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

Cox, EarthLink agree to high-speed Internet trial

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

EarthLink and Cox Communications Inc. recently agreed to conduct a technical trial of EarthLink's Internet services over Cox's broadband cable network. The six-month trial will allow both companies to test the service with the option of negotiating a definitive open access agreement. During the trial, scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, EarthLink and Cox will work together to ...

Fixed wireless will challenge cable modem, DSL markets

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

While the SOHO market is getting wired mainly through cable modems and DSL connections, a strong challenger to this duopoly is emerging from the fixed broadband space, according to a new study from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). MMDS and broadband wireless access (BWA) manufacturers and service providers are poised for exponential growth; subscribers to fixed broadband services will excee...

Grande launches interactive service

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Liberate Technologies' TV Platform software will be used to deliver interactive services to Grande Communications' subscribers throughout the central Texas corridor. Grande is building a state-of-the-art broadband network that will provide bundled high-speed Internet access, local and long distance telephone and cable television entertainment services to residents and small businesses in the Au...

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Home Director provides communication/entertainment package for home builders

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Toll Brothers Inc., a builder of luxury homes, and Home Director Inc. have signed an agreement to offer Home Director's home networking systems in Toll Brothers' homes. Toll Brothers is recommending the installation of Home Director's home networking systems as a feature in its homes nationwide. The addition of Home Director to Toll Brothers' homes will enable families to equip their homes with...

Liberate teams with Concurrent on iTV and VOD solutions

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Liberate Technologies and Concurrent Computer Corp. have formed a strategic alliance under which they have combined their technologies into an integrated interactive TV and VOD offering for the growing digital video market. The strategic agreement was reached under the Liberate PopTV Program. Integration of Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system and the Liberate TV Platform software was co...

Liberate Technologies, Intertainer to offer entertainment-on-demand

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Liberate Technologies and Intertainer Inc. have signed an agreement in which Intertainer will integrate its VOD application with the Liberate TV Platform software for digital set-top boxes. Intertainer's broadband entertainment-on-demand service provides customers with access to a variety of entertainment-on-demand, including movies, music and television programs.

Cable modem, DSL prices on the rise

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Verizon and BellSouth are boosting the fees they charge for high-speed Internet access, joining AT&T in a sudden barrage of broadband price hikes made possible by the financial woes crushing their dot-com rivals. Last month,Verizon quietly boosted the monthly fee for new subscribers to high-speed DSL from $39.

Pioneer Passport IPG now deployed in Time Warner system

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer announced that Time Warner Cable Desert Cities Division, as part of its upgrade to digital service, has integrated Pioneer's Passport Interactive Program Guide (IPG) into its offering. Passport is the interactive interface by which viewers navigate programming and advanced services. Customers of Time Warner's Desert Cities Division will use Passport to navigate more than 200 video; 44 ...

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ReplayTV sneaks into set-tops

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

ReplayTV and Motorola recently signed a long-term licensing agreement for Motorola to use ReplayTV's digital video recording technology in high-end cable set-top boxes. Digital video recorders (DVRs) are similar to VCRs, except that instead of recording to tape, they store programming on a hard drive.

ADC restructures business

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

ADC has restructured its business in an effort to better align the company to meet its strategic, operational and financial objectives, according to the company. ADC plans to increase its focus on the key growth areas of DSL, IP cable, optics and software, as well as its core connectivity products and systems-integration business.

iSurfTV announces development deal with NCTC

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

iSurfTV has signed a letter of intent with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to jointly develop and market a turnkey IPG based on iSurfTV's SurfGuide technology. This non-exclusive initiative will make SurfGuide available to NCTC's entire membership of some 1,300 cable operating companies, representing more than 13 million cable subscribers.

FCC Chair considers cable ownership rule rewrite

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No news really, but FCC Chair Michael Powell indicated a couple of times during the past two days that the agency hasn't forgotten the industry. Powell said the FCC is progressing on rewriting ownership limits for the cable TV market, Reuters reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia called the 30-percent limit on market share unconstitutional, as a result of challenges fr...

Lucent workers indicted for conspiracy

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three men charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from Lucent Technologies were indicted yesterday. Hai Lin and Kai Xu were scientists working on Lucent's PathStar Access Server, and Yong-Qing Cheng was a Lucent consultant on PathStar, according to the indictment. The trio were accused and indicted for conspiring to steal the PathStar codes allegedly to transfer them to a joint venture b...

Metalink packages broadband over copper

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metalink Ltd. released its Olympus-SDL technology package that allows telecom carriers to provide multichannel video, voice and high-speed data services over existing copper lines. The company says it created Olympus-SDL as a package with the elements needed for new generation DSLAM/Optical Network Unit and CPE/set-top box design for telecom carriers.

PWC: Lawsuits focus on financial fraud

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

There's a surprise. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study says more than half the 201 shareholder class-action lawsuits file last year alleged financial fraud. And the pace will continue, it says. PWC's 2000 Securities Litigation Study cites increased SEC scrutiny of accounting and financial disclosure issues, more attention on revenue recognition policies in the software and tech sectors, and the num...

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