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Court approves Williams' reorg plan

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After six-months in Chapter 11 proceedings, Williams Communications Group Inc. says the pieces of its reorganization plan are falling into place and expects to emerge from bankruptcy this month. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the reorganization plan which will give unsecured creditors a 54 percent equity stake in the company.

Warning pummels Charter's stock

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s stock fell as much as 29 percent in early trading, following news that the MSO has revised its third-quarter growth forecast. The U.S.'s fourth-largest cable operator has lowered its Q3 operating cash flow growth guidance from 13.7 percent to 13 percent, citing losses in its basic analog customer sector.

SCTE seeks '03 Expo workshop proposals

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it is accepting proposals for technical workshops that will be held during the 2003 Cable-Tec Expo, slated for May 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pa. SCTE said the Expo subcommittee will consider papers on any topic, but will give preference to those covering subjects such as advanced services deployment, support of enhanced/narrowcast servi...

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New pacts put AOL's broadband efforts into high gear

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

America Online shifted its high-speed efforts into overdrive this summer after two separate pacts were signed that will give the ISP a clearer path into additional DSL and cable markets. For one, AOL Broadband will benefit from the unwinding of the AOL Time Warner and AT&T Corp. Time Warner Entertainment partnership.

Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message(2)

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

UPC looks to Arris for tiering, VoIP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with an advanced cable service plan that includes tiered data and a transition to IP telephony, UnitedGlobalCom has awarded Arris a three-year purchase agreement that covers "all elements" of HFC systems and multiple deployments. More specifically, the deal includes Arris' DOCSIS 1.1- and EuroDOCSIS 1.

BigBand lands Cox HD deployments

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. has tapped BigBand Networks Inc. to support the MSO's rollout of high definition television in several markets later this year. Initially, Cox will use BigBand's Broadband Multimedia Service Router (BMR) in Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. Cox said the gear will help the operator reduce costs and better allocate and manage its available bandwidth without expensive sys...

Harmonic tumbles on revised outlook

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wall Street is frowning on Harmonic Inc.'s stock, following a revised third-quarter outlook that will come in below previous expectations. The company expects to post Q3 sales of between $37 million and $39 million, citing a significant slowdown in orders from its domestic cable customers. Its Broadband Access Networks division, which manufacturers fiber optic products for broadband cable netwo...

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Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Tollgrade Communications to cut 47 jobs

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Massey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., citing further spending cutbacks by telecommunications clients, yesterday said it will eliminate 47 jobs, warned that third-quarter earnings would fall on the lower end of already reduced forecasts and said Chief E...

Companies respond to OCAP RFP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after putting the call out, 14 companies have responded to CableLabs ' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) request for proposal for implementations. OCAP, which is largely based on Europe's MHP platform, is a specification tied to middleware that eventually will populate OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes and other devices.

WorldGate shuffles staff, makes cuts

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To ensure WorldGate has enough cash to fund itself through at least the next four quarters, the company is making some changes. WorldGate said it is taking steps to get its priorities in line. First, the company will transfer some of its employees to TVGateway LLC, its joint venture with Adelphia Communications Corp.

FreeZone debuts in San Diego

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ready to see if "free" on-demand will drive and retain digital subscribers, Cox Communications Inc. has launched its advertising-supported video-on-demand service in San Diego. The service bowed on channel 997. Dubbed "FreeZone," the service gives digital subscribers on-demand access to a spate of ad-supported content, including short independent films, action sports vignettes and interviews w...

OpenCable adds HD to the mix

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued a new OpenCable specification designed to funnel high-definition television programming through advanced digital set-tops and other OpenCable-based devices or "hosts." OpenCable is a CableLabs initiative that aims to create the technical pieces necessary to lend "portability" to digital cable set-tops and, consequently, foster a retail market for the equipment.

Juniper bows compact CMTS

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with a new "pizza box" cable modem termination system (CMTS) dubbed the "G1." The G1 complements Juniper's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified G10 model, a full-chassis, "carrier-class" CMTS. Both models house Juniper's home-grown silicon, the "Broadband Cable Processor.

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