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Airwaves management study to usher in new wireless era

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jube Shiver Jr. | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…11/07/2002 Cell phones, remote controls, wireless radios — can't they all just get along? Federal regulators believe so, and they are expected today to launch a sweeping examination of the government's management of the nation's valuable airwaves, a move that could pave the way for cheaper and more innovative wireless devices.

Broadband takes off with Lufthansa and Boeing

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Lufthansa and Boeing have collaborated to successfully send the first e-mail via a broadband Internet connection from onboard a scheduled commercial airliner. On Friday, Oct. 25, aboard a Lufthansa 747-400, members of the Lufthansa and Connexion by Boeing project team simultaneously activated the onboard system and the satellite network.

Concurrent to bow iTV and VOD gear for telcos

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. said it will introduce "integrated solutions" for interactive television and video-on-demand for telco carriers this week at the Telco TV Conference & Expo, being held in New Orleans. The products are the result of Concurrent's partnership with Thirdspace Living Limited, a supplier of video server system software for DSL-based VOD services.

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Winnipeg residents to get Telco TV

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable operators continue to have their core video business pressured through competition from DBS providers, but should they be looking over their shoulders at their telco competition, as well? So far, the most prominent deployment of digital television services over telco infrastructure in the U.S. has been to about 50,000 Qwest customers in Phoenix, Ariz.

Cablevision scores Quadrangle cash

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp., under possible funding gap pressure, said Quadrangle Capital Partners has agreed to invest $75 million in the MSO. Convertible into Cablevision Class A shares, Quadrangle's investment is subject to approval by Cablevision's board. Upon the investment's closing, Steven Rattner, a managing principal of Quadrangle Group, will join Cablevision's board of directors.

8x8 bows broadband phone service

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

8x8 Inc. unveiled Packet8, a telephone service that enables broadband Internet users to add digital telephone service in their homes. Packet8 offers several service plans, starting at $5.95 per month, that give subscribers unlimited telephone calls between Packet8 subscribers, voicemail, Web-based account management, bundled long distance minutes and features such as caller ID and call forwarding.

SSE powers ahead with broadband on electricity mains

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Perry Gourley | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bonnier Media Limited Trading as Business a.m. BUSINESS A.M.…11/06/2002 SCOTTISH & Southern Energy is stepping up plans to introduce a broadband system in remote parts of Scotland after the success of trials using standard three-pin electricity plugs. The company said that it was extremely encouraged by pilot projects, in Campbeltown and Crieff, where businesses and hom...

U.S. widens WorldCom fraud charges

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…11/06/2002 The U.S. government yesterday expanded its civil fraud charges against WorldCom and the telecom giant raised its estimate of inflated earnings to more than US$9 billion in one of the most stunning accounting scandals in corporate history.

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Earnings roundup

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Buoyed by demand for digital video and high-speed data services, Charter Communications Inc. reported third quarter revenue of about $1.2 billion, up 13 percent, and operating cash flow of $497, up 9 percent versus the year-ago period. Charter said it added 211,000 revenue-generating units (RGUs) during the quarter, fueled by digital video and cable modem services.

Buckeye taps Motorola for CMTS upgrades

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Toledo, Ohio-based operator Buckeye CableSystem said it will upgrade and replace its legacy cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) with next-generation, DOCSIS 1.1-qualified gear from Motorola Broadband. More specifically, Buckeye will upgrade its plant by deploying Motorola's Broadband Services Router (BSR) 64000, a carrier-class CMTS/router, as part of an effort to support new DOCSIS 1.

Cablevision pushes the digital envelope

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a recent decision to add Scientific-Atlanta Inc. headends and set-tops to its digital mix, Cablevision Systems Corp. said it will activate nearly 1 million new digital homes and pass more than 3.3 million households with its iO: Interactive Optimum digital service by the end of November. The MSO said it will reach that figure after completing more than 750,000 activations during the m...

TechTV closes some bureaus

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

TechTV said it will shut down its New York, Seattle and Silicon Valley bureaus, a restructuring effort that will include the elimination of 19 positions. The network, available in more than 35 million U.S. households, said its San Francisco and Washington, D.C. bureaus will continue operation. The network said the reduction in bureaus was tied to a decision to cut back on the amount of programm...

Study ties TV viewing to technology ownership

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Does what you watch say something about how technologically savvy you are? A new study says it does. Knowledge Networks/SRI, through the culling of survey data for the group's Home Technology Monitor, compares media technology "profiles" for regular viewers of 31 major television networks. The analysis came up with two sets of findings based on research from all TV households and "Cable-plus" h...

CEA and Cable poised to submit DTV interoperability standards

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mark Seavy | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…11/05/2002 CE and cable industries are expected to submit proposed DTV interoperability standards to FCC Fri., setting stage for introduction of first sets with POD (point of development) modules by late 2003, industry sources said. Assuming FCC adopts proposed standards, details of which weren't available at our deadline Mon.

Cablevision sells Bravo to NBC

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. 's decision to sell off Bravo to NBC for $1.25 billion should address worries about the MSO's debt load, according to one analysis. Salomon Smith Barney, in a research note, said the deal is positive for Cablevision because it would be "significantly accretive" for the MSO and that it should "largely address concerns about [Cablevision's] funding gap.

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