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

Speakeasy looks to entice Chicago residents

August 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

National broadband service provider Speakeasy is looking to sweep up some customers in the Windy City with a discounted three-month introductory ADSL offering. Speakeasy is offering two plans to entice new subscribers to sign up. For $19.95 a month customers receive one IP address and one Speakeasy e-mail address.

Starbucks serves up Wi-Fi

August 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Starbucks has become a way of life for some people. Beginning today, the coffee shop operator is serving up more than lattes in many of its US locations with the introduction of high-speed wireless services. To enable customers to check e-mail, surf the Web, watch streaming video and download multi-media presentations, Starbucks has surrounded 1,200 of its US cafes with a Wi-Fi-based local area...

SBC gets personal with DSL speeds

August 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Dial-up still reigns in the United States, and cablers and DSL providers have been doing some soul searching on how to grab some of those narrowbanders. The latest: SBC Communications Inc. plans to offer "personalized" DSL Internet access speeds later this year. Although a pricing structure has not yet been determined, SBC spokesman Fletcher Cook says the packages will be "competitive.

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Comcast certifies next-gen Terayon modem

August 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. has inked a deployment deal with Comcast Corp. for its DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modem. Comcast, which plans to deploy the TJ 615 cable modem in select service areas, recently certified the modem for use in its high-speed cable network. The news gave Terayon shares a much-need short in the arm in midday trading action.

Buyers and sellers: Cisco, Qwest

August 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. snatches up storage switch maker Andiamo Systems Inc., while Qwest Communications International Inc. finally unloads its directory business. Cisco buys Andiamo Cisco Systems' Andiamo Systems buy has given the networking company an inroad to the fiber channel Storage Area Networking (SAN) market.

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Jungo Joins CableHome initiative

August 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Jungo Software Technologies is committed to the development of the home gateway, and the OpenRG software platform developer is joining the CableLabs Inc. CableHome initiative to ensure interoperability with other vendor's products. Earlier this year, CableLabs released the CableHome 1.0 specification, which included technical information for gateway provisioning, diagnostics and security features.

iN Demand, MGM make content pact

August 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The lion is roaring at iN Demand. The VOD provider has inked a multi-year content deal with MGM Home Entertainment Group. The agreement gives iN Demand access to MGM's 4,000-title library and upcoming releases, such as Windtalkers, No Man's Land, Bandits and Hart's War. Financial terms were not disclosed.

mPhase, Corning Cable ink resell agreement

August 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

mPhase Technologies Inc. has cut a deal with Corning Cable Systems that will give the video-over-copper technology provider access to Corning Cable's worldwide sales network. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the agreement gives Corning Cable the right to resell mPhase's line of intelligent DSL components products, including the Intelligent POTS Splitter (iPOTS) and the UniversalBypass.

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Convergys inks $29M Cox deal

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Convergys Corp. is building on its seven-year relationship with Cox Communications Inc. The latest: the company will provide the MSO with customer care services. The three-year deal calls for Convergys to deliver technical support via voice, e-mail and live chat to Cox's high-speed Internet customers.

BroadJump adds Rhapsody option to activation platform

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Broadband service activation software provider BroadJump is looking to add even more value to their market-leading activation platform, and they're signing up content and application providers to the mix to provide operators with that added value. The latest integration effort was announced with Listen.

Scientific-Atlanta, Adelphia reach terms

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The companies have signed on the dotted line, and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp. will continue to do business in the future. The agreement calls for the set-top box maker to continue to supply bankrupt Adelphia with products and services. The announcement formalizes a verbal agreement first announced on July 18 between the two companies.

Efficient debuts new family of DSL CPE

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

DSL CPE leader Efficient Networks has announced a new family of DSL modems and SOHO routers, branded SpeedStream. The new line of CPE is the first group of products to be developed, built and marketed by Efficient since the company was acquired by German uberfirm Siemens last year. Today, the company claims major DSL customers like SBC, Deutsche Telekom, Bell Canada, and Earthlink, among others.

Judge allows consumer voice in DVR court fight

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In what could be called a reversal of fortune for five ReplayTV owners, a federal judge has changed her mind and will allow the owners to defend their use of digital video recorders. U.S. District Court Judge Florence Cooper has ruled that consumer input is needed to determine whether specific uses — such as skipping commercials — is legally permissible.

VOD startup Midstream raises $26M

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Fledgling video server company Midstream Technologies said it raised $26 million in a third round of funding led by Canaan Venture Partners, a venture capital firm and a new investor in the Bellevue, Wash.-based startup. With the latest round Midstream has raised a total of $48 million - enough for a fully-funded business plan, according to company President and CEO Ed Huguez.

ISPs offering slower speeds; access

August 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bruce Myerson | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…08/19/2002 From LexisNexis High-speed Internet connections may be getting cheaper, but only if you'll settle for a slower version of fast. Hoping to attract Internet users who won't pay the $50 or so a month for a typical broadband connection, some providers are moving away from a one-speed-fits-all approach and introducing a slower, lo...

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