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The Cable Center to induct seven hall-of-famers

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Denver-based The Cable Center announced the seven industry people who will be inducted into The Cable Television Hall of Fame. Official induction will occur at November's Western Show in Anaheim, Calif. The seven will be honored for achievements that made significant contributions to the cable industry's growth and development and to those served by cable TV, says center spokesman Doyle Albee.

Com21 lands grant to develop ComUnity

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. won a grant to help develop its ComPORT modem, which is designed to operate in an enlarged return path. The grant, funded by the European Union and administered by IDA Ireland, will support work at Com21's European Development Centre in Cork, Ireland. The grant amount was undisclosed, says Com21 VP of Engineering Charles Cheevers, from his office in Cork.

NCTI changes name to … NCTI(2)

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So what's in a name, especially when everyone but you is using the new one? National Cable Television Institute officially changed its name to the less formidable NCTI acronym, expanded its curriculum and launched a new logo. The name change lets the school move beyond the cable TV world, but, "We also realized that most of our clients and students know us and refer to us simply as NCTI," says ...


S-A re-enters CMTS game via Pacific Broadband deal

September 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After going years without a cable modem termination system of its own, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said today that it will bolster its data strategy via a reselling arrangement with San Jose, Calif.-based start-up Pacific Broadband Communications. Under terms of the deal, S-A will be the exclusive reseller of PBC CMTS equipment in North America.

TWC opens Syracuse system to EarthLink

September 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Communications has opened its Time Warner Cable system to EarthLink in Syracuse, N.Y., it reports today. The company last week launched multi-ISP service in Columbus, Ohio, with no fanfare or announcement. EarthLink joins AOL and TWC's Road Runner high-speed Internet service on the systems.

AOL Time Warner lowers guidance

September 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc. lowered its long-standing guidance, citing effects stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The company's ad revenue fell with its uninterrupted coverage of events even as it upped its newsgathering expenses. Still, "No financial impact can compare to the terrible suffering and loss of life inflicted by the vicious attacks of Sept.

AOLTW opens to EarthLink in Columbus

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Without fanfare, AOL Time Warner Inc. followed through on the open-access agreements it announced in July and opened Time Warner's cable lines in Columbus, Ohio, to EarthLink Inc. The company plans to do the same in Syracuse, N.Y., but hasn't announced a date, says spokesman Mike Luftman. AOLTW didn't announce last week's launch because the national situation would make a release inappropriate,...

Montana Power shareholders vote on changes

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Montana Power Company shareholders OK'd the company's plan to sell its utility business and restructure itself into a broadband-focused entity. The plan calls for the Butte, Mont.-based power company to sell its utility business to NorthWestern Corp. of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $1.1 billion, including $602 million in cash and the assumption of $488 million in debt.


FT connects surgeons to patient 4,000 miles away

September 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

From France Telecom's Manhattan office, surgeons performed a successful gall bladder removal 4,000 miles away in Strasbourg, France, using France Telecom's high-speed fiber optic system, and a robot. In the September 7 telesurgery, dubbed Operation Lindbergh, surgeons manipulated the robot through the gall bladder removal from a 68-year-old patient.


Studies: pay, PVRs and phone line use

September 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Are you paid enough? No really. The Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association says you are and then some — "The cable industry meets and sometimes exceeds compensation compared to the overall media communications industry," it says. And CTHRA went right to an objective source — HR pros, it says.

3Com cuts more than planned; results on target

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

3Com Corp.'s revenue dropped by $544 million since last year and the company will end its restructuring timeline with 1,000 fewer employees than expected, it says in its first-quarter results. The telecom equipment provider also says it met or exceeded most of its key goals, including gross margin improvement, cost-cutting and the $145 billion cash balance it had at quarter's end.

Charter Pipeline/MSN team on portal

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Watch for, a hybrid portal and start page coming from a recently closed deal between Charter Communications Inc. and MSN. The two also plan a e-mail service and a customized version of MSN's Explorer. will be a co-branded start page that offers MSN's content and customized Charter content, too, says Charter spokesman Andy Morgan.

Motorola's 'telecom now' and 'next' initiative

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola launched a corporate-wide initiative intended to focus itself better in the telecom market. Headed by two in-house execs, Telecom Next, Telecom Now will address separate parts of the industry. Telecom Next will position "the entire corporation in future and emerging telecom technologies, including full-scale IP and multiservices networks," the company says.

New ADC CMTS to target small cable systems

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to tap into small cable system markets and the multidwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the Cuda 1000, a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class Cuda 12000. Targeting cable systems with less than 20,000 homes, ADC's Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said M...

NCTA offers uplinks for PSAs

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA President Robert Sachs called for members to include public service announcements from the American Red Cross in their cable systems. The ads promote grief counseling and solicit donations for relief efforts. The industry-wide public service ad campaign is intended to supplement individual contributions from the industry.


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