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

Comcast tabs Sigma Systems

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

MSOs are always on the lookout for ways to make subscriber provisioning faster and easier. Comcast Cable Communications Inc. has teamed with Sigma Systems to do just that. The third-largest MSO in the United States is deploying various components of Sigma's Service Management Portfolio to deploy reliable, scalable and modular service management solutions, said Comcast's Senior Vice President Ra...

BroadJump dives into automated Internet filtering biz

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Children and teens have been reported as the fastest growing group of Internet users, but there is plenty of stuff on the 'Net that is not meant for eyes of babes. BroadJump has partnered with FamilyCLICK to provide service providers using BroadJump software with an automated Internet filtering system service option.

XO gets OK on first day

June 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jonathan Berke | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…06/19/2002 From LexisNexis Bankrupt XO Communications Inc. got Judge Arthur Gonzalez of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to approve all its first-day motions Tuesday, June 18, in what was probably the broadband provider's quietest day in months.

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Discovery launches HDTV channel

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In response to the FCC's call to grow the HDTV and digital television markets, Discovery Communications is stepping up to the plate with a new 24-hour, ad-supported HDTV channel. The channel, Discovery HD Theater, will feature programming categories that have been tied to the company's networks for years, including nature, history, world cultures, science, education and travel.

Adelphia misses payments

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With Adelphia Communications Corp. missing a bond interest payment yesterday, the idea that the MSO will file for bankruptcy is gaining momentum. Yesterday, the company missed a $51.3 million interest payment on its 10-1/4 percent senior notes due Nov. 15, 2009. Earlier this month, Moody's Investors Service said Adelphia seeking protection from its creditors was "potentially imminent.

Audiogalaxy vs. the music industry: case closed

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than a month after the music industry filed a lawsuit against a Napster-like clone, the case has been settled. Although specifics of the settlement remain confidential, peer-to-peer filing sharing service Audiogalaxy has agreed to pay the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Music Publishers Association a "substantial sum based on Audiogalaxy's assets.

Qwest sees bumpy road ahead

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Leon Lazaroff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…06/18/2002 From LexisNexis Even without Joseph Nacchio as a lightning rod for allegations of misleading accounting and excessive capital spending, the many problems at Qwest Communications International Inc. make the company an unlikely takeover target, industry observers say.

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Telewest bondholders foil Malone

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brian Cattell | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…06/18/2002 From LexisNexis LONDON - It looks like John Malone may have another battle in Britain. The acquisitive Colorado cable tycoon, who recently failed in his grab for a piece of Britain's largest cable operator, NTL Inc., has now been rebuffed by bondholders at smaller NTL rival Telewest Communications plc.

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Chip heavyweights form new company

June 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Three chipmakers are pooling their brainpower to develop and market digital signal processor (DSP) technologies for consumer and communications products through a newly formed company, StarCore. The heavyweights behind the Texas-based company are Motorola Inc., Infineon Technologies Inc. and Agere Systems Inc.

Qwest board nudges Nacchio out

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After financial struggles, downgraded ratings and an SEC probe, Joseph Nacchio has resigned his post as Qwest Communications International Inc.'s head honcho. Although Qwest deems Nacchio's resignation as voluntary, it is has been reported that the board of directors nudged him out. Nacchio has been in the hotseat for months now.

Bankruptcy descends on XO

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Not that it should come as a big surprise, but XO Communications Inc. has filed for bankruptcy under the protective blanket of Chapter 11. Along with the filing, the broadband service provider has submitted a two-pronged reorganization plan. The bankruptcy filing, submitted in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, is limited to parent company XO Communications, and wi...

Study: Movie trailers drain corporate bandwidth

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Movie-goers may look forward to windfall of summer blockbusters, but corporate IT directors may only view them as bandwidth drains. Streaming media Web sites, which include online movie trailers, are on the rise, up 412 percent in the last 12 months, according to new research from Websense Inc., an employee management solution provider.

Sandbridge Technologies snags funds

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Katherine Goncharoff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…06/17/2002 From LexisNexis White Plains, NY-based Sandbridge Technologies, a developer of so-called "software defined radio" chipsets designed to allow handheld devices such as cell phones to easily shift between various transmission modes, including 3G and WiFi, has raised $14 million in a first round of funding.

Companies develop DOCSIS 2.0 automated testing equipment

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to accelerate the adoption of DOCSIS 2.0, Imedia Semiconductor Corp. and DAQTron Inc. are teaming to develop automated testing equipment systems for the latest CableLabs' spec. The test systems jointly developed by the silicon vendor and the broadband test systems company will enable DOCSIS 2.

SEC filing cites more Adelphia woes

June 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…06/17/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — Scandal-plagued Adelphia Communications Corp. hung out more dirty laundry in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Friday. The No. 6 cable operator, widely believed to be on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection, disclosed that: • On June 9, audit firm Deloitte & Touche ...

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