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

TVN joins Charter's VOD roster

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secure...

WorldCom execs on the hot seat; House probes telecom's finances

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marilyn Geewas | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…07/08/2002 From LexisNexis The scene seems all too familiar now: tense former executives sitting stiffly side-by-side, waiting for congressmen to hurl harsh words and photographers to snap pictures as they testify. But even after dozens of hearings into financial scandals this year, today's testimony before the House Financial Ser...

C-Cor.net to build out int'l biz with Philips Broadband buy

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Veteran broadband equipment and service supplier C-Cor.net announced Monday that it will widen its international scope by about threefold via a $78 million deal to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN). The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-Cor.

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Comcast tabs WorldGate in Alabama

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is looking to beef up its digital cable portfolio in Alabama, and is turning to WorldGate Communications Inc. to make it happen. The MSO will deploy WorldGate's interactive television service to its customers in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The service, which will be marketed as part of Comcast Digital Cable, offers subscribers a variety of content, includin...

The Eagle soars at General Dynamics

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after introducing its Media Pro advanced set-top box, Eagle Broadband Inc. has lassoed its first customer: General Dynamics Interactive. Eagle unveiled the set-top in May. The box, which is Eagle's smallest and affordable model to date, offers access to the Internet at high-speed, e-mail correspondence and an MPEG-2 hardware decoder.

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Universe2U launches VoIP biz

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Universe2U Inc. continues to zero in on the enterprise networking service market, with the introduction of a voice over IP retail service designed for business. The voice2u service enables businesses to combine voice, fax and data traffic on a single integrated IP connection. A voice2u gateway prioritizes voice traffic with QoS and uses the public switched telecommunications network as an autom...

Qwest names new CFO

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Even as the Securities and Exchange Commission noses around Qwest Communications International Inc., the telecom has named a new chief financial officer and has reorganized its operations. Qwest named former Ameritech CFO Oren Shaffer vice chairman and CFO. He has replaced the current CFO Robin Szeliga, who will remain on board at Qwest as a vice president tasked with assisting in Qwest's debt ...

Fiber comes home in Wisconsin

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

Cable operators say they don't need to run fiber to the home, but competitive telecommunications companies are starting to jump on the all-fiber bandwagon. Fiber-to-the-home equipment manufacturer Optical Solutions Inc. has won yet another contract from a regional telecom company. This time, it's Baldwin Telecom Inc.

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Blonder-Tongue to purchase private cable system

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

Equipment manufacturer Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. has formed a joint venture with Priority Systems LLC and Paradigm Capital Investments LLC to acquire several thousand cable TV subscribers from Verizon Communications who reside in multiple dwelling units. The joint venture entity, called Priority Systems Group LLC, intends to purchase the Verizon systems, which are comprised of approximat...

S-A restructures manufacturing; CSFB cuts price target

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

Adelphia's Communications' much-documented woes, combined with the general economic malaise, has forced Scientific-Atlanta to shut down its third production shift at its Juarez, Mexico facility, resulting in the elimination of approximately 1,300 positions, or approximately 30 percent of the company's employees there, the company announced.

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...

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.

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