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Shaw, Rogers target dial-up users

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an attempt to convert dial-up users to faster broadband connections and to lure entry-level Internet users, Canadian MSOs Rogers Cable Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are offering "Internet Lite" services. Shaw has launched the service, and Rogers plans to offer it this month. Slower than traditional cable modem services but much faster than dial-up connections, the new Lite version ...

FCC begins Comcast review

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…04/01/2002 From LexisNexis The Federal Communications Commission has started the clock running on its review of Comcast's bid to buy up AT&T Broadband, the telco's gargantuan cable unit. Agency commenced its official 180-day review of the $75 million cable deal late Friday, just in time for the Easter holiday.

Universal Broadband buys Monarch

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Universal Broadband Communications purchased the assets of San Diego-based Monarch Communications, a telecom reseller with service in Colorado, Oregon, California and parts of Mexico. "I can't disclose the financial terms," says CEO Mark Ellis. Assets include the company's 1,200-customer base. Most of Monarch's traffic is in California, with "a lot of traffic to Mexico," Ellis says.


CableLabs serves up metadata in VOD spec

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a move that could play a huge role in forthcoming "everything" on-demand services, CableLabs has completed the first set of specifications related to handling descriptive data–also known as metadata–associated with on-demand video "events." The specification, dubbed V.10, is designed to create a common approach to handling metadata, which can identify VOD movie titles or ev...

On-demand takes center stage at CTAM

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Video-on-demand and subscription-VOD were hot topics at last month's CTAM Digital Conference in Los Angeles, as operators and programmers explained how such services could be marketed to generate revenue and bust digital churn. Comcast Corp. officials, for example, said it will entice consumers with free SVOD trials, as well as other marketing tactics designed to remove barriers of consum...

EarthLink cuts out the wait with cable home network service

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Complementing a similar strategy for its DSL service, EarthLink said it has started to offer a home networking service bundle to its cable modem ISP customers. EarthLink's home networking service and gateway hardware will leverage both wired and wireless links to share high-speed connections and files among several PCs and peripherals on a home network.

Imedia launches chip line; Enterasys delays 10-K

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon's recent Imedia Semiconductor Corp. spinoff launched a line of custom-designed cable modem processors based on DOCSIS 2.0. First product in the line is the IM6030, a chip at the heart of Terayon's TJ 715 cable modem, the company says. The 2.0-based cable modem is DOCSIS 1.1 certified. The chip ties in with the company's new IM96030 reference design that includes production-ready hardwar...


Cable 2002 to focus on tech's cutting edge

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next month's National Show will place a heavy focus on cable and other telecommunications technologies. Cable 2002 will feature topics ranging from advanced optical and IP network architecture, traffic/bandwidth management, IP streaming protocols, security and residential gateways. The 43rd volume of NCTA's technical papers will be presented during eight technical sessions.


PCT 'taps' S-A

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PCT International will soon manufacture its own line of taps following a licensing agreement with Scientific-Atlanta. Financial terms were not disclosed. PCT, a cable technology subsidiary of Andes Industries, will employ S-A's patented power-passing technology and the trademarked design of the tap, which is designed to be compatible with the back housings and faceplates manufactured by t...

R.I. won't pull plug on Warwick cable TV provider

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Timothy C. Barmann | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Providence Journal Providence Journal…03/29/2002 From LexisNexis It's not really a cable company after all. State cable regulators have concluded that Starlight Communications, a small Warwick company that provides cable television services to apartment complexes, does not fit the definition of a cable system established by...

TWC partners with Juniper in NY; Velocita talks with creditors

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Liberty unit will use Juniper Internet Communications Inc.'s broadband services for TWC's RoadRunner customers in Duchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, N.Y. JINI, a Juniper Group subsidiary, will hire technicians in the Hudson Valley area. … Velocita Corp. struck an agreement with a consortium of banks to waive certain covenants in its credit agreement.

The face of competition: Four fight for biz in Harlan, Iowa

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Chris Clayton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Omaha World-Herald Omaha World - Herald…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis Many rural communities have few options when it comes to phone, cable or Internet service. But Harlan has a communications smorgasbord. Right now, the town has three phone companies, three high-speed Internet providers and two cable TV companies.


Covad income up on debt deal; Riverstone revenue jumps 114%

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Once bitter opponents on broadband regulation, a deal between SBC Communications and Covad Communications let Covad emerge from bankruptcy before the end of last year and turn out a healthy net income for the year. The DSL provider's net income for the year reached $344.8 million, compared with a $1.

Network Associates back with bid for

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Network Associates' flip-flopping offer for outstanding shares of Corp. is on again, it says. The company had postponed the offer earlier this week with the announcement it was under an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. McAfee issued a statement after the offer's March 16 debut, calling the deal "financially inadequate.

Software synergy: Digeo to merge with Moxi

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digeo Inc. emerged Friday morning as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo name. The merger, expected to close in the next four to six weeks, will tweak at least two key executive positions.


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