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

Lucent looking to make it easier

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent is lending its support to the new industry standard for connecting dial-up modems to the Internet across its remote access platforms for service providers. The new standard is called V.92, determined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as a foundation for a new generation of modems for PCs and other access devices and the remote access equipment in service provider networ...

S-A adds OS

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said it will dovetail together its line of Explorer 6000 digital set-tops with Microsoft's Microsoft TV operating system. Microsoft TV OS will coexist on the Explorer 6000. S-A's other digital set-top boxes will continue to run PowerTV.

iTV demand creates new alliance

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The demand for iTV is getting stronger, and SGI and thirdspace have gotten together to meet the needs of the couch potato populace. thirdspace, a London-based end-to-end iTV services provider, will contribute technology to telephone companies that includes digital interactive television, VOD and Web access.

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Cablevision no Indian giver

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Any takers? Cablevision is not interested in buying back the 30 percent stake in itself that was sold to TCI and then inherited by AT&T when AT&T bought TCI two years ago. Rumors surfaced this week that AT&T is trying to shave some of its $62 billion in debt and may be looking to sell its interests in Cablevision, as well as Time Warner Entertainment (25 percent) and its partnership...

Terayon's BandLeader

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Terayon has launched aptly named BandLeader, a new end-to-end VOIP platform for cable operators to transport carrier-class voice services over large-scale hybrid fiber-coax networks. The technology makes use of an access gateway and embedded media terminal to let operators use current broadband infrastructure to simultaneously deliver telephony, data, video programming and other broadband servi...

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WorldGate forms a new club

November 7, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Interactive TV guru WorldGate has created a new content-creation alliance and invited its first members to join. The new organization is humbly called the WorldGate Certified Developer's Program (CDP). WorldGate, with 14 charter members, hopes this alliance will be able to put its collective head together and dish up really compelling iTV content for users through cable operators deploying the ...

Akamai lights up Electric Lightwave

November 7, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Akamai's technology will be zinging along Electric Lightwave 's Internet backbone, enhancing the quality and performance of Electric's bandwidth hogging content for its customers. Vancouver, Wash.-based Electric Lightwave provides Internet, data, voice and dedicated access services to bandwidth-intense businesses.

Tvia and Celerity team up

November 7, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Celerity 's new set-tops have a partner in Tvia 's streaming media gateway. The set-tops, called the T 6000, use slots for a smartcard reader, wireless or wired keyboard, network interface modules and a port for USB-connected peripherals. Tvia's CyberPro2010 streaming media processor adds the full functionality and real-time video processing needed for set-top versatility required by media hung...

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HSA rolls out DSL

November 7, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

High Speed Access has launched DSL in the first of 24 markets slated to receive the service before the end of the year. Several small and mid-sized businesses in Denver; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio have received the service on a on a reseller basis. HSA is targeting the SOHO market, as well as mid-sized businesses that are looking for a cheaper alternative to T-1...

DBS tiring of litigation

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Possibly tired of funneling more money to lawyers than into its businesses, the direct-broadcast satellite industry filed a Federal Court motion Monday in Alexandria, Va. The motion could lead to a quick decision in the industry's legal attack on a law that mandates carriage of all local TV signals in a market.

ADC signs up Comm South

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pre-paid telecom company Comm South has picked ADC's Singl.eView billing system, hoping the service will improve customer management, customer relations and reduce churn with its residential customers throughout the U.S. Dallas-based Comm South provides prepaid residential dial tone in most of the 50 states.

Motor City runs smoothly on Telseon

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Telseon's turbo-charged optical network has promised smooth roads ahead for Detroit's businesses. Using Telseon's Ethernet-based technology, customers and the tenants located in Detroit's data centers will be able to transmit data at 20,000 times the speed of the fastest dial-up modem. Telseon said this would cost less than half the price of traditional telecommunications providers' services.

TI reveals new cable modem

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Texas Instruments has developed a new silicon-based cable modem system that incorporates primary-line telephony for residential gateways, secondary-line voice for next-generation cable modems and multiline offerings for MDUs. TI said its new chips feature DOCSIS 1.1 software and hardware capabilities that will eventually help cable operators offer voice-over-Internet-protocol services over thei...

Comcast on a roll

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Just after announcing steady 3Q results, Comcast has upped its year-end projections for digital-cable and high-speed-data customers based on strong growth in those segments. Comcast finished the quarter with 1.1 million digital subscribers, an increase of 190,000 over the previous period. As a result, Comcast has increased its fourth-quarter digital-subscriber target to 1.

Insight: Hey, that's not fair

November 6, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Insight Communications is not pleased with the city of Louisville, Ky. The city has awarded Knology a cable franchise, giving the company the go-ahead to overbuild Insight's cable system there under different terms than Insight got. Insight has filed a legal challenge to Louisville's move. After careful legal review, Insight's lawyers have concluded that the overbuilder's franchise is substanti...

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