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

Deals and other industry doings …(2)

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies' VoCable TB300 IP Gateway landed multivendor interoperability approval with five cable equipment manufacturers. The gateway now "interoperates" with equipment from ADC Telecommunications, Arris, Cadant, Motorola and Tellabs, the company says. … Eumitcom Technology and Samsung Electronics used Conexant Systems Inc.

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AOLTW, Yipes pitch in on relief effort

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an open memo to employees, AOL Time Warner chiefs Steve Case and Gerry Levin called for suggestions of where the company could contribute most effectively to the relief efforts in New York. They also outlined what AOLTW has already done, including donating $5 million and offering to match more. "Ours is a unique enterprise, and we have unique resources," including AOL and CNN, the two wrote.

Quints team resources on iTV systems

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Five interactive television (iTV) companies have banded together to launch the Entertainment Technology Group to enable broadband cable and telecommunication operators worldwide to reduce their time to market and exploit the revenue potential of broadband technology. Under the deal, Lucent Digital Video will supply encoding technology via its line of MPEG-2 encoders, LinkRunner video gateways a...

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BarcoNet debuts new VOD system

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

BarcoNet today announced the launch of a dedicated VOD-over-IP solution designed to make VOD economically feasible on both a small and large scale. The system consists of an end-to-end digital TV delivery system based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology, enabling cable operators to roll out interactive applications, such as VOD, at low cost to both set-top boxes and PCs connected to high-speed...

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Pace picks Equator silicon for gateways

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Pace Micro Technology plc has selected Equator Technologies Inc.'s "MAP-CA" chip for the set-top maker's forthcoming line of home gateways. Pace added that it would use the programmable silicon to foster advanced multimedia functions such as video streaming, video-on-demand, electronic program guides and personal video recording.

Jedai sheds light on new architecture

September 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following its formal introduction at this year's Cable-Tec Expo, Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. took another step forward today with the unveiling of its business-class architecture for cable operators. Targeting mid-sized businesses and high-margin data, video and voice services, Jedai's "IP WaveFront" architecture will move beyond SOHOs to target mid-sized businesses through a wide line of hom...

FCC ponders cable limits

September 13, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday started reviewing its limits for cable companies, it announced. The review follows a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision last spring regarding Time Warner. The court said then that the FCC couldn't adequately justify limits it imposed in the 1992 Cable Act and that the FCC hadn't kept up with changes in the multicha...

Liberate launches certification school

September 13, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies will train system integrators and administrators of its TV Platform software via its new certification program. Part of Liberate's education services unit, the program trains students to install, administer, provision and troubleshoot the company's software. Liberate says it covers two tracks — the Liberate Platform Certified Administrator and the Liberate Platform C...

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Industry donations still rising

September 13, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A Rochester, N.Y., metro network startup donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross, along with a spirited call to the American business community to help with recovery. "At a time like this, we must remember the spirit of independence and generosity that has made this country great," says American Fiber Systems President and CEO David G.

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Cable news roundup

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael K. Powell issued a statement yesterday expressing condolences for the losses in New York and Washington, D.C., and urging patience with the telecom industry. "I am grateful for the tireless and heroic efforts of those in the telecommunications industry who are working hard to keep our most fundamental communications systems … operating ...

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NCTA exec: Disaster personal, not cable issue

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're taking a low profile" regarding member companies' charitable efforts in the aftermath of Tuesday's tragic attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., says NCTA spokesman Marc Smith. "We're letting them (speak) for themselves." Smith had just returned from New York City to Washington, D.C. Along with other NCTA staff, he'd attended Diversity Week events and was at the National Association o...

Broadband donations total millions for relief agencies

September 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, an ever-increasing number of broadband companies are stepping up with donations and commitments — some under extremely tough circumstances. A few thus far: Corning Inc.'s Corning Foundation will donate $100,000 to the September 11 fund established by United Way and The New York Community Trust.

Another news roundup …

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications says it will seek a "rebalancing of emphasis to digital and data sales at the expense of marginal increases in basic customer growth." The company expects basic customer growth for 2001 to fall below original guidance of 2 percent as a result of the refocus. Conversely, it expects Q3 advanced services additions to exceed those of Q2.

Industry: Internet and other systems stay up

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable and Internet systems stayed up and running despite the terrorist attacks in New York City, although hubs and antennae in and on the World Trade Center went down. Time Warner Cable has a system "which does serve all of Manhattan," as well as Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the city, says TWC spokesman Michael Luftman.

Another news roundup …(2)

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications says it will seek a "rebalancing of emphasis to digital and data sales at the expense of marginal increases in basic customer growth." The company expects basic customer growth for 2001 to fall below original guidance of 2 percent as a result of the refocus. Conversely, it expects Q3 advanced services additions to exceed those of Q2.

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