Optical Solutions Inc. and Bristol Virginia Utilities will deploy the FiberPath 400 optical networking system in an aerial overbuild to businesses in Bristol, Va. The network will deliver voice and high-speed data up to 100 Mbps to 1,100 businesses in its first phase. BVU will be the ISP and plans to offer VoIP and video conferencing.
Advocacy group Voices for Choices used the Telecom Act's anniversary to unveil a new database cataloging $1.84 billion in announced fines, judgments and settlements against the country's four Bells — down from eight Bells when the law went into effect, it says. The fines were assessed for poor service, anti-consumer practices, failure to live up to promises and other reasons, VFC says.
Sure it's only number six, an off year as anniversaries go. But key legislation set for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in less than three weeks has made the industry keenly aware of the impact of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Act, signed by President Bill Clinton on Feb. 8, 1996, rewrote telecom laws for the first time in more than 50 years, and opened the industry to com...
OpenTV filed an infringement lawsuit against Liberate Technologies, alleging Liberate violated its patents covering carouseling and iTV life cycle technology. Liberate denied the accusations and said OpenTV is using litigation to cover its lack of success in the marketplace. The lawsuit, filed in the U.
Chalk it up to changing education. Cable in the Classroom reviewed its K-12 mission and found it didn't quite make the grade for 21st century work. The result: a new strategic plan, list of objectives, and an updated mission. The plan clarifies CIC's mission and lets it work more directly with the educational community, says spokeswoman Carol Vernon.
• Cisco Systems' net income reached $660 million, or 9 cents a share, in its second quarter, on $4.8 billion in net sales. Income was down from $874 million, or 12 cents a share, for the same period last year, but was up dramatically over the previous quarter's net loss of $268 million, or 4 cents a share.
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Feb. 27 on HR 1542, the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, dubbed the Tauzin-Dingell bill. The House had scheduled a vote just before the winter holiday, and was expected to vote favorably, but put it off until March, citing a need for more time to go over changes.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers ' Interval newsletter went live on its site, it says. Interval Online is a monthly member publication covering training, safety and member events. … RealNetworks Inc. will license MediaSite Live, a Webcasting application from Sonic Foundry. The software will let RealNetworks capture and stream any kind of digital content, scale delivery to...
The debate is open and factions are taking their shots. American Cable Association dissed the math EchoStar Communications cites when talking about its merger, and argues the satellite company's merger with DirecTV would harm competition and service. The association, which represents nearly 1,000 small and independent cable companies, filed a petition with the U.
Cox Communications VP/GM and sleeper candidate Ray Nagin shot ahead of the local police chief in New Orleans' mayor's primary Saturday, surprising pollsters with 28 percent of the vote on a 98 percent voter turnout. The city's runoff election is March 2. Last week, the polls had Nagin trailing behind Police Chief Richard Pennington and possibly State Senator Paulette Irons.
Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.
The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.
Amid so much talk of taking broadband to rural areas, a handful of medium and small cablecos want the policy-making sector to know: Been there, done that, invested the millions. At a briefing for U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff and commissioners, arranged by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CEOs of seven MSOs detailed the nearly $500 million they've invested...
Microsoft and a Portugese video and broadband company teamed on an iTV development kit. The two just launched the English version — for Microsoft TV Developer Program members. Sagreskit, developed by the software giant and Novabase iDTV in Portugal, is designed to speed and ease building iTV services for Microsoft TV's advanced version 1.
Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May. TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.