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TWC opens Syracuse system to EarthLink

September 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Communications has opened its Time Warner Cable system to EarthLink in Syracuse, N.Y., it reports today. The company last week launched multi-ISP service in Columbus, Ohio, with no fanfare or announcement. EarthLink joins AOL and TWC's Road Runner high-speed Internet service on the systems.

AOL Time Warner lowers guidance

September 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc. lowered its long-standing guidance, citing effects stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The company's ad revenue fell with its uninterrupted coverage of events even as it upped its newsgathering expenses. Still, "No financial impact can compare to the terrible suffering and loss of life inflicted by the vicious attacks of Sept.

AOLTW opens to EarthLink in Columbus

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Without fanfare, AOL Time Warner Inc. followed through on the open-access agreements it announced in July and opened Time Warner's cable lines in Columbus, Ohio, to EarthLink Inc. The company plans to do the same in Syracuse, N.Y., but hasn't announced a date, says spokesman Mike Luftman. AOLTW didn't announce last week's launch because the national situation would make a release inappropriate,...

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Montana Power shareholders vote on changes

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Montana Power Company shareholders OK'd the company's plan to sell its utility business and restructure itself into a broadband-focused entity. The plan calls for the Butte, Mont.-based power company to sell its utility business to NorthWestern Corp. of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $1.1 billion, including $602 million in cash and the assumption of $488 million in debt.

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FT connects surgeons to patient 4,000 miles away

September 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

From France Telecom's Manhattan office, surgeons performed a successful gall bladder removal 4,000 miles away in Strasbourg, France, using France Telecom's high-speed fiber optic system, and a robot. In the September 7 telesurgery, dubbed Operation Lindbergh, surgeons manipulated the robot through the gall bladder removal from a 68-year-old patient.

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Studies: pay, PVRs and phone line use

September 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Are you paid enough? No really. The Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association says you are and then some — "The cable industry meets and sometimes exceeds compensation compared to the overall media communications industry," it says. And CTHRA went right to an objective source — HR pros, it says.

3Com cuts more than planned; results on target

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

3Com Corp.'s revenue dropped by $544 million since last year and the company will end its restructuring timeline with 1,000 fewer employees than expected, it says in its first-quarter results. The telecom equipment provider also says it met or exceeded most of its key goals, including gross margin improvement, cost-cutting and the $145 billion cash balance it had at quarter's end.

Charter Pipeline/MSN team on portal

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Watch for Charter.msn.com, a hybrid portal and start page coming from a recently closed deal between Charter Communications Inc. and MSN. The two also plan a charter.com e-mail service and a customized version of MSN's Explorer. Charter.msn.com will be a co-branded start page that offers MSN's content and customized Charter content, too, says Charter spokesman Andy Morgan.

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Motorola's 'telecom now' and 'next' initiative

September 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola launched a corporate-wide initiative intended to focus itself better in the telecom market. Headed by two in-house execs, Telecom Next, Telecom Now will address separate parts of the industry. Telecom Next will position "the entire corporation in future and emerging telecom technologies, including full-scale IP and multiservices networks," the company says.

NCTA offers uplinks for PSAs

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA President Robert Sachs called for members to include public service announcements from the American Red Cross in their cable systems. The ads promote grief counseling and solicit donations for relief efforts. The industry-wide public service ad campaign is intended to supplement individual contributions from the industry.

New ADC CMTS to target small cable systems

September 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to tap into small cable system markets and the multidwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the Cuda 1000, a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class Cuda 12000. Targeting cable systems with less than 20,000 homes, ADC's Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said M...

AM buys SRS-EDJ for $6.9 M in cash and stock

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AM Communications Inc. subsidiary AM Broadband Services Inc. picked up SRS Communications Corp. and EDJ Communications Inc. for about $6.9 million in cash, stock and promissory notes. It expects to hire hundreds of workers to cover orders, a spokeswoman says. "We believe it's a great opportunity to expand our opportunities in the service market," says spokeswoman Christine Mascaro, marketing an...

Deals and other industry doings …

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies' VoCable TB300 IP Gateway landed multivendor interoperability approval with five cable equipment manufacturers. The gateway now "interoperates" with equipment from ADC Telecommunications, Arris, Cadant, Motorola and Tellabs, the company says. … Eumitcom Technology and Samsung Electronics used Conexant Systems Inc.

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Industry keeps funds, service, supplies coming

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC Telecommunications' ADC Foundation will donate $50,000 to The September 11th Fund. The company also will match employee donations up to $1,000 each, and will hold a blood drive at its headquarters. NTT Communications Corp. and its subsidiary, Verio Inc., created an emergency response program for New York businesses affected by the attacks.

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Lexent's emergency response sees new scale

September 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the industry continues to donate funds and services to relief agencies after last week's terrorist attacks, rebuilding efforts also are underway. Lexent Inc. helped rebuild the communications infrastructure after the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and now is working with telecom companies in lower Manhattan, re-establishing "network integrity," it says.

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