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

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...

Liberate launches certification school

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

Liberate Technologies will train system integrators and administrators of its TV Platform software via its new certification program. Part of Liberate's education services unit, the program trains students to install, administer, provision and troubleshoot the company's software. Liberate says it covers two tracks — the Liberate Platform Certified Administrator and the Liberate Platform C...

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Industry donations still rising

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

A Rochester, N.Y., metro network startup donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross, along with a spirited call to the American business community to help with recovery. "At a time like this, we must remember the spirit of independence and generosity that has made this country great," says American Fiber Systems President and CEO David G.

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Cable news roundup

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael K. Powell issued a statement yesterday expressing condolences for the losses in New York and Washington, D.C., and urging patience with the telecom industry. "I am grateful for the tireless and heroic efforts of those in the telecommunications industry who are working hard to keep our most fundamental communications systems … operating ...

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NCTA exec: Disaster personal, not cable issue

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're taking a low profile" regarding member companies' charitable efforts in the aftermath of Tuesday's tragic attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., says NCTA spokesman Marc Smith. "We're letting them (speak) for themselves." Smith had just returned from New York City to Washington, D.C. Along with other NCTA staff, he'd attended Diversity Week events and was at the National Association o...

Broadband donations total millions for relief agencies

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, an ever-increasing number of broadband companies are stepping up with donations and commitments — some under extremely tough circumstances. A few thus far: Corning Inc.'s Corning Foundation will donate $100,000 to the September 11 fund established by United Way and The New York Community Trust.

Another news roundup …

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications says it will seek a "rebalancing of emphasis to digital and data sales at the expense of marginal increases in basic customer growth." The company expects basic customer growth for 2001 to fall below original guidance of 2 percent as a result of the refocus. Conversely, it expects Q3 advanced services additions to exceed those of Q2.

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Industry: Internet and other systems stay up

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable and Internet systems stayed up and running despite the terrorist attacks in New York City, although hubs and antennae in and on the World Trade Center went down. Time Warner Cable has a system "which does serve all of Manhattan," as well as Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the city, says TWC spokesman Michael Luftman.

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September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications says it will seek a "rebalancing of emphasis to digital and data sales at the expense of marginal increases in basic customer growth." The company expects basic customer growth for 2001 to fall below original guidance of 2 percent as a result of the refocus. Conversely, it expects Q3 advanced services additions to exceed those of Q2.

NAMIC president: Diversity tips to 'oneness' during tragedy

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We had opened the conference (and) our keynote speaker was speaking" when news of two jetliners hitting the World Trade Center started to trickle in, says Patricia Andrews-Keenan, president of the National Association of Minorities in Cable. Keenan spoke to CEDaily today from her cellphone in New York, where she and other event attendees were stranded.

Tragedy focuses industry on workers/systems

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

This morning's tragic events in New York City and Washington, D.C., have cable companies in the early stages of reaction — mainly sending employees home, if needed, and ensuring their systems' security. Cox Communications has no systems in New York, says spokeswoman Susan Leepson, but does have an office in the Washington, D.

NCTA cancels Diversity Week activities

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In the wake of Tuesday morning's events involving two plane crashes into the World Trade Center in New York City, and another into the Pentagon, NCTA cancelled all activities surrounding Diversity Week. "In light of today's events, all cable industry activities surrounding Diversity Week (in New York City) have been cancelled, including the Kaitz Dinner scheduled for Thursday, September 13," NC...

Motorola outlines RiverDelta deal

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. took another step toward its roughly $300 million purchase of RiverDelta networks with an outline of the stock transaction should the merger close on Oct. 12. Motorola announced the merger in July noting that its Motorola Broadband Communications Sector wanted RiverDelta's routing technology, spokeswoman Jeanne Russo said then.

More news to use or peruse …

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. says it shipped its one-thousandth MPLS router port this week. The metro area network company ships the routers to six telecom carriers. No more word on the lawsuit it filed last month against Tellabs, though. … Network Elements Inc. launched a 10 Gbps optical networking module with integrated "multiprotocol protocol processing.

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