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Tracking Down Ingress in Your Return Path

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |

Every cable operator has a constant struggle with ingress. As external RF signals leak into the return path from various sources, that noise accumulates and funnels upstream to the CMTS. This cumulative effect can cause [...]

WiFi Connections Gone Wild – Is Your Customer’s WiFi on Spring Break?

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Technology|

When Wi-Fi technology first started taking off, people were connecting one or two devices to their Wi-Fi network. Today it’s a WiFi party with most households having at least four connected devices and planning to [...]

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things?

By |February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Can your networks handle anticipated increases in information flow related to Internet of Things (IoT) optimization? Subscriber to Service Provider: “So what you’re telling me Mr. Internet Provider is that I can run my lawn sprinkler [...]

The Hold Up with the Internet of Things

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

The term Internet of Things was first coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999, but actually, the Internet of Things goes back a lot further than merely 15 years. In fact, already in 1926, we saw [...]

Internet of Things: What’s the World Coming To?

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Sitting with a group of people at halftime last weekend, I threw out the phrase The Internet of Things and asked them what they thought it was or would be. (Without looking it up on [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert: Scott Helms’ Broadband Predictions for 2016 – Part Three

By |January 14th, 2016|Categories: Ask an Expert, Blog, Technology|

Scott Helms' Broadband Predictions for 2016 - Part Three It’s back to the future for one final set of predictions from Scott Helms, ZCorum’s Chief Technology Officer. Broadband technology is a runaway train and you [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert: Scott Helms’ Broadband Predictions for 2016 – Part Two

By |January 12th, 2016|Categories: Ask an Expert, Blog, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

Scott Helms' Broadband Predictions for 2016 - Part Two We began this long winter month with the first set of predictions from our Chief Technical Guru, Scott Helms. With so much to cover this year, [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert: Scott Helms’ Broadband Predictions for 2016 – Part One

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Ask an Expert, Blog, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Scott Helms' Broadband Predictions for 2016 - Part One In this long winter month, it’s time to present our annual installment of broadband predictions from our Chief Technical Guru, Scott Helms. We asked Scott for [...]

FCC Chairman Makes Statement Extending Transparency Exemption in Net Neutrality Rules for Small ISPs

By |December 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Hot Topics, Industry Perspectives|

On Tuesday, the FCC extended an exemption for smaller Internet Service Providers on the “transparency” portion of the Net Neutrality rules adopted earlier this year. That portion of the ruling requires broadband providers to provide [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert – Scott Helms’ Year End Review of His 2015 Broadband Predictions

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Ask an Expert, Blog, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scott Helms' 2015 Broadband Predictions: The Year in Review As with everything, technology is hard to predict. No matter how many strategic moves are made by big players, it’s only when time passes that we [...]

Winner Announced for Contest Promoting StoAmigo Tack App

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Giveaways, Just for Fun|Tags: , , |

Most people don’t go to trade shows expecting to win anything, but Nathan Carbo of System Services Broadband was lucky enough to walk away from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo as the lucky winner of a [...]

Tech The Halls

By |December 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Just for Fun, Technology|

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR again when we all get festive, eat and drink more than we should, and click “Add To Cart” and hope that the shipping is fast enough. Everyone and their reindeer [...]

Up Next for Virtualization: Virtual CPE

By |November 24th, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Technology|

Vice President of Technology, Scott Helms, recently talked about Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and how MSOs can benefit from this technology. Branching off NFV, we’re seeing the emergence of Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE), which [...]

Revenue Opportunities with Commercial Voice

By |November 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Hot Topics, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

With a slight decline in revenue streams for cable operators, being able to focus on lucrative opportunities with commercial customers is likely at the top of the operators' to-do lists. For those who offer voice [...]

NFV: How MSO’s Can Benefit from Network Function Virtualization

By |November 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Hot Topics, Technology|Tags: , |

Network Function Virtualization or NFV Explained Network functions have traditionally been delivered using proprietary hardware, where hardware was built for the delivery of that service/function. This purpose-built hardware is designed to meet the performance and [...]

Why Should I Move From PPPoA or PPPoE to DHCP?

By |September 20th, 2015|Categories: Ask an Expert|Tags: , , , , , , |

Scott Helms on Migrating to DHCP ZCorum's Vice President of Technology, Scott Helms, is featured in this month's edition of Ask a Broadband Expert. Scott has been with ZCorum since 1998. His complete bio is [...]

Getting to Know DOCSIS Codeword Errors: An Interview with Scott Helms

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Technology, TruVizion|Tags: , , , , |

When it's time for cable operators to dig deep into their networks to find out what's causing impairments, DOCSIS codeword errors can be a key indicator of where to begin when trying to resolve those issues. [...]

Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6: Conservation and Migration Strategies Webinar

By |September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Hot Topics, Technology|Tags: , , , |

The question for IPv6 is not “if” but “when” In late July the CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the numbering authority that hands out Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, announced that it may [...]

DOCSIS 3.1 Series: PNM – A 3-Step Plan for Success Part Three

By |July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

First - Fast - Forever Click to view the case study The days of using the "break/fix" method of troubleshooting cable plant issues are quickly fading, and cable operators have DOCSIS Proactive Network [...]

DOCSIS 3.1 Series: DOCSIS 3.1 and the PNM Toolbox Part Two

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Technology|Tags: , , , |

The New Look of Plant Maintenance If you read last week’s Part 1 in our DOCSIS series and the white paper on the Evolution of DOCSIS, you now have a better understanding of why we [...]

DOCSIS 3.1 Series: The DOCSIS Evolution Part One

By |July 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Technology|

DOCSIS in the Nick of Time Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet users throughout the country. With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to [...]