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AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of unlicensed patent use

08/30, 10:12am

Suit likely to span years, covers most all of Cox's in-home networking

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations," it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven patents covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question.

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Cox details first gigabit Internet service locations, speed increases

05/23, 6:53am

Market-wide deployment of Cox gigabit service expected by end of 2016

Cox Communications has detailed where it plans to roll out its residential gigabit Internet service. Following an earlier announcement stating it would be launching the high-speed service this year, Cox has revealed it will start construction projects in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha, with both new and existing neighborhoods in the regions being prepared to receive the improved connections.

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Cox plans own residential gigabit Internet service launching this year

05/01, 5:26am

First Cox gigabit Internet service locations to be revealed in coming weeks

Cox is planning to offer its customers a gigabit Internet service, competing against similar services being deployed by Google and AT&T. CEO Pat Esser revealed in an interview the company will be moving towards expanding the high-speed service from its current corporate customers into the residential market, with the first roll-outs set to occur before the end of this year.

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Briefly: Cox TV App update, Ditto launch, Apple TV NES skins

05/29, 10:05am

Cox TV Connect app update adds grid view, teething problems

The Cox TV Connect app (Free, App Store) has been recently updated with some interface changes to help with program browsing. The v1.1.0 update has a grid-style view and listings viewable for all channels, including those not streamable through the app. Reviews left on the iTunes App Store show that some users may be encountering an error code, with a call to Cox support suggesting the company is already looking into the problem.

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Verizon offers to give up some 700MHz space for cable deal

04/18, 1:55pm

Verizon uses 700MHz as bargaining chip

Verizon has said it would put up some of its 700MHz wireless spectrum up for sale if it's cleared to go ahead with its cable company spectrum deal. The move would give up sections of the A and B blocks of 700MHz space it runs in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Its plan wouldn't directly affect the existing LTE network, which runs on the C block.

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Sprint sues Comcast, Cox, Time Warner over VoIP patents

12/20, 5:50pm

Claims infringement on 12 VoIP patents

Sprint has filed lawsuits Monday against Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, and Cable One. The complaints against the four were filed separately in a Kansas City federal court. The US' third largest wireless carrier alleges that each cable provider infringed on 12 patents that it holds for digital voice calls sent over landlines.

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DOJ probes Verizon deals for cable providers' wireless space

12/20, 5:05pm

DOJ worried about collusion on Verizon spectrum

The Department of Justice on Tuesday said it was investigating Verizon's plans to buy cable companies' wireless spectrum. The agency was investigating whether or not taking the usually 1,700MHz space from Bright House, Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner Cable raised competitive problems. Officials are reportedly concerned that the deal amounted to collusion rather than fostering competition.

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Cox sells its 4G-friendly airspace to Verizon for $315m

12/16, 1:15pm

Cox joins other cable firms in boosting Verizon 4G

Cox on Friday joined other cable companies in selling spectrum to Verizon. The deal, worth $315 million, will give it licenses for 20MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) space in areas that cover about 28 million Americans. The two will echo earlier deals in letting each sell the other's home and business services, and Cox would have the option of selling cellphone service at wholesale prices.

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Cox TV Connect brings in-home iPad TV streaming

12/05, 11:05am

Cox TV Connect relies on local link for live TV

Cox on Monday tried its formal hand at a live TV streaming app with the formal rollout of Cox TV Connect for the iPad (free, App Store). As with those from most other cable providers, it lets those with the Apple tablet watch live TV as long as they're on Wi-Fi paired up with a Cox Internet connection and the right level of TV service. The app has a full programming guide and lets viewers watch through an inset while they check the full guide, or else launches a pop-over to show other currently running shows while minimizing the effect on the full-screen view.

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Cox quits cellphone sales Nov. 16, ends service March 30

11/15, 7:40pm

Exits business less than 1 year after launch

Cox Communications is exiting the wireless carrier business. Engadget has posted internal Cox email that indicate the cable, broadband, and long distance carrier will unveil as soon as Tuesday night that it will be getting out of the cellular business by the end of March. It would stop selling new cellphones and wireless service effective Wednesday.

