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Level 3 buys again

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

Level 3 Communications Inc. is adding to its information services business with the purchase of Software Spectrum Inc. The buy complements an acquisition earlier this year of Corporate Software. The Software Spectrum buy is fueled by the convergence happening in the broadband and software distribution markets.

HSA winding down

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

High Speed Access Corp., once a "turnkey" provider of cable ISP services, said it and Charter Communications have come to terms on a final purchase price adjustments in connection with the sale of substantially all of HSA's assets to the MSO. Those terms include a $750,00 payment by Charter to cover potential purchase price adjustments and an additional $650,000 in price adjustments tied to the...

Sony snags Device Mosaic

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

Sony Corp. and OpenTV have announced a new licensing agreement of the OpenTV HTML browser, Device Mosaic, ideally for inclusion in a variety of future non-PC Sony devices. By adopting the HTML-based Device Mosaic, Sony gets the ability to develop products that use advanced HTML content and applications, along with the numerous HTML tool sets and commerce engines widely available on the Internet.

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In Financial News.…

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

A cloud of uncertainty is still hovering over the telecommunications market, so it stands to reason that quarterly results would offer a mixed bag. The latest to report: Cablevision Systems and EchoStar Communications. Cablevision Systems Corp. System upgrades continue to have an affect on Cablevision's quarterly results.

Proxim launches 802.11a in Europe

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The market for wireless LAN equipment seems poised for real growth, as speeds continue to improve on the increasingly popular 802.11x wireless platform and its reach grows to new markets across the globe. One of the early leaders in 802.11a chipset technology, Proxim Corp., announced the first wireless LAN products in the 54 Mbps 802.

Top 10 MSOs pledge support to Powell's voluntary DTV plan

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said late Wednesday that the industry's 10 largest MSOs have pledged their "strong and enthusiastic" support for a voluntary digital television plan recently drawn up by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. In a letter to Powell, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs wrote that the operators have "committed their resour...

In Financial News.…(2)

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

A cloud of uncertainty is still hovering over the telecommunications market, so it stands to reason that quarterly results would offer a mixed bag. The latest to report: Cablevision Systems and EchoStar Communications. Cablevision Systems Corp. System upgrades continue to have an affect on Cablevision's quarterly results.

Sunflower taps 'Ultraband' to serve tech center

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

Sunflower Broadband said it will deploy Advent Networks' proprietary "Ultraband" platform as part of a plan to serve small- and medium-sized business subscribers at the University of Kansas' Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), where engineering students routinely evaluate new technologies.

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TiVo Series2 DVR to add AOL features

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tivo Inc. said it has struck a deal with America Online Inc. to integrate a number of AOL features with the digital video recording company's new Series2 model. Under terms of the agreement, the Series2 will be able to receive AOL applications such as instant messaging and live chat, which also are offered to existing AOLTV subscribers.

Cisco boosts IP/Ethernet portfolio via acquisitions

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said it will augment its IP aggregation portfolio via the acquisition of two privately held companies: Billerica, Mass.-based Hammerhead Networks and Plano, Texas-based Navarro Networks. Cisco, which will snap up both companies in stock deals valued at a combined $258 million, said the fusion with Hammerhead will enhance its IP broadband aggregation repertoire with software d...

Senators serve up another broadband bill

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

Move over Tauzin-Dingell, there's a new bill in town. Senators John Breaux (D-La.) and Don Nickels (R-Okla.) have introduced a bill in the Senate to give more market freedom to Bell phone companies. The "Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002" is designed to eliminate regulations on phone companies providing DSL services.

iSurfTV pilots IPG

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable operators look to interactive TV as a way to generate new revenue streams, the integration and development of IPG (interactive program guide) platforms to complement iTV services becomes more and more relevant. iSurfTV is one of the newer IPG developers on the block, and it has announced one of the first trials of its patented technology.

Sony, RealNetworks partner for digital content distribution

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

Digital media software and services company RealNetworks Inc. is partnering with Sony Corp. to further digital content distribution to the home-networked sector. The multi-year alliance calls for the companies to collaborate on music, video and other forms of digital entertainment on Sony's handheld devices as well as its PlayStation2game console.

Comcast gains on Q1 revenue

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

Shares of Comcast Corp. were up 7 percent in mid-day trading action, following news that the MSO topped Wall Street's revenue estimates in the first quarter. Analysts' consensus estimates called for revenue of $2.58 billion, but Comcast pushed passed those estimates, reporting $2.67 billion for the first quarter 2002.

RCN customers to get faster dial-up

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While not every Internet customer is interested in broadband service, most would likely be interested in faster dial-up service. For many customers of competitive provider RCN Corp., they now have the option of using newer, faster V.92 modem technology. The new standards-based service takes dial-up to a whole new level — enabling faster connections, quicker downloads and the ability to re...

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