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CableLabs certifies 12 in 1.1, qualifies two

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs completed a busy week with the announcement it certified a record 12 DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems and qualified two cable modem termination systems in its third 1.1 wave. It also certified or re-certified seven cable modems for DOCSIS 1.0. CableLabs says Accton, Arris, Askey, Conexant, Quanta, Samsung, Scientific-Atlanta, Tellabs, Terayon, Thomson and Xrosstech had their cable modems certi...

Cox tests home networking in New England

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications launched a home-networking trial to 20,000 customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The service started this week, says Cox spokeswoman Laura Oberhelman. Because it is a trial, Cox will not disclose who it's using as a vendor, she adds. Cox says it will provide networking hardware, software, professional installation and technical assistance.

NCTA, SCTE note speakers for Cable 2002, Summit

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Potentially reversing what could have been a trend toward non-participation in industry trade shows, all major cable programming networks will attend Cable 2002, the 51st Annual Convention and International Exposition, says the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA also secured a lineup for the general session, slated for May 7.


Global tries to stop N.Y. station eviction

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by James S. Granelli | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis A creditor's effort to evict Global Crossing Ltd. from a New York site where a fiber-optic cable from England hooks into the network of U.S. land lines would wipe out a third of Global's transatlantic telephone traffic and slash the company's value to potential buyers, the company argues in a court document.


Venture targets MSOs with MPEG-4-based digital cable

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

Seven high-profile companies pooled their products to form e-BOX Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based joint venture that will supply North American and Asia Pacific operators with a digital cable system based on MPEG-4 technology. E-BOX is comprised of five publicly traded companies and two private ones, each of which will supply products or services from its area of expertise.

Cox launches broadband programming in 20 markets

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

Cox Interactive Media has launched local and other broadband programming in 20 markets. Cox Communications Inc. operates the high-speed Internet and CIMedia created and manages the programming. The launch is split into markets served by CIMedia city sites, and Cox markets that weren't served by the unit.

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.

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.


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 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 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.

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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