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Cable firms try to cage Net 'hogs'

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Shelley Emling | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…04/11/2002 New York — The bandwidth buffet is closing down. Cable companies, including AT&T Broadband, which serves Atlanta, are moving toward charging their Internet subscribers different monthly fees based on connection speeds.

SoftNet shuts down Intellicom

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SoftNet Systems Inc. shed another asset late Thursday, this time shuttering its Intellicom Communications satellite subsidiary. SoftNet said Intellicom, which used two-way satellite technology to deliver Internet services to schools and businesses, will cease operations "following the disposition of certain assets.

ITV XML crowd growing

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The effort to develop and standardize common specifications for interactive television applications and content continues moving forward, and the playing field is growing more crowded by the day. The NCTA Show in New Orleans is the target launch site for a new industry forum established to promote TV Extensible Markup Language, or TVXML, a TV-specific markup language based on XML for interactiv...


Ma Bell proposes reverse stock split

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Corp. is looking to immediately raise the value of its shares, with a one-for-five reverse stock split. Ma Bell proposed the reverse stock split in a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. In the filing, the company said the reverse split would "adjust the trading prices of AT&T common stock following the various transactions to effect AT&T...

Dominion closes Telergy deal

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dominion Telecom continues to swallow long-haul networks from bankrupt Telergy. The latest: the acquisition of Telergy's network in upstate New York. A New York Bankruptcy Court approved Dominion Telecom's bid for the long-haul and metro fiber network. The facilities-based broadband service provider will fork over $7.


iVAST wins ClearStar MPEG-4 contract

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

iVAST said it won a multi-million dollar contract to provide MPEG-4 set-top technology via a deal with ClearStar USA, a telecom and entertainment company headquartered in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Under terms of the deal, iVAST will supply a set of MPEG-4 software and systems aimed at cable operators that plan to deploy interactive broadband services.

Trace outlines digital STB roadmap

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The digital set-top box market is poised to grow its installed base by 62 percent this year, one analysis says. An analysis of the 12-largest cable operators in North America by Trace Strategies Inc. found that by the end of 2002, this group of 12 cablecos will deploy a combined 9.39 million digital STBs.

Optical Solutions snags FTTH deal

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wamego Telecommunications Co., a Kansas-based incumbent local exchange carrier, has tapped Optical Solutions Inc. to bring fiber-to-the-home capability to the Kansas River Valley. The ILEC selected Optical Solutions' FTTH FiberPath 400 to meet the bandwidth needs of its customers. The FiberPath 400, which is based on a passive optical network architecture, will replace Wamego's existing copper ...


Comcast wraps up Detroit VoIP trial

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said it has completed a six-month Voice-over-IP technology trial in the Detroit area. Instead of a pure-IP set-up, Comcast tested packet voice services in the access network (home to headend) by leveraging TollBridge's TB300 gateway, Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system and a Class 5 switch the MSO inherited via a system swap with AT&am...

Home networks move beyond early adopters

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The chance to share a home's broadband connection is the leading driver in the adoption of new home networking technologies, and the rise in the sale of residential cable/DSL routers is happening across nearly all segments of the market, according to a new report from high-tech research firm Cahners In-Stat/MDR.

Additional broadband bills under construction in Senate

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Peacock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/10/2002 From LexisNexis The communications industry can expect additional broadband bills to be introduced in the Senate before the close of the 107th Congress, industry insiders say. A bill by Sen. Breaux (D-La.) is being drafted that sources say will parallel the Tauzin-Dingell bill (HR-1542) passed by the House earlier this...

Rural English areas to get broadband via satellite

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though broadband satellite services have been slow to roll out on any great scale worldwide, pockets in the European market continue to turn to satellite as a broadband alternative, especially in rural areas where general connectivity is limited. Hughes Network Systems Europe, which offers broadband satellite services under the DIRECWAY brand, announced that U.

Alcatel signs broadband agreement with SES Global and Gilat

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bruce Branch | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/09/2002 From LexisNexis Alcatel signed separate agreements with SES Global and Gilat Satellite Networks to implement 2-way global satellite system. Plans call for Alcatel to use SES' Broadband Interactive System (BBI) technology. SES will transfer industrial responsibility for technological development of BBI to Alcatel.

Comcast Gets System Upgrade Underway

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. is launching an initiative to bring high-speed Internet service to more residents of the Constitution State. Comcast will upgrade its cable system in Connecticut by investing millions of dollars. The project will enable the delivery of cable modem services to more than 80,000 customers in Middlesex County and southeastern Connecticut.


Cablevision pushes digital with lower fees, more features

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has launched the next generation of its iO Interactive Optimum digital service, offering a wider slate of programming and a new interface designed to make it easier for subscribers to navigate through iO's features. Tied to that, Cablevision also introduced a new "flexible" pricing structure for iO, including a $9.


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