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

Searching for the right VOD model

December 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Fred Dawson, Contributing Editor | Comments

Video-on-demand is back with a vengeance, prompting widescale MSO preparations for service launches at a moment when the business model seems more unsettled than ever. Just as the costs of providing server-based movies and other fare to subscribers have fallen to where operators can expect a reasonable return on investment in providing what might be termed a traditional version of VOD service, ...

Rouzbeh Yassini Fulfills a Tall Order

December 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor in Chief | Comments

Rouzbeh Yassini stands between a rock and a hard place. Placed in the unenviable position as the fulcrum between the nation's largest cable TV operating companies and the myriad hardware manufacturers in the race to develop interoperable cable data modems, Rouzbeh has nevertheless stuck to his singular vision of ubiquitously deploying high-speed data modems that utilize the cable TV infrastruct...

The New Age, Millennium diet — High in fiber(2)

December 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technology Development, River Oaks Communications Corp. | Comments

Well, here we are, marching inexorably to the final days before Y2K and, for better or worse, to see if we really are "fully compliant." I wonder if these same questions will be pondered right before Y3K, or better yet, Y10K (the potential "five-digit" problem). Perhaps if we begin working on it now, the human race will survive.

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The New Age, Millennium diet — High in fiber

December 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technology Development, River Oaks Communications Corp. | Comments

Well, here we are, marching inexorably to the final days before Y2K and, for better or worse, to see if we really are "fully compliant." I wonder if these same questions will be pondered right before Y3K, or better yet, Y10K (the potential "five-digit" problem). Perhaps if we begin working on it now, the human race will survive.

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ADSL closing gap on cable

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Fred Dawson, Contributing Editor | Comments

The gap in the race to market between cable and ADSL modems standardized for retail distribution has narrowed significantly, but the news might not be as grim for the cable industry as it appears at first glance. There's no getting around the fact that the cable industry's goal of going into 1999 with a head of steam in deployment of DOCSIS (Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification) mode...

Satellite legislation and a do-nothing Congress

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, Congressional Bill Watcher and President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The elections are over, and you had your opportunity to vote against your incumbent Congressman. If you took that opportunity, congratulations. This was one of the least productive legislative sessions in recent memory. The Congress didn't pass tobacco legislation. It didn't pass health care legislation.

Cutting up the pie and taking a bite

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor | Comments

They clearly don't like the idea, but cable operators who plan to capitalize on the impending standardization of high-speed data modems by having them sold at local retail outlets may have to be prepared to share some of their monthly subscription revenues. That economic paradigm may come as a tough pill to swallow, but retailers will demand some sort of revenue "annuity" over and above hardwar...

Magic Eight-ball says...

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor in Chief | Comments

With the well-publicized and impending Triple Whammy (the simultaneous end of a decade/end of a century/end of a millennium) getting so much attention in the media, we'll soon be reading plenty of retrospectives concerning just about every conceivable subject. Newspapers, magazines, television and every other outlet will be featuring the top tumultuous events that have shaped our history, and w...

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Putting the pieces together for VoIP

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Jim Albrycht, Technical Consultant, Nortel Networks | Comments

With the implementation of broadband networks, subscribers can utilize simultaneous video, voice and data services over a two-way connection. Taking advantage of this technology, cable operators are beginning to offer subscribers a two-way broadband service, both in real-time and store-and-forward modes.

Cable operators go the distance

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor | Comments

With all the focus on residential telephony provision over HFC networks, many lose sight of the fact that a wide range of "other" telephony services can be profitably provided by cable operators to their customers. Services such as shared-tenant services, coin phones, business-to-business services and the like are all ripe for the picking.

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Small ops look to digital alternatives

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Digital technology's lofty status as the cable industry's newest poster child is generating more interest and increasing the momentum into digital services for many cable operators. No doubt, digital will be widely deployed in the coming years, offering highly touted services such as video, Internet, high-speed data and more, along with the magical technology which promises to bring breathtakin...

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Cable's early adopters of telephony

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, Associate Editor | Comments

While analysts have pointed their fingers at the pending merger of AT&T and TCI as the first true sign of impending telecommunications competition, the fact is that a handful of operators are already taking it to the RBOCs. These MSOs are reaching out and touching thousands of subscribers by leveraging their upgraded networks to deliver not only video and high-speed data, but facilities-bas...

It's a circuit-switched world for now, but everyone's talking about IP

November 30, 1998 7:00 pm | by David Iler, Associate Editor | Comments

In a short span of a few months, telephony-over-cable has quickly moved from lady-in-waiting to center stage. This "marriage" of telephony and HFC was consummated this summer when the most sober of corporations, AT&T, announced its merger with Tele-Communications Inc. AT&T further drove home its commitment to telephony-over-HFC when, in October, it placed an initial order of $50 million...

Who's driving the broadband bus?

October 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Andy Paff, Chief Technology Officer, Worldbridge Broadband Services | Comments

Cable operators tend to think narrowly about the HFC (hybrid fiber/coax) local access world when it comes to emerging telecom standards and services. Broadband local access is one of the most difficult and expensive issues facing the evolution of the public network. It's also been the most visible concern throughout the 1990s.

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New products, November 1998

October 31, 1998 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Monitoring ingress Trilithic's Ingress monitoring system

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