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

Shifting into fiber-optic overdrive

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With an eye toward the future of fiber optics, Cisco Systems said it is spending about $100 million on its new Salem, N.H. plant that makes gear for fiber-optic networks. The company also plans eventually to share the space with parts suppliers to speed up production, Cisco officials said. Cisco, which unveiled the plant purchase in May without disclosing the price, said it's spending about $45...

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EU gives its blessing, the Mouse gives it a blast

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Virgin sacrifice? The European Commission has reached no decision yet on its plans to approve America Online 's $142 billion purchase of Time Warner, along with Time Warner's music venture with EMI Group, although the companies offered concessions to soothe competition concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.

Reach out and cut someone off?

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The board of directors at AT&T is reportedly in favor of spinning off the company's struggling consumer long-distance business to shareholders rather than selling outright what was once a core unit of the telecommunications giant. The AT&T board, the nation's No. 1 long-distance carrier, has expressed interest in the move since it was first proposed by management during an annual retrea...

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Getting a jump on data installs

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

To help meet customer demand for its high-speed cable modem service, Time Warner Cable has purchased one million licenses of BroadJump Inc. 's Virtual Truck Installer. The self-installation software has helped the company reduce the need for a technician to drive to a customer's home to install high-speed Internet services.

Comcast eyes Quantum Bridge for optical answers

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. is awarding a multi-year contract to Quantum Bridge Communications to deploy the Quantum Bridge Optical Access System in several Comcast markets. Comcast started testing and evaluating Quantum Bridge's Optical Access System in January 2000. Quantum Bridge Communications' Optical Access System was designed to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks.

Mixed Signals, Pearson place bets on interactive game shows

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Speaking of interactivity, viewers will soon be able to interact with classic game shows "Family Feud" and "To Tell the Truth." Mixed Signals Technologies (MST) is partnering with Pearson Television to enable viewers in the U.S. to interact with current episodes and advertisements of the shows via any open-standard interactive set-top box.

VOD goes Hollywood… almost

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Broadband is teaming up with DIVA to launch video-on-demand services to AT&T digital customers in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Initial markets will include several communities in the East Bay area of Northern California; Westchester and Culver City in greater L.

VOD goes Hollywood… almost(2)

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Broadband is teaming up with DIVA to launch video-on-demand services to AT&T digital customers in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Initial markets will include several communities in the East Bay area of Northern California; Westchester and Culver City in greater L.

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High-speed Internet access moves to FCC's front burner

October 1, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The issue of high-speed Internet access has moved to the forefront as the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to explore issues surrounding the service, particularly service provided over cable modems. The Commission seeks comment on the legal and policy approach that should be accorded high-speed Internet service provided over various platforms, including cable, wireline, wireless, satellite,...

ADC + BAS a done deal

October 1, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

ADC has completed its $2.25 billion acquisition of Broadband Access Systems after issuing about 66 million shares (including converted stock options) to close the transaction, which was announced Sept. 20. ADC's acquisition of BAS provides ADC with "next-generation carrier-class" IP platform and a suite of network management and subscriber management software.

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FCC brokers DTV border agreement with Canada

October 1, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Don't blame Canada! William Kennard, FCC Chairman, and Michael Binder, Industry Canada Assistant Deputy Minister, signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) regarding the introduction of digital television service along the U.S./Canadian border. The signing of this LOU represents the culmination of four years of discussion between the FCC and Industry Canada that focused on establishing an allocati...

TeraJet takes off

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Terayon's TeraJet 310 cable modem has met DOCSIS specs and is ready to ship. The TeraJet is based on Conexant Systems' single-chip cable modem, which allows the scalable TeraJet to be remotely upgraded to support new features and industry standards.

ISPs getting a foot in the door?

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Clashing court cases like the Henrico County, Va. case (CEDaily 9/28/00) may have something to do with the FCC's newest inquiry. The commission announced it would look into the possibility of requiring cable operators to provide access to competing ISPs. In Virginia, Henrico County is defending its cable open access ordinance, which requires cable companies to open their high-speed networks to ...

JCI and Lucent hook up in Hollywood

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

JCI and Lucent this week demoed the first collaborative video editing over a commercial optical network connecting post-production facilities in Beverly Hills, Calif., Toronto and New York City. The demo showcased file transport and collaborative creative development of a movie scene by editing pros at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, LaserPacific in L.

DSL at the next level

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Next Level Communications, a DSL broadband systems provider, has signed a deal with 19 communications providers, including RBOCs and LECs, to deploy voice, high-speed data and digital video over existing copper wire. Next Level is currently supplying access technology to more than 80 customers globally.

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