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

U.S. satellite dishes sucking $400 M out of Canadian system

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Heather Scoffield | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…02/20/2002 From LexisNexis U.S.-based satellite dishes have become so pervasive in Canada that they suck $ 400 million a year out of the Canadian system and now number more than 600,000 across the country, a new study shows. "It is just proceeding unchecked right now.

Both sides gear up for Tauzin-Dingell vote

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Melanie Fonder | Comments

Copyright 2002 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. The Hill…02/20/2002 From LexisNexis It's crunch time for the controversial Tauzin-Dingell broadband access bill. The measure calls on the Federal Communication Commission to adopt policies that the telephone companies say would allow them to freely deploy high-speed Internet services, known as broadband, on a nationwide basis.

AOLTW scales back Internet outlook

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…02/21/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — Shares of AOL Time Warner took a tumble in Wednesday's trading after a prominent Wall Street media guru voiced fears that America Online's growth outlook in the emerging broadband Internet market may not be as rosy as expected.

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Comcast audits D.C. cable users; Alcatel touts market share

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp. launched a house-by-house electronic audit of its cable areas, following an amnesty program in November and January that drew 25,000 takers. The program covered Comcast's Mid-Atlantic area, including most of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Alexandria and Arlington counties, The Washington Times reports.

Court orders FCC to reconsider caps on TV-station ownership

February 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…02/20/2002 From LexisNexis In a ruling consumer advocates say will further concentrate media control, the U.S. Court of Appeals said yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission must reconsider its cap on TV station ownership. The court also threw out an FCC rule that says a company cannot own a cable TV system and a local broadc...

Observers: Media Station may have pulled out

February 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk is thick that Media Station shut its doors last week after failing to drum up financial support for its software-on-demand streaming platform or its more recent secure digital-download service, Digital Store. CEO Jim Maslyn could not be reached by CEDaily's deadline and Into Networks, popularly considered a competitor, says that was in Media Station's mind.

Telecom firm, Washington, still trying to reach cable deal

February 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…02/20/2002 From LexisNexis CityNet Telecommunications Inc., the Silver Spring company that uses robots to lay fiber-optic cable in cities, has yet to finalize any agreement with the District of Columbia, despite claims by company executives that a deal would be done by spring 2001.

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Jupiter/NetRatings merger grinds to halt on FCC warnings

February 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The soap opera that is NetRatings Inc.'s acquisition of Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. pulled a fadeout yesterday after some very hard words from Federal Communications Commission staff. The halted purchase leaves NetRatings' $16.4 million purchase of the 84 percent interest in ACNielsen eRatings.com that it doesn't own yet, up in the air.

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New Edge buys AtWork for $1.5 M, promises continued service

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Soon-to-close AtHome shed a little more of its assets when a bankruptcy court judge approved the sale of its commercial arm to New Edge Networks for $1.5 million. The deal averts a service shutdown for "most" AtWork customers, New Edge says. Approved by Judge Thomas E. Carlson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, the acquisition includes 1,300 A...

Liberty to invest $7.2 billion in Germany thru 2010

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Still claiming it is making no concessions to Germany's cartel office, Liberty Media Corp. said it would invest $7.2 billion in Germany through 2010, Bloomberg reports. The cartel had sent Liberty a formal statement of objections to the company's proposed $4.76 billion purchase of six regional cable TV stations from Deutsche Telekom.

Fiber optic equipment maker to buy rival for $1.2 B

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…02/19/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Ciena Corp. said yesterday it will acquire a California competitor for $1.2 billion in stock and debt, a transaction that combines two companies struggling to make sales in a sluggish telecommunications-equipment market.

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FCC copyright role sought

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Television Digest…02/18/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Hollywood's major movie studios are pressing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for government intervention to help establish common technological standards for copyright protection on digital devices. The studios also told FCC Chair Michael Powell that collaborating with broadcasters on the issue...

Moxi Digital reportedly facing trouble, cash low for server rollout

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…02/16/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Moxi Digital, the high-profile Palo Alto start-up that recently unveiled a "home media server" to rave reviews, is burning through cash at a robust rate and is seeking a white knight, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

FCC's 'tentative conclusion' spawns cable industry scramble

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…02/19/2002 From Lexis-Nexis FCC's tentative conclusion that DSL and other phone-based Internet services should be reclassified as information services (CD Feb 15 p1) is likely to have broad impact on cable industry, which is the nation's leading provider of high-speed Internet access.

Broadband Wireless: Looking for connectivity 'hot spots'

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM— Claiming that WiFi, the industry standard wireless LAN technology, "has reached escape velocity," Sky Dayton, founder and chairman of EarthLink and founder and CEO of Boingo Wireless, told attendees at the 2002 Broadband Wireless World Forum Thursday during a keynote address that now was the time for service providers to sign up businesses, airports, buildings and other places wh...

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