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ESPN live TV app now ready on Xbox 360

08/25, 2:10pm

ESPN app now ready for Xbox Live

Microsoft mid-Thursday took its ESPN Xbox 360 app live. The portal gives Xbox Live Gold members access to live college football and certain other sports normally shown on ESPN3. Viewers can watch up to two games at a time and voice control with Kinect if they have the camera controller.

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Cox already killing its self-run cellphone network

05/24, 6:20pm

Cox axes own cell network, goes back to Sprint

Cox made a quick exit from its self-run cellphone service on Tuesday with plans to shut down the network. The fledgling network was being dropped in favor of its earlier plan, which would sell phones and plans piggybacking on Sprint's CDMA network. Its cutoff was a surprise at it had just launched service a week earlier in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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AT&T gets law passed to let it hike landline phone rates

04/01, 11:05am

AT&T bill in Kansas deregulates landline prices

The Kansas State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill sponsored by AT&T that would remove rate caps on landline services. Senate Bill 72 will let phone companies set rates to their liking and is expected to lead to increases to the basic dial-tone service, which costs between $15.50 and $16.50 a month before taxes and fees. The House also approved the bill in a voice vote.

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Cox, Motorola hit 356Mbps on cable Internet test

03/01, 3:00pm

Cox, Motorola set record 356Mbps speed on test

Motorola Mobility on Tuesday announced that is has set a new world record when it comes to "return path" speeds. The record speed of 356Mbps was set by transmitting across twelve channels, with half of them using 256QAM modulation. Its milestone was achieved on Cox network hardware in Las Vegas.

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Netflix outs ISP 'shame' list, praises and slams foes

01/27, 3:20pm

Netflix ISP chart puts Charter top, Clearwire last

Netflix as it promised Wednesday posted a chart detailing which Internet providers were the best and worst at providing Internet movie streaming. In spite of its complaints about Comcast possibly double charging for access and objecting to Time Warner, it gave cable providers most of the top spots for performance between October and January. The top seven were dominated by leader Charter as well as Cox, Suddenlink, Cablevision and Cable One.

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Cable firms strip Hulu Plus from TiVo to block competition

12/21, 3:05pm

Cable companies take out Hulu Plus from TiVo DVRs

While the Hulu Plus service is available on TiVo Premiere DVRs, it will not come to TiVo devices offered by cable providers, it was revealed on Tuesday. This includes Suddenlink, Cox and RCN, because of licensing fees. Netflix, a streaming service accessible from TiVo DVRs, cannot stream through a box leased by a cable company because its contract prevents it from doing so. A Hulu spokesperson confirmed this is also the case.

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Cox starts up cellphone service, gives cash for unused time

11/19, 8:45am

Cox cellphone service finally live

Cox today switched on its long promised cellular service with an aim to undercut its rivals on price. The service will hinge on a concept known as MoneyBack Minutes that rewards light users. Instead of rollover minutes or losing them entirely, users shed as much as $20 off of their monthly bills if they don't use talk time.

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Cox VOD to reach TiVo Premiere boxes

08/12, 1:05pm

TiVo Premiere to let users access Cox VOD content

DVR maker TiVo has partnered with cable provider Cox to make the latter's on-demand content accessible on its latest set-top box, the TiVo Premiere. TiVo users will now have the ability to use TiVo's interface and search function to view Cox content and other, regular programming, though details of how it's done are not clear.

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Bloom Energy Servers promise 24/7 renewable power

02/24, 1:50pm

Bloom Energy may help end centralized power

Bloom Energy today held the formal launch of its first technology, the Energy Server. A new approach to energy, it uses stacks of solid oxide fuel cells to convert air and most any other fuel source, including things as dirty as fossil fuels or as clean as biogas, into usable electricity. The process almost always produces less CO2 than traditional methods and, unlike solar power or similar methods, can run 24 hours a day without dependence on light or wind.

