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

Alcatel touts fiber-to-the-user

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Despite concerns over cost and manageability of all-fiber delivery systems, the development of deep fiber platforms to deliver ultra-high speed communications directly to users continues to plod along. Telco gear maker Alcatel has announced a Fiber-To-The-User optical fiber cable platform that delivers light-speed communications right up to subscriber premises.

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Chinook closing shop

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Unable to flush out demand for its technology and secure more funding, Lexington, Mass.-based start-up Chinook Communications told stockholders last month that the company was in the process of shutting down. In a letter issued on March 26, company President and CEO Sonia Khademi and Executive Vice President and CFO Elliot Honan informed shareholders that Chinook's board of directors and manage...

Covad deals for new revenue stream

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

DSL.net Inc. is expanding its T-1 service with help from Covad Communications Inc. and its several hundred points of presence. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, DSL.net will gain access to Covad's 600 POPs nationwide. The agreement means another source of revenue for the formerly bankrupt Covad.

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ADC slaps PCI with patent lawsuit

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ADC Telecommunications said it has filed suit against PCI Technologies, alleging that certain PCI "MAXNET" modules infringe on U.S. patent No. 6,289,210 B1, which relates to "an improved RF circuit module." ADC makes and sells those modules under the RF Worx brand, and are designed to help cable operators deliver traditional video services as well as "future targeted services" over the same net...

Adelphia taps SeaChange for sports-on-demand

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Adelphia Communications Inc. will tap SeaChange International's video-on-demand servers and software to power a new sports-on-demand service. An extension of its existing MediaCluster VOD platform, SeaChange's network-based personal video recording is designed to allow operators to customize tiers of free, ad-supported on-demand programming.

More Cablevision customers go digital

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cablevision customers in Morris County, N.J., can now access an advanced suite of digital services, with the expansion of the operator's iO: Interactive Optimum digital services program in select Cablevision markets. The improved digital tier being offered in New Jersey adds a more user-friendly interface and additional digital channels to a digital services line-up that includes video-on-deman...

SEC ups Adelphia inquiry to formal probe

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Adelphia Communications' woes continue. Yesterday, the MSO delayed its 10-K filing; today, the Securities and Exchange Commission is launching a formal investigation into some of the company's accounting practices. Yesterday, Adelphia announced that along with its auditor Deloitte & Touche LLP, it is reviewing the accounting treatment for matters related to its co-borrowing agreements.

McCain asks GAO to study cable television charges

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…04/17/2002 From LexisNexis Bloomberg News reports, "Sen. John McCain ordered a congressional inquiry into why prices charged by cable television companies such as AT&T Corp. and Comcast Corp. climbed 7.5 percent in one year, faster than the rate of inflation.

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A deal against digital piracy: Hardware makers, studios in accord

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Mike Snider | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…04/17/2002 From LexisNexis A group of electronics makers and movie studios moved the rollout of digital TV a step ahead Tuesday with a preliminary agreement on copy protection for high-definition broadcasts and digital TV sets. The format, called High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), is a single, high-speed connection that would carry ...

More layoffs in the cards at Tellabs

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In the just ended first quarter, Tellabs Inc. watched its profits continue to sink, and will be forced to cut another 1,200 jobs. First-quarter net income plummeted 96 percent from $122.5 million, or 29 cents a share, in Q1 2001 to $5.3 million, or 1 cent a share. The company's Q1 2002 sales were $371.

Curtain to rise on Discovery's HD Theater this summer

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Discovery Communications Inc., aiming to put to rest criticism that a dearth of content is hindering consumer adoption of high-definition TV, said it will launch a new 24-hour, ad-supported HDTV channel this summer. The channel, Discovery HD Theater, will feature programming categories that have been tied to the company's networks for years, including nature, history, world cultures, science, e...

NTL edges closer to deal with bondholders

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brian Cattell | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…04/16/2002 From LexisNexis LONDON - Talks between stricken cable operator NTL Inc. and bondholders about a debt-for-equity swap have made rapid progress in recent days, and an agreement could be unveiled this week if creditor banks agree to the terms, sources said April 15.

CableLabs taps Cisco gear for PacketCable test network

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said CableLabs has accepted three of its products for the R&D organization's PacketCable Advanced Interoperability Test Network (AITN). Specifically, CableLabs will install Cisco's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified uBR7246VXR CMTS/router, AS5350 Media Gateway and CSRC/BPR Provisioning Server on its Louisville, Colo.

Satellite offers up multi-player gaming

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Static 2358, the interactive television gaming subsidiary of OpenTV, announced a new addition to its interactive games channel PlayJam-namely, advanced multi-player capability of the popular East End Arrows TV darts game. Starting this spring, viewers in Britain's 5.7 million digital satellite homes will be able to throw an interactive game of darts against a player down the hall, across the st...

Cox hits 1 million mark

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Last year, Cox Communications Inc. was left scrambling to get its own network up and running when Excite@Home declared bankruptcy. What could have been its darkest moment looks like it has turned into its finest hour. The cabler has transitioned several hundred thousand customers and now has one million residential broadband customers.

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