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SBC blames weak demand, regulations for job cuts

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. plans to hand out 11,000 more pink slips by early 2003. The regional Bell says "outmoded regulation" and the ongoing economic telecom slump fueled its decision. Wholesale prices set by regulators are below cost, according to Edward Whitacre, SBC Chairman and CEO. These price structures have enabled competitors to purchase network access at deep discounts, he said.

OpenTV snaps up ACTV, Wink

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To widen the scope of the audience for its interactive TV software, OpenTV has gone on a buying spree. The interactive TV platform provider has acquired ACTV Inc. and Wink Communications Inc. Under the terms of the ACTV stock-for-stock deal, ACTV common stock will be exchanged for a fraction of an OpenTV Class A ordinary share equal to $1.

Nortel tumbles on weak outlook

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Nortel Networks ' shares took a beating in morning trading, as the network gear maker followed in many of its rivals' footsteps and lowered its third-quarter forecast. The company expects its third-quarter revenue to be roughly 15 percent lower than the numbers posted in the second quarter. This is down from a previous forecast calling for revenue to be up roughly 10 percent from the second qua...


CableLabs stamps nine more modems for DOCSIS 1.1

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said nine new cable modems made the grade for DOCSIS 1.1 following certification wave 23, increasing the number of 1.1-certified modems to 42. CableLabs also has qualified a total of 18 cable modem termination systems (CMTS) for DOCSIS 1.1 thus far, including qualification during the most recent wave of Terayon Communication Systems' BW 3500, a CMTS powered by silicon made by Terayon ...

EarthLink makes deals

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. has inked a series of deals to give itself a boost in several markets. On the high-speed Internet front, Office Depot Inc. has agreed to sell EarthLink's high-speed Internet services in its retail stores nationwide. In stores where EarthLink offers area coverage, Office Depot will have manned kiosks will offer all three of EarthLink's broadband packages,...

Court green lights Williams-SBC agreement

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Williams Communications Group came one step closer to emerging from Chapter 11 proceedings yesterday when a bankruptcy court approved its deal with SBC Communications Inc. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved an agreement between Williams and SBC that resolves legal issues between the two.

Draft bill in Congress paves way for TV's digital era

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Carolyn Lochhead | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle…09/26/2002 From LexisNexis Congress took its first tentative step Wednesday toward mandating that all television sets by 2006 include technology to foil piracy of digitized movies and television shows. Draft legislation explored at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing would make all current television sets an...

Shaw selects Liberate's platform

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Canadian communications company Shaw Communications has been working to put the finishing touches on its video-on-demand service set to launch in Calgary. The latest: Shaw will use Liberate Technologies ' set-top software to power the VOD deployment. Shaw selected the Liberate TV Platform Compact software because it enables the company deploy its VOD service over its existing Motorola DCT-2000 ...


Thomson buys control of Canal+ Technologies

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Thomson Multimedia went shopping for some technology to add to its portfolio and has come home with Canal+ Technologies. As part of the all-cash deal, Thomson will acquire Canal+ Group's 89 percent stake in the middleware and conditional access provider for $186 million in cash. Prior to the deal, Thomson owned a 3.

Must Fly TV: NBC programming jet sets live

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Travelers getting ready to jet-set off on vacation on a JetBlue Airways flight no longer have to worry about setting their VCRs to tape their favorite NBC shows. NBC's "Must See TV" line up will be available to travelers in real-time. JetBlue, NBC and DirecTV Inc. have extended their existing partnership to include programming from WNBC and Telemundo, the Spanish-language network, in the DirecT...

Sports network embraces HDTV

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ESPN is throwing its arms around high-definition television with ESPN HD, a new service slated to launch in April 2003. "ESPN is making a significant commitment to spur the growth of high-definition television," said George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president, in a press release. "Sports will be a key driver of HDTV, and it is only fitting that ESPN plays a leadership role in…advancing the adop...

Sonera turns to Cisco for broadband access

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Finnish telecom service provider Sonera plans to power its Ethernet-based broadband service in Helsinki with Cisco Systems ' equipment. With Cisco's help, Sonera will deliver high-speed Internet access via 10/100 Ethernet ports, enabling each user to have a reserved capacity of 256 kbps. For Cisco's part, the gear maker will supply its Catalyst 2950 switches and metropolitan optical fiber.


RCN gives cable modem subs a dial-up option

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

RCN Corp. is tapping into the notion of portability by offering a dial-up companion service to its high-speed Internet access customers. For an additional $9.95 a month, RCN and Starpower cable modem customers will have local access to the Net in 42 states when they are away from home. The dial-up service offers more than 750 access numbers nationwide and remote access to RCN e-mail via RCN Web...

Justice may stop satellite TV merger

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…09/25/2002 From LexisNexis Justice Department staff is recommending the agency block a proposed merger of the USA's two main satellite TV providers, EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV, people familiar with the matter say. The merger would reduce the number of pay TV companies to two from three in most markets served by cable and satell...

USURF America snaps up ISP

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Fixed wireless broadband product developer USURF America Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire High Plains Internet. Earlier this month, USURF signed HPI up as its channel partner, but decided to acquire the Colorado Springs-based ISP after realizing that the company's infrastructure complemented its plans to roll out its Quick-Cell Wi-Fi based operations.


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