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Cox tests 4G, gets 25Mbps

02/23, 3:05pm

Company focusing on 3G network rollout in March

Cox Communications' Stephen Bye, vice president of wireless service, says tests of the company's Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network technology reached peak speeds in the 25Mbps range. The tests, occurred in atypical conditions, employing a single user with a multiple-antenna setup at very close range. Toward the limit of the test cell's coverage, data rates dropped to 10Mbps. In real-life situations, data transfer would be shared between multiple users in the cell's range.

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Cable operators won't meet Tru2Way deadline

07/01, 4:15pm

Operators delay Tru2Way

While today, July 1st, was the agreed-upon deadline between cable operators and consumer electronics companies to support the new Tru2Way interactive digital cable standard, it's now learned today that none of the cable operators will meet or come close to this date. The new standard is due to replace CableCARD, and does not require a standalone set-top box, instead being integrated into devices such as TVs, DVD or Blu-ray players from existing electronics manufacturers. While cable companies such as Comcast, Time Warner and Cox Communications will not have the necessary support for the interactive service, execs from Samsung and Panasonic said good-faith effort has been made to deliver on the promises.

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Cox cell service may get iPhone-like app store

04/08, 2:50pm

Cox Cell App Store

Cox Communications' upcoming cellular network may have an app store not unlike Apple's for the iPhone, the cable provider's wireless VP Stephen Bye said yesterday. He cautions that nothing is definitive but tells the Wall Street Journal that Cox is considering a central store for software to avoid a "comparative disadvantage" versus the iPhone and other phones and networks with simple, recognizable locations for software. Unofficially, the company is understood to already be tapping mPortal to develop such a store.

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Comcast, Cox join AT&T in RIAA piracy enforcement

03/25, 4:15pm

Comcast, Cox partner RIAA

Following today's earlier news of AT&T issuing notices to subscribers on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America who are allegedly involved in illegal file sharing, Comcast and Cox have announced they too are informing Internet users of any potential illegal activities. At the same Leadership Music Digital Summit where AT&T broke its news, Comcast senior VP Joe Waz said the provider has issued two million notices to its clients. Sources at the event said provider Cox is also actively partnering with RIAA on informing and discouraging its customers of their illegal activities.

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Cox forges ahead with wireless 3G wireless plans

02/19, 4:25pm

Cox wireless plans

Cox Communications is nudging ever closer to its plans of launching a 3G, 700MHz wireless voice network in the US by announcing it is hiring two new executives. Cox Wireless VP at Cox Stephen Bye announced on Wednesday that the company has appointed Raj Beri as VP of wireless product operations while Dan Dickie is the new executive director of wireless product development.

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Cox to throttle "time sensitive" traffic

01/28, 10:55am

Cox Throttling Traffic

Cable Internet provider Cox today said it would start trialing a new congestion management scheme on its network that it hopes will manage the network. The test, beginning for Arkansas and Kansas users on February 9th, will prioritize "time-sensitive" data such as games, streaming, VoIP and VPNs over less immediately critical traffic, including uploads, peer-to-peer file sharing and newsgroups. The system only kicks in when the local network is particularly congested and the more critical traffic is at risk of failing, Cox says.

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Louisiana city offers 50Mbps fiber for $58

12/24, 12:05pm

Lafayette 50Mbps Fiber

Lafayette, Louisiana yesterday revealed that it will soon become one of the first significant US cities to deploy a municipality-run fiber optic Internet connection. Lafayette Utilities System plans to launch the service with a combination of Internet, phone and TV services and will offer them either as part of bundles or as individual options. Internet service tops out as high as 50Mbps both downstream and upstream and will offer more bandwidth still for connections between users on the same network, doubling to 100Mbps.

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Cox plans cellular service for 2009

10/27, 11:15am

Cox Cell Service in 2009

Cox Communications on Monday said it would launch its own cellular service in 2009 that would make it one of the first new national providers in the US in years. The format of the expansion hasn't been made public but will see Cox offer both voice and data service on its network that includes tight integration between phones and the company's cable service.

