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

Cable/Web policy foes set to sue

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Nancy Dillon | Comments

Copyright 2002 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York)…03/18/2002 From LexisNexis Consumer groups and independent Internet Service Providers are up in arms over a recent decision that frees cable TV companies from having to share their pipelines with rivals. The decision by the Federal Communications Commission states that cable TV-delivered Internet service differs from service delivered ...

Cox/Comcast launch home security; Philips debuts HQ

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Cable and Cox Communications will launch Security Broadband's SafeVillage security systems on their Sarasota, Fla., and Las Vegas systems, respectively. The systems allow customers to remotely view their homes and interact with people there via video and audio using their cable modems. The system includes a $499 initial installation fee with a one-year contract and 30-day money-back gua...

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New UBS board inflames investors, execs walk

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sinclair Stewart | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/19/2002 From LexisNexis Shareholders of Unique Broadband Systems Inc. have elected a new board of directors backed by the company's ousted founder, Alex Dolgonos, prompting the immediate resignation of senior management and a flood of outbursts from angry investors.

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RPR Alliance makes standards progress

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance said it made progress on an RPR standard after the IEEE 802.17 working group began to refine a draft during a meeting last week in St. Louis. Specifically, the group started the comment-resolution process for the RPR draft standard, whereby changes or additions to the standard are submitted through technical and editorial comments.

Another MSO debuts HDTV, analysts — 'Not enough'

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The second cableco within a week says it will launch high-definition TV service in U.S. markets. Charter Communications will offer HD service in five markets starting in the second quarter of this year. But analysts say cableco participation in the market is still very limited. Comcast Communications last week announced a similar debut.

Meanwhile at Charter …(2)

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're being protested today," says Charter Communications spokesman Andy Morgan, from the company's St. Louis office. "They're marching around and chanting, 'We're checking Charter.'" Like other broadband providers, including EchoStar Communications, Charter has been picketed by the National Action Network, as part of a national campaign to "have the nation's TV satellite and cable broadcastin...

AnotherMSOdebutsHDTV,analysts—'Notenough'

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The second cableco within a week says it will launch high-definition TV service in U.S. markets. Charter Communications will offer HD service in five markets starting in the second quarter of this year. But analysts say cableco participation in the market is still very limited. Comcast Communications last week announced a similar debut.

S-A's SciCare to aid Charter's iTV rollout

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications has tapped Scientific-Atlanta's SciCare Broadband Services division to help the MSO prepare its broadband network to deliver interactive television services for 27 sites and 78 hubs. Under terms of the deal, SciCare will handle network monitoring, software upgrades, project management, technical support and training certification.

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Nortel can't escape the telecom gloom

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Gillian Livingston | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/16/2002 From LexisNexis The battered share price of Nortel Networks Corp. could fall 40 percent and the company may have to restructure again because of a drop in telecommunications-sector spending, analysts say. After the high-tech giant lost more ground on the stock market yesterday, ending a dismal week in which it shed 15 pe...

Sen. Lott Will Block Democratic FCC Nominee

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by David McGuire | Comments

Copyright 2002 Post-Newsweek Business Information, Inc. Newsbytes…03/15/2002 From LexisNexis Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) would not say Thursday whether his efforts to block a prospective nominee for a vacant Democratic seat in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are a form of payback for the Senate Judiciary Committee's decision to reject a Bush judicial appointee.

Tauzin, Hollings to lock horns over broadband policy

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brian Krebs | Comments

Copyright 2002 Post-Newsweek Business Information, Inc. Newsbytes…03/15/2002 From LexisNexis Two lawmakers who represent the ideological extremes of the broadband policy debate in Congress will face off Wednesday in a Senate hearing on the future of telecommunications regulation. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman W.

US Cable taps Terayon line; EarthLink debuts in Lincoln

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

US Cable of Coastal-Texas will use Terayon Communication Systems Inc.'s BE 2000 cable modem termination system, and Terayon's TJ line of DOCSIS cable modems in all its networks, Terayon says. Deployments have already started to 18,000 US Cable subscribers in suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn. The Montvale, N.

Study: Paid Internet content to reach $5.8B in 2006

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Though not on par with cable revenues, content offered via the Internet apparently is starting to take on cable-like business models. Revenues from paid Internet content will grow to $5.8 billion by 2006, up from $1.4 billion in 2002, according to a new market forecast from Jupiter Media Metrix. Broken down, Jupiter forecasted that revenue from "general content" (audio/video entertainment, adul...

On2 calls on Justice Dept. to dissolve MPEG patent pool

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

MPEG technology competitor On2 Technologies sent an open letter to the U.S. Department of Justice last week, asking the agency to reconsider its 1997 decision to allow MPEG-related patent holders to pool their patents. On2, a developer of its own video compression technology, says the patent pool creates a monopoly and inhibits development in the market by creating an impression that it's creat...

New Focus to refocus; shuts China operations

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

New Focus Inc. will dump its passive optical components line, and shut down its Shenzhen, China, manufacturing plant. The closure eliminates 350 jobs. The company also says it's talking to several parties about a sale or licensing of the technology related to the line. New Focus will take a $25 million to $40 million restructuring charge related to divesting itself of the line, likely in the fi...

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