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

Alpha makes Cable Center donation

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Alpha Technologies Inc. is trying to give a little back to the industry through a $500,000 donation to The Cable Center. The company has donated the money to The Center's Telecommunications Equipment Campaign. The Cable Center has a goal of raising $10 million to purchase audio and video equipment and other technological equipment.

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Speakeasy gives away iPods

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

National broadband service provider Speakeasy is launching another promotion to attract customers. The latest: the company is giving a free iPod to every new business DSL or T-1 subscriber. The MP3 player holds 1,000 songs and has a battery life of 10 hours. "This promotion allows us to introduce new customers to our broadband services and to a device and passion that is such a natural extensio...

S-A unveils new WebSTAR cable modem

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The latest WebSTAR cable modem offering from Scientific-Atlanta Inc. will upgradeable to DOCSIS 2.0, the company says. The WebSTAR DPX2100 will be upgradeable to DOCSIS 2.0 via a software download, according to S-A. The DPX2100, which recently received DOCSIS 1.1 certification, incorporates the Broadcom BCM3348 DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 2.

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BBC set to launch iTV service

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

On October 30 the United Kingdom will get another choice in digital television thanks to a partnership between the BBC, Crown Castle International and BSkyB. The free-to-view digital service, dubbed Freeview, will offer viewers up to 30 digital television channels, interactivity and digital radio through a rooftop aerial via a digital terrestrial television.

Teledesic all but folds up

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The fat lady may be about to sing at Teledesic LLC. The satellite communications services company has put the brakes on its global, broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Over the past 10 years, Teledesic has invested hundreds of millions of dollars on design and development of the network.

Cablevision ranks low in liquidity

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…10/03/2002 From LexisNexis Cablevision Systems Corp. ranks among companies most likely to run out of cash in the next 12 months, Moody's Investors Service said yesterday in unveiling a new ranking system. The new ratings of liquidity are separate from Moody's bond ratings, which already gave Cablevision bonds junk status.

Motorola finds work in Spain, wins Emmy

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Two of Spain's broadband companies have named Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector as a key technology provider. ONO has inked a deal to purchase customer premise equipment and conditional access technology from Motorola. The service provider plans to deploy Motorola's DVi3000 and DVi3500 digital set-tops early next year.

Verizon monitors IP networks

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon is trying to take the worry and hassle of network monitoring and management away from its large enterprise customers with a new service, dubbed IPT Watch. IPT Watch is a remote management service designed to monitor all IP telephony hardware and software as well as voice traffic traveling over a customer's network.

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Microtune stumbles on warning

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microtune Inc. shares slipped to a new 52-week low at one point in early trading, following news that the radio frequency product maker's third-quarter results will come in below the Street's expectations. The company will report $24 million in revenue for the third quarter, which falls short of analysts' range estimates of between $25.

Mag Rack debuts on Insight Digital

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

MSO Insight Communications has rolled out Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.'s Mag Rack VOD service in 10 of its cable systems. Insight will initially offer 40 hours of programming from the video magazine rack, including Classic Cars, Traveler's Guide, Cook with the Pros, Yoga Retreat and Mag Rack Kids Club.

Chip market grows 14 percent

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After ringing in its first year-over-year double-digit increase in sales since the industry's cyclical low in 2001, things are continuing to turn around in the semiconductor sector. Worldwide sales increased 2.2 percent in August, compared to numbers posted in the previous month, according to the latest research from the Semiconductor Industry Association.

360networks poised to emerge from Chapter 11

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Chris Nolter | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…10/02/2002 From LexisNexis Vancouver-based 360networks is poised to exit bankruptcy protection, after a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of New York approved its reorganization plan late Tuesday, Oct. 1. A judge in the Supreme Court of British Columbia signed off on the company's Canadian plan of reorganization in early September, and...

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SCTE launches membership drive

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is calling on its members to help beef up the organization through its annual Member-Get-A-Member campaign. The campaign is designed to reward members that bring in new recruits. Chapters will earn points for each new member. For those who bring in the most new members, prizes will be awarded, including complimentary registrations to SCTE...

Motorola scores a touchdown in Seattle

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Seattle Seahawks' running back Shaun Alexander may have been the star on the field in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, scoring five first-half touchdowns, but the team has drafted Motorola Broadband Communications Sector as its first-string advanced entertainment service provider. Motorola has equipped the stadium with its DCT5100 interactive digital set-top boxes, DigiCipher II Adv...

Court approves Williams' reorg plan

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After six-months in Chapter 11 proceedings, Williams Communications Group Inc. says the pieces of its reorganization plan are falling into place and expects to emerge from bankruptcy this month. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the reorganization plan which will give unsecured creditors a 54 percent equity stake in the company.

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