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

Proxim intros Wi-Fi combo cards

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With Wi-Fi access gaining in popularity, Proxim Corp. has developed a combo card to take the worry out of having to have the same network in the office, at home and at a public hot spot. The ORiNOCO ComboCard is designed to access either a 802.11b or 802.11a wireless network, making it easier for users to move between various Wi-Fi networks.

Cable industry to issue new reporting guidelines

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network The Bulletin's Frontrunner…10/15/2002 From LexisNexis The Wall Street Journal (10/15, Grant) reports, "Shaken by the crisis of confidence in American corporations, the cable-television industry is set to announce new financial-reporting guidelines that will give investors a clearer understanding of how companies define subscribers and capital sp...

AOL-MSN rivalry picks up speed with broadband

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Thomas S. Mulligan | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/15/2002 From LexisNexis The Walled Garden is under siege. America Online has launched its latest software package, AOL 8.0, today with a splashy concert by Alanis Morissette, but it might as well start with a call to battle as Microsoft Corp.

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NetGear, AOL team for home networking

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Home networking gear provider NetGear Inc. has sealed a deal with America Online to make its products compatible with the ISP's services. The pact calls for NetGear to work with AOL to ensure its home networking products, including its routers, are AOL Broadband compatible. NetGear will identify its products as compatible with AOL services.

Optinel completes field trial

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Marking the end of its first major field trial, Optinel Systems says Adelphia Communications Corp. has wrapped the trial of its PLEXiS MFX transport system. The trial tested the long-distance optical transport of live digital video signals over Adelphia's Northern Virginia ring. Optinel's Functional Optical Multiplexer enables all-optical sharing of traffic among several sites, according to Opt...

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TWC, Scripps make VOD pact

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Scripps Networks are moving beyond the trial phase in their VOD relationship, and are gearing up to launch free on-demand Scripps programming across 30 TWC systems. The deal calls for Scripps to supply 30 hours of on-demand programming each month. Ten hours of content will be supplied from each of Scripps' three networks —Home & Garden Television, Food Network an...

SBC, Yahoo!: Make the switch it's easy

October 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Now that SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! have rolled out their co-branded DSL and dial-up services, the companies are ready to go after the competition. The duo plan to release a suite of automated tools to help ease the migration from competitive ISPs to either the SBC Yahoo! DSL or Dial service.

OpenTV pares employee roster

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

OpenTV is doing a little house cleaning. The interactive TV software developer is cutting its staff nearly in half and closing some regional offices to reduce expenses. To pare expenses and make efficiency adjustments related to OpenTV's recent purchase of Wink Communications Inc., the company said it plans to eliminate 315 positions and close eight regional offices by the end of the first quar...

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Nortel, SBC extend pact

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. affiliate SBC Services Inc. was looking for a way to expand its revenue-generating managed wavelength services and has turned to Nortel Networks to make it happen. A newly signed multi-year agreement calls for Nortel to supply its OPTera Metro 5100 Multiservice Platform for SBC's network.

Motorola bows DCT2000 alternative

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to give cable operators a way to compete with DBS providers in the delivery of digital programming on multiple televisions at a relatively low cost, Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has introduced the DCT1700 set-top. The interactive digital set-top has been designed to offer the same services as the ubiquitous DCT2000 line of boxes, but at a lower cost.

Comcast debuts HDTV in Washington metro area

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is delivering on an earlier promise to deliver high-definition television to the Washington metro region. The HDTV service sports programming from local broadcasters, including WJLA (ABC), WUSA (CBS), WRC (NBC), WETA (PBS) as well as premium channels HBO and Showtime.

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Time Warner Cable taps Convergys

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable has drafted Convergys Corp. to provide its outsourced billing services in another division. The latest: Convergys will deliver its services in TWC's Eastern Carolina division. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the multi-year agreement calls for Convergys to operate and maintain its converged "Integrated Communications Operations Management System" (ICOMS) billing an...

XO, Forstmann part ways

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After months of jockeying back and forth, XO Communications Inc. has agreed to end its accord with buyout firm Forstmann Little & Co. and Telefonos de Mexico SA (TELMEX), for some cash of course. In June, Forstmann and TELMEX raised the possibility of walking away from a planned $800 million investment in the troubled XO.

FCC investigates ways to help telecom sector

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Patrick Thibodeau | Comments

Copyright 2002 Computerworld, Inc. Computerworld…10/14/2002 From LexisNexis Finding ways to restore health to the ailing telecommunications sector is a top priority for the Federal Communications Commission. But the forecast for the industry overall, which has lost approximately 500,000 jobs and is saddled with as much as $1 trillion in debt, remains gloomy, the commission was told by a p...

Duo tunes for on-demand concerts

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…10/11/2002 From LexisNexis Digital TV specialist Liberate Technologies is partnering with Signatures Network to create an on-demand service providing concerts, music videos, backstage footage and other video programming featuring more than 125 acts including Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Kiss, Britney Spears and U2.

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