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December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | Comments

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December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | Comments

Coming Soon

Sezmi’s U.S. proof-of-concept secures Malaysia deal(2)

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Sezmi will deploy a hybrid broadcast/4G network.


2001: A time to marvel

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson | Comments

I remember watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, back in the 1960s and marveling at the other-worldly, evolutionary tale that Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick were spinning. Maybe we havent quite achieved all that Messrs. Kubrick and Clarke envisioned, but now that its actually 2001, I think its still time to marvel at all that we have achieved.


Sleuthing to find the right employee

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor | Comments

With the nations unemployment at an all-time low of 3.9 percent, broadband service providers (BSPs) and other technology companies are in a mad scramble, looking for skilled workers to design, build and maintain their networks. Even news about workforce slashings in dot-com companies hasnt dampened the ardor of technology recruiting companies looking for people to help ramp up new broadband net...


On Top of the World

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

For most of us, life has a way of passing by long before we complete the list of things we want to do. Given the means, most of us would love to climb a mountain. Or visit the ends of the Earth. Or travel to exotic locales. But its a fact that many people never have the chance to cross off more than a few items on that to-do list.

Making the best even better

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Rob Stuehrk, Publisher | Comments

Hopefully, you were so intrigued with the extra publication that fell out of this months polybag, that you have already read Roger Browns Point of Entry column in our new In-Depth Special Report. If not, dont miss it. The CED editorial team has just launched a new series of highly-focused, solution-oriented reports that will take our subscribers deeper into the burgeoning world of broadband.

Companies aim to re-tool their images

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

The image is everything message used by a popular camera maker may be a stretch, but for a growing number of cable and telecommunications vendors, suppliers and manufacturers, its eerily close to reality. Many old economy or traditional companies are morphing into multi-product houses and assembling numerous strategic alliances and acquired companies to reach the ultimate, albeit improbable, go...


Up in the air

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss | Comments

Weve all felt the impact of airline delays and congestion this past year, and weve begun to read about the need to modernize the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. My local newspaper (The Washington Post) has even connected the congestion and delays to a shortage of aeronautical radio channels. But one of the ways proposed to solve this shortage could impose serious costs on cable TV operations.

New kids on the block

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor and Dana Mendell, Executive Editor | Comments

As U.S. cable and telecommunications companies have grown ever-larger in size via consolidation, a rash of small, regional service providers have sprung up around the country. Theyre promising to bring new services at reasonable prices to their customers. Theyre promising killer customer service. Theyre promising bundled services on a single bill.


One step ahead

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

Through the pages of this report, we intend to help break down the barriers that have traditionally separated cable providers, satellite operators, telecom companies and others who are all striving to offer customers a wide range of high-speed data, video and packet-based voice services. We intend to provide the level of information that lives up to the name of the report series.


Broadband providers pull banner year

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Leslie Ellis, Technology Analyst | Comments

Despite an array of potential advanced services set-backsa worldwide shortage of fiber, tuners and memory chips, a disconcertingly empty retail channel for cable modems, and a Gordian knot of software integration problems that tripped up most interactive television effortscable and its broadband competitors posted enormous subscriber gains.


Whos got the money?

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Call them what you wantoverbuilders, broadband or alternate service providers, even choice providersbut theyre kicking some serious assets into play as they prepare to take on cable and telephone companies in key markets across the country. The expanding war chest for a growing stable of broadband service providers that intend to offer voice, video and data from state-of-the-art networks built ...


Small towns building broadband futures

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, Associate Editor | Comments

Competition. Great word. Great concept. Except when youre the sole provider of a particular product, and someone has the audacity to offer the same thing, usually at a cheaper price, right next door. But, thats the situation more and more cable operators are finding themselves in when municipal-owned utilities decide to take broadband matters into their own hands.


Austin: Broadband battleground

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, Associate Editor | Comments

Its no secret that Texans do everything big. They live big. They spend big. Hell, they even fight big. Remember the Alamo? Well, dont forget Austin either. Yep, thats right, Austin. As the United States enters the digital world of the 21st century, the primary goal of the 1996 Telecommuni-cations Act is finally coming to fruition.



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