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FCC rules Comcast throttling illegal

08/01, 12:50pm

FCC Rules on Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission today formally ruled that Comcast's traffic throttling practices were illegal, setting a precedent for US Internet providers. The decision acts on a recent report of the FCC's plans and requires that the the cable company stop the filtering it has used so far, which uses a Sandvine program that automatically breaks the connection between Comcast users and others running BitTorrent clients and certain peer-to-peer software. The ruling also requires that Comcast disclose how it performs any future throttling, which the provider already plans to do but in a more general form.

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LG makes deals with US cablecos for tru2way HD

07/28, 3:00pm

LG tru2way US Deal

LG on Monday said it has struck deals with US cable providers to get support for tru2way, the new two-directional HD video standard. A memorandum of understanding between LG and six US cable providers should see the latter offer support for tru2way on their networks, letting HDTVs from LG and other set makers supply HDTV with interactive options such as video on demand or more advanced programming guides without needing a separate device.

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FCC seeks to punish Comcast for throttling

07/11, 6:45am

FCC to Punish Comcast

Federal Communications Commission chair Kevin Martin on Thursday said he would advise his organization to punish Comcast for violating existing net neutrality guidelines with its traffic throttling practiced against BitTorrent and certain peer-to-peer services. The government official has explained to the press that Comcast's method, which effectively severed some connections between Comcast users and others running the same software, has been 'arbitrary;' every user has been throttled regardless of their actual impact to the cable provider's network, Martin says.

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AP: Cox also guilty of blocking BitTorrent traffic

05/15, 1:00pm

Cox also blocking torrents

Comcast is not the only company guilty of sabotaging BitTorrent traffic, the Associated Press reports. While that company has taken the brunt of criticism for potentially violating the FCC's net neutrality policy, the AP says it has obtained the results of a worldwide study of 8,175 Internet users, which found that only three companies were all but certainly blocking connections: Comcast, Singapore's StarHub, and Cox Communications. In the case of the last, 82 out of 151 subscribers had their transfers blocked.

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Cox set to build 700MHz wireless network

05/05, 10:10am

Cox 700MHz Network

Wins by Cox Communications during the recent 700MHz auction will let the company set up its own wireless data network, Cable Digital News says. The cable provider successfully obtained licenses in the frequency range that essentially overlap its existing markets, allowing it to switch on a wide-area broadband service that can handle all of its customers. The service is most likely to be based on 700MHz WiMAX and operate on platform-agnostic level that doesn't require locked devices.

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Verizon wins 700MHz national license, more

03/20, 3:20pm

Verizon 700MHz Wins

Verizon was the winner of the nationwide license for the crucial 700MHz wireless auction as well as most regional licenses, the FCC has revealed. An initial list of winners shows the telecoms giant to have successfully won both the national license as well as 11 out of 12 of the local licenses available for the "C" block that is likely to be used for wireless data. The licenses supply the company with coverage across all of the US and would allow it to launch any future service with few gaps in its network. Only AT&T Mobility has managed to win a major regional "C" block bid for coverage in the Mississippi Valley, according to government documents.

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MS founder bids for 700MHz; AT&T delayed

12/19, 11:30am

Paul Allen 700MHz Bid

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is one of those already confirmed as bidding in the upcoming FCC auction for the 700MHz wireless band, according to the list of accepted applicants (PDF). The former executive is using a proxy firm known as Vulcan Spectrum in an attempt to capture a slice of the soon to be free wireless spectrum, which has been eagerly sought after by telecom providers for its potential with long-range Internet and similar data. Neither Allen nor Vulcan has revealed the reasons behind the bid, though Allen is also a significant stakeholder in cable provider Charter.

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Cox to start own 700MHz wireless network?

12/04, 10:55am

Cox 700MHz Wireless

In a partly unexpected move Cox Communications today revealed that it intends to bid in the FCC's upcoming auction for the 700MHz band, becoming the first company outside of Google confirmed as making an attempt at the valuable wireless frequency. The announcement will have the company place at least $4.6 billion for a portion of the network and is geared towards improving the "convergence and mobility" of Cox's services, according to the company. The phrasing points to Cox establishing a wireless network of its own, though whether this will include calling or just data is uncertain. Cox is best known for its cable Internet and TV services and may be seeking to offer a third business.Cox

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