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Courts approve bankruptcy plans

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Bankrupt companies Teligent Inc. and NTL Inc. have received some good news. Their individual plans to emerge from bankruptcy have been blessed by the courts. Less than a year and a half after filing for Chapter 11, Teligent Inc. expects to emerge from bankruptcy on or before Sept. 16. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York has approved the plan, which will enable the wir...

Real tries to hit one out of the park

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ever wish you could listen to the game of favorite baseball team without having to go to the ballpark or sit glued to your television? Well, RealNetworks, and Major League Baseball believe they can make dreams come true with their Gameday Audio Mobile service. The wireless service is designed to stream live audio feeds of Major League games to fans' mobile phone or PDA.

SONICblue streamlines

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The turbulent times continue at SONICblue Inc. The latest: the company is shedding 25 percent of its staff, including two senior executives. Roughly 400 employees will receive their walking papers, among them Roger Hackett, senior vice president of sales, and Andy Wolfe, chief technology officer. The cuts are expected to be completed by the end of the year.


Com21 XB System makes its debut in Costa Rica

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Com21 has officially broken its DOCSIS-based XB System out of the box for a trial in Costa Rica. Amnet Telecom has agreed to trial the XB System, which consists of the DOXcontroller 1000XB cable modem termination system, the NMAPS XB network management software and the DOXport 1110XB cable modem. The DOXport 1110XB cable modem received DOCSIS 1.

High-speed Internet program launched

September 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…09/06/2002 From LexisNexis The Canadian federal government is spending $67 million ($105 million Canadian) to spur the development of broadband infrastructure in the country's most underserved communities. Industry Minister Allan Rock, who made the announcement yesterday from Bracebridge, said the funds would be available to not-fo...

UnitedGlobalCom taps Arris

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

UnitedGlobalCom has looked into its crystal ball and sees a future transition to advanced telephony service over IP, and is turning to Arris to make that vision a reality. As part of the three-year deal, Arris will supply UnitedGlobalCom with headend systems, including the Cornerstone Voice system, the DOCSIS 1.

Covad, AOL forge broadband deal

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Shares of Covad Communications soared, up more than 20 percent in early trading, following news that the DSL carrier signed a five-year broadband deal with America Online. As part of the deal, America Online, the Internet unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., will have access to Covad's nationwide DSL network by purchasing DSL services at wholesale.

Tellabs warns, cuts jobs

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telecom gear maker Tellabs Inc. has put analysts on notice, warning that it will fall below expectations and post a third-quarter loss. Along with the warning, the company said it will eliminate 14.5 percent of its work force. Tellabs' North American customers continue to tighten their belts, and as a result, the company expects sales to fall between 15 percent and 25 percent lower than the sec...


Gates woos Hollywood with Windows Media 9

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In typical Bill Gates fashion, the Microsoft Corp. front man was working the crowd at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex yesterday when he unveiled the beta version of Windows Media Player 9 Series. Gates had James Cameron and LL Cool J at his side while he demonstrated the software giant's latest introduction into the audio and video streaming sector, the Windows Media Player 9 Series.

Charter considers sale of rural systems

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch…09/05/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications Inc.'s top priority is getting more cash coming in than going out, a position it probably won't reach until 2004, says Carl E. Vogel, the company's chairman and chief executive.

nCUBE to relocate Denver office to Oregon HQ

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

nCUBE Corp. will become the latest company involved in the cable industry to leave the Denver area later this year when the video-on-demand and ad insertion vendor relocates its Louisville office to Beaverton, Ore., the site of nCUBE headquarters. An nCUBE spokeswoman said the company's lease in Louisville was set to expire in January and that more office space became available at nCUBE's Beave...

Charter signs content deals for Rhapsody, Mag Rack

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has been wheeling and dealing to beef up the content offering for its residential broadband customers. The latest: the MSO has inked entertainment deals with and Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. The deal with will enable Charter to offer its more than 900,000 residential broadband customers access to the Rhapsody subscription-based digital music serv...

Nortel lands $19.8 million order

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by CP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…09/04/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks has won a $19.8 million ($31 million Canadian) contract to supply fiber-optic systems for a telecom network in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The deal with Chunghwa Telecom will expand the island country's fixed-line telecom broadband services, Nortel said.


Kanakaris Wireless goes shopping for funds

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Kanakaris Wireless has signed a letter-of-intent for financing of as much as $3 million. Of the $3 million in potential financing from New York-based investment funds, the company expects to close on $600,000 of the investment in the near future, although no specific timetable was revealed. Once secured, the funds will be used to support the company's content distribution and video distribution...

Gemstar loses a round in Atlanta

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

When it rains it pours, and for Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. it looks like a flood may be on the way. The interactive programming guide developer has lost another court battle. On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled that Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Pioneer North America Inc.


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