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

Justice Dept. examines satellite-TV merger

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/19/2002 From LexisNexis EchoStar Communications Corp.'s proposed $18.3-billion purchase of General Motors Corp.'s DirecTV would "at best" reduce competitors for subscription television from three competitors to two, the Justice Department's antitrust enforcement chief told a Senate committee.

It's good news, bad news at 3Com

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

3Com Corp.'s fiscal first quarter results offer a mixed bag. The good news: network gear market narrowed its year-over-year loss. The bad news: revenue plunged 22 percent. The company posted a loss of $32 million, or 9 cents a share, compared to a Q1 2002 loss of $232.4 million, or 65 cents a share. The ongoing slump in the telecom sector dragged down 3Com's quarterly revenue.

Asset buy doubles IDT's network capacity

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

Looking to get its hands on some more bandwidth, IDT Corp.'s subsidiary IDT Telecom has snapped up certain Indefeasible Rights of Use and equipment from bankrupt Star Telecommunications. Star originally purchased the assets, which represent long-term capacity on U.S. nationwide fiber networks operated by Qwest and Broadwing, for $68 million in 1998.

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ICTV inks first deployment deal for HeadendWare

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

ICTV has secured its first HeadendWare customer: Access Communications. Access plans to deploy the interactive television software platform this fall in Canada using Motorola DCT 1000, DCT 2000 and DCT 2100 set-top boxes already in use by more than 80,000 subscribers in the Regina, Saskatchewan market.

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NextWeb snaps up Worldwide Wireless

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

NextWeb Inc. is going shopping again. This time around, the fixed wireless network service provider has agreed to acquire the assets of bankrupt Worldwide Wireless Networks. NextWeb views the acquisition as an opportunity to expand its high-speed business Internet access service into more markets in the United States.

Overbuilder files prepackaged bankruptcy plan

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

Since its debt-restructuring plan has failed to win 100 percent consensus from its bondholders, Knology Broadband Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors under a prepackaged plan. The overbuilder plans to swap $444.1 million in 11.875 percent bonds due in 2007 for $193.

Microsoft debuts broadband networking line

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

Microsoft Corp. is throwing its arms around broadband home networking with the introduction of a product line that includes wired and wireless options. The software giant unveiled the products at the IDG Executive Forum DEMOmobile conference today. In all, Microsoft introduced 10 networking products, for wireless and wired home networks.

DirecTV sues NDS

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

DirecTV is looking to haul NDS Limited into court again. The latest: the satellite provider has filed a lawsuit against NDS charging breach of contract, fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other things. NDS plans to file counterclaims. The suit, filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Lost Angeles Sept.

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Real deal streaming to AOL broadband

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/19/2002 From LexisNexis RealNetworks and AOL will announce today a deal to use Real's technology for the Internet giant's interactive and streaming-video advertising and for delivering entertainment, particularly through AOL's high-speed broadband service.

Oceanic debuts interactive apps

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division is widening its interactive-TV portfolio with deployment of Navic Networks ' "Settop Data Services" software to support two new applications. Oceanic, which serves 375,000 cable customers in the Hawaiian Islands, has launched Newton, Mass.-based Navic's audience-polling application to its interactive lineup.

Report: Cable still dominates broadband access

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cable modems continue to be the access mode of choice for broadband users in the residential and business sectors, but DSL is not too far behind, one analysis says. Roughly 58 percent of broadband customers in the United States get their access via a cable modem, according to research firm The Yankee Group.

Avaya gives N.C. campus network a facelift

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington was looking to converge its voice and data networks, and turned to Avaya Inc. to make it happen. Working with Convergion LLC, Avaya took on the task of upgrading the University's communications network to enable the 10,000-student campus to converge its voice and data networks and expand the capabilities of its existing circuit-switched voice appli...

Rigases seek help with bills

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Hearst Corporation The Times Union (Albany, NY)…09/17/2002 Adelphia Communications Corp.'s former Chief Executive Officer John J. Rigas and three sons who were board members want to use the cable television company's insurance to help pay their legal bills. Rigas and his sons are asking a federal bankruptcy judge to lift a freeze on Adelphia assets and allow them to tap...

Comcast exec. to open Western Show

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

BroadbandPlus - The New Western Show will open up with a one-on-one interview with Comcast Corp. President Brian Roberts. Show organizers have yet to reveal what Roberts will be addressing or who will be firing off the questions. Roberts has been tapped to run the newly combined AT&T Comcast unit, once the merger is approved, which will most likely be before the exhibit hall opens for busin...

TVN's got game

September 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sometimes sports fans just need a fix. TVN Entertainment believes it has found a way to satisfy this need through a video-on-demand deal with ESPN. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it gives TVN distribution rights to select ESPN content, including SportsCentury Series, college football, college basketball, boxing, X Games and certain games on a time-shifted basis.

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