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

Speakeasy not only encourages connection sharing … It promotes it

November 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While the cable industry wrestles with the concept of "neighborhood" sharing of broadband Internet connections via wireless access points, at least one provider on the DSL side is actively promoting the practice. In a move unique to any broadband provider, regardless of baseline technology, national independent provider Speakeasy announced today that it has begun actively promoting shared wirel...

Malone thwarted again in Europe

November 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Richard Morgan | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…11/19/2002 LexisNexis John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. encountered another setback on its European cable march with the undoing of a 750 million ($756 million) deal to acquire Dutch cable operator N.V. Casema. The deal, announced Aug. 1, once promised to give Englewood.

Speakeasy not only encourages connection sharing … It promotes it(2)

November 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While the cable industry wrestles with the concept of "neighborhood" sharing of broadband Internet connections via wireless access points, at least one provider on the DSL side is actively promoting the practice. In a move unique to any broadband provider, regardless of baseline technology, national independent provider Speakeasy announced today that it has begun actively promoting shared wirel...

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NCTA: Broadband coalition 'in search of a problem'

November 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In response to a newly-formed, Microsoft Corp.-led coalition that is requesting that the Federal Communications Commission adopt regulations that would ensure that broadband service providers won't censor lawful Internet content, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said the group is "in search of a problem.

Comcast's new era begins; Merger boosts Roberts power

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…11/18/2002 It's hard to think of any executive since CBS' William Paley who has wielded as much power over the media as Brian Roberts will acquire this week when he becomes CEO of the new Comcast, a $31 billion merger of AT&T Broadband and his old Comcast.

S-A snaps up ChanneLogics assets

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. (http://www.scientific-atlanta.com), now officially on a mini buying spree, said it will bolster its bandwidth and cable modem traffic management portfolio by purchasing the assets of closely held ChanneLogics Inc. for an undisclosed sum. ChanneLogics, also based in Atlanta, markets software designed to monitor bandwidth usage every few minutes and widen or constrict the...

Cox expands HD service to two more markets

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cox Communications announced that customers in its Northern Virginia and San Diego markets can now receive high-definition programming through the local cable operator. Cox began offering HD in upgraded areas of Fairfax County, Va., in October, and in San Diego this week, the company said. That brings the total of HD markets at Cox to five, representing more than a third of the MSO's total home...

Terayon introduces cable modem extensions

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable operators look ahead to a time when their networks can support advanced services beyond high-speed data, including IP telephony and more advanced wireless networking, one of the main issues they'll face is protecting their investment in the modems they select today in advance of that transition.

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Liberty Livewire ascends with name change

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Good-bye, Liberty Livewire, we hardly knew ya. Beginning this Wednesday, Liberty Livewire — the holding company for a wide range of post-production, media asset management and content distribution entities - becomes Ascent Media Group. Combined with the corporate name change, Liberty's NASDAQ ticker will change from LWIRA to AMGIA.

OpenTV fosters credit card-based iTV pay model

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

If interactive applications are ever gain significant market share, developers will have to find ways to creatively bill for the various transactions within a particular platform. Today, interactive boxes are expensive to deploy and there's no guarantee that an operator will recoup any of those costs though customer interactive transactions.

Broadband Plus show adds Rogers, Rutledge to speaker lineup

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In advance of the upcoming Broadband Plus show, hosted by the California Cable & Telecommunications Association in December in Anaheim, Calif., show officials added some more high-profile executives to the speaker lineup. Comcast Corp.'s Brian Roberts heads this year's list of industry speakers, but show organizers also announced the addition of: Tom Rutledge, president of Cablevision Syste...

RPR moves to working group ballot

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance said RPR reached a technical milestone after the 2.0 version of the draft standard was been approved for working group ballot. Specifically, the IEEE 802.17 RPR working group approved the RPR standard for balloting, signifying that the draft is mature enough to justify taking a formal vote, the alliance said.

MovieFlix touts membership figures

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an attempt to steal some thunder from last week's "soft launch" of studio-supported MovieLink service, MovieFlix said Monday that it has registered more than 800,000 members who are consuming a total of roughly 4 million movie streams per month. MovieFlix, founded in 1998, offers more than 2,700 titles, including Hollywood "classics," independent films, short films and TV shows.

Adelphia executive pleads guilty to fraud

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…11/15/2002 LexisNexis The Washington Post (11/15, E4, Masters) reports, "A former executive with Adelphia Communications Corp. broke ranks with the cable company's founders yesterday, pleading guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges and agreeing to testify against members of the Rigas family.

Xbox Live goes live today

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp. 's highly anticipated, broadband-only Xbox Live service went live today in the U.S. and Canada. More than 10,000 retailers began selling the Xbox Live Starter Kit today. The kit, priced at $49.99, includes a communications headset that allows Xbox gaming console owners to talk with competitors over high-speed lines.

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