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

Cox exec beats polls, takes New Orleans mayoral primary

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications VP/GM and sleeper candidate Ray Nagin shot ahead of the local police chief in New Orleans' mayor's primary Saturday, surprising pollsters with 28 percent of the vote on a 98 percent voter turnout. The city's runoff election is March 2. Last week, the polls had Nagin trailing behind Police Chief Richard Pennington and possibly State Senator Paulette Irons.

Comcast sees Q4 loss, but subs jump

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.

TWC taps nCUBE for ad insertion

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.

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Smaller MSOs detail $500 M efforts in FCC briefing

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Amid so much talk of taking broadband to rural areas, a handful of medium and small cablecos want the policy-making sector to know: Been there, done that, invested the millions. At a briefing for U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff and commissioners, arranged by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CEOs of seven MSOs detailed the nearly $500 million they've invested...

Microsoft releases iTV kit for program members

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Microsoft and a Portugese video and broadband company teamed on an iTV development kit. The two just launched the English version — for Microsoft TV Developer Program members. Sagreskit, developed by the software giant and Novabase iDTV in Portugal, is designed to speed and ease building iTV services for Microsoft TV's advanced version 1.

TiVo files infringement lawsuit against SONICblue

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May. TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.

Motorola/Nortel team on VoIP; Allegro raises $60 M in Series B

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector teamed with Nortel Networks on an integrated VoIP system intended to help simplify deployment of VoIP equipment, the two say. The nonexclusive deal combines Motorola's IP cable access network experience and Nortel's work in deploying voice and data networks.

Com21 system to push bandwidth xtreme

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. is hoping its DOXcontroller XB will push it into the Xtreme bandwidth market. The system is still under development, and will include a DOXcontroller 1000 headend and a newly expanded version of the company's network management and provisioning system, formerly only available with Com21's ComUNITY Access System, it says.

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Enterasys sifts Asia deal, SEC starts Aprisma probe

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

That spin off didn't go off completely without a hitch, it appears. Cabletron spinoff Enterasys Systems took a double hit Thursday when in-house questions turned up a questionable contract coming out of its Asia Pacific region, followed promptly by an "apparently unrelated" notice that it was under investigation by the U.

Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

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Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Teledesic turns to Italian satellite maker

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.

ARC/Cogent merger gets OK; Cogent to trade on AMEX

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...

Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

Moxi's fortunes rely on middleware

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.

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