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BroadBand Solutions extends wireless footprint

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Utah-based wireless Internet service provider BroadBand Solutions Company said it has expanded its high-speed data coverage to about 80 percent of the population between Payson and Layton — an area that covers an 80- by 20-mile region in the state. BroadBand Solutions uses wireless point-to-point technology that operates in the unlicensed Industrial-Scientific-Medical band of radio freque...

FCC votes today on network-sharing

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Heather Fleming Phillips, Joelle Tessler | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News...02/20/2003 Washington—The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote today on a controversial plan to revise regulations requiring the Baby Bell local phone companies to share their networks with rivals.


Malone salvages European cable empire

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Brian Cattell | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal...02/20/2003 Cable tycoon John Malone on Wednesday, Feb. 19, tightened his grip on his main European asset, United Pan-Europe Communications NV, after most of the company's creditors approved a US$7.2 billion debt-for-equity swap. Amsterdam-based UPC, Europe's largest cable operator by subscriber numbers, said 99.


ADC narrows loss in Q1

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ADC reported fiscal first quarter sales of $200 million, down from $221 million in the previous period. Despite the sales drop, ADC did see its net loss narrow to $42 million (5 cents per share) in the first quarter from a net loss of $382 million (48 cents per share) in the earlier quarter. On the cable front, ADC cited strong sales of its DOCSIS 1.

Wavexpress busts out broadband for movie-goers

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Wavexpress has launched MoviePick, a broadband PC channel that pumps out a variety of Hollywood-related programming. Offered via Wavexpress' TVTonic broadband media player and in partnership with, MoviePick features event coverage, interviews with Hollywood actors and directors, movie previews and reviews and local movie show times.

Knology spurs digital in two markets with iTV

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to jump-start digital growth, cable overbuilder Knology has launched a slate of interactive television services in Montgomery and Huntsville, Ala. There, Knology is offering two flavors of interactive services: Knology iTV and Knology iTVx, a subscription-based service. Knology iTV allows the company's digital preferred subscribers to use their remote controls to access news, sports, sto...

Kasenna taps former Diva exec to lead cable VOD efforts

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Robert Greiner, a former exec with video-on-demand company Diva Systems Corp., has joined VOD server and system startup Kasenna Inc. In his new role as vice president, corporate and business development, Greiner will oversee Kasenna's cable business developments. Greiner most recently handled North American sales at Diva, which provided VOD gear and services to MSOs such as Insight Communicatio...

Venezuela op taps SeaChange for VOD

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Latin American operator Intercable has tapped SeaChange International to offer video-on-demand services, including movies, TV shows and Karaoke content, to cable customers in Caracas, Venezuela. Intercable is using SeaChange's video servers and "VODcast" pitcher-catcher system to offer a variety of content, including movies, TV shows and Karaoke videos.


Discovery, NDS team on interactive content

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Discovery Networks International said it is installing NDS Group 's iRespond technology to fuel a plan that aims to simplify and speed the production and management of interactive content. iRespond, the flagship product of NDS's Value@TV Production suite, is a server-based authoring tool that can handle content intended for various broadcast platforms.

Bailey joins Wegener board

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wegener Corp. has named TV and telecom veteran Wendell Bailey to its board of directors. Bailey, most recently the chief technologist for NBC, served for 16 years at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in positions such as vice president, science and technology. Bailey "can provide key guidance as we look to further grow the company's business in today's digital broadcast an...

WildBlue chooses Arianespace for boost

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Revived Ka-band satellite broadband service provider WildBlue Communications has taken one more step toward deployment by penning a new launch contract with Arianespace. Ariane is scheduled to launch the WildBlue 1 satellite from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in early 2005.

Core, Jungo bow CableHome-based software combo

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Core Networks and Jungo Software Technologies have teamed to create a software combination designed to adhere to the CableLabs CableHome home networking specification. Under terms of the relationship, Core will fuse its CoreEnsemble home networking device management system with Jungo's OpenRG residential gateway software platform.

Comcast introduces high-definition TV, video-on-demand

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Peter J. Howe | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 Boston Globe Boston Globe...02/18/2003 Three months after completing its $45 billion acquisition of AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. this week plans to start putting its own brand on the dominant cable provider and is beginning to roll out two service innovations: video-on-demand and delivery of high-definition television signal...

Charter gets its own salesforce

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Charter Business Networks, the business and commercial services arm of Charter Communications Inc., has standardized on 's Enterprise Edition for online customer relationship management. Now, nearly 300 management, sales, construction, installation, engineering, billing administration and customer service users can access, track and share customer data online or off, from any loc...

ICTV, Mentis team on TV-based customer care

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ICTV Inc. and Mentis Broadband Solutions will jointly develop a television-based customer care platform for cable operators. The companies will combine ICTV's new HeadendWare platform with Mentis' XML-based Real-Time Response platform, which provides a common software interface between applications and the various billing systems in use by cable operators.


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