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

A tale of two companies and their two-way cable upgrade

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Two companies teamed on a coaxial-cable system upgrade at a Florida apartment complex, and pulled it off without retrenching or rewiring. Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned the former one-way cable system into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services.

Malone looks to flex more muscle at AOL

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Carl DiOrio | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis Liberty Media topper and dealmaker extraordinaire John Malone is trying to deal himself a sweeter hand with his big AOL Time Warner holdings — and maybe also a seat at the conglom's board meetings. Malone has asked regulators to remove rules preventing him from exercising voting power via Liberty's 4 percent ...

Cable firm cuts jobs, raises rates, sells units

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Paddon, James Stevenson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis Shaw Communications Inc. is cutting 400 jobs, selling its U.S. cable systems and raising monthly charges for nearly 2 million Canadian subscribers as the country's second-largest cable TV operator grapples with a $74.

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Eastern taps Alopa's MetaServ; Rogers to launch MLB

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Waterford, Conn.-based Eastern Connecticut Cable TV converted about 2,200 modems to its own system, using Alopa Networks' MetaServ Provisioning Platform. About 55,000 of Eastern's homes passed were left stranded in December, when ExciteAtHome shut down service to the company. Eastern says it watched as 1,390 customers signed on, self-provisioned and attained service in 48 hours.

TWC-Houston taps CSG; Comcast debuts in D.C.

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable-Houston will use CSG Systems' Workforce Express software to automatically route technicians to assignments, based on skills and location, from a single desktop and in real time. The tools also allow detailed directions for technicians via a Web-enabled cell phone. TWC Houston has 650,000 customers in the Houston area.

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Video compression stealth scientists breed new approach

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The video compression people are back, this time with a "radical new approach" designed by a "handpicked team of scientists, mathematicians and engineers," Pulsent Corp. says. It also had a few harsh words for what it considers outdated block-based technology. The company says it spent four years in "stealth development" on the technology, which "provides a 400 percent improvement in bandwidth ...

SonicBlue taps Amazon.com for DRV sales

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

For the next two months, if you want to buy SonicBlue's ReplayTV 4000 digital video recorder online, you will have to head to Amazon.com. The company today announced an exclusive national Internet retail agreement with the online merchant to sell its new ReplayTV4000 family of players through May. The ReplayTV 4000 series offers units with hard drives capable of storing recorded material and a ...

Report: MSOs carry security stigma

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable operators have an image problem to overcome if they ever want businesses to consider them legitimate telecom providers, a Yankee Group report says. MSOs carry a "stigma of not being a secure and reliable last-mile technology," the research firm says. Most cable security presently is deployed by end users on their desktops.

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FCC challenged on high-speed Internet ruling

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis Verizon Communications, EarthLink and public interest groups went to court Monday to challenge a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to insulate high-speed cable Internet service from extensive regulations.

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Judge OKs altered Global deal

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis A federal Bankruptcy Court ruling Monday set the stage for what could be a highly contested auction for telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd. and its worldwide network of high-speed, fiber-optic cable. The U.

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AOL to take $54 B quarterly charge

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reshma Kapadia Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis AOL Time Warner will take a $54 billion quarterly charge, likely to be the largest on record, to reflect a steep decline in the value of AOL's purchase of Time Warner, the Internet and media giant said in its annual report released Monday.

Yipes joins Chapter 11 club

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

The latest broadband communications provider to join the Chapter 11 club is Yipes Communications Inc. The San Francisco-based service provider filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco as it tries to restructure its business. Yipes provides broadband business connections based on Ethernet technology ranging from 1 Megabit per second to 1 Gigabit per second...

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Liberate narrows losses in Q4, touts PopTV Premier takers

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Fresh from filing an infringement lawsuit last week, Liberate Technologies turned to financials, where it narrowed its losses and saw its revenue jump more than 50 percent in its third quarter. The middleware provider also announced the first takers of its PopTV Premier Partner Program. Liberate's actual revenue rose to $23.

Wave7 picks up $3 M from Mellon in Series B

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mellon Ventures Inc. injected $3 million into Wave7 Optics' second round of financing, bringing the equipment maker's Series B total to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Advanced Technology Ventures, Armada Venture Partners, Morganthaler and Lucent Ventures Partners. The funds will go toward Wave7's introduction of its Last Mile Link package of optical access products, which pro...

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Magis lands funding from SANYO

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SANYO invested an undisclosed amount in Magis Networks Inc. as a first step toward using the company's Air5-based chipset. Under the deal, Hitachi will promote Magis' technology as a worldwide standard for 802.11a technology, and the two will develop common roadmaps and product applications, Magis says.

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