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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Telecom front runner in job-cut count

January 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Remember the quaint custom of high-tech job fairs? The days of high-tech worker shortages and unprecedented perks may be long over, particularly in the slash-happy telecom industry, a study says. Telecom cut 317,777 jobs in 2001, topping a Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. list of who cut how many whoms.

CableLabs: At long last, OCAP

January 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It'll never hit best-seller lists in the traditional sense, but CableLabs published its long-awaited OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware specifications. Informal interoperability tests will start in March. The published version was dubbed OCAP 1.0, with OCAP 2.0 due to be finalized shortly, CableLabs says.

$20 M FiberCore funding launches American plant

January 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

FiberCore Inc. will launch in the American market with a $20 million financing boost for its proposed Auburn, Ala., manufacturing plant. The deal was sweetened by a $1.1 million piece of donated property from the city, and $10 million in tax abatements, credits and other incentives. FiberCore will contribute $10 million of the $30 million plant costs, with the rest supplied via a 15-year loan f...

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Las Americas plans Mexico market siege

January 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Tijuana and Mexicali are in the sights of an aggressive, $130 million fiber optic build plan from Las Americas Broadband affiliate Cable California SA de CV. The cableco plans to take its Internet and cable services to Mexican homes, and its high-speed Internet service to many of the 1,100 Maquiladora manufacturing plants in the regions.

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H-P joins IHA; Morgan Keegan says slow sub growth hit UE

January 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. joined the Internet Home Alliance as a principal member. H-P previously had been involved in the Alliance's OnStar at Home pilot program. … Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks subsidiary completed its second master headend facility in the Houston area, and turned on the fiber optic system that supports its bundled digital services in the Canyon Gate at the Brazos community.

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Cable glitterati tapped for CES 2002

January 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

You're probably not on it, and CEDaily for sure isn't, but sponsors of 2002 International CES — Your Source for Workstyle and Lifestyle Technology have released a partial A list of guests, and CableLabs brass are high on the list. The Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 event, sponsored by Consumer Electronics Association, will see a CableLabs-sponsored contingent that includes AT&T Broadband CEO Bill ...

News we could have used from the holidays …

January 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

If no news is good news, then the winter holidays were mostly kind to the industry. A look at some highlights: AOL Time Warner applied to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for approval of Web One Inc. as a non-affiliated ISP, FTC says. FTC will take comments on the issue, as well as an application for approval of an alternative cable broadband ISP service agreement between TWC and Web One to pr...

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Yankee Group: Portals will push iTV use

January 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Any portal in the iTV storm, it appears. A Yankee Group survey says TV portals will ease the transition to iTV and "play a key role in helping multichannel video operators retain digital subscribers." But operators shouldn't foot the development bill, the study notes. TV portals, similar to online ones in offering direction to the iTV features, should include such local content as news, weather...

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S-A on BarcoNet offering; OPNET's new Aussie office

January 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. says it will purchase tomorrow the convertible bonds, warrants and stock offered Dec. 21 for BarcoNet. Tomorrow's purchase entails all convertible bonds, 99.4 percent of the warrants and 92.4 percent of the stock. S-A says the offering will be reopened from Jan. 14 to Feb. 1. If it acquires 95 percent of the shares in BarcoNet, it says, it "intends to do a squeeze-out to...

News we could have used from the holidays …(2)

January 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

If no news is good news, then the winter holidays were mostly kind to the industry. A look at some highlights: AOL Time Warner applied to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for approval of Web One Inc. as a non-affiliated ISP, FTC says. FTC will take comments on the issue, as well as an application for approval of an alternative cable broadband ISP service agreement between TWC and Web One to pr...

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Ruling gives Time Warner OK to strip Gemstar's VBI

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Putting to bed a drawn out, bitter debate, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled that Time Warner Cable's analog must-carry obligations don't include the carriage of Gemstar-TV Guide International's vertical blanking interval (VBI) technology. "Must-carry obligations do not require the company to carry material inserted in the (VBI) of over-the-air broadcast stations at the behe...

HITS tackles 'unwired' markets

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Giving rural operators a new weapon for a war with DBS, WSNet and AT&T Broadband's Headend In The Sky (HITS) have teamed to enable cable operators to offer digital programming via satellite to "hard-to-serve" markets not passed by traditional cable systems. Of 77.1 million U.S. homes, about 7.

Microtune, nCUBE have answer for 'bulky' VOD upconverters

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to slash space, cost and power requirements for on-demand cable services and network-based personal video recording systems, Microtune Inc. and nCUBE Corp. have introduced a new set of silicon designed to replace today's "bulky" upconverters. While a typical upconverter is roughly the size of a VCR unit, the Microtune/nCUBE offering reduces all of those components into three "Video...

CableLabs to meld Europe's MHP with OCAP

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Making the inevitable official, CableLabs said its North American MSO members have agreed to marry parts of Europe's Multimedia Home Platform middleware into the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), the middleware specification for OpenCable-based digital set-tops. CableLabs said OCAP will incorporate the "bulk" of the MHP 1.

Advent nets first 'Ultraband' customer

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Advent Networks Inc. said Kansas City-based overbuilder Everest Connections marks the first operator to deploy the start-up's proprietary "Ultraband" platform. Everest, which competes in the market with incumbent MSO Time Warner Cable, has three commercial customers signed on so far, and expects to market Ultraband in full during 1Q 2002, said Advent CEO and President Geoff Tudor.

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