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

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 ...

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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.

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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.

On Command brings on-demand to Accor Hotels

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

In a sense, the traveling crowd has played a major role in spurring cable operators to provide more on-demand services. For years, hotel guests have been iTV guinea pigs, trying out nascent in-room interactive and video-on-demand services, and consequently wondering, "Why can't I have this at home?" Pioneer on-demand provider On Command has been developing interactive platforms for hotels aroun...

EchoStar to fight FCC Ka-band license cancellation

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

The FCC is not only anxious to see broadband competition from America's wireline network providers, but it's trying to foster competition from skybound providers as well. That idea was evident in a recent ruling revoking DBS provider EchoStar Communications' Ka-band satellite license. Ka-band is a new generation of communications satellites that will incorporate on-board processing and switchin...

Out of cash, Diva files Chapter 11

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

Collapsing under the weight of a $500 million deficit and only enough cash on hand to last a few more weeks, video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems Corp. completed its death spiral in late May, filing Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Holding true to rumors that had swirled for weeks, Gemstar-TV Guide International then swooped in to acquire Diva's i...

Necessary goes to the Xstreme at Concurrent

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

Cable vet Steve Necessary has left the top post at PowerTV Inc. to join Concurrent Computer Corp. as president of the company's "Xstreme" video-on-demand division. Necessary reports to Concurrent President and CEO Jack Bryant, who had been the acting president of Xtreme since joining Concurrent in Oct.

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