Comcast to double Internet speeds in March

The Daily Herald – Chicago, IL 2/26/2013 Comcast Corp., which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, Tuesday said it will roll out faster speeds, some more than double, for Xfinity Blast and Extreme 50 for subscribers in the Chicago and suburban region for no additional cost in March. “As customer demands and technology evolve, we […]

Comcast Doubling Speed for Chicago-Area Customers

Shannon Antinori, Plainfield Patch – Plainfield, IL 2/26/2013 Customers who get the company’s Blast!, Extreme 50 and Performance plans will enjoy faster Internet, downloads. Comcast announced some good news for many of its customers in Chicagoland Tuesday, saying it will increase the speeds of two of its most popular XFINITY Internet speed plans, Blast! and […]

Comcast HD channels back online

Michele Marcotte – Shreveport Times – Shreveport, LA 2/26/2013 After a power surge damaged Comcast equipment causing local service to go out late Sunday, the last of the high definition channels are back online, according to company spokeswoman Frances Smith. Smith said the majority of service was restored within two hours of Sunday’s outage but […]

Comcast plans to double Internet speed in March

Morris Daily Herald – Chicago, IL 2/26/2013 Comcast, the nation’s largest Internet service provider, is increasing the speeds of two of its most popular XFINITY Internet speed plans, Blast! and Extreme 50, in the Greater Chicago Region next month for no additional cost. Customers will enjoy more than twice as fast Internet speeds on multiple […]

Higher Costs for Cable Companies Could Mean Higher Prices for Consumers

Chelsea Mihelich, – Nashville, TN 2/26/2013 Cable companies say they will have to raise prices if the costs for attaching their equipment to power poles go up. Legislation introduced at the state capitol proposes a so-called “shared cost rate.” It would allow utilities to charge cable providers based on how much space is available […]

Oscars’ best ratings in 3 years boost audiences for Jimmy Kimmel, ‘Good Morning America’

Associated Press 2/26/13 The 40.4 million people who watched the Oscars this year boosted some other ABC shows, too. Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars talk show got its biggest audience in the eight years he’s been doing it, the Nielsen Co. said. About 5.8 million people tuned in for the show, which didn’t begin until after midnight […]

Court Upholds FCC’s Pole Attachment Rule Changes D.C. Federal Appeals Court Says Commission Sufficiently Justified Change in Policy

John Eggerton, Multichannel News 2/26/13 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Tuesday upheld the FCC’s pole attachment rate order, finding utility company arguments against the decision without merit. It also found that the FCC, in changing decades old policy on pole attachments, had justified the standard–set in the recent Fox indecency case–for […]

TiVo Matches TV Viewers With Their Web Usage Claims to Offer Largest Single-Source Sample for Cross-Platform Measurement

Todd Spangler, Multichannel News 2/26/13 TiVo’s research unit is offering what it claims it is the largest data set in the industry for analyzing what consumers watch on TV and see on the Internet, with a sample of more than 100,000 households that uses online data supplied by Experian. The TiVo Research and Analytics subsidiary’s […]

Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads

Anne Flahery, Associated Press 2/26/13 Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation’s five major Internet service providers. The Copyright Alert System, organized by the recording and film industry, is being activated this week to target consumers using peer-to-peer software. Under the new system, […]

Warnings system for online piracy launches

Roger Yu, USA Today 2/26/13 In a new warning system launched Monday, Internet service providers will begin alerting users engaged in online piracy and possibly limit repeat offenders’ Internet access. Called the Copyright Alert System (CAS), it’ll be adopted by five of the most popular service providers, including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and […]