The Marconi Society: Forty years to the day after he helped launch the age of portable mobile telecommunications, the Marconi Society named Martin Cooper the recipient of the 2013 Marconi Prize. Cooper is credited with developing the concept of the handheld mobile phone, and he led the Motorola team that developed and built the first cellular units. Cooper will receive his $100,000 prize at an October awards dinner in Bologna, Italy.

SCTE: GCI’s Daniel Tanner and Suddenlink’s Chad Winnell and John Underhill are the first technicians to be certified in all nine current SCTE programs that test and confirm technical proficiency and knowledge. Their certifications include installations for small- and medium-sized business customers, Internet Protocol Engineering Professions and Broadband Transport Specialist.

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ESPN is activating its MegaCast production for the NFL Wild Card presentation (taking place Jan 9 or 10). ESPN and ABC will simulcast the Wild Card game, and ESPN2 and Freeform

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