Austin, TX, will become the newest city to get ultra-highspeed Google Fiber. It marks the 2nd big Time Warner Cable market to join the fiberhood, following the introduction in Kansas City last fall. It’s also an AT&T U-verse market, like KC. But many in cable have dismissed 1 Gbps broadband as not yet needed. Pivotal Research, BTIG and Bernstein Research analysts weigh in on Google’s likely strategy behind the fiber push.

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Cox Comm svp, content acquisition Bob Wilson will retire at year-end after 34 years at the MSO. The veteran exec comments.
 
Ericsson will acquire Microsoft Mediaroom in a deal that will make Ericsson the largest provider of IPTV tech with a market share of more than 25%. More on the deal here.
 
Cablevision and AMC Networks entered into an agreement Mon to allocate the settlement from DISH regarding Voom, according to an SEC filing. Read on for its financials.
 
 
 
 

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