem, 50 Cent, or the Beastie Boys.  But before you drop that Slim Shady LP on the turntable, let me assure you that this is actually about cool new technology.  It is […]

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How CableLabs Can Meet All Your Head End Needs

July 1, 2014

By James Kerley – You may have heard that CableLabs offers a variety of testing and certification labs available for use across the cable industry. But what exactly does that mean? We’ll be taking a closer look at the facilities CableLabs offers, both in Colorado and California, so you can see why we might be […]

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NCTA Clears Up Set-Top Box Energy Reports

June 19, 2014

By, CableLabs Staff – Set-top Box Energy Consumption Recently a lot of waves were made when the L.A. Times published an article claiming that cable TV boxes have become the second-biggest energy using appliance in consumers’ homes. Unfortunately, there were several inaccuracies in the article, including statements made about the Industry Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy […]

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Why It’s Time to Pay Attention to Facial Recognition

June 17, 2014

By Garey Hassler – “Face” It, We Like Being “Recognized” As consumers, we love to be pampered. We enjoy feeling special and unique. This is especially true when we are spending our time and money on services. Recognition by a waitress or waiter at our favorite restaurant not only increases our loyalty to the brand, […]

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How DOCSIS 3.1 Reduces Latency with Active Queue Management

June 6, 2014

  By Greg White, Principal Architect, CableLabs – At CableLabs we sometimes think big picture, like unifying the worldwide PON standards, and sometimes we focus on little things that have big impacts. In the world of cable modems a lot has been said about the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, the rock-solid historical trend where broadband […]

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Video Coding Platforms: Then, Now, and On the Horizon

June 5, 2014

By Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs – Up until a few years ago, the encoder/transcoder market was dominated by systems based on ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) architectures that provided excellent performance with minimal power consumption.  These audio/video compression workhorses have allowed cable operators to provide more and more high-quality video to their customers in […]

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What We Can Learn From Lean Startup Business Models

May 22, 2014

By Ken Fricklas – CableLabs sponsored Boulder Startup Week this year, and with that in mind we thought we’d take a look at a startup approach that could have value for business of all sizes and in all stages. Ken Fricklas, who has extensive startup experience, provides his take below: What is Lean and Why […]

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Will Wi-Fi Have to Share the Waves?

May 21, 2014

By Ian MacMillan – A New Competitor? Wi-Fi is alive and well and will be with us for a long time to come.  But for the first time since it became the dominant wireless access technology, there is a potential competitor on the horizon. Few technologies today are as key to how we communicate as […]

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Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM): Smarter Technology for Smarter Maintenance

May 19, 2014

  By Tom Williams, CableLabs – We have always wanted more information about our world: Where is our next meal coming from; what’s the weather like; are my kids OK; did my team win?  Past information delivery systems, such as the telegraph, the telephone, and broadcast television, have all been supplemented with the Internet.  At […]

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Breaking Free From “Legacy Limitations”

May 15, 2014

By Julie Rachel – Cable service providers are now launching many new great products and services to meet the needs of consumers and businesses.  Successful new product launches will require agile platforms and processes that align with the trajectory of new product introductions. Order Experience is one place where new capabilities that provide visual appeal, […]

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Approaches to Increasing Wireless Spectrum

May 13, 2014

By Rob Alderfer, CableLabs – At the 2014 Cable Show, one of the hottest topics was Wi-Fi. It doesn’t take long to realize how important access to this suddenly precious resource really is: Studies indicate that the number of wirelessly connected devices will triple by 2020, to a mind-blowing 30 billion devices. [Related: Wireless Spectrum […]

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