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

Linksys adds cable modems to hardware line

April 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Linksys launched itself into the cable modem market with its EtherFast Cable Modem BEFCMU10. Street price: $129.99. The company, which provides home networking hardware through retail and e-commerce, designed the cable modem for an easy home installation, it says. Thus far, it's shipped through Best Buy, Amazon.

OSI/Nex-Tech build in Kan., Judge stays Adelphia/Verizon deal

April 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Optical Solutions Inc. will supply its FiberPath 400 system to an Osborne, Kan., overbuild project by Nex-Tech. HunTel Engineering from Blair, Neb., will oversee the deployment. FiberPath is based on a passive optical network. The project is a direct fiber connection that will extend to hundreds of homes and small businesses in the area, Optical Solutions says.

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Cable subscribers get lineup change

April 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by The Press-Enterprise | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Press Enterprise Co. THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.)…04/02/2002 From LexisNexis Some Charter Communications cable customers got a surprise Monday — their premium movie channels were gone. Charter removed HBO and Showtime from its analog service to add government channels and curb thefts.

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N.Y. analyst says investors overreacted to Adelphia debt

April 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Fred O. Williams | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Buffalo News Buffalo News…04/03/2002 From LexisNexis Investors continued to sell Adelphia stock Tuesday, which fell $1.29 to close at $11.83, as they awaited details about the company's off-balance-sheet debts. A law firm announced a class-action suit against the cable company for inadequate disclosure, but some analyst...

SEC looking into merger items, Qwest says

April 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…04/02/2002 From LexisNexis Qwest Communications said Monday that Securities and Exchange Commission staff want the agency to act against the telecom for omitting certain merger expense information from a financial report released in January 2001. Qwest, which owns an international high-speed network and is the dominant local phone company in ...

Competitor says Comcast is unfair

April 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brenda Rios | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…04/02/2002 From LexisNexis WideOpenWest, Comcast Corp.'s only head-to-head cable competitor in Michigan, says the cable giant is playing dirty. The company, which bought the Americast cable system in November and operates in 42 cities in southeastern Michigan, said Monday that Comcast i...

DirecTV BB taps TI for VoIP; Adelphia to use ARRIS CMTSs

April 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

DirecTV Broadband Inc. will integrate Texas Instruments ' AR5V10 DSL gateway system into a third-generation DirecTV DSL gateway to let DirecTV Broadband supply VoIP services, starting in the third quarter. TI's technology will supply the data routing, support for two digital voice lines and home-networking interfaces, the two say.

FiberCore losses widen in Q4, narrow for 2001

April 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

FiberCore Inc. saw its losses widen in its fourth quarter even as they narrowed for the year overall. The optical fiber maker reported a net loss of $3.3 million, or 5 cents a diluted share, for the fourth quarter, compared with a net profit of about $2.3 million, or 4 cents a diluted share a year ago.

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Ninth Circuit to hear landmark case on cable modem service

April 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/02/2002 From LexisNexis The Ninth U.S. Appeals Court, San Francisco, won a lottery Monday to hear a federal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's declaratory ruling that cable modem service is interstate "information service.

Broadband reaching the mainstream

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

In what could be considered a watershed event, broadband surfing in January 2002 accounted for more than half of all time spent on the Internet, reported Nielsen//NetRatings. That marked the first time that broadband usage outpaced narrowband usage (see accompanying chart). NetRatings also found that about 21.

Incanta down to skeleton staff as it seeks survival funding

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Falling prey to market and financial pressures that have hit scores of broadband and technology start-ups, Incanta Inc. is down to a skeleton crew while the broadband content company attempts to raise more cash to stay afloat. Atlanta, Ga.-based Incanta is now down to six staffers, down from about 37 last week, a company spokesman said.

CSG Systems closes billing deal

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

Expanding its telecommunications billing footprint, Denver-based CSG Systems International has closed its deal to acquire the billing and customer care assets of Lucent Technologies for roughly $260 million. Lucent originally obtained those assets, including software products and consulting services, via its purchase of Kenan Systems Corp.

Sony embarks on PS2 broadband service

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

Shifting its focus beyond off-the-shelf gaming titles for the PlayStation2, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said it will take advantage of the console's high-speed capabilities with a new broadband, multiplayer service. Set to launch this month in Japan, the PS2 broadband service will require users to have a DSL or cable modem connection and buy or rent a special "Broadband Navigator" ad...

Com21 propels upstream plans with Propane

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

Aiming to boost cable's upstream capacity, Com21 Inc. said it has become the first vendor to feature Broadcom Corp.'s Propane accelerator software for DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS systems. For starters, Com21 will use Propane in its recently unveiled DOXcontroller XB system, including the Dox-controller cable modem termination system.

Intertainer bowson-demand content tool

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

Intertainer has launched Demand E.S.P., a patent-pending platform designed to help broadband operators and content owners manage, program, distribute and track on-demand content. Intertainer's VOD content tool is comprised of seven modules: asset management and production, programming and scheduling, distribution management, usage reporting, royalty management, IP VOD services and profess...

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