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

Effnet touts IP header compression software

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Offering a cure for "header overhead," Effnet Inc. has created a new IP header compression software aimed at making services like voice-over-IP run more efficiently over a service operator's network. Effnet's CRTP (compressed real-time transport protocol) software, scheduled to begin shipping this quarter, purports to reduce bandwidth requirements for VoIP by as much as 60 percent in IP v...

House approves bells for online service

February 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by William Glanz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis The House passed legislation yesterday letting the regional Bell operating companies sell Internet service. Passage of the measure was a significant victory for the four Baby Bells because it furthers their aggressive, three-year pursuit of telecommunicati...

Industry pans, praises House OK of Tauzin-Dingell

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

For a bill that appears destined for DOA in the U.S. Senate, the Tauzin-Dingell legislation's approval in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday drew kudos, critiques and candor from the industry: "Broadband competition between cable modem service and DSL is already fierce, and we expect such competition to continue.

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OpenTV joins Japan cable lab; Cox gets down to business

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

OpenTV joined Japan Cable Laboratories and says it's been adapting its technology to meet Japanese standards since March 2000. Recently, Matsushita (Panasonic) said it would use OpenTV's HTML technology, Device Mosaic, to develop an integrated browser using HTML and BML technology for interactive applications.

Customers blast Comcast as Excite reaches final hours

February 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia Inquirer…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Some angry Comcast Corp. cable-modem subscribers say the company's new e-mail service is still not working well, even as the service it replaced, bankrupt Excite@Home, is approaching its final hours.

Eastern Connecticut Cable TV ends Internet test

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

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Day The Day…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Eastern Connecticut Cable Television is in the final stages of testing its new high-speed Internet service, and while it will miss its deadline for getting its customers back on-line in February, it will offer two months of free service once it is running.

WINfirst's woes leave Seattle with one provider

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

Copyright 2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER…02/27/2002 From LexisNexis Bellevue and Seattle officials who were hopeful they'd found a company to bring competition to the dominant cable provider, AT&T Broadband, were disappointed yesterday at news that indicates it's not likely to happen.

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EchoStar/Hughes idea gets mixed reviews

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

EchoStar Communications Corp.'s plan to expand its channels nationwide if its merger with Hughes Electronics goes through got mixed reviews. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission Monday, the two sought approval to launch and operate "a new spot-beam satellite that, when combined with four existing and under-construction EchoStar and DirecTV spot-beam satellites and spectrum eff...

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Pending telecom bill points to influence peddling

February 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jackie Koszczuk | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder Knight Ridder Washington Bureau…02/27/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday expects to take up a major telecommunications bill that seems to promise high-speed telephone and Internet connections for every household, small business and computer junkie in America — but consumer adv...

CableLabs OCAP conference lures large turnout

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

At 90 companies and 165 attendees, CableLabs drew a bigger- than-expected crowd at the Feb. 14 OpenCable Developers' Conference and OpenCable Application Platform interoperability testing event. About 13 participating companies presented topics covering reference OCAP/MHP uses, application developer toolkits, content authoring tools, application servers and data carousels for iTV, as well as so...

Tale from two cities: Comcast opens system to second ISP

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

Following AOL Time Warner's lead, albeit without a Federal Trade Commission mandate, Comcast Corp. struck a deal with NetZero and Juno owner United Online to offer high-speed Internet services on two Comcast cable systems. It's Comcast's first move toward opening its system to multiple ISPs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Teutons give Liberty death

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

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis U.S. cabler Liberty Media's $4.8 billion acquisition of six of Deutsche Telekom's regional cable franchises is dead. The German cartel office is expected to nix the deal at a press conference this morning, after warning the cabler on Jan.

Williams, Level 3 fight to survive telecom meltdown

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

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis Two companies similar to Global Crossing are taking drastic steps to keep lenders off their backs. Williams Communications, owner of a 33,000-mile national high-speed network, said Monday it might seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it can't work out a deal with lenders.

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House to vote on bill to let Baby Bells provide broadband

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

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Miami Herald…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis A hotly contested bill that would allow the four regional Bell phone companies to provide long-distance high-speed Internet connections and sidestep a key provision of the 1996 telecommunications reform law is set for a vote Wednesday by the U.

Industry weighs in on Tauzin-Dingell

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

There's nothing like the drama of a hot and pending legislative vote, and the industry has made tomorrow's vote on the Tauzin-Dingell bill a case in point. Broadband has turned out in droves to weigh in on what it wants, particularly given a last-minute line-sharing amendment. Because of the 24 amendments, the debate should take two days on the floor, the White House Bulletin reports.

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