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

WorldCom sheds some assets

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cypress Communications Inc. has agreed to fork over $32 million for the assets of WorldCom Inc.'s shared tenant telecom services business, dubbed Advanced Building Networks. The purchase, which includes all of Advanced Building Networks customer contacts, in-building networks, associated building rights and employees, is designed to expand Cypress's national footprint from seven to 25 major met...

SBC: Move over AOL, MSN here comes SBC Yahoo! Dial

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Making good on a promise made late last year, SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have launched a co-branded dialup Internet access service. The duo plans to roll out a broadband service later this summer. SBC Yahoo! Dial will give subscribers access to Yahoo! content, including finance, music, online calendaring, e-mail and customized news tracking.

StarBand will try to battle EchoStar while in Chapter 11

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

StarBand Communications Inc. is battling EchoStar Communications Corp. over alleged practices that EchoStar billed and collected revenue from its customers illegally. The two-way satellite broadband service provider says it will fight until the issue is resolved, but will be doing so under the protective shroud of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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IBM, Inktomi team for business

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking beyond e-mail in the business sector, Big Blue and Inktomi Corp. have partnered to provide web-accelerating, streaming and rich media services to enterprises. IBM Corp.'s Digital Media Group is teaming with the software provider to deliver enterprise content delivery network technology to businesses.

Cox checks in with Com21

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications is deploying Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems across its U.S. Hospitality Network. The DOXport 1110 features DOXdiscovery, an interface tool that enables the cable modem to provide diagnostic information via the local Web browser. Cox's Hospitality Network provides interactive and entertainment services to more than 110,000 hotel rooms.

New trade group aims to boost idle iTV sector

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance made its grand entrance at last month's National Cable show in New Orleans, but now the race is on to cull support from iTV vendors and network operators. Claiming to be independent, the iTV Alliance's goal is to promote interactive television deployment through consumer awareness campaigns and cross-industry research.

Liberty Media Corp. forms new iTV division

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Putting interactive television squarely in its sites, Liberty Media Corp. has formed a new iTV division and has taken control of two leading companies in that sector. Leading the new unit as president and CEO is former Gemstar-TV Guide International executive Peter Boylan. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Liberty Broadband is 90 percent-owned by Liberty Media.

SCTE honors safe systems

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The SCTE is honoring 100 cable systems for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The award is based on a company's OSHA-recordable incident rate. All of the awards were doled out between three of the country's largest MSOs: Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Comcast Cable. For a complete list of the winning systems, visit www.

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Next Level raises stakes with ADSL+ platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos compete with cable operators via a bundle of voice, data and advanced video services such as video-on-demand. Dubbed ADSL "plus," the new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL (very high speed digital subscriber line) technology to serve more rural customers, Next Level said.

ChanneLogics manages bandwidth business wins

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tele-Media Corp. of Delaware and Denver-based overbuilder WideOpenWest have inked deals to deploy ChanneLogics' traffic planning and bandwidth management system across their respective high-speed data networks. In addition to HSD, WOW plans to leverage ChannelLogics' CableLogics management suite for advanced on-demand services.

Vulcan Machines puts the pinch on Java set-top chips

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has released the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.

Charter pulls VOD trump card in case Diva falters

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If troubled video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems can't pull itself from the financial brink or find a willing suitor, Charter Communications appears to be well-prepared to live life without what used to be its exclusive VOD vendor. In May, Charter added Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for VOD servers and software, noting that it will use the vendor's MediaHawk system in "several ...

iSurfTV hangs ten in Mexico

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

iSurfTV, an upstart interactive program guide developer, has notched its first trial with Mexico-based MSO Tele Cable de Morelos, S.A. de C.V., whose parent company, United Latin America Inc., is wholly-owned by UnitedGlobalCom Inc. Tele Cable will test iSurfTV's IPG this summer with digital subscribers in Cuernavaca.

Intertainer to woo indie filmmakers

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on- demand channel that aims to goose the independent filmmaking marketplace. Intertainer said it will offer the service via its intertainer.tv Web site, and allow filmmakers to submit short- and feature-length films and set their own prices for consumers.

TollBridge, Arris cross the VoIP gap together

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to bridge the cable IP telephony gap together, Arris and TollBridge Technologies have inked a re-seller deal under which Arris will market TollBridge's TB300 gateway to operators worldwide. Arris will also integrate the product into its CompleteVoice cable telephony system, which is comprised of PacketCable-compliant components such as multimedia terminal adapters and cable modem termin...

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