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

Pilot program tackles digital TV apathy

January 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Go ahead and build it, but they won't come if they don't know how it works, or care. A spate of studies has indicated consumer confusion and lack of understanding of the digital world is holding back broadband development. Enter the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association, who will launch a digital TV education and awareness program in three pilot cities th...

AM Broadband opens new office; CSG deals in Puerto Rico

January 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AM Communications is opening an engineering services office near Denver, as part of its subsidiary AM Broadband Services Inc. The new location will offer network engineering and design services, design data collection and documentation and other services to the broadband, power and transportation industries, it says.

CTAM ushers in new officers, board members

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about brightening up the requisite dull board meeting: Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing's new board lineup includes a VP from Comedy Central. The cable marketing association just announced its officers and new board members for the year. CTAM appointed Time Warner Cable Senior VP of new product development Kevin Leddy as chair; vice chair is Len Fogge, executive VP ...

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Core teams with Joneses; MFN leases fiber to RealNetworks

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Core Networks and Jones Cyber Solutions will jointly market an integrated broadband subscriber and network management product to providers. The duo combined the CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System with Jones' Intelligent Customer Support System. The result is in use by Telstra Clear in New Zealand.

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IHA/CompTIA to certify home Internet installers

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Move over A+ and Cisco certifications — the Internet Home Alliance is teaming with certification-and-standards entity CompTIA on an individual certification program for residential systems integrators. The program will launch in late summer of 2003. IHA Executive Director Mary Hill says IHA developed the idea after listening to members and hearing concerns about bringing "these kinds of I...

TiVo touts DVR's 60-hour storage, taps three vendors

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TiVo launched its Series2 digital video recorder and cut three deals to provide some of the new product's entertainment services. The DVR has upped its recording capacity to up to 60 hours and allows such entertainment services as digital music and photos, broadband VOD, and video party games, TiVo says.

AOLTW posts up to $60 B charge, buys back AOL Europe

January 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Leading its field again, AOL Time Warner says it will post a $40 billion to $60 billion one-time charge in its first quarter, reportedly one of the largest recorded. The company also unveiled its guidance for 2001 and 2002, and says it will buy back Bertelsmann AG's 49 percent interest in AOL Europe for $6.

S-A/Cox converge in La.; Investcorp buys Teligent unit for $60M

January 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta installed its Prisma IP optical transport network into Cox Communications ' Lafayette, La., system, creating a converged network on one platform, regardless of traffic, S-A says. The company's SciCare Broadband Services installed and integrated the system into the network, and is supplying support for the six-node system, 24-7.

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Comcast details year-end subs; goes Outdoor in Little Rock

January 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Flush with success at its winning bid for AT&T Broadband, albeit with the cloud of Northeast network migration problems, Comcast Cable Communications was getting back to other business. The company inked a deal to distribute The Outdoor Channel Inc. content on its cable TV systems, and President Brian L.

The Linux Project: Trio plans system testing lab

January 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Linux afficionados take note: A trio of broadband vendors will launch Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola's DCT5000 line of set-tops. The trio aims to speed time-to-market of new and interactive services using a Linux environment.

CES update: Rearden Steel comes clean

January 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Finally shifting out of stealth mode, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies came clean Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show with the company's broadband strategy, a new brand identity and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Now called Moxi Digital Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company's mission is to deliver a "complete home entertainment solution," said Perlman, founder ...

Cox to complete network transfer in Jan., inks security deal

January 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Undaunted by losing its bid for AT&T Broadband and by Excite- AtHome's imminent passing, Cox Communications says it's begun transferring customers to its new $150 million network, and will finish this month. The company also agreed to limited marketing of Security Broadband's SafeVillage home security service over its cable network.

Motorola acquires Synchronous; Centillium appoints VP/CFO

January 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. closed its acquisition of San Jose-based Synchronous Inc., a fiber optic transmission systems provider, in a stock-for-stock deal. Synchronous' business and staff will integrate into Motorola Broadband Communications Sector's Transmission Network Systems business, and its products will become part of Motorola's OmniStar GX-2 headend and hub optics platform, Motorola says.

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Gadfly group: BellSouth DSL defies lobbying

January 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Strong words from Voices for Choices over BellSouth's self-kudos on its burgeoning DSL market. The coalition calls the Baby Bell's DSL growth a "howling repudiation" of its pro-Tauzin-Dingell stance. BellSouth counters that the organization is ignoring key points of Tauzin-Dingell. Yesterday, BellSouth Corp.

Telecom front runner in job-cut count

January 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Remember the quaint custom of high-tech job fairs? The days of high-tech worker shortages and unprecedented perks may be long over, particularly in the slash-happy telecom industry, a study says. Telecom cut 317,777 jobs in 2001, topping a Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. list of who cut how many whoms.

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