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Wed, 09/12/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael K. Powell issued a statement yesterday expressing condolences for the losses in New York and Washington, D.C., and urging patience with the telecom industry. "I am grateful for the tireless and heroic efforts of those in the telecommunications industry who are working hard to keep our most fundamental communications systems … operating efficiently under the circumstances," he says. "This is a difficult time for everyone, and we must be patient." …

DirecTV Broadband Inc. expanded partnerships with last-mile providers, picking up DSL connections dropped by Rhythms NetConnections and landing agreements with every RBOC in the country, it reports. …

Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. landed a deadline extension on its commitment letter for the $235 million in vendor financing it's been seeking. Slated to expire on Sept. 12, MFN now has its commitment until Sept. 17. …

Sniffer Technologies launched its Sniffer Pulse "appliance" that detects, tracks and helps resolve Internet performance issues at the front and back ends. The product has more than 200 graphical metrics for real-time visibility and monitors all Internet traffic without adding to the network's load. …

Tellabs' Cablespan CDM115E cable data modem landed Euro-DOCSIS 1.0 certification from tComLabs. The modem delivers high-speed data to homes or small businesses via an HFC network. …

Starz Encore's VP of Affiliate Marketing Miles McNamee says SVOD appeals to consumers' historic viewing patterns and preferences, and will help customers grow more comfortable in navigating ITV and accepting it. McNamee spoke at the Carmel Group's 2001 Convergence Conference in Marina del Rey, Calif., adding that transactional pay-per-view VOD will "always have its place for earlier window movies and high-profile events." …

FiberNet Telecom Group Inc. says its metro optical network was not affected by evnets in New York City and is fully operational in the city. The company says it can maintain service without interruption. …

Global Crossing Ltd. says its global network is secure and operating. The company launched an emergency operations center in New Jersey to help in Manhattan's recovery, it says.

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