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Customers blast Comcast as Excite reaches final hours

February 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia Inquirer…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Some angry Comcast Corp. cable-modem subscribers say the company's new e-mail service is still not working well, even as the service it replaced, bankrupt Excite@Home, is approaching its final hours.

Eastern Connecticut Cable TV ends Internet test

February 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Day The Day…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Eastern Connecticut Cable Television is in the final stages of testing its new high-speed Internet service, and while it will miss its deadline for getting its customers back on-line in February, it will offer two months of free service once it is running.

WINfirst's woes leave Seattle with one provider

February 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER…02/27/2002 From LexisNexis Bellevue and Seattle officials who were hopeful they'd found a company to bring competition to the dominant cable provider, AT&T Broadband, were disappointed yesterday at news that indicates it's not likely to happen.

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EchoStar/Hughes idea gets mixed reviews

February 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp.'s plan to expand its channels nationwide if its merger with Hughes Electronics goes through got mixed reviews. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission Monday, the two sought approval to launch and operate "a new spot-beam satellite that, when combined with four existing and under-construction EchoStar and DirecTV spot-beam satellites and spectrum eff...

Pending telecom bill points to influence peddling

February 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jackie Koszczuk | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder Knight Ridder Washington Bureau…02/27/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday expects to take up a major telecommunications bill that seems to promise high-speed telephone and Internet connections for every household, small business and computer junkie in America — but consumer adv...

CableLabs OCAP conference lures large turnout

February 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

At 90 companies and 165 attendees, CableLabs drew a bigger- than-expected crowd at the Feb. 14 OpenCable Developers' Conference and OpenCable Application Platform interoperability testing event. About 13 participating companies presented topics covering reference OCAP/MHP uses, application developer toolkits, content authoring tools, application servers and data carousels for iTV, as well as so...

Tale from two cities: Comcast opens system to second ISP

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following AOL Time Warner's lead, albeit without a Federal Trade Commission mandate, Comcast Corp. struck a deal with NetZero and Juno owner United Online to offer high-speed Internet services on two Comcast cable systems. It's Comcast's first move toward opening its system to multiple ISPs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Teutons give Liberty death

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis U.S. cabler Liberty Media's $4.8 billion acquisition of six of Deutsche Telekom's regional cable franchises is dead. The German cartel office is expected to nix the deal at a press conference this morning, after warning the cabler on Jan.

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Williams, Level 3 fight to survive telecom meltdown

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis Two companies similar to Global Crossing are taking drastic steps to keep lenders off their backs. Williams Communications, owner of a 33,000-mile national high-speed network, said Monday it might seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it can't work out a deal with lenders.

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House to vote on bill to let Baby Bells provide broadband

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Miami Herald…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis A hotly contested bill that would allow the four regional Bell phone companies to provide long-distance high-speed Internet connections and sidestep a key provision of the 1996 telecommunications reform law is set for a vote Wednesday by the U.

Industry weighs in on Tauzin-Dingell

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

There's nothing like the drama of a hot and pending legislative vote, and the industry has made tomorrow's vote on the Tauzin-Dingell bill a case in point. Broadband has turned out in droves to weigh in on what it wants, particularly given a last-minute line-sharing amendment. Because of the 24 amendments, the debate should take two days on the floor, the White House Bulletin reports.

San Bruno Cable taps CoreOS; AOLTW applies for new ISP

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Undaunted by ExciteAtHome's shutdown, San Bruno Cable, owned by the City of San Bruno in California, used Core Networks ' CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System to give it control over its own system. Excite's closure contributed to delays in the cableco's marketing and network plans. San Bruno is one of the country's largest city-owned cable systems, with 15,000 homes passed.

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XO Communications to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas (Nev.) Review-Journal…02/23/2002 From LexisNexis XO Communications, voice and data provider, and Sprint's largest competitor in the Las Vegas area, says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within two weeks.

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UEC/OpenTV team on set-top; S-A licenses taps

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta granted a cable TV tap technology license to Andes Industries unit PCT International. Under the deal, PCT will make its own line of taps using S-A's power-passing technology and design. The patent has a power bypass switch allowing network operators to upgrade faceplates without unsplicing the backhousing and without disrupting downstream cable subscribers' TV viewing, S-A says.

Report: Policy blocks 1.2 M job potential

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In the nick of time for this week's Tauzin-Dingell showdown in the U.S. House of Representatives, a research report shows that a national broadband network can generate more than 1.2 million permanent jobs. It urges policy makers to remove restrictions holding back the buildout. Building a Nationwide Broadband network: Speeding Job Growth from the New Millennium Research Council says the countr...

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