This week's wireline features

This week was jam-packed with great features across our wireline (and wireless) publications. Here's a recap. Feel free to click on and check out any you might have missed. And we love your comments, so leave your opinion!


Growth of minority ownership in cable and television still faces huge hurdles

What's the true picture of minority ownership of television stations and cable companies in the United States? It's not entirely clear. But the studies we do have point to a troubling trend: Minority ownership rates, never very high, have steadily declined over the past decade. What are the barriers to media ownership in today's cable and broadcast environment? 

Cox BusinessCox Business' SMB focus helps it cross $1 billion revenue mark

With analysts bullish on the commercial segment of the cable industry, Cox Business, started in 1993, is well positioned to lead in this area with its voice, video and data services to small and medium sized businesses and its high customer service ratings. 

Yoav SchreiberWhat Las Vegas can teach operators about over-the-top video

Something funny is happening as over-the-top (OTT) video consumption progresses towards broader adoption. It seems that with everyone worrying about OTT's potential price disintermediation, service providers have forgotten about the marketing principles that gained them their pay-TV subscribers in the first place. 



Copyright vs. FCC vs. The Industry: ivi.TV slices through a Gordian Knot

ivi.TV CEO Todd Weaver

In 2005, ivi set out to create an online content distribution solution that would protect and monetize content, while making it easy for consumers to watch live television online. For two years, we worked to develop the proprietary method of encrypting a live stream while ensuring subscription payment for that content.

After the technical hurdles were overcome, we set out to acquire content by asking permission. Believing content owners would want their content fully protected and distributed to more viewers, while being paid, we approached channels about being carried on the ivi network. Instead, ivi was met with a few...

Analyst: Can't discount OTT pressure when looking at continuing cable subscriber losses

Whether it was the economy, cord cutters or some as-yet-to-be-determined factor that prompted 741,000 customers to ditch their subscriptions to cable TV in the third quarter, it nonetheless was a...


Third quarter earningsSizing up the Tier 1/Tier 2 telcos' Q3 2010 performance

How did the top U.S. wireline service providers in Tier 1 and Tier 2 segments perform in Q3 2010 according to access line loss, broadband and video growth? FierceTelecom summarizes this quarter's performance in detail.

Michael KennedySmart grid changes access network economics

The electric power industry's deployment of smart grids embodies some surprising changes for the economics of communications access networks. Business case motivations for deploying smart grids... 


Jason Llorenz, HTTPHot Seat: Jason Llorenz, Executive Director of the HTTP on bridging the broadband divide

Jason A. Llorenz, Esq. was recently appointed the Executive Director of the HTTP (Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership), a coalition of more than 20 national and regional Hispanic-serving organizations working to increase awareness of the impact of technology and telecommunications policy on the U.S. Hispanic community. 

A. Michael NollTelecom technology decentralization usually wins

Telecommunication technologies trend toward decentralization over time. There are many historical examples of this movement toward decentralization, says FierceTelecom columnist A. Michael Noll.


Orb TV: Over-the-top delivery to the TV made (very) easy

It's about the size of a squashed hockey puck, takes up a very small corner of whatever your stack your entertainment gear on, and runs as quiet as a mouse. But the just-released Orb TV-which streams... 



Check out some of Microsoft Lync's Features

Lync is a new platform from Microsoft that integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, webconferencing and voice. We've put together a slideshow of images of some of the cool new features Microsoft is bringing to a desktop near you soon.



They're Cooked: The top wireless turkeys of 2010

It's that time of year again: Families are gathering together for turkey, stuffing and a big side of football, and the Fierce editorial team is thinking of turkeys. In our third-annual review (see the 2008 and 2009 lists) we decided to take a look back at the companies, products and strategies that fell short--and in some cases, simply imploded.

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