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

Microsoft, Verizon climb into bed together

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Look out America Online, Microsoft Corp. is moving full-speed ahead with its broadband agenda. The latest: the software giant has forged a DSL partnership with Verizon Communications. The co-branded service, dubbed "Verizon Online with MSN," will be available to all MSN Broadband customers and Verizon Online DSL customers in the Verizon Online DSL service area.

EchoStar, StarBand settle spat

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A month after David decided to take on Goliath, StarBand Communications Inc. is claiming victory in its lawsuit with EchoStar Communications Corp. On May 24, StarBand filed the lawsuit against EchoStar, claiming "EchoStar has not forwarded any of the millions of dollars in fees it has collected and is collecting as its billing agent.

General Bandwidth confirms cuts

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to avoid following in the footsteps of two of its competitors, General Bandwidth is cutting a portion of its staff to conserve cash, the company confirmed today. General Bandwidth received an influx of funding in September, and has decided to reduce its staff in an effort to outlast the economic downturn, said Shannon Pleasant, General Bandwidth's director of corporate communications.

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Wi-Fi said to solve broadband problem, if regulators don't block it

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…06/21/2002 From LexisNexis A former federal regulator said during an Internet conference Thursday that wireless LAN technology, or Wi-Fi, could solve broadband last-mile problems and lead to communications "nirvana," but only if the federal government didn't block its growth.

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Adelphia Communications shouldn't fade to dark

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jack Katzanek | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Press-Enterprise The Press-Enterprise…06/21/2002 From LexisNexis Communities served by Adelphia Communications Corp. probably won't have any service disruptions if the cable company is forced to declare bankruptcy, an attorney said Thursday.

Necessary takes helm of Concurrent's VOD division

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable vet Steve Necessary has left the top post at PowerTV Inc. to join Concurrent Computer Corp. as president of the company's "Xstreme" video-on-demand division. Necessary will report to Concurrent President and CEO Jack Bryant, who had been the acting president of Xtreme since he joined the company in Oct.

Adelphia misses another payment deadline; WorldCom defers payment

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. inched closer to a bankruptcy filing, after it failed to make roughly $30 million in interest and dividend payments due June 17. Adelphia said it missed an interest payment of more than $23.4 million on 9-3/8 percent senior notes due on Nov. 15, 2009. Earlier this week, the company said it missed a $52.

Internet providers form coalition to lobby FCC

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…06/20/2002 From LexisNexis The Washington Post reports, "More than 100 independent Internet service providers formed a new coalition earlier this week to fight what they say are unfair policies that favor the regional telephone giants and hurt the deployment of broadband.

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Sycamore pares roster, products

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Networking gear maker Sycamore Networks Inc. is looking to weather the economic telecom storm by cutting staff, consolidating facilities and dumping the development of its standalone transport systems. Sycamore expects to incur fourth-quarter charges of as much as $55 million for its restructuring efforts.

More modems, headend gear break the DOCSIS 1.1 barrier

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to eight cable modems and nine cable modem termination systems for the complex DOCSIS 1.1 specification following certification wave 22. With those additional stamps of approval, CableLabs has certified a total of 32 modems for DOCSIS 1.1, a specification that adds quality of service and other elements that underlie cable's forthcoming PacketCable pla...

SureWest picks up WINfirst assets

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SureWest Communications is making a move to become the dominant communications provider in the Sacramento area. The company will plunk down $12 million for the assets of bankrupt overbuilder WINfirst. SureWest has facilities near the WINfirst network in Northern California. It operates multiple telecommunications businesses, the largest being subsidiary Roseville Telephone Company, California's...

Covad offers reduced rate DSL

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

DSL carrier Covad Communications is looking to lasso a few dial-up customers who are on the fence about switching to broadband, with a reduced price service offering. The service, dubbed TeleSurfer Link, is being offered nationwide to new customers at an introductory price of $21.95 a month — after four months of service, the price will be pumped up to $39.

EC leaves door ajar for 3G licenses

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Ian Lynch | Comments

Copyright 2002 VNU Network News…06/19/2002 From LexisNexis The European Commission (EC) has left the door ajar for operators to renegotiate their expensively-acquired 3G licenses, but doing it will be tolerated only in exceptional circumstances. With some $106 billion (GBP 71bn) spent on acquiring the licenses, operators have been looking for signs that the license could be renegotiated.

Ciena dips to new 52-week low

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ciena Corp.'s shareholders may have approved its merger with ONI Systems Corp., but the news that accompanied it didn't give the Street much to smile about. The fiber-optic manufacturer has warned that the combined company's third-quarter sales will fall below Ciena's second-quarter results. Ciena said third-quarter revenue could be "down meaningfully" from the $87.

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Liberate targets TV over DSL

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have joined forces to deliver interactive television programming over DSL networks via a new digital set-top box. The SMT-F240, which is based on Liberate's TV Navigator 4.0 software, supports MPEG over IP-based delivery of interactive video programs.

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