FCC website goes offline during government shutdown; XO examines bandwidth-on-demand approaches

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> The Louisiana Broadband Initiative has developed a map showing what type of broadband is available in the state. Post

> The FCC's website is offline during government shutdown and the regulator said it is only "performing duties that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property." Release

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> Comcast has formed an engineering team called VIPER (Video IP Engineering and Research) which is focused on delivering video on multiple platforms. Article

> Outdoor Television signed a carriage deal with Cox Communications which will add the independent network to its Sports Pak 2 tier. Article

IPTV News

> The suggestion that a more powerful Verizon Wireless could lead to the demise of FiOS gained some market cred this week with members of the financial community. Article

Wireless News

> The FCC came down hard on five carriers that use the Lifeline program, including TracFone Wireless, and proposed around $14.4 million in fines against the companies accused of breaking the commission's rules. Article

> Verizon Wireless bested its Tier 1 rivals in attracting the most smartphone sales between June and August, according to a new survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA. Article

And finally … XO Communications looks at two primary approaches to supporting bandwidth-on-demand. Post

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