Broadband Briefs for 03/09/09

Mon, 03/09/2009 - 8:00am

U-verse alights in Midland, Odessa
By Brian Santo

AT&T has expanded U-verse – including video, data and voice services – into parts of Midland and Odessa, Texas.

Consistent with previous rollouts, U-verse provides multi-room DVR (Total Home DVR); more than 95 high-definition (HD) channels; the ability to program DVR recordings from a mobile phone or any Web-connected PC; personalized, on-screen weather; sports; traffic and stock information via AT&T U-bar; and other features.

Various broadband tiers are available, with the fastest downstream tier offering speeds of up to 18 Mbps. All AT&T U-verse high-speed Internet packages include wireless home or office networking, along with access to Wi-Fi connectivity at nearly 20,000 hotspot locations across the country.

Charter enhances agreement with Yellowbook
By Traci Patterson

Charter Communications has made Yellowbook the exclusive provider of local business search information on, the Web site for Charter’s high-speed Internet customers.

As a part of the new agreement, users are now able to access local business info by clicking on the Yellowbook search tab.

“Charter is always looking for ways to enhance our customers’ experience and to provide them with additional value,” said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter’s vice president of product management. “ provides our customers access to a wide variety of local and national news, information and video, and the incredible depth of content available on complements the resources on our site.”

CTIA redesigns Web site for more interactivity
By Traci Patterson

The wireless industry's main trade group, CTIA – The Wireless Association, which counts Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless among its members, has revamped its Web site to achieve a cleaner design and to enable the display of more interactive multimedia content.

“The goal of the redesign was to build a Web site that more clearly and accurately showcases the innovative, cutting-edge nature of the wireless industry,” CTIA said.

The site now houses more interactive multimedia content, including policy- and initiative-oriented videos, Webcasts, podcasts and advocacy campaigns. The site also features presentations of key wireless advocacy positions and supporting materials.

Codetel selects CopperGate’s HomePNA 3.1 tech
By Traci Patterson

Codetel, the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic, has selected CopperGate Communications’ HomePNA 3.1 technology for its Claro TV offering – an IPTV service.

CopperGate’s silicon uses existing coax and phone lines in the home to deliver more than 200 Mbps of effective throughput. CopperGate’s technology achieves high data rates, overcomes various impediments and coexists with other services on the same wires, such as POTS, dial-up modems, ISDN, ADSL, VDSL and broadcast TV, the company said.

“HomePNA 3.1 is the fastest and best way to deploy high-performance IPTV into existing homes,” said Gabi Hilevitz, CEO of CopperGate. “Codetel joins a growing list of leading service providers globally that are using HomePNA to improve their efficiency.”

More Broadband Direct 03/09/09:

•  Zodiac, ActiveVideo hook up on Web-based tru2way
•  Bright House serves up free VOD network programming
•  LRG: Top cable ops landed 3.2M broadband subs in 2008
•  Mediacom receives letter from Nasdaq
•  Juniper adds application gateways
•  Ruckus targets commercial WLAN market
•  Vendors lead Voice over LTE Forum
•  Qwest CEO compensation is $11.4M in 2008
•  After 60 years, Circuit City powers down
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/09/09



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