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

Medford, Ore., gets fiber optic service from local cable company

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Greg Stiles | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Mail Tribune Mail Tribune…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications' fiber optic cable is now unwinding through Medford's east side after being bottled up in the west and south parts of town for months. Charter's Medford television subscribers who want to add high-speed Internet service — and others simply see...

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Cities team up, take on Charter

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Ellena F. Morrison | Comments

Copyright 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram All Rights Reserved Fort Worth Star-Telegram…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis More than a dozen North Texas communities are working together to try to wring better service from Charter Communications. Officials say ongoing resident complaints about problematic Internet connections, rude customer service representatives and a confusing billing system are u...

Cox tests home networking in New England

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications launched a home-networking trial to 20,000 customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The service started this week, says Cox spokeswoman Laura Oberhelman. Because it is a trial, Cox will not disclose who it's using as a vendor, she adds. Cox says it will provide networking hardware, software, professional installation and technical assistance.

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Global Crossing turns over papers to House committee

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Elizabeth Douglass | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis House investigators Wednesday began reviewing three boxes' worth of internal documents from Global Crossing Ltd., the ailing telecommunications firm accused of using suspect accounting to mask the company's deteriorating finances.

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NCTA, SCTE note speakers for Cable 2002, Summit

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Potentially reversing what could have been a trend toward non-participation in industry trade shows, all major cable programming networks will attend Cable 2002, the 51st Annual Convention and International Exposition, says the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA also secured a lineup for the general session, slated for May 7.

CableLabs certifies 12 in 1.1, qualifies two

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs completed a busy week with the announcement it certified a record 12 DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems and qualified two cable modem termination systems in its third 1.1 wave. It also certified or re-certified seven cable modems for DOCSIS 1.0. CableLabs says Accton, Arris, Askey, Conexant, Quanta, Samsung, Scientific-Atlanta, Tellabs, Terayon, Thomson and Xrosstech had their cable modems certi...

Cox launches broadband programming in 20 markets

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Interactive Media has launched local and other broadband programming in 20 markets. Cox Communications Inc. operates the high-speed Internet and CIMedia created and manages the programming. The launch is split into markets served by CIMedia city sites, and Cox markets that weren't served by the unit.

Cable firm cuts jobs, raises rates, sells units

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Paddon, James Stevenson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis Shaw Communications Inc. is cutting 400 jobs, selling its U.S. cable systems and raising monthly charges for nearly 2 million Canadian subscribers as the country's second-largest cable TV operator grapples with a $74.

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A tale of two companies and their two-way cable upgrade

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Two companies teamed on a coaxial-cable system upgrade at a Florida apartment complex, and pulled it off without retrenching or rewiring. Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned the former one-way cable system into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services.

Venture targets MSOs with MPEG-4-based digital cable

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Seven high-profile companies pooled their products to form e-BOX Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based joint venture that will supply North American and Asia Pacific operators with a digital cable system based on MPEG-4 technology. E-BOX is comprised of five publicly traded companies and two private ones, each of which will supply products or services from its area of expertise.

Malone looks to flex more muscle at AOL

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Carl DiOrio | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis Liberty Media topper and dealmaker extraordinaire John Malone is trying to deal himself a sweeter hand with his big AOL Time Warner holdings — and maybe also a seat at the conglom's board meetings. Malone has asked regulators to remove rules preventing him from exercising voting power via Liberty's 4 percent ...

Global tries to stop N.Y. station eviction

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by James S. Granelli | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis A creditor's effort to evict Global Crossing Ltd. from a New York site where a fiber-optic cable from England hooks into the network of U.S. land lines would wipe out a third of Global's transatlantic telephone traffic and slash the company's value to potential buyers, the company argues in a court document.

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Eastern taps Alopa's MetaServ; Rogers to launch MLB

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Waterford, Conn.-based Eastern Connecticut Cable TV converted about 2,200 modems to its own system, using Alopa Networks' MetaServ Provisioning Platform. About 55,000 of Eastern's homes passed were left stranded in December, when ExciteAtHome shut down service to the company. Eastern says it watched as 1,390 customers signed on, self-provisioned and attained service in 48 hours.

Judge OKs altered Global deal

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis A federal Bankruptcy Court ruling Monday set the stage for what could be a highly contested auction for telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd. and its worldwide network of high-speed, fiber-optic cable. The U.

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Liberate narrows losses in Q4, touts PopTV Premier takers

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Fresh from filing an infringement lawsuit last week, Liberate Technologies turned to financials, where it narrowed its losses and saw its revenue jump more than 50 percent in its third quarter. The middleware provider also announced the first takers of its PopTV Premier Partner Program. Liberate's actual revenue rose to $23.

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