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Classic's thank-you move defaults DIP financing

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Classic Communications Inc. felt the sting of good intentions paving the road to hell when its thank-you promotion to customers landed it in default of its debtor-in-possession financing. Late last year, the company's Classic Cable Inc. unit launched the campaign, using discount coupons it issued to cable customers "to reward them for their loyalty, especially as a result of Classic Cable's Nov...

Council's cable competition plan goes bust

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sallie Hofmeister | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/14/2002 From LexisNexis The prospects of ending long-standing cable television monopolies in Los Angeles dimmed Wednesday as City Council members vowed to revoke a franchise granted in July to Western Integrated Networks, one day after the company filed for bankruptcy protection.


Quebecor sticks to pricing despite caps

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sean Silcoff, Barbara Shecter | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/13/2002 From LexisNexis Quebecor Inc. says it will keep charging competitors $5 a month per subscriber to use cable lines it pipes into Quebec apartments — more than 10 times the amount the CRTC said cable companies should charge.


AOL stock torpedoed by sputtering subs

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jill Goldsmith | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/13/2002 From LexisNexis News Tuesday that AOL hit the 34 million subscriber mark was too little, and too late for Wall Street, which has grown steadily disillusioned with America Online and its corporate parent, AOL Time Warner. Rubbing salt in the wound, AOL rival EarthLink gained access to 14 million more cable homes through a carriage ...

iesy/Motorola ink upgrade deal; Conexant/Carlyle form foundry

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Frankfurt, Germany's broadband network upgrade will get a boost via a deal inked by Hessen-based iesy and Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector. Under the pact, Motorola will start in Frankfurt to upgrade the area's 450 MHz coaxial cable network to a return channel-enabled 862 MHz HFC broadband network using broadband cable technology.

WINfirst files for Chapter 11

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Clint Swett | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Sacramento Bee Sacramento Bee…03/13/2002 From LexisNexis Just weeks after reining in construction in Sacramento to save precious cash, the parent of cable operator WINfirst on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors.


House demands Global Crossing records

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

If federal enforcement agencies are shoring up their information-sharing, as they say, no one apparently extended it to Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives fell back on news reports for its suspicion that something might be up at Global Crossing, and yesterday took decisive action, demanding the bankrupt telecom turn over a "significant number of financial records and internal documents.

Comcast policies frustrate cable-modem users

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by David DeKok | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Patriot-News The Patriot-News…03/12/2002 From LexisNexis Dauphin County Judge Lawrence Clark had a surprise awaiting him when he purchased a popular and inexpensive Linksys cable modem to use with his Comcast Internet connection at home in Hershey, Pa.


Canal+ lawsuit alleges NDS stole smart-card code

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canal+ filed a lawsuit against NDS Group plc., alleging the News Corp. unit hacked its site and took its digital TV Smart Card code, which it then handed to a Web site used by counterfeiters. NDS called the claim "outrageous and baseless," and says it has not been served with the complaint. It claims it will file a counter-suit after a review.

NCTA study: cable, digital, phone subs up in Q4

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable operators hooked up more than 2.3 million units of digital broadband services between Oct. 1 and Dec.31, 2001, of which 875,000 were high-speed cable modem customers, says a study of its members by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The NCTA's quarterly study says new cable modem subscriptions, at 875,000, were up from 750,000 for the previous quarter and up by 100,0...

Cox wires N.O. schools; TWC to use Thomson's RCA modems

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services inked a three-year, $20 million contract to connect 142 locations of the new Orleans Public School Systems with voice, video and data via a Gigabit Ethernet WAN. The deal lets the district's 10,000 teachers use such applications as live video and software title downloads, Cox says.


IDT cuts 65% of Winstar workforce and dumps wireline biz

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following a three-month perusal, IDT Corp. says its newly acquired Winstar Communications unit will dump its wireline resale business, exit certain fixed-wireless markets and cut 65 percent of Winstar's non-sales workforce. IDT — which purchased Winstar for $42.5 million in cash and stock, through a bankruptcy court in December — will also consolidate certain facilities and overlapp...

Comcast to renew Santa Fe franchise

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tom Sharpe | Comments

Copyright 2002 New Mexican, Inc. The Santa Fe New Mexican…03/09/2002 From LexisNexis Santa Fe's new franchise with Comcast will allow the company to provide access to the Internet as well as to cable television. Richard Carlisle, the city's director of technology, said the telecommunications franchise with the city expired at the end of 2001, but Comcast has continued to operate under the...


Core founder resigns, company cuts jobs in rightsizing

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In a surprise move, Core Networks Founder, President and CEO Jeff Campbell resigned March 4. The software company also laid off as many as 23 people. Core makes and markets installation software for cable Internet companies. "Jeff made a personal decision to leave the company," says spokeswoman Natalie Oldfield.

SW Bell seeks to block Charter ads

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tim Bryant | Comments

Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch…03/09/2002 From LexisNexis Southwestern Bell Internet Services is asking a federal judge to block Charter Communications Inc. from making what Bell contends are misleading statements about high-speed Internet service. Bell and Charter compete for high-speed Internet customers.


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