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

Toshiba taps e-commerce sales power

October 5, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Online availability of cable modems to expand sales beyond brick & mortar limits Toshiba America Information Systems is launching an online store developed by BuyNow to sell its cable modem products to customers nationwide. The new Web site, www.toshibamodems.com, was developed in response to requests to make the Toshiba PCX line of cable modems available for purchase to a wider group of ca...

Project DISCO: Dancing to the DVR/PVR beat

October 4, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter announces plan to develop set-top based digital/personal video recorder platform Conjuring up memories of platforms and strobe lights, Charter Communications, Motorola, ReplayTV and Vulcan Ventures announced a joint DVR venture dubbed, "Project DISCO." The four companies will work together to develop and integrate digital video recording capabilities in advanced set-top boxes.

Baby Bell pushing 30 (new markets)

October 4, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SBC moving into 30 new markets with $1 billion tech contract to Lucent SBC Communications has selected Lucent Technologies as the primary provider of data, voice and access infrastructure technology for its national network expansion. The five-year agreement is expected to be valued at more than $1 billion.

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Tektronix testing 1,2,3 … minus 1

October 4, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tempo acquires Tektronix metallic access testing product line Tempo, a copper cable test equipment manufacturer, has acquired the metallic access test product line for the telecom and cable TV markets from Tektronix, a test, measurement, and monitoring company for the semiconductor and telecom industries.

Paid in full?

October 4, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Philips, Trintech Group to develop set-top based EPS Philips Digital Networks and Trintech Group have formed a partnership to provide a t-commerce payment solution allowing TV audiences to securely pay for products purchased via their set-top boxes. Philips manufactures digital set-top boxes for cable, satellite, and terrestrial reception, which support interactive TV applications and Internet ...

Tektronix testing 1,2,3 … minus 1(2)

October 4, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tempo acquires Tektronix metallic access testing product line Tempo, a copper cable test equipment manufacturer, has acquired the metallic access test product line for the telecom and cable TV markets from Tektronix, a test, measurement, and monitoring company for the semiconductor and telecom industries.

Cutting too close to the bone at Qwest?

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Qwest Communications International plans to cut capital spending on its telephone network by more than 36 percent next year, according to documents filed with the SEC. Qwest plans to spend $9.5 billion company wide on Web hosting, its broadband network, wireless phones, data services and a voice network that supports traditional telephone service.

Shifting into fiber-optic overdrive

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With an eye toward the future of fiber optics, Cisco Systems said it is spending about $100 million on its new Salem, N.H. plant that makes gear for fiber-optic networks. The company also plans eventually to share the space with parts suppliers to speed up production, Cisco officials said. Cisco, which unveiled the plant purchase in May without disclosing the price, said it's spending about $45...

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EU gives its blessing, the Mouse gives it a blast

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Virgin sacrifice? The European Commission has reached no decision yet on its plans to approve America Online 's $142 billion purchase of Time Warner, along with Time Warner's music venture with EMI Group, although the companies offered concessions to soothe competition concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.

Reach out and cut someone off?

October 3, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The board of directors at AT&T is reportedly in favor of spinning off the company's struggling consumer long-distance business to shareholders rather than selling outright what was once a core unit of the telecommunications giant. The AT&T board, the nation's No. 1 long-distance carrier, has expressed interest in the move since it was first proposed by management during an annual retrea...

Getting a jump on data installs

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

To help meet customer demand for its high-speed cable modem service, Time Warner Cable has purchased one million licenses of BroadJump Inc. 's Virtual Truck Installer. The self-installation software has helped the company reduce the need for a technician to drive to a customer's home to install high-speed Internet services.

Comcast eyes Quantum Bridge for optical answers

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. is awarding a multi-year contract to Quantum Bridge Communications to deploy the Quantum Bridge Optical Access System in several Comcast markets. Comcast started testing and evaluating Quantum Bridge's Optical Access System in January 2000. Quantum Bridge Communications' Optical Access System was designed to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks.

Mixed Signals, Pearson place bets on interactive game shows

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Speaking of interactivity, viewers will soon be able to interact with classic game shows "Family Feud" and "To Tell the Truth." Mixed Signals Technologies (MST) is partnering with Pearson Television to enable viewers in the U.S. to interact with current episodes and advertisements of the shows via any open-standard interactive set-top box.

VOD goes Hollywood… almost

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Broadband is teaming up with DIVA to launch video-on-demand services to AT&T digital customers in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Initial markets will include several communities in the East Bay area of Northern California; Westchester and Culver City in greater L.

VOD goes Hollywood… almost(2)

October 2, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Broadband is teaming up with DIVA to launch video-on-demand services to AT&T digital customers in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Initial markets will include several communities in the East Bay area of Northern California; Westchester and Culver City in greater L.

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