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Sprint joins Moody's downgrade club

June 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sprint has become the latest telecom company to be hit with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service. The recent cut puts Sprint's credit rating one notch above "junk" status. On Friday, Moody's cut Sprint's senior unsecured long-term rating from Baa2 to Baa3 — a notch above junk. The downgrade, which affected roughly $22 billion of debt, was sparked by Moody's view that Sprint w...

Adelphia declines to cover Rigases' legal costs

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by John Rega | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…06/07/2002 From LexisNexis Adelphia Communications Corp. said yesterday it wouldn't cover legal costs of four members of its controlling Rigas family and another employee because they breached their duty to the cable-television company.

SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo 2002 in brief

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Day 3: A wave of companies will be showcasing their products and technologies this week at SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo 2002 in San Antonio. The CED Magazine staff will bring you the latest news and product information each day live from the show. Below is a glimpse of what's happening at the show, but for complete show coverage visit www.

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Internet rolls onto highways

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marc Saltzman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Edmonton Sun…06/07/2002 From LexisNexis Don't be surprised if you see someone cruising down the information superhighway - literally - thanks to a recently announced Internet service for mobile homes, RVs and trucks. In July, Skycasters LLC, an Akron, Ohio, provider of satellite broadband services, is launching the Transportable Solution, a fully p...

Sprint expands Business DSL offering

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sprint has been offering its Business DSL service package to small businesses since last year, and now the communications company is expanding its offering to include large business customers. Sprint is rolling out the service in 32 markets, and is offering large business customers high-speed access speeds of up to 4 Megabits per second downstream and 512 kilobits per second upstream.

ARRIS targets last-mile market with fiber-to-the-sub products

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To assist operators in penetrating fiber deeper into the network, ARRIS has introduced its Global Access Fiber-to-the-Subscriber product line. The unified access network architecture can be deployed as fiber-to-the-curb or as fiber-to-the-subscriber, according to ARRIS. Although specific savings were not outlined by ARRIS, the company said compared to traditional Passive Optical Networks, the G...

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ReplayTV users sue entertainment industry

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Some people are passionate about their right to use their digital video recorder to digitally record programing to view content later and skip commercials. So passionate in fact, that an online-civil-liberties group has filed a lawsuit against several entertainment industry giants. The suit, filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of five ReplayTV 4000 owners, asks the court to ru...

Motorola to recall some DCT-2000 boxes

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Motorola Inc. will be forced to recall a percentage of the 1 million DCT-2000 digital set-top boxes it manufactured between late February and May this year. The cause: a mechanical defect in the power plug. Given the DCT-2000 is the most widely deployed box — 21 million worldwide — the recall will affect virtually all North American MSOs, including Cox Communications Inc.

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NTT rolls with wireless broadband access trial

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

NTT Communications Corp. is testing the waters of wireless broadband access with a trial in Japan. The "WINQ," or Wireless, Intelligent, Non-line-of-sight, and Quick install, trial will get under way in September and run through August of next year. The trial will be conducted in the Kanazawa area of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Comcast enlists the Shack to get the word out

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Half the battle is getting the word out. Yesterday EarthLink Inc. forged a broadband partnership with Gateway, today Comcast Cable Communications Inc. has unveiled an alliance of its own with RadioShack Corp. Under the deal, Comcast will work with RadioShack to develop a "point of sale presence" at nearly 600 RadioShack stores in the MSO's 26-state service area.

Global chip sales to rebound: Group

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…06/06/2002 From LexisNexis Worldwide sales of semiconductors, after their worst-ever slump in 2001, are on the rebound this year and will rise a modest 3.1 percent to $143 billion (U.S.), a trade group said yesterday. After rising modestly this year, global sales of semiconductors will rise 23.

TI sinks its teeth farther into Bluetooth

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone market is expected to reach 20 million this year, and Texas Instruments Inc. wants to make sure it is in on the action. The chipmaker has developed a single-chip Bluetooth solution — the BFR6100 — that integrates a digital Radio Frequency processor and Bluetooth baseband on one chip.

WorldCom to shed wireless unit

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To boost its cash position, WorldCom Inc. is exiting the wireless resale business. WorldCom has been in the wireless resale business for more than five years. The company got into the business with the goal of becoming a facilities-based wireless carrier — a goal that was never realized. As of late, the telecom company has been plagued by a slowdown in consumer spending, a lagging long-di...

Moody's:Adelphiabankruptcy"potentiallyimminent"

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp.'s credit ratings for the third time in less than three months. The ratings firm says a bankruptcy filing is "potentially imminent." Adelphia's unsecured debt — roughly $4.9 billion — has been cut from Caa1 to Caa2, while its convertible and exchangeable preferred stock — roughly $1.

Moody's: Adelphia bankruptcy "potentially imminent"

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp.'s credit ratings for the third time in less than three months. The ratings firm says a bankruptcy filing is "potentially imminent." Adelphia's unsecured debt — roughly $4.9 billion — has been cut from Caa1 to Caa2, while its convertible and exchangeable preferred stock — roughly $1.

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