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

Move over DSL... here comes wireless

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Growing concern over DSL distance limitations along with the quality of its connections, and nagging questions about provisioning times and lack of availability for cable modem service, are helping to elevate the fixed wireless business into an appealing segment of the communications space. Add to the equation lower deployment costs and less time for provisioning the smorgasbord of services tha...

Subsidized cable modems -Their time has come

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss | Comments

The FCCs inquiry on cable modem Open Access is meandering along, with all the usual suspects making all the usual arguments. But nobody is telling the FCC about the implications of subsidized modems. So let me share this with you. What does Open Access mean? To most people who are generally following the debate, Open Access means that I can go to Best Buy or Circuit City, buy myself a cable mod...

Electricity in the air?

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

Such is the case with fixed wireless. I have to admit a certain skepticism in this area, because I've written probably a half-dozen articles extolling the virtues and the "promise" of the technology. Primarily focusing on MMDS, the technology was limited by bandwidth, reach and simple physics. Looking at LMDS, there was a ton of bandwidth, but getting those high-frequency bits and bytes to thei...

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LMDS hits the spot?

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor | Comments

Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) is designed to replace the last mile of wire in a communications network with a wireless local loop and provide higher speed data access than wireline carriers can offer. It generally costs less than wireline approaches to implement and maintain, and it promises data speeds of up to 45 Mbps in licensed spectrum at the 10 GHz, 26 GHz, 28 GHz and 38 GH...

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MMDS Hunting for the perfectlast-mile connection

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor | Comments

The last mile has been a bottleneck of frustration for residential customers waiting for high-speed Internet access. While cable and DSL have helped slake some of the thirst for data, those services arent available in many markets. But the story is just beginning. Soon, the data-deprived will have more choices if service providers that have embraced fixed wireless technology have their way.

Important lessons from the PVR

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D. | Comments

The Personal Video Recorder (PVR) provides a unique learning opportunity for technologists in the cable industry. A variety of lessons are available for those who would experiment with the device. Some lessons can be used to predict reactions of subscribers to other technologies of importance to cable.

Caught in a kilobyte world

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

Theres an old axiom that says you should never use yourself or your family to illustrate a typical consumers thoughts or wishes because you might not be as typical as you think you are. With that thought firmly in mind, theres inherent danger in reading too much into whats percolating within the minds of todays youth from what my 12-year-old son tells me, but Ill use it, if for nothing more tha...

Heel!

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, CED Associate Editor | Comments

The implications of the multi-service era that's upon us are just beginning to hit home. High-speed data. IP telephony. Video-on-demand. Interactive advertising. E-commerce transactions. They're all great services that have enormous revenue potential. But, says Chris Bowick, vice president of engineering at Cox Communications, they're all bandwidth hogs that could, if not properly planned for, ...

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DSL tackles retail distribution

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

The use of retail outlets as a sales and distribution channel for DSL (digital subscriber line) is assuming a more vital role in the DSL roll-out strategy for many telcos, ISPs and other DSL service providers. Locked in an intensifying battle with cable modems for high-speed Internet customers, DSL providers are looking at the retail channel as a means of gaining ground on their cable colleague...

No time to sing the blues

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by CED STAFF | Comments

Instead, the event (hosted by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers) attracted a record crowd of about 1,100 persons to the Crescent City. There, they were treated to updates on fiber optics, home networks, open access, video-on-demand and residential gateways, among other topics. The good news? Theres no shortage of new technologies coming down the pike to enable the suite of servi...

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Cracking The Content Security Conundrum

December 31, 2000 7:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

With over-the top providers beating a path through the Internet and into subscribers' homes, and with content owners fretting about how their videos are being moved from device to device, content security is taking on added importance.

Memory Lane - Cable Subscribers: Going Retro

December 31, 2000 7:25 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

Had you asked a cable exec in 1994 where sub growth was headed, the only logical answer would have been “up”. In 1994, the year of NAFTA, Netscape and Nancy Kerrigan, it was a trying time for the cable industry.

AT & T tunes in TV on Xbox 360, launches Windows mobile app(2)

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T said it’s the first video provider in the nation to offer the live TV service through an Xbox 360.

Bright House keeps customers connected with ‘easy gadget’ app(2)

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks has added iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads to its “easy gadget” list of devices.

Bright House keeps customers connected with ‘easy gadget’ app(2)

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks has added iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads to its “easy gadget” list of devices.

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