OpenVault, a provider of real-time usage, data, and analytics solutions for the cable industry, was named an Approved Vendor for broadband-usage data analytics and policy management by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).  Notes Rich Fickle, NCTC CEO/President,  “The partnership with OpenVault will be of huge benefit to our membership. Plus, the online SaaS model with quick implementation times makes it an easy, cost-effective toolset for our members”…AT&T U-verse, Frontier Communications and Comcast Xfinity TV, in agreement with NBCUniversal, revealed a multiplatform content offering for NBCU’s coverage of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games that start tomorrow. The operators will offer NBCU’s Olympic content live and on-demand, and across multiple digital, mobile and tablet platforms. For the first time ever, there will 3D coverage…Mayor Mike McGinn thanked the Seattle City Council for passing legislation that will move Seattle one step further along the road to better digital infrastructure: “The Council’s vote allows us to challenge the private sector to use our unused fiber to provide better service to homes and businesses.” Since 1998, Seattle has been part of a partnership that has been installing and maintaining fiber optic cable to link facilities around the city; to date that network has more than 500 miles of fiber optic cable in the greater Seattle area. The legislation allows the partnership to lease the excess fiber to private third parties to provide high-speed Internet services and to increase competition…Canada’s TELUS used Openet’s Policy Manager in part to get its LTE-ready, strategic policy platform off the ground…Frontier Communications signed a wholesale agreement with Hughes Network Systems LLC to distribute Frontier Broadband-branded satellite-based broadband services to several hundred thousand households and small businesses in markets previously unserved or underserved by all broadband providers, including cable. Frontier Broadband will use the Hughes EchoStar XVII Satellite with Jupiter High-Throughput Technology that launched earlier this month.

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