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

DirecTV Broadband targets cable with extended offer

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DirecTV Broadband will continue to offer two months of free DSL service to existing cable modem customers through May 31. The company launched the special offer late last year. In addition to the offer's two months of free service, DirecTV Broadband said it will also waive its $49.99 activation fee, putting the total value of the package to about $150.

Broadcom, Microtune trade punches over silicon tuner tech

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.

WorldCom rating gets junked

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

What goes up must come down. Just two days ago, investors seemed almost giddy following Cisco Systems quarterly results — the Nasdaq spike roughly 100 points. Today, however, the Nasdaq dipped slightly in mid-day trading action. News of two rating agencies cutting WorldCom Inc.'s debt rating to "junk" status helped fuel the slide.

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SPEEDCOM secures funding

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fixed wireless broadband equipment provider SPEEDCOM Wireless Corp. snags a $1 million secured loan. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the launch of its SPEEDLAN 9000 products, a line of wireless Ethernet routers. The SPEEDLAN 9000 provides a platform that enables the user to choose between mesh, star, or a point-to-point deployment.

Charter could exit CableLabs

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A CableLabs official confirmed Thursday that Charter Communications Inc. notified the R&D consortium on April 4 that the MSO could withdraw its membership in three years. CED sister publication Multichannel News reported the development earlier this morning on its Web site and in its subscription-based daily, Multichannel News Day.

Nokia calls for 3G-royalty cap

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Looking to promote widespread deployment of 3G technology, Nokia is calling on the wireless industry to institute a fixed licensing fee for 3G patents. Usually royalties are charged as a percentage of a piece of equipment's sale price. Nokia, which claims to own the most WCDMA patents, is calling on registered WDMA patent holders to limit their cumulative royalty rates for 3G technology to 5 pe...

Adelphia puts some assets on the chopping block

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. is making a move to try and improve its financial situation - the company is soliciting bids for cable systems that serve half its subscriber base. The systems that are up for sale serve roughly 2.7 million subscribers. The specific systems being put on the block include systems in Southern California (1.

NTL files reorganization plan

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Well it is official; NTL Inc. has filed its previously announced reorganization plan under the protective blanket of Chapter 11. The reorganization plan is based on an agreement with bondholders to swap $10.6 billion in debt into equity in two reorganized companies - NTL UK and Ireland and NTL Euroco.

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NCTA re-elects Insight's Willner as chairman

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) said Wednesday that Insight Communications President and CEO Michael Willner was re-elected for a second term as chairman of NCTA's board of directors. Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt was elected vice chairman, and Adelphia Communications CEO and President John Rigas and Comcast Corp.

RCN expands bundling with 'Essentials' option

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Overbuilder RCN Corp. has unveiled "RCN Essentials," a new family of bundled services designed to play up the company's core offerings and to lure more subscribers. For a flat fee ranging from $85 to $93 per month, the Essentials package is comprised of RCN's basic video package and one set-top, one phone-line with unlimited local calling and high-speed data service with the cable modem included.

Tech sector gains on Cisco's good news

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In the words of Willy Wonka, "So shines a good deed in a weary world." Cisco Systems offer of hope for the tech sector could be considered a good deed by investors, the news lifted the cloud of gloom that has been hanging over tech stocks for several months. The telecom equipment maker's third-quarter profit exceeded forecasts, sending not only Cisco's stock up, up, up, but the Nasdaq combined ...

Liberty to control the votes at OpenTV

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

MIH Limited is looking for a way out of its interest in OpenTV, and Liberty Media Corp. is happy to oblige. Liberty will fork over $185 million in cash and shares to snatch up a controlling interest in the iTV technology provider. Under the terms of the deal, Liberty Media will acquire 365,460 Class A ordinary shares and 30.

Nortel lands wireless contract

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Look out Jakarta, here comes high-speed wireless. Nortel Networks is being contracted by an Indonesian fixed wireless operator to build a CMDA2000 1X third-generation fixed wireless network. Nortel's CDMA2000 1X wireless technology will be used to connect customers to the public switched telephone network.

House backs 700 MHZ auction delay

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Kristy Bassuener | Comments

U.S. Representatives approved by voice vote Tuesday evening a bipartisan measure aimed at delaying the 700 MHz spectrum auction for the sixth time. The Senate has a similar measure on the table. The legislators, large carriers and CTIA all back the bill despite a current federal law requiring that the government sell license by September.

NCTA 2002 in brief

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Day 3: A wave of companies will be showcasing their products and technologies this week at NCTA 2002 in New Orleans. The CED Magazine staff will bring you the latest news and product information each day live from the show. Below is a glimpse of what's happening at the show, but for complete show coverage visit: www.

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