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September 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Aurora Networks, Optinel appoint executives; Speakeasy names a new board member; and Turer Corp. changes its name. Sniezko takes technology post at Aurora Former AT&T Broadband tech bigwig Oleh Sniezko has joined Aurora Networks as its chief technology officer. At his new post, Sniezko will be responsible for Aurora's product development.

Court won't revisit line-share ruling

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…09/06/2002 From LexisNexis A federal appeals court refused to reconsider its decision that struck down rules that required telephone companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. to share lines for services such as high-speed Internet. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down a rule in May that required companies...

SONICblue streamlines

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The turbulent times continue at SONICblue Inc. The latest: the company is shedding 25 percent of its staff, including two senior executives. Roughly 400 employees will receive their walking papers, among them Roger Hackett, senior vice president of sales, and Andy Wolfe, chief technology officer. The cuts are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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High-speed Internet program launched

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…09/06/2002 From LexisNexis The Canadian federal government is spending $67 million ($105 million Canadian) to spur the development of broadband infrastructure in the country's most underserved communities. Industry Minister Allan Rock, who made the announcement yesterday from Bracebridge, said the funds would be available to not-fo...

Com21 XB System makes its debut in Costa Rica

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Com21 has officially broken its DOCSIS-based XB System out of the box for a trial in Costa Rica. Amnet Telecom has agreed to trial the XB System, which consists of the DOXcontroller 1000XB cable modem termination system, the NMAPS XB network management software and the DOXport 1110XB cable modem. The DOXport 1110XB cable modem received DOCSIS 1.

Real tries to hit one out of the park

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ever wish you could listen to the game of favorite baseball team without having to go to the ballpark or sit glued to your television? Well, RealNetworks, and Major League Baseball believe they can make dreams come true with their Gameday Audio Mobile service. The wireless service is designed to stream live audio feeds of Major League games to fans' mobile phone or PDA.

Courts approve bankruptcy plans

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Bankrupt companies Teligent Inc. and NTL Inc. have received some good news. Their individual plans to emerge from bankruptcy have been blessed by the courts. Less than a year and a half after filing for Chapter 11, Teligent Inc. expects to emerge from bankruptcy on or before Sept. 16. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York has approved the plan, which will enable the wir...

Covad, AOL forge broadband deal

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Shares of Covad Communications soared, up more than 20 percent in early trading, following news that the DSL carrier signed a five-year broadband deal with America Online. As part of the deal, America Online, the Internet unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., will have access to Covad's nationwide DSL network by purchasing DSL services at wholesale.

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Tellabs warns, cuts jobs

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telecom gear maker Tellabs Inc. has put analysts on notice, warning that it will fall below expectations and post a third-quarter loss. Along with the warning, the company said it will eliminate 14.5 percent of its work force. Tellabs' North American customers continue to tighten their belts, and as a result, the company expects sales to fall between 15 percent and 25 percent lower than the sec...

Gates woos Hollywood with Windows Media 9

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In typical Bill Gates fashion, the Microsoft Corp. front man was working the crowd at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex yesterday when he unveiled the beta version of Windows Media Player 9 Series. Gates had James Cameron and LL Cool J at his side while he demonstrated the software giant's latest introduction into the audio and video streaming sector, the Windows Media Player 9 Series.

nCUBE to relocate Denver office to Oregon HQ

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

nCUBE Corp. will become the latest company involved in the cable industry to leave the Denver area later this year when the video-on-demand and ad insertion vendor relocates its Louisville office to Beaverton, Ore., the site of nCUBE headquarters. An nCUBE spokeswoman said the company's lease in Louisville was set to expire in January and that more office space became available at nCUBE's Beave...

UnitedGlobalCom taps Arris

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

UnitedGlobalCom has looked into its crystal ball and sees a future transition to advanced telephony service over IP, and is turning to Arris to make that vision a reality. As part of the three-year deal, Arris will supply UnitedGlobalCom with headend systems, including the Cornerstone Voice system, the DOCSIS 1.

Charter considers sale of rural systems

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch…09/05/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications Inc.'s top priority is getting more cash coming in than going out, a position it probably won't reach until 2004, says Carl E. Vogel, the company's chairman and chief executive.

TWC signs up more ISP partners

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Three more regional ISPs have signed up to offer their competing broadband service over Time Warner Cable systems in select markets. Athenet has launched its ACES high-speed cable access service in Green Bay, Wis. The service is available to the 150,000 customers in this TWC division. Later this month, Athenet will make its service available to the 418,000 customers in Milwaukee.

Charter signs content deals for Rhapsody, Mag Rack

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has been wheeling and dealing to beef up the content offering for its residential broadband customers. The latest: the MSO has inked entertainment deals with Listen.com and Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. The deal with Listen.com will enable Charter to offer its more than 900,000 residential broadband customers access to the Rhapsody subscription-based digital music serv...

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