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

Tauzin-Dingell vote on Feb. 27; OKC names center for Cox

February 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Feb. 27 on HR 1542, the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, dubbed the Tauzin-Dingell bill. The House had scheduled a vote just before the winter holiday, and was expected to vote favorably, but put it off until March, citing a need for more time to go over changes.

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SCTE news goes live; RealNetworks/Sonic a stream team

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers ' Interval newsletter went live on its site, it says. Interval Online is a monthly member publication covering training, safety and member events. … RealNetworks Inc. will license MediaSite Live, a Webcasting application from Sonic Foundry. The software will let RealNetworks capture and stream any kind of digital content, scale delivery to...

ACA asks FCC to halt EchoStar/Hughes merger

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The debate is open and factions are taking their shots. American Cable Association dissed the math EchoStar Communications cites when talking about its merger, and argues the satellite company's merger with DirecTV would harm competition and service. The association, which represents nearly 1,000 small and independent cable companies, filed a petition with the U.

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Cox exec beats polls, takes New Orleans mayoral primary

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications VP/GM and sleeper candidate Ray Nagin shot ahead of the local police chief in New Orleans' mayor's primary Saturday, surprising pollsters with 28 percent of the vote on a 98 percent voter turnout. The city's runoff election is March 2. Last week, the polls had Nagin trailing behind Police Chief Richard Pennington and possibly State Senator Paulette Irons.

Comcast sees Q4 loss, but subs jump

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.

TWC taps nCUBE for ad insertion

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.

Smaller MSOs detail $500 M efforts in FCC briefing

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Amid so much talk of taking broadband to rural areas, a handful of medium and small cablecos want the policy-making sector to know: Been there, done that, invested the millions. At a briefing for U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff and commissioners, arranged by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CEOs of seven MSOs detailed the nearly $500 million they've invested...

Microsoft releases iTV kit for program members

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Microsoft and a Portugese video and broadband company teamed on an iTV development kit. The two just launched the English version — for Microsoft TV Developer Program members. Sagreskit, developed by the software giant and Novabase iDTV in Portugal, is designed to speed and ease building iTV services for Microsoft TV's advanced version 1.

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TiVo files infringement lawsuit against SONICblue

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May. TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.

Enterasys sifts Asia deal, SEC starts Aprisma probe

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

That spin off didn't go off completely without a hitch, it appears. Cabletron spinoff Enterasys Systems took a double hit Thursday when in-house questions turned up a questionable contract coming out of its Asia Pacific region, followed promptly by an "apparently unrelated" notice that it was under investigation by the U.

Com21 system to push bandwidth xtreme

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. is hoping its DOXcontroller XB will push it into the Xtreme bandwidth market. The system is still under development, and will include a DOXcontroller 1000 headend and a newly expanded version of the company's network management and provisioning system, formerly only available with Com21's ComUNITY Access System, it says.

Motorola/Nortel team on VoIP; Allegro raises $60 M in Series B

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector teamed with Nortel Networks on an integrated VoIP system intended to help simplify deployment of VoIP equipment, the two say. The nonexclusive deal combines Motorola's IP cable access network experience and Nortel's work in deploying voice and data networks.

Cox gets a jump on service and support

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Advancing its customer service and support initiatives for new services, Cox Communications said it will deploy the Broadband Resolution Suite, a system jointly developed by Support.com and Broadjump Inc. The suite is designed to give cable customers "point-and-click" self-service capabilities starting from the time of service installation through the customer's lifecycle.

Arris closes Cadant deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group said it has acquired cable modem termination system start-up Cadant Inc., closing a deal first announced at last November's Western Cable Show. The deal combines the only two CMTS vendors so far to obtain DOCSIS 1.1-qualified status from CableLabs. Arris' 1.1-qualified Cornerstone CMTS 1500 is a "pizza box" CMTS, and Cadant's C4 is a "carrier-class" CMTS chassis.

G-Cluster ports games to the set-top

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

G-Cluster, a start-up backed by Finnish and U.K. investors, believes it has the answer to help cable operators push PC and console gaming titles to their customers. G-Cluster markets a game system that transfers the games to thin-client digital set-tops via a proprietary headend set-up comprised of strings, or clusters, of PCs.

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