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

Charter Pipeline/MSN team on portal

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Watch for Charter.msn.com, a hybrid portal and start page coming from a recently closed deal between Charter Communications Inc. and MSN. The two also plan a charter.com e-mail service and a customized version of MSN's Explorer. Charter.msn.com will be a co-branded start page that offers MSN's content and customized Charter content, too, says Charter spokesman Andy Morgan.

Motorola's 'telecom now' and 'next' initiative

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola launched a corporate-wide initiative intended to focus itself better in the telecom market. Headed by two in-house execs, Telecom Next, Telecom Now will address separate parts of the industry. Telecom Next will position "the entire corporation in future and emerging telecom technologies, including full-scale IP and multiservices networks," the company says.

NCTA offers uplinks for PSAs

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA President Robert Sachs called for members to include public service announcements from the American Red Cross in their cable systems. The ads promote grief counseling and solicit donations for relief efforts. The industry-wide public service ad campaign is intended to supplement individual contributions from the industry.

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New ADC CMTS to target small cable systems

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to tap into small cable system markets and the multidwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the Cuda 1000, a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class Cuda 12000. Targeting cable systems with less than 20,000 homes, ADC's Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said M...

AM buys SRS-EDJ for $6.9 M in cash and stock

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AM Communications Inc. subsidiary AM Broadband Services Inc. picked up SRS Communications Corp. and EDJ Communications Inc. for about $6.9 million in cash, stock and promissory notes. It expects to hire hundreds of workers to cover orders, a spokeswoman says. "We believe it's a great opportunity to expand our opportunities in the service market," says spokeswoman Christine Mascaro, marketing an...

Deals and other industry doings …

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies' VoCable TB300 IP Gateway landed multivendor interoperability approval with five cable equipment manufacturers. The gateway now "interoperates" with equipment from ADC Telecommunications, Arris, Cadant, Motorola and Tellabs, the company says. … Eumitcom Technology and Samsung Electronics used Conexant Systems Inc.

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Industry keeps funds, service, supplies coming

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC Telecommunications' ADC Foundation will donate $50,000 to The September 11th Fund. The company also will match employee donations up to $1,000 each, and will hold a blood drive at its headquarters. NTT Communications Corp. and its subsidiary, Verio Inc., created an emergency response program for New York businesses affected by the attacks.

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Lexent's emergency response sees new scale

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the industry continues to donate funds and services to relief agencies after last week's terrorist attacks, rebuilding efforts also are underway. Lexent Inc. helped rebuild the communications infrastructure after the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and now is working with telecom companies in lower Manhattan, re-establishing "network integrity," it says.

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Deals and other industry doings …(2)

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies' VoCable TB300 IP Gateway landed multivendor interoperability approval with five cable equipment manufacturers. The gateway now "interoperates" with equipment from ADC Telecommunications, Arris, Cadant, Motorola and Tellabs, the company says. … Eumitcom Technology and Samsung Electronics used Conexant Systems Inc.

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AOLTW, Yipes pitch in on relief effort

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an open memo to employees, AOL Time Warner chiefs Steve Case and Gerry Levin called for suggestions of where the company could contribute most effectively to the relief efforts in New York. They also outlined what AOLTW has already done, including donating $5 million and offering to match more. "Ours is a unique enterprise, and we have unique resources," including AOL and CNN, the two wrote.

Quints team resources on iTV systems

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Five interactive television (iTV) companies have banded together to launch the Entertainment Technology Group to enable broadband cable and telecommunication operators worldwide to reduce their time to market and exploit the revenue potential of broadband technology. Under the deal, Lucent Digital Video will supply encoding technology via its line of MPEG-2 encoders, LinkRunner video gateways a...

BarcoNet debuts new VOD system

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

BarcoNet today announced the launch of a dedicated VOD-over-IP solution designed to make VOD economically feasible on both a small and large scale. The system consists of an end-to-end digital TV delivery system based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology, enabling cable operators to roll out interactive applications, such as VOD, at low cost to both set-top boxes and PCs connected to high-speed...

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Pace picks Equator silicon for gateways

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Pace Micro Technology plc has selected Equator Technologies Inc.'s "MAP-CA" chip for the set-top maker's forthcoming line of home gateways. Pace added that it would use the programmable silicon to foster advanced multimedia functions such as video streaming, video-on-demand, electronic program guides and personal video recording.

Jedai sheds light on new architecture

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following its formal introduction at this year's Cable-Tec Expo, Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. took another step forward today with the unveiling of its business-class architecture for cable operators. Targeting mid-sized businesses and high-margin data, video and voice services, Jedai's "IP WaveFront" architecture will move beyond SOHOs to target mid-sized businesses through a wide line of hom...

FCC ponders cable limits

September 13, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday started reviewing its limits for cable companies, it announced. The review follows a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision last spring regarding Time Warner. The court said then that the FCC couldn't adequately justify limits it imposed in the 1992 Cable Act and that the FCC hadn't kept up with changes in the multicha...

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