FCC's E-Rate reform progresses; Operators increase value with blended telephony, Internet-based applications

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> The FCC took the first steps towards reforming E-Rate, but what should schools expect to see? Article

> U.K. Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, who is overseeing the buildout of the country's broadband network, admitted that he is "useless." Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications has named veteran FCC official Alexander Hoehn-Saric SVP of government affairs. Article

> Apple has recruited veteran CableLabs engineer Jean-François Mulé, sparking speculation that he could help the company build products aimed at delivering video to TVs in cable homes. Article

IPTV News

> The nation's top two telco TV providers, AT&T and Verizon, are more than competitive with incumbent cable and satellite players when it comes to customer satisfaction, according to results from the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study. Article

Online Video News

> Hulu is losing its sales chief, Jean-Paul Colaco, as the list of potential candidates for the CEO role grows. Article

Wireless News

> Samsung Electronics is hoping that consumers warm to its Galaxy Gear smart watch companion device, which was the result of the company moving at a breakneck pace to take the product from concept to reality in one year. Article

> Microsoft revealed that AT&T Mobility and Vodafone will likely be the first operators to provide connectivity in the U.S. and Europe for its ARM-based Surface 2 tablet with LTE. Article

And finally… Traditional service providers have the opportunity to offer new value to their customers by merging telephony with Internet-based applications. Article

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