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

Has global satellite broadband re-awakened?

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After creating much ballyhoo and buzz about their business plans to provide broadband services via dedicated satellite constellations, the past year has been relatively quiet for the new breed of futuristic satellite broadband providers.One of these new breed companies– Craig McCaw's Teledesic LLC–has seemingly emerged from an extended quiet period to announce the next stage i...

Fine Point revs up cable CyberTRUCK

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fine Point Technologies has unveiled a version of its CyberTRUCK provisioning system designed for cable operators. Fine Point's system handles cable modem service pre-qualification, validates user connections and provides sign-up software for myriad ISPs. Like other provisioning systems, CyberTRUCK is designed to eliminate costly truck rolls and to cut down technical support costs.

WinDBreak powers on the fly

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Breaking new ground in network powering and energy storage, closely held operator WinDBreak Cable Co. said it installed Beacon Power Corp.'s 6kWh demonstration flywheel unit. Beacon's 36-volt flywheel will provide back-up power to the operator's headend, which supplies video and data services in Lyman, Neb.

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Acadia stamps Liberate for DCT-2000

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Training its sights on vastly deployed "thin-client" digital set-tops, iTV vendor Liberate Technologies said its TV Platform Compact middleware received validation from Acadia, Motorola Broadband's in-house application integration center. Liberate said the validation means all current versions of the company's set-top software conform with the DCT-2000, the most widely deployed digital ...

Sunrise Telecom rounds out cable biz

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Handheld testing solutions provider Sunrise Telecom is finalizing plans to offer a complete suite of cable broadband test products, with the announcement that it intends to acquire the CaLan Cable TV Test business from fellow tester Agilent Technologies. The deal is expected to close later this quarter.

Asia Global Crossing woes grow

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Elizabeth Douglass, James S. Granelli, Karen Kaplan | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Global ing Ltd.'s Asian unit, the company's most valuable operation, is struggling with financial woes that could threaten the bankruptcy reorganization of its parent. Asia Global ing, which is 59 percent owned by Global Crossing, saw its stock delisted Thursday by the New York Stock Exchange, a day after a ma...

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Channel glitch alarms Comcast viewers

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Hugh McDiarmid Jr. | Comments

Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press All Rights Reserved Detroit Free Press…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Some late-night TV junkies saw their screens abruptly changed to Arabic language proing for up to three hours late Wednesday — the result of faulty Comcast equipment. About 200 Pontiac (Mich.

WINfirst sees heavy losses, schedule lags and layoffs

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Steve Caulk | Comments

Copyright 2002 Denver Publishing Company Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis A Denver-based cable company has severed ties with a strategic partner, fallen behind schedule to provide service in its primary market, lost construction permits and possibly jeopardized its future.

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ABS misses interest payment; FTC OKs AOLTW ISPs

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Business Solutions will miss a $15 million March 1 interest payment on a senior secured note and has hired investment bankers UBS Warburg to advise it on restructuring alternatives. The payment, on 12.25 percent senior secured notes due 2004, could go into default if it isn't paid by March 31, the end of the grace period.

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Equator expands chip family

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Equator Technologies has launched a new family of software-programmable digital signal processors to complement the company's MAP-CA chip, which is used by companies such as Xerox, Samsung and Pace Micro Technology. Equator's new MAP-BSP-15-350 operates at 350 megahertz, and the MAP-BSP-15-400 operates at 400 MHz.

U.K. ops pick up the home networking pace

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tapping into a burgeoning market, U.K. cable operators NTL and Telewest Broadband have teamed with Pace Micro Technology to offer wireless home networking services. To that end, the operators will deploy Pace's Gateway Expander and pcConnect equipment for a trial that will enable customers to share their high-speed connections with several desktop and laptop PCs.

Comcast taps new UEI remote controls

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Universal Electronics Inc. says it won a contract to supply Comcast Cable with wireless remote controls for the MSO's digital set-top boxes. Under terms of the deal, Comcast will purchase two new UEI models: the Navigator and the Millennium 4, which offers video-on-demand functionality. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola waxes wireless with Magis

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With MSOs taking a harder look at including home networking services as part of their consumer services bundle, set-top makers are angling to include more home networking functionality into the boxes they offer up to operators.Motorola Broadband, through a recent technical services agreement with IEEE 802.

OpenTV hits Liberate with lawsuit over iTV patents

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Things are starting to get ugly in the iTV world. Opening a potentially huge can of worms tied to the future of set-top box middleware, OpenTV Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Liberate Technologies. OpenTV's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, alleges that Liberate infringes on patents related to "carouseling," a method used to dist...

Court ruling shields cable from pole attachment bullet

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a huge win for the cable industry, the Pole Attachments Act does cover attachments that provide high-speed Internet access at the same time as cable TV, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision. The decision on National Cable & Telecommunications Association Inc. v. Gulf Power Co.

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