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WorldCom: Bush promises investigation; SEC charges fraud

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

While much of the economic industry is still spinning from WorldCom Inc.'s announcement that it misreported nearly $4 billion in expenses, the government has been swift to take action. After hearing the news, President George W. Bush vowed that the matter would be "fully" investigated. "There is a need for a renewed corporate responsibility in America," he said.

Net2Phone, Liberty trial IP telephony

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

Voice over IP service provider Net2Phone Inc. and Puerto Rico's Liberty Cablevision have launched a managed IP telephone service test, marking the first managed end-to-end IP telephony service over broadband networks, the companies claim. The first call was placed yesterday by Net2Phone Chairman Howard Jonas in Luquillio, Puerto Rico to Liberty Media Chairman John Malone in the United States.


BellSouth targets small business sector

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

According to industry research, there are roughly 22.4 million small businesses in the United States, and BellSouth Corp. wants a bigger piece of the market. The company has expanded its data service portfolio to retain and attract more customers in this sector. BellSouth has renewed its commitment to the small business sector, and as part of that commitment, the company has rolled out new secu...


Comcast dials into IP telephony in Philly

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Comcast Corp. has announced it will be calling up Internet Protocol telephony service in its hometown of Philadelphia in mid 2003. It is the first voice-over IP deployment for the Philadelphia-based MSO, which already has 40,000 circuit-switched telephony customers in Michigan and Virginia. For the Philadelphia service, Comcast will use a voice-over-IP system powered by Arris Group Inc.

Motorola eliminates 7,000 jobs

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

Motorola Inc. still has its eye on returning to profitability this year, and is taking additional steps to make sure that happens. The latest: the company is cutting another 7,000 jobs. The 7,000 positions will be eliminated across the company's business segments and corporate headquarters. Earlier this month, the company reaffirmed its guidance for the second quarter, and it is sticking with t...

Qwest Communications shares fall 57 percent, as investigation reported

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Martin J. Moylan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Saint Paul Pioneer Press Saint Paul Pioneer Press…06/27/2002 From LexisNexis Qwest Communications International Inc. shares fell $2.40 — 57 percent — to close at $1.79 Wednesday as the company was hit with a staggering one-two punch.


Freedomland, Alenia sign satellite center agreement

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

Copyright 2002 King Communications Group Space & Missile…06/27/2002 From LexisNexis Freedomland ITN and Alenia Spazio signed an agreement June 20 to build a satellite service center that will allow Freedomland to offer interactive satellite services. Under the contract, Freedomland will invest in the construction of a satellite service center at its office in Milan.

WorldCom misreports $3.8 billion

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

In the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, "(WorldCom) you got a lot of 'splainin' to do!" WorldCom Inc. has admitted that it overstated nearly $4 billion in expenses, raising fears that it may be the latest telecom giant to file for bankruptcy. The company says it will restate its financial statements for 2001 and the first quarter 2002 after an internal audit revealed the company had reported $3.


Adelphia takes the bankruptcy leap

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

After weeks of speculation, beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. has finally sought shelter from the economic telecom storm under the protective shroud of a Chapter 11 filing. Adelphia confirmed late Tuesday that it and 200 of its subsidiaries had filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oregon: Here comes broadband wireless

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

Last-mile telecom service provider Always On Network targets underserved markets to deploy broadband, and has turned to SOMA Networks to bring high-speed Internet access to Klamath County, Oregon. Using SOMA's Amosphere broadband wireless system, Always On Network will deliver high-speed Internet access to the residents and businesses in the county beginning next month.

Motorola ships 2,000th digital headend system

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

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has broken out the party hats. The broadband unit recently shipped its 2,000th digital headend system. Charter Communications Inc.'s Ely, Minn.-based cable system received the headend system last month. With this latest shipment, Motorola's digital networks pass more than 75 million television households.

Telchemy, Trinity team for VoIP quality control

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

As carriers switch from traditional circuit-switched platforms to packet-based networks, they are experiencing a deluge of new traffic, which poses significant challenges to carriers and equipment manufacturers seeking to deliver a superior Quality of Experience (QoE) to end users. Telchemy Inc. has teamed with Trinity Convergence to enhance the implementation of call quality monitoring and man...

mmO2 prices up 3G mobile subscription

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Melanie Reynolds | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gale Group, Inc. ASAP Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information Limited Electronics Weekly…06/26/2002 From LexisNexis Mobile operator mmO2 has published trial prices for its 3G mobile phone service being run on the Isle of Man by subsidiary Manx Telecom. The charges are based on a monthly subscription which includes a data allowance.

TWC, Newhouse rework cable deal

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

The deal it is a changin', the Time Warner Cable-Advance/Newhouse Communications deal that is. The companies have agreed to transfer 2.1 million TWC subscribers to A/N's control, and transfer A/N's Road Runner stake to TWC. The companies have been negotiating the restructuring deal for several months now, which stemmed from A/N's desire to resume operating some of the cable systems.

Conexant buys MPEG biz

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

In a cash and stock deal, Globespan Virata has sold its MPEG video and audio compression and decompression product business to Conexant Systems Inc. The sale is part of the DSL equipment provider's divestiture strategy. For its part, Conexant will fork over $21 million in cash and 1.25 million shares of common stock.


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