California Energy Commission awards $4.6 million for smart grid research projects

The California Energy Commission awarded $4,643,200 for research projects to expand the state's smart grid, improve power plant pollution measurements, and conserve energy and water. The Commission's grants are leveraged by $392,709,016 of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, and matching funds from the grant recipients. Funds for the six projects come from the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

ATA asks Medicare to remove restrictions on telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use its authority to waive the restriction-riddled Medicare telemedicine statute for the new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Bright House Networks selects Cisco for enhanced video and services network

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., announced today that it has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network.

Smart Grid development to cut carbon, provide U.S. jobs, says Duke report

Research from the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness today released a report, "U.S. Smart Grid: Finding new ways to cut carbon and create jobs."

Motorola Solutions, Huawei settle trade secret dispute

Reuters

Motorola Solutions Inc and China's Huawei Technologies Co have settled a legal dispute over trade secrets, clearing the way for Motorola to complete the sale of one of its business units to Nokia Siemens Networks.

The settlement puts to rest charges by Huawei that Motorola, one of its long-standing partners, could disclose a variety of its trade secrets in selling a networks business to rival Nokia Siemens Networks.

Motorola agreed to pay an unspecified transfer fee to Huawei as part of the settlement, it said on Wednesday.

USDA announces rural electric smart grid funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 10 rural electric cooperatives and utilities have been awarded funding to build or expand transmission and distribution lines and provide smart grid technology to benefit nearly 20,000 rural consumers, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Next Gen TV

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Starting with Tivo, then Bittorrent, then countless legitimate video sites, our content distribution systems are becoming less clear. Televisions have flattened, but also grown more powerful and now are connected to the Net for live streaming, standby screens, VOD, DLNA, apps, and more. Our phones are now video screens as we place-shift media and sideload to various devices. The TV market is no longer clearly defined, and has effectively merged into the Internet.

Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service to make 'connected home' reality in planned community

Planned community Brambleton announced yesterday that it will be Verizon's first community in the U.S. to offer the Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service making the concept of the "Connected Home" a reality. The service will enable Brambleton homeowners to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone, a computer or through FiOS TV.

Google will build ultra high-speed broadband FTTH network in Kansas City

Google announced Wednesday plans to build their first ultra high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Kansas City, Kansas. The company has signed a development agreement with the city and will be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a the network technology to the community and provide 1GB of access to every home.

New York Attorney General to review AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Largest wireless merger in history inspected for potential anti-competitive impact

The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will undertake a thorough review of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. The proposed merger would create the nation's largest wireless company with a total of 130 million subscribers nationwide, opening the door to a near duopoly shared by the merged firm and Verizon. The Attorney General will analyze the merger for potential anti-competitive impacts on consumers and businesses across New York State, he announced yesterday.

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