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

Quicker downloads on way for premium RCN customers

July 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RCN, one of the few remaining competitive bundled service providers to offer service in America's largest cities, announced that select customers in its Los Angeles and San Francisco markets have been upgraded to download speeds of more than 3 Mbps. Customers who subscribe to RCN's Gold and Platinum ResiLink service platforms are already receiving the extra download performance, what the compan...

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Tut scores new hotel deal

July 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Here in the U.S., the race to wire the thousands of multi-tenant (MTU) and multi-dwelling (MDU) buildings isn't exactly heating up. The reasons range from untested technology to sluggish network build-outs to uncooperative property owners, and many providers are looking first to the hospitality industry to provide momentum.

Study reveals widespread customer service problems

July 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband continues on a path to relative ubiquity, but new study findings are showing that customer service and support may be lagging behind broadband's overall growth. One new study, a Harris Poll survey commissioned by service software provider Motive Communications, reflects the trend. The study found that of the 30 percent of Americans who access the Internet though a broadband connection...

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Broadband in telemedicine spotlight

July 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband enthusiasts have long considered the medical community to be a potential benefactor of the technology. Now, a unique agreement forged by Hughes Network Systems Inc., the Advanced Technology Institute and the Columbia Eye Clinic promises to finally provide tangible evidence of broadband's advantages.

Texas competitive cableco finalizes acquisition

July 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

At one time, the "overbuilder" model was a Wall Street darling. Today, network operators building competitive HFC networks would be lucky if venture capitalists take their call. But despite some high-profile overbuilder flame-outs, the competitive model is being market-tested in a few regions around the country.

On Command brings on-demand to Accor Hotels

July 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a sense, the traveling crowd has played a major role in spurring cable operators to provide more on-demand services. For years, hotel guests have been iTV guinea pigs, trying out nascent in-room interactive and video-on-demand services, and consequently wondering, "Why can't I have this at home?" Pioneer on-demand provider On Command has been developing interactive platforms for hotels aroun...

EchoStar to fight FCC Ka-band license cancellation

July 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The FCC is not only anxious to see broadband competition from America's wireline network providers, but it's trying to foster competition from skybound providers as well. That idea was evident in a recent ruling revoking DBS provider EchoStar Communications' Ka-band satellite license. Ka-band is a new generation of communications satellites that will incorporate on-board processing and switchin...

Out of cash, Diva files Chapter 11

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Collapsing under the weight of a $500 million deficit and only enough cash on hand to last a few more weeks, video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems Corp. completed its death spiral in late May, filing Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Holding true to rumors that had swirled for weeks, Gemstar-TV Guide International then swooped in to acquire Diva's i...

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Necessary goes to the Xstreme at Concurrent

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable vet Steve Necessary has left the top post at PowerTV Inc. to join Concurrent Computer Corp. as president of the company's "Xstreme" video-on-demand division. Necessary reports to Concurrent President and CEO Jack Bryant, who had been the acting president of Xtreme since joining Concurrent in Oct.

Time Warner warns users not to share connections

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

When it's in the Times, you know it's news - even if you've already heard about it. The New York Times is reporting that Time Warner Cable sent out a small number of letters last week to New York City cable-modem subscribers warning that operating wireless networks and inviting others to freely share them violated their subscription agreements.

U.S.iTV spin-off plots course

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proponents of interactive television services are hoping that some of the early iTV successes in the U.K. and Europe will carry over to the North American market. More people are using their televisions to play along with game shows, bet on live sporting events and shop in the U.K. than in any other country in the world.

Tylite touts new Ethernet fiber network design

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tylite Inc., a designer of Ethernet over fiber networks, says it has developed a subscriber demarcation box and fiber optic system design that allow network providers to deliver high-speed Internet and broadcast video services over an Ethernet fiber network. This product is primarily aimed at municipalities, Public Utility Districts (PUDs) and residential developers, Tylite executives say.

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Adelphia's business arm shares positive news

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The very public trials and tribulations of their parent company notwithstanding, Adelphia Business Solutions is trumpeting some initial success as leader of a program to network Pennsylvania state government offices and agencies. ABS, the business services spin-off of troubled parent Adelphia Communications, leads a consortium of 13 companies in a project to bring high-bandwidth voice, data, In...

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More gear breaks through DOCSIS 1.1 barrier

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Getting through CableLabs with a passing grade for the complex DOCSIS 1.1 specification apparently is becoming old hat. Following certification wave 22, CableLabs said it certified or re-certified eight cable modems and qualified or re-qualified nine cable modem termination systems for DOCSIS 1.1, which underlies cable's IP-based PacketCable platform.

Cogency bows HomePlug wall adapter

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to spur the powerline home networking sector, Cogency Semiconductor has launched a HomePlug wall adapter reference design with a USB interface. Cogency said it will sell the design and manufacturing kit to consumer electronics companies for about $25,000. Each kit includes all relevant manufacturing support materials, including schematics, bill of materials and layout guideline.

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