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Wireless ByPass, AML enter distribution partnership

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Wireless ByPass Inc. has inked a master distribution agreement with AML Wireless Networks Inc. that will make AML the exclusive Wireless ByPass representative in Canada. There, AML will be charged with selling Wireless ByPass' 5.8 GHz microwave-assisted broadband technology, which is designed to help MSOs extend their data footprints to areas not served by high-speed cable lines.

Next Level vows to appeal Motorola suit

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Next Level Communications said it intends to appeal a Delaware Chancery Court's ruling that rejected the video-over-copper vendor's request to block Motorola Inc. 's unsolicited bid to purchase shares it does not already own. Next Level sued Motorola earlier this month, claiming that Motorola's offer of $1.

Data, digital lead way for Insight in Q4

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Insight Communications said fourth quarter revenue jumped 11 percent to $807.9 million, attributing the gain to high-speed data and digital subscriber growth. Insight also reported operating cash flow of $359.6 million in 2002, up from $316.4 million in the previous year. The MSO's revenue generating units (RGUs) — a figure that represents the sum of basic, digital, high-speed data and te...


Time Warner Cable waxes wireless to reach San Diego businesses

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable will use fixed wireless technologies to reach some small- and medium-sized businesses in San Diego, thanks to a deal with SkyRiver Communications. Time Warner is tapping SkyRiver's technology and surrounding wireless network to complement its fiber optic and broadband cable network in the region, and push into areas not serviced by cable or T-1 lines.


Markey to introduce alternative DTV bill

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...02/25/2003 House Telecom Subcommittee ranking Democrat Markey (Mass.) said he intended to introduce his own DTV legislation that would offer alternatives to bill that House Commerce Committee Chmn. Tauzin (R-La.) will introduce. He didn't detail how it might look.

Los Angeles community links up with Linksys

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Playa Vista, a residential and business development located on the West side of Los Angeles, has linked up with Linksys to offer wired and wireless networking gear. Playa Vista is offering the Linksys equipment — including routers, modems, switches and wireless access points — to home and business residents as an upgrade option.

AOL feels the 'burn' with new MusicNet service

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to gives its broadband strategy a much-needed kick in the pants, America Online has launched MusicNet on AOL, a premium service that enables subscribers to legally download and "burn" digital music. The service, available to both AOL dial-up and high-speed customers, enables MusicNet customers to locate, download, listen to and record "CD-quality" digital music tracks.

N2 Broadband bows 'plug-and-play' VOD platform

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

N2 Broadband has unveiled what it calls the first "open" system for cable-based video-on-demand, claiming the solution can support digital systems and video streaming servers from multiple vendors. N2 Broadband said the system, dubbed "OpenStream," uses published interface specifications that tie together every point along a cable-based on-demand system, including the content itself, down to th...


C III to pick up Broadwing's broadband assets

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Closely held C III Communications agreed to snap up the broadband assets of Broadwing Inc. for $129 million in cash. Under terms of the deal, the unit will continue to operate as Broadwing Communications Services Inc. and C III will retain the unit's current base of employees. C III's investors include telecom equipment provider Corvis Corp.


The Cable Center to digitize cable's 'Peabody' award winners

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Cable Center said it will digitize and archive 55 Peabody Award-winning programs created by cable programmers. The Center is making that project possible via a one-year pilot agreement with The George Foster Peabody Awards. The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications will administer the digitization program.

Survey: Digital cable outrunning DBS, but challenges still loom

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The number of U.S. digital cable subs will surpass the 20 million mark in the first quarter of the year, marking the first time that figure will exceed the number of domestic DBS subscribers, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc. data. That doesn't mean, though, that cable suddenly finds itself on digital easy street.

Microtune-Broadcom spat set for March 10 trial

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microtune Inc. 's patent lawsuit against rival Broadcom Corp. will finally make it to the trial stage on March 10. Microtune said Federal Judge Paul Brown denied Broadcom's summary judgment motions in the case. Jury selection is slated to begin March 3 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Mediacom revenues rise in Q4

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. said fourth quarter revenues jumped 12.5 percent to $239 million, while operating cash flow grew 10.4 percent to $99.3 million. For the full year, Mediacom revenues rose 10.7 percent to $923 million. Mediacom said those numbers have put the MSO on a path to achieve positive free cash flow (operating cash flow minus total interest expense and capital expenditures) b...

Comcast founder Aaron dead at 77

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Daniel Aaron, one of the founders of Comcast Corp., died last Thursday of Parkinson's disease, The Associated Press reported. Aaron was 77. In 1963 Aaron, Ralph Roberts and Julian Brodsky founded American Cable Systems, which began with a single cable system in Tupelo, Miss., AP continued. It changed its name to Comcast in 1969 and has become the nation's largest cable TV company.

DreamWorks, Digeo promote movies via iTV

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a trial conducted in 2002, set-top software firm Digeo Inc. has struck a deal with DreamWorks to promote 10 upcoming releases via the Digeo Basic iTV service. Charter Communications presently offers the Digeo Basic iTV service to about 650,000 digital subscribers under the "i-Channels" moniker.


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