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

SBC pays up. Again.

April 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about irony. "This merger puts consumers first," said SBC Communications Inc. Chair and CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr. in a 1999 statement announcing SBC's agreement to performance terms in its merger with Ameritech. But last month, the FCC collected another $4.6 million in penalties from SBC. The payment, made public yesterday, brings the company's total fines to $23 million, including $88,00...

Calif. PUC ponders NorthPoint today

April 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It probably isn't the best time to tick off California's utilities officials. NorthPoint's decision to ditch its network and cut off its 100,000 DSL customers — 40 percent of whom are in California — appears to have scraped a nerve with California's already harried PUC entities. "We've been very busy lately with this electricity crisis that we've had in California," says spokeswoman...

D-Link launches secure small network

April 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Try putting this on a patent form: the DI-711 Wireless Home DSL/Cable Router & Access Point + 10/100 Ethernet Port. Irvine, Calif-based D-Link did. The designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, data communications and digital electronic technologies for small to medium business (SMB) and workgroup-to-enterprise environments just launched it as part of its air wireless products line.


Lucent's shares of trouble

April 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. took Lucent up on those 90 million shares, after all. The underwriter of Lucent's tortured IPO of its spinoff, Agere, was allowed the option under the agreement. The stock is payment for $519 million of Lucent's short-term debt. And while Agere shares are some of NYSE's most active, according to Reuters, with more than 40 million trading, the price per sh...

Calif. PUC to NorthPoint: No, you won't.

April 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Bad news for NorthPoint Communications Group Inc. The California Public Utilities Commission told the bankrupt DSL provider that no, it couldn't shut down its service without 30 days' notice to its customers. The injunction applies only to NorthPoint's California customers — or 40 percent of its total customers.

A chip off the old stock

April 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It's kind of like when someone wins the Powerball, and it's not you. Despite daily, nearly hourly, reports of warnings, lowered expectations and layoffs, San Jose upstart Pacific Broadband Communications landed $50 million in Series B financing from some of the industry's top names. The funding will be used to take the company's product to market.

Microsoft snit over Liberate use

April 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It's not disloyal. Liberate just finished the test first and didn't antagonize the test-giver. United Pan-Europe Communications NV reportedly has chosen Liberate Technologies' software to go alongside Microsoft's in UPC's 17-country rollout of its digital ITV service. The rollout will start in the Netherlands.

EarthLink/2Wire network homes

April 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink and 2Wire have launched EarthLink Home Networking, combining 2Wire's HomePortal 100 and HomePortal 1000 residential gateways and EarthLink's broadband services into a nationally available wired and wireless home networking service, EarthLink reports. The system will allow residents simultaneous use of a variety of Internet, telephony and entertainment applications.


SBC, Sprint, TW deploy BroadJump's Virtual Truck

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SBC Communications has chosen BroadJump's Virtual Truck Installer to enhance installation of its DSL service. BroadJump also announced that Time Warner is deploying BroadJump's Virtual Truck Qualifier in almost half of its divisions nationwide. Additionally, Sprint has become BroadJump's first wireless customer.

Blazers aim for HDTV sports channel launch

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Portland Trail Blazers announced plans for the summer launch of Action Sports Cable Network (ASCN), a high-definition cable TV sports channel. As a commitment to HDTV, ASCN will build a 53-foot, state-of-the-art HDTV truck, the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Programming on the 24-hour, 365-day sports channel will include 25 to 30 Trail Blazer games, Seahawks pre-season ...

BarcoNet teams with Path 1 for VOD

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BarcoNet announced it is starting a development program for IP-based products to distribute on-demand entertainment video over an IP backbone. As part of this program, BarcoNet has entered into a Product Development Agreement with Path 1 Network Technologies to develop an IP gateway product. BarcoNet and Path 1 will jointly develop an IP gateway for deployment in a new gigabit Ethernet platform.

Alopa and RiverDelta partner to deliver open access software

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Alopa Networks and RiverDelta Networks are partnering to provide MSOs with an open access based self-provisioning solution for DOCSIS 1.1 broadband networks. Alopa and RiverDelta will enable service providers to deploy differentiated services, while allowing consumers to self-activate and customize their own service plans.

Free space optics to become billion dollar market

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Years of development of free space optical technologies are expected to result in a billion dollar market early in 2003, according to a report by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). After more than a decade of near idle growth, free space optical vendors are readying for an onslaught of demand. The report, "Free Space Optics: Technologies and Opportunities in the Carrier Class Network," says f...

DWDM market booming

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dense wavelength division multiplexing is now the standard for long-haul fiber optic networks, according to a report by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). The report, "U.S. and World Markets for DWDM Multiplexers and EDFAs," identifies fast-growing DWDM equipment markets for metro area networks (MANs).


Broadband Gateways rolls out EVOLO

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband Gateways expanded its Plano, Texas-based facility last month, after being forced to nearly double its employee base to prepare for an aggressive sales initiative and to meet the growing demand for its EVOLO intelligent premises gateway (IPG). The expansion is part of the company's preparation to roll out the EVOLO system for residential and small business markets.


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