Broadband Briefs for 02/23/09
• CSG expands contract with Charter
By Traci Patterson
CSG Systems has entered into an agreement with Charter Communications to expand the use of its solutions supporting Charter’s video, high-speed Internet and telephony footprint through Dec. 31, 2014.
CSG currently provides customer interaction management solutions to approximately 60 percent of Charter’s customers. Under the agreement, Charter plans to convert its remaining customers to CSG’s solutions, with conversions expected to begin in late 2009.
Earlier this month, Charter announced that it will file for prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by April 1 (story here).
• Web site identifies white spaces
By Brian Santo
Spectrum Bridge has set up a Web site – ShowMyWhiteSpace.com – that hosts a tool that identifies open TV channels (aka, white space) available at any location in the U.S.
Spectrum Bridge said it means to educate consumer, business and government users on the applications and benefits of unlicensed broadband spectrum, which will become available beginning June 12, 2009, the new deadline for the digital transition.
Although these frequencies are unlicensed and free to use, white space access points and certain other devices must be registered with an Internet database. White space devices must also be capable of sensing and avoiding channels reserved for protected users in their area, including TV stations, wireless microphones and other grandfathered users of these TV bands.