Eagle opens third Texas headend facility
Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks unit finished a master headend facility near Austin, Texas, and will launch its bundled digital services within a week.
The headend "provides Eagle Broadband a distribution and control point to serve a large portion of the … base that surrounds Austin, as well as the Central Texas area in general, says President and COO Manny Carter, in a statement.
The headend, in the Avery Ranch community north of Austin, will let the company use the company's fiber-to-the-home network it's been building in the suburb to provide the digital services to 1,200 homes and 2,000 multiple dwelling units.
The new Central Texas facility is Eagle's third in the U.S. It debuted its Houston headend before Christmas, but didn't announce it until Jan. 2. The location offered the bundled services to the Canyon Gate at the Brazos suburb in southwest Houston. Another headend facility is located north of Houston.
The bundled services supply high-speed Internet, video-over-fiber, and local and long-distance services, as well as advanced security features, Carter says.
Eagle's ClearWorks unit has seen some changes lately. In February, Eagle reorganized the subsidiary, with which it had merged in February 2001. The company said it cut ClearWorks' payroll substantially during the proceeding 12 months, but did not offer details.
At the time, it moved its customer service and sales managment units to its headquarters, and appointed VP of Engineering John Nagel to oversee the unit's overall network operations.
The company also made several management changes, including appointing James West operating manager of ClearWorks' Home Systems division. The division had helped Eagle establish an Austin-area presence prior to the Avery Ranch debut by providing new home structured wiring, home automation products, home theater entertainment centers, communications systems and security systems.