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

DBS tiring of litigation

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Possibly tired of funneling more money to lawyers than into its businesses, the direct-broadcast satellite industry filed a Federal Court motion Monday in Alexandria, Va. The motion could lead to a quick decision in the industry's legal attack on a law that mandates carriage of all local TV signals in a market.

ADC signs up Comm South

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pre-paid telecom company Comm South has picked ADC's Singl.eView billing system, hoping the service will improve customer management, customer relations and reduce churn with its residential customers throughout the U.S. Dallas-based Comm South provides prepaid residential dial tone in most of the 50 states.

Motor City runs smoothly on Telseon

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Telseon's turbo-charged optical network has promised smooth roads ahead for Detroit's businesses. Using Telseon's Ethernet-based technology, customers and the tenants located in Detroit's data centers will be able to transmit data at 20,000 times the speed of the fastest dial-up modem. Telseon said this would cost less than half the price of traditional telecommunications providers' services.

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TI reveals new cable modem

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Texas Instruments has developed a new silicon-based cable modem system that incorporates primary-line telephony for residential gateways, secondary-line voice for next-generation cable modems and multiline offerings for MDUs. TI said its new chips feature DOCSIS 1.1 software and hardware capabilities that will eventually help cable operators offer voice-over-Internet-protocol services over thei...

Comcast on a roll

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Just after announcing steady 3Q results, Comcast has upped its year-end projections for digital-cable and high-speed-data customers based on strong growth in those segments. Comcast finished the quarter with 1.1 million digital subscribers, an increase of 190,000 over the previous period. As a result, Comcast has increased its fourth-quarter digital-subscriber target to 1.

Insight: Hey, that's not fair

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Insight Communications is not pleased with the city of Louisville, Ky. The city has awarded Knology a cable franchise, giving the company the go-ahead to overbuild Insight's cable system there under different terms than Insight got. Insight has filed a legal challenge to Louisville's move. After careful legal review, Insight's lawyers have concluded that the overbuilder's franchise is substanti...

Alone in a crowd

November 5, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Zoom Telephonics' CableModem PCI is the first internal cable modem to earn both CableLabs and Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certifications. "This is the first full commercial product that has been authorized," Zoom spokesperson Larry Hancock told CED. "We're pretty excited. When you receive WHQL certification, two things happen.

Broadcom chips in

November 5, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Looking to complement its IP switches and digital signal processors, cable modem and computer-network switch maker Broadcom has snapped up network processor maker SiByte. Broadcom said it would issue approximately 5.6 million shares of common stock to SiByte shareholders, valuing the purchase price at around $1.

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Quantum Bridge links MTUs

November 5, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Quantum Bridge, a developer of optical access networking solutions, has begun the second phase of the Quantum Bridge Access Alliance. Quantum Bridge can now help service providers to extend optical access networking to the growing multi-tenant unit (MTU) market. The Quantum Bridge Access Alliance hopes to provide a broad choice in end-customer services via high-bandwidth optical connections.

New service for old boxes

November 5, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T Broadband and WorldGate have concocted an interactive TV experience for cable customers in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa and Tacoma, Wash. The new services will include e-mail, interactive video content and e-commerce applications and will not require any in-home installs or disruption to service.

BBR linked with MDUs

November 2, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Broadband Residential (BBR) has inked a deal with eight multiple dwelling unit real estate property owners to provide their residents high-speed data, broadcast video and entertainment services. The deal will give BBR preferred marketing and access rights, including rooftop access rights, to approximately 2,000 properties with more than 455,000 apartments for a 10-year period.

AOLTV rolls out with a whisper

November 2, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Available now at your local Circuit City is AOLTV, selling for $250. It does for TV watching what AOL does for computer surfing. When you tune in, using a set-top box with a conventional phone line, there is the welcome screen, echoing its brethren welcome on your PC. Using a wireless keyboard, the technology allows you to chat with fellow media junkies about what just happened on "ER," surf th...

More on iTV

November 2, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

If you really don't enjoy AOL content, CYLO and ACTV have partnered to bring new services to CYLO subscribers. CYLO is a media strategy company. ACTV counts HyperTV, SpotOn and One to One TV and among its software-based products and services. HyperTV offers a diverse range of content from different sources.

TiVo and DirecTV married

November 2, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

PVRs just got more interesting. OK, it's interesting enough that personal video recorders are smart enough to remember what you like and record it for you, without you telling it to, but now the brains of the PVR has more programming to pick over. DirecTV programming is now integrated into TiVo's personal video recorder For those who take the plunge into "your PVR knows best" recording, TiVo wi...

Fondue, chocolate, SWISSFUN

November 2, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Swiss cable subs will soon be going digital. Tandberg Television, a supplier of digital broadcasting technologies, will help Switzerland's largest cable operator, Cablecom AG make the jump to a digital broadband network, playfully dubbed SWISSFUN. When SWISSFUN is ready, slated for 2Q 2001, more than 1.

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