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Industry: Internet and other systems stay up

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable and Internet systems stayed up and running despite the terrorist attacks in New York City, although hubs and antennae in and on the World Trade Center went down. Time Warner Cable has a system "which does serve all of Manhattan," as well as Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the city, says TWC spokesman Michael Luftman.

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September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications says it will seek a "rebalancing of emphasis to digital and data sales at the expense of marginal increases in basic customer growth." The company expects basic customer growth for 2001 to fall below original guidance of 2 percent as a result of the refocus. Conversely, it expects Q3 advanced services additions to exceed those of Q2.

NAMIC president: Diversity tips to 'oneness' during tragedy

September 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We had opened the conference (and) our keynote speaker was speaking" when news of two jetliners hitting the World Trade Center started to trickle in, says Patricia Andrews-Keenan, president of the National Association of Minorities in Cable. Keenan spoke to CEDaily today from her cellphone in New York, where she and other event attendees were stranded.

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Tragedy focuses industry on workers/systems

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

This morning's tragic events in New York City and Washington, D.C., have cable companies in the early stages of reaction — mainly sending employees home, if needed, and ensuring their systems' security. Cox Communications has no systems in New York, says spokeswoman Susan Leepson, but does have an office in the Washington, D.

NCTA cancels Diversity Week activities

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In the wake of Tuesday morning's events involving two plane crashes into the World Trade Center in New York City, and another into the Pentagon, NCTA cancelled all activities surrounding Diversity Week. "In light of today's events, all cable industry activities surrounding Diversity Week (in New York City) have been cancelled, including the Kaitz Dinner scheduled for Thursday, September 13," NC...

Motorola outlines RiverDelta deal

September 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. took another step toward its roughly $300 million purchase of RiverDelta networks with an outline of the stock transaction should the merger close on Oct. 12. Motorola announced the merger in July noting that its Motorola Broadband Communications Sector wanted RiverDelta's routing technology, spokeswoman Jeanne Russo said then.

More news to use or peruse …

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. says it shipped its one-thousandth MPLS router port this week. The metro area network company ships the routers to six telecom carriers. No more word on the lawsuit it filed last month against Tellabs, though. … Network Elements Inc. launched a 10 Gbps optical networking module with integrated "multiprotocol protocol processing.

Charter puts multiple ISPs on the agenda

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is preparing to become the next MSO to join the few, the proud, the testers of multiple ISP access. A Charter spokesman said the MSO is preparing a multiple ISP trial this fall, perhaps as early as October, in a market where it already offers cable modem service from ExciteAtHome Corp.

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Studies: Bundle that broadband; watching Canada's ITV

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Consumers want their broadband bundled, easy and cheap — or at least, discounted, says a Horowitz Associates Inc. study. Slightly more than half would buy bundled services without discounts, but that jumps to 68 percent who would buy if the deal came with a 10 percent discount. About 61 percent would add a service, given a 10 percent cut off the total bill, and 68 percent would do...

More news to use or peruse …(2)

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. says it shipped its one-thousandth MPLS router port this week. The metro area network company ships the routers to six telecom carriers. No more word on the lawsuit it filed last month against Tellabs, though. … Network Elements Inc. launched a 10 Gbps optical networking module with integrated "multiprotocol protocol processing.

Terabeam wires ballpark for Microsoft meeting

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terabeam took its free-space technology out to the ball game, sort of. The company landed a contract from Microsoft to connect Seattle's Safeco Field to the Internet during the software company's annual employee meeting. During the Aug. 30 meeting, Microsoft showed its product demos on two 30-foot by 40-foot projection screens to 16,000 employees in the stadium.

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Sunrise merges two buys into broadband unit

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Sunrise Telecom Inc. merged two of its cable units into a new broadband division that will produce cable TV test equipment. The unit will be split between offices in Norcross, Ga., and Anjou, Canada. The company bought Hukk Engineering in July 1999 and Avantron Technologies in January 2001, says Sunrise spokesman John McGovern.

Cox launches phone-over-cable in RI town

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services will supply the town of Cumberland, R.I., with phone service over Cox's cable network, potentially saving the small town 29 percent annually on its phone bills. The $10,000-a-year deal is part of Cox's $300 million network upgrade in Rhode Island and of the state's economic development efforts.

Touch America expands network center, faces splitoff vote

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Touch America announced a $1 million, 3,000-square-foot expansion of its Network Operations Center in Butte, Mont. Parent Montana Power Co. also will hold a special shareholder's meeting Sept. 14 to vote on the company's restructuring. The expansion brings the center to 8,700 square feet on the building's second floor, says spokesman Cort Freeman.

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Aging racetrack gets fiber optic facelift

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A 46-year-old racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wis., placed its bets on fiber optic speed with a network overhaul. Telecast Fiber Systems Inc. supplied modular video and audio fiber optic products for the Race America racetrack system. The system made its debut when the racetrack used it during the Motorola 220 CART FedEx Championship Series race Aug.

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