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Paxson lauds FCC decision to proceed with spectrum auction

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Paxson Communications Corp. Chairman Lowell "Bud" Paxson applauded the Federal Communications Commission for its decision to move ahead with the 700 MHz spectrum auction scheduled for June 19, 2002. The FCC's decision, which shoots down a request by the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, "bodes well for the American consumer," Paxson said.

European Push for 802.11a

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Wireless technologies continue to be the focus of growth in the home networking and personal A/V worlds, and the European market is leaning to the innovative 802.11a wireless protocol, following momentum for the advanced wireless LAN technology in North America. Royal Philips Electronics recently revealed the first 802.

Comcast Delivers VOD To The Garden State

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by staff | Comments

Many Americans embrace a "I want it, when I want it attitude," and cableco Comcast Corp. believes it can satisfy its New Jersey customers who think this way by delivering video-on-demand services. The launch will give 222,000 New Jersey residents access to the VOD service. The company plans to expand its offering to other New Jersey residents in the future.


Lucent cutting 5,000 more jobs

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Ben Klayman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…04/12/2002 Telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. plans to cut about 5,000 more jobs than previously expected by the end of June because of the slowdown in the telecom sector, says a source close to the firm. "It's not like a whole new program of restructuring.

Growth for the router market … On the Edge(2)

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The market for routing and switching equipment is suffering from saturation, a lack of capital spending from carriers, and an overall cratering of network spending in general. Yet amid all the telecom carnage, one area of the carrier's network-routing gear for the network edge-is growing at a quick pace.

Israel's Golden-Channels flips switch on NVOD

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Golden-Channels, Israel's largest cable television company, has launched near video-on-demand services in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv metro area via a video server system supplied by SeaChange International. The MSO's NVOD service is comprised of 12 channels of Hollywood, Israeli and European movies, offering them up through SeaChange's MediaCluster system and Thomson Multimedia-built digital se...

Cable firms try to cage Net 'hogs'

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Shelley Emling | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…04/11/2002 New York — The bandwidth buffet is closing down. Cable companies, including AT&T Broadband, which serves Atlanta, are moving toward charging their Internet subscribers different monthly fees based on connection speeds.

SoftNet shuts down Intellicom

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SoftNet Systems Inc. shed another asset late Thursday, this time shuttering its Intellicom Communications satellite subsidiary. SoftNet said Intellicom, which used two-way satellite technology to deliver Internet services to schools and businesses, will cease operations "following the disposition of certain assets.


ITV XML crowd growing

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The effort to develop and standardize common specifications for interactive television applications and content continues moving forward, and the playing field is growing more crowded by the day. The NCTA Show in New Orleans is the target launch site for a new industry forum established to promote TV Extensible Markup Language, or TVXML, a TV-specific markup language based on XML for interactiv...

Ma Bell proposes reverse stock split

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T Corp. is looking to immediately raise the value of its shares, with a one-for-five reverse stock split. Ma Bell proposed the reverse stock split in a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. In the filing, the company said the reverse split would "adjust the trading prices of AT&T common stock following the various transactions to effect AT&T...

Dominion closes Telergy deal

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dominion Telecom continues to swallow long-haul networks from bankrupt Telergy. The latest: the acquisition of Telergy's network in upstate New York. A New York Bankruptcy Court approved Dominion Telecom's bid for the long-haul and metro fiber network. The facilities-based broadband service provider will fork over $7.


iVAST wins ClearStar MPEG-4 contract

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

iVAST said it won a multi-million dollar contract to provide MPEG-4 set-top technology via a deal with ClearStar USA, a telecom and entertainment company headquartered in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Under terms of the deal, iVAST will supply a set of MPEG-4 software and systems aimed at cable operators that plan to deploy interactive broadband services.

Trace outlines digital STB roadmap

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The digital set-top box market is poised to grow its installed base by 62 percent this year, one analysis says. An analysis of the 12-largest cable operators in North America by Trace Strategies Inc. found that by the end of 2002, this group of 12 cablecos will deploy a combined 9.39 million digital STBs.

Optical Solutions snags FTTH deal

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wamego Telecommunications Co., a Kansas-based incumbent local exchange carrier, has tapped Optical Solutions Inc. to bring fiber-to-the-home capability to the Kansas River Valley. The ILEC selected Optical Solutions' FTTH FiberPath 400 to meet the bandwidth needs of its customers. The FiberPath 400, which is based on a passive optical network architecture, will replace Wamego's existing copper ...


Comcast wraps up Detroit VoIP trial

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said it has completed a six-month Voice-over-IP technology trial in the Detroit area. Instead of a pure-IP set-up, Comcast tested packet voice services in the access network (home to headend) by leveraging TollBridge's TB300 gateway, Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system and a Class 5 switch the MSO inherited via a system swap with AT&am...


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