FCC to research group; that's your opinion-and it's wrong; Videotron doubles Internet upload speed

> It would be an understatement to suggest that the FCC is a tad unhappy with a report from the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies (and more people are unhappy that the organization has such a long name). The organization's report suggested that proposed wireline and wireless broadband regulation could be a "job killer." In a response emailed to some journalists, Paul de Sa, the chief of the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning raged, among other things, that the conclusions of the organization's highly technical report were settled "before conducting the research." Nasty. Story.

> Speaking of the FCC, it's likely that cable engineers are in the loop, but for everybody else here's a heads up that that august body is in the process of revisiting the EAS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and developing some recommendations for changes. Story.

> In actual cable technology news, Videotron has reportedly doubled the upload speed of its Ultimate Speed Internet service from 1 to 2 Mbps. Downloads for the service at 50 Mbps. The higher uploads are intended to help the Canadian MSO's customers with social networking. News release.

> In personnel news, Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) has named telco veteran Don Detampel executive vice president and president of its Commercial Services Group. In the convoluted world that is cable and mergers & acquisitions, Detampel comes to Charter from New Global Telecom, a wholesale VoIP service provider that was acquired by Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) earlier in 2010. News release.

And finally... The notoriously efficient Swiss have concluded that cable network operators need to replace their existing infrastructure with fiber optics within the next 11 to 16 years (and isn't that an inefficient time estimate?), "if the operators are to continue to supply competitive offers to end customers." The recommendation comes from a study by consultancy Sieber & Partners. Story.

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