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

Internet VOD on the launch pad...for now

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Despite some momentum kicking in for Internet-based video-on-demand, the application won't gain substantial roll-outs in the U.S. until 2005, predicted a GartnerG2 study. Even at that point in time, only two percent of movie distribution revenue will come from the Internet, the research firm predicts.

Cisco gets late 1.1-qualification nod

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

About a month after CableLabs shared results from certification wave 20, the industry's R&D house gave a belated passing grade to Cisco Systems' uBR7246 cable modem termination system for DOCSIS 1.1 qualification. The nod puts Cisco in elite company. Arris Group is the only other vendor thus far to obtain the DOCSIS 1.

Effnet touts IP header compression software

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Offering a cure for "header overhead," Effnet Inc. has created a new IP header compression software aimed at making services like voice-over-IP run more efficiently over a service operator's network. Effnet's CRTP (compressed real-time transport protocol) software, scheduled to begin shipping this quarter, purports to reduce bandwidth requirements for VoIP by as much as 60 percent in IP v...


Knology boosts broadband content with Incanta

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Offering its cable modem customers more than just raw data speeds, overbuilder Knology Inc. has rolled-out Incanta Inc.'s broadband music services to customers in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. The launch marks the first commercial deployment for Incanta, a broadband content start-up based in Atlanta.

Court ruling shields cable from pole attachment bullet

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a huge win for the cable industry, the Pole Attachments Act does cover attachments that provide high-speed Internet access at the same time as cable TV, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision. The decision on National Cable & Telecommunications Association Inc. v. Gulf Power Co.

Has global satellite broadband re-awakened?

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After creating much ballyhoo and buzz about their business plans to provide broadband services via dedicated satellite constellations, the past year has been relatively quiet for the new breed of futuristic satellite broadband providers.One of these new breed companies– Craig McCaw's Teledesic LLC–has seemingly emerged from an extended quiet period to announce the next stage i...

Arris vows appeal on patent verdict

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris International said it will seek a reversal on a patent infringement decision that awarded PPC $1.35 million in damages. PPC said it expects a federal court in Jacksonville, Fla. to enter an injunction to prohibit Arris from selling or distributing its Digicon S6 and 59-series connectors.John Mezzalingua Associates Inc.

Verizon kicks off 3G footprint

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Verizon Wireless made waves in late January with the commercial launch of its 1XRTT network, a 3G grid touting footprints on the east and west coasts. Capable of data speeds up to 144 kilobits per second, the network will foster everything from voice calls to Internet browsing, streaming video and e-mail applications.


Asia Global Crossing woes grow

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Elizabeth Douglass, James S. Granelli, Karen Kaplan | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Global ing Ltd.'s Asian unit, the company's most valuable operation, is struggling with financial woes that could threaten the bankruptcy reorganization of its parent. Asia Global ing, which is 59 percent owned by Global Crossing, saw its stock delisted Thursday by the New York Stock Exchange, a day after a ma...


WINfirst sees heavy losses, schedule lags and layoffs

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Steve Caulk | Comments

Copyright 2002 Denver Publishing Company Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis A Denver-based cable company has severed ties with a strategic partner, fallen behind schedule to provide service in its primary market, lost construction permits and possibly jeopardized its future.

ABS misses interest payment; FTC OKs AOLTW ISPs

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Business Solutions will miss a $15 million March 1 interest payment on a senior secured note and has hired investment bankers UBS Warburg to advise it on restructuring alternatives. The payment, on 12.25 percent senior secured notes due 2004, could go into default if it isn't paid by March 31, the end of the grace period.


Equator expands chip family

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Equator Technologies has launched a new family of software-programmable digital signal processors to complement the company's MAP-CA chip, which is used by companies such as Xerox, Samsung and Pace Micro Technology. Equator's new MAP-BSP-15-350 operates at 350 megahertz, and the MAP-BSP-15-400 operates at 400 MHz.

U.K. ops pick up the home networking pace

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tapping into a burgeoning market, U.K. cable operators NTL and Telewest Broadband have teamed with Pace Micro Technology to offer wireless home networking services. To that end, the operators will deploy Pace's Gateway Expander and pcConnect equipment for a trial that will enable customers to share their high-speed connections with several desktop and laptop PCs.

Comcast taps new UEI remote controls

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Universal Electronics Inc. says it won a contract to supply Comcast Cable with wireless remote controls for the MSO's digital set-top boxes. Under terms of the deal, Comcast will purchase two new UEI models: the Navigator and the Millennium 4, which offers video-on-demand functionality. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Channel glitch alarms Comcast viewers

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Hugh McDiarmid Jr. | Comments

Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press All Rights Reserved Detroit Free Press…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Some late-night TV junkies saw their screens abruptly changed to Arabic language proing for up to three hours late Wednesday — the result of faulty Comcast equipment. About 200 Pontiac (Mich.


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