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Delivering advanced services

November 30, 1999 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor-Chief; and Bill Menezes | Comments

As the world prepares to leave the 20th century behind, the traditional "cable TV" industry is undergoing dramatic change. Networks are being digitized and fiberized to allow myriad new services to be transmitted to consumers. Digital video, high-speed data and telephony services are about to reach the mass market.

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Lucent Settles Into Cable's Neighborhood

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Lucent Technologies' emerging role as an equipment and service provider to the cable industry, along with its growing technical contributions through its association with CableLabs, are helping to drive the company deeper into cable's neighborhood. The well-heeled Bell Labs cousin is getting serious about its cable business, evidenced by a 1999 flurry of key acquisitions, strategic alliances an...

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TCA launches modem self-insallation program

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Aleksandr Milewski, Senior Field Applications Engineer, Terayon Communications Systems | Comments

One of the greatest challenges facing MSOs is how to deploy data service systems quickly and cost-effectively in order to build revenue and recoup start-up costs faster. But if it takes a truck roll and a specialist to install every cable modem, how can deployment be either rapid or inexpensive? TCA Cable TV, now a part of Cox Communications, met this challenge with an aggressive subscriber mod...

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Engineers drive trains

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications | Comments

By the time you read this, if the good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, I will have participated in what should be a thought-provoking session at the 1999 Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators (MACTA) conference entitled, "Technology and Public Policy-Who's In the Driver's Seat, and Where Are We Going?".

The CBO plays CYA

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, Spectrum Auction Gambler and and President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Two years ago, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) told Congress that by auctioning off spectrum now used for analog TV broadcasting, the Treasury could raise $6.1 billion. Now the CBO has released a report saying that the $6.1 billion estimate was grossly inflated, but it isn't its fault. In fact, it will be the cable industry that's to blame, because cable won't accept a "must-carry" regime...

Pushing the digital transformation forward

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor-Chief | Comments

It may have come several years later than originally forecast, but cable operators are finally deploying digital video services in significant numbers as they race to keep up-or even surpass-the brisk sales of digital direct broadcast satellite systems. Certainly, consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of digital video, and are the driving force behind the new push.

Retail know - how

October 31, 1999 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor in chief | Comments

The recently-announced merger of industry icon General Instrument with global behemoth Motorola has the potential to shake up the cable TV marketplace as never before. The ramifications of the marriage between the two companies run both wide and deep. Motorola recognizes that companies that can offer integrated communications services will be highly successful in tomorrow's marketplace.

More on "open access"(2)

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, Unbundled Accessory and President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Arguments over "open access"-AOL's political play to get access to cable modem subscribers-always seem to deal with legal issues-whether or not local franchising authorities have jurisdiction, whether cable modem service is cable service or telephone service, etc. Nobody is talking about the technical and operational difficulties in accomplishing open access.

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Case closed? Beating down the 'access doors'

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor-Chief | Comments

Imagine, for just a minute, that you're the world's largest Internet Service Provider, dominating a country that has gone absolutely Internet ga-ga. You have more than 17 million paying subscribers and a market capitalization higher than some countries. You have the power to make or break certain "dot-com" companies simply by choosing to (or not to) make a deal with them.

Caseclosed?Beatingdownthe'accessdoors'

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editor-Chief | Comments

Imagine, for just a minute, that you're the world's largest Internet Service Provider, dominating a country that has gone absolutely Internet ga-ga. You have more than 17 million paying subscribers and a market capitalization higher than some countries. You have the power to make or break certain "dot-com" companies simply by choosing to (or not to) make a deal with them.

fee, PHY, fo, Fumble

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, Associate Editor | Comments

What with the accumulated hyperbole that's built up about the cable industry, high-speed data and cable modems going retail, it really can't be any surprise that the industry itself got caught up in the smaller-better-faster race that's engulfed the high-tech world. No sooner does one high-tech startup company bolt out of the starting blocks, than another entrepreneurial brainstormer shoots out...

More on "open access"

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, Unbundled Accessory and President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Arguments over "open access"-AOL's political play to get access to cable modem subscribers-always seem to deal with legal issues-whether or not local franchising authorities have jurisdiction, whether cable modem service is cable service or telephone service, etc. Nobody is talking about the technical and operational difficulties in accomplishing open access.

Digital broadcasting cram down?

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora | Comments

Things that evolve over more than a decade tend to end up in ways not originally envisioned. When powerful special interest groups get involved, the ultimate outcome can become warped and not in the best interest of the public. It appears that this is happening with broadcast digital television. Let's begin the discussion by listing the stakeholders.

A line in the sand

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

CableLabs didn't want to touch it. The National Cable Television Association said no, thanks. Even some of the most-oft quoted sources in cable TV chose to speak only on background. What is it that's keeping so many people mum? The dreaded "open access" concept. It's simply impossible to find anyone in the cable industry who isn't emotional about the issue.

Home networking: Cable TV's next payoff?

September 30, 1999 8:00 pm | by James Careless, Contributing Editor | Comments

Home networking-connecting multiple devices to a common cable TV connection-used to be a buzzword. Now, it's becoming a reality. The proof: in Canada, Rogers Cablesystems has been quietly rolling out home data networks for its @Home subscribers. The service is known as MIPs. Short for "Multiple IPs," MIPs "gives the customer up to three IP addresses for connecting PCs in the home," says Wayne H...

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