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

Cable ownership caps overturned

March 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&Tand AOL Time Warner are enjoying a victory today. A U.S. appeals court has overturned federal limits on the number of subscribers that a cable company can serve, Reuters reports. The two companies, AT&T in particular, have long wanted the cable subscriber caps raised and have petitioned the FCC to review the numbers.

Terayon improves its BE 2000

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It sounds like a car, but it's not. Terayon 's second-generation version of the BE 2000 System is helping cable operators with their network security. The BE 2000 System is a CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) which controls subscribers' cable modems with a high-performance IP switch/router. The technology has new features including one that prevents hackers from camouflaging themselves as a...

Modem Media getting skinny

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Modem Media is completing a plan to help it reduce expenses. First the company is laying off what will amount to 10 percent of its workforce. This includes closing its Tokyo, Japan office and transitioning its clients to the company's Hong Kong office. The company expects to take a one-time, pre-tax charge of approximately $3 million in the first quarter of 2001 and reduce its ongoing operating...

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Kingston and Infinilink team up

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Kingston Technology and Infinilink are combining their technologies to deliver DSL products to meet the increasing demands of broadband users. The companies say that by combining Kingston's manufacturing with Infinilink's broadband technology, the partners will be able to offer customers a product that is both compatible and offers shorter installation times and savings.

Hybrid introduces NLOS router

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hybrid Networks has introduced the ThruWAVE Wireless Broadband Router. The router is single-carrier with multiple modulation schemes that enable fixed broadband wireless service providers to increase their customer capacity and coverage by offering near-line-of-sight (NLOS) capabilities. The ThruWAVE router supports QPSK, 16 -QAM and 64-QAM modulation schemes and interleaving options that impr...

Cox deploying Emperative ProvEn

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Emperative announced last month that Cox Communications is using its software as the foundation for automated activation of cable modem subscribers. Specifically, in its middle-America cable system, Cox has deployed Emperative's ProvEn provisioning engine and Cable Modem Express, new software announced separately last month.

WorldGate announces new ITV product

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WorldGate unveiled in January product enhancements for its interactive television applications. The newest version of the WorldGate Interactive Service will be deployed during the first quarter of 2001, and includes two upgrades to WorldGate's overall product, along with an entirely new feature, making it a more dynamic service to users.

DSL, digital set-tops serve up growth

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Telecommunications Reports International has reported high growth for both the DSL market and the online market as a whole. While DSL access was slow to take off, it ended the year with tremendous strength, according to fourth quarter 2000 results from TR's Online Census. The main area of growth in the fourth quarter comes in DSL access, with more than 2.

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SCTE opens CCC

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With the launch of its newly-created Customer Care Center (CCC) in February, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) members can now take advantage of a staff fully dedicated to providing member services. The CCC is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The CCC's toll-free number is (800) 542-5040.

More bang for your buck

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RCN Corp. has introduced its bundled communications service offerings to seven additional suburbs of Philadelphia: Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Collingdale, Norwood, Prospect Park, Ridley Park and Upper Darby. Residents in these seven Delaware County communities are now able to sign up for RCN's Resilink bundles, which offer various combinations of RCN cable, telephone and high-speed Internet for a...

SOHOware on guard

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SOHOware previewed its new BroadGuard secure cable/DSL router in January. BroadGuard, which includes a 10/100 Mbps autosensing switch to boost performance, features one of the industry's most comprehensive Internet security solutions for residential, telecommuting and small office/home office broadband connectivity applications, according to the company.

Qwest wins in Arizona

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Qwest Communications International announced last month that it had been awarded a new $100 million agreement to construct and support high-speed local area broadband networks that will provide Internet access to Arizona's 228 public school districts. Qwest will also manage every aspect of the project and provide a wide range of services, including network consulting, architecture design, maint...

Com21 sells modems to Comcast, enhances product support

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Com21 has signed a volume purchase agreement with Comcast Online Communications, a division of Comcast Cable Communications. Comcast's agreement to purchase additional quantities of DOXport 1110 cable modems follows a previous fourth quarter 2000 purchase of Com21's latest offering. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

WOW announces deals

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WideOpenWest will use DemandVideo Corp.'s turnkey video-on-demand (VOD) solution to provide customers with immediate access to on-demand entertainment, under the terms of a recent agreement. WideOpenWest is building fiber optic broadband networks through several Western cities, offering residential customers competitive cable TV, VOD, high-speed Internet and low-cost telephone services.

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Teaming up for better services

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

OpenTV and Mixed Signals Technologies (MST) are partnering to jointly market the combination of MST's interactive TV services and tools with OpenTV's enhanced TV platform. This partnership highlights the growing numbers of developers involved in the creation of interactive content for interactive television services that run on the OpenTV platform.

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