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

PCT 'taps' S-A

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PCT International will soon manufacture its own line of taps following a licensing agreement with Scientific-Atlanta. Financial terms were not disclosed. PCT, a cable technology subsidiary of Andes Industries, will employ S-A's patented power-passing technology and the trademarked design of the tap, which is designed to be compatible with the back housings and faceplates manufactured by t...

Cable 2002 to focus on tech's cutting edge

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next month's National Show will place a heavy focus on cable and other telecommunications technologies. Cable 2002 will feature topics ranging from advanced optical and IP network architecture, traffic/bandwidth management, IP streaming protocols, security and residential gateways. The 43rd volume of NCTA's technical papers will be presented during eight technical sessions.

R.I. won't pull plug on Warwick cable TV provider

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Timothy C. Barmann | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Providence Journal Providence Journal…03/29/2002 From LexisNexis It's not really a cable company after all. State cable regulators have concluded that Starlight Communications, a small Warwick company that provides cable television services to apartment complexes, does not fit the definition of a cable system established by...

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Network Associates back with bid for McAfee.com

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Network Associates' flip-flopping offer for outstanding shares of MAfee.com Corp. is on again, it says. The company had postponed the offer earlier this week with the announcement it was under an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. McAfee issued a statement after the offer's March 16 debut, calling the deal "financially inadequate.

Software synergy: Digeo to merge with Moxi

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digeo Inc. emerged Friday morning as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo name. The merger, expected to close in the next four to six weeks, will tweak at least two key executive positions.

The face of competition: Four fight for biz in Harlan, Iowa

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Chris Clayton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Omaha World-Herald Omaha World - Herald…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis Many rural communities have few options when it comes to phone, cable or Internet service. But Harlan has a communications smorgasbord. Right now, the town has three phone companies, three high-speed Internet providers and two cable TV companies.

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Covad income up on debt deal; Riverstone revenue jumps 114%

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Once bitter opponents on broadband regulation, a deal between SBC Communications and Covad Communications let Covad emerge from bankruptcy before the end of last year and turn out a healthy net income for the year. The DSL provider's net income for the year reached $344.8 million, compared with a $1.

TWC partners with Juniper in NY; Velocita talks with creditors

March 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Liberty unit will use Juniper Internet Communications Inc.'s broadband services for TWC's RoadRunner customers in Duchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, N.Y. JINI, a Juniper Group subsidiary, will hire technicians in the Hudson Valley area. … Velocita Corp. struck an agreement with a consortium of banks to waive certain covenants in its credit agreement.

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Hybrid Networks almost out of cash, will shut down

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So what happened at Hybrid Networks, which today announced it would cut 80 percent of its workforce tomorrow and shut down by the end of April? In January, the fixed-wireless system maker said it would exceed its fourth-quarter revenue guidance by $2 million, for a total of $7 million in revenue for the period.

Cox buys Cudas from ADC; General Bandwidth cuts 50 jobs

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications will take delivery of nearly 40 Cuda 12000 cable modem termination systems from ADC by the end of March, ADC says. The company says it will supply the CMTSs to Cox networks in Northern Virginia; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and much of Oklahoma and Kansas. ADC has provided Cudas to Cox systems in five other markets.

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Medford, Ore., gets fiber optic service from local cable company

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Greg Stiles | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Mail Tribune Mail Tribune…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications' fiber optic cable is now unwinding through Medford's east side after being bottled up in the west and south parts of town for months. Charter's Medford television subscribers who want to add high-speed Internet service — and others simply see...

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Cities team up, take on Charter

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Ellena F. Morrison | Comments

Copyright 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram All Rights Reserved Fort Worth Star-Telegram…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis More than a dozen North Texas communities are working together to try to wring better service from Charter Communications. Officials say ongoing resident complaints about problematic Internet connections, rude customer service representatives and a confusing billing system are u...

Cox tests home networking in New England

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications launched a home-networking trial to 20,000 customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The service started this week, says Cox spokeswoman Laura Oberhelman. Because it is a trial, Cox will not disclose who it's using as a vendor, she adds. Cox says it will provide networking hardware, software, professional installation and technical assistance.

Global Crossing turns over papers to House committee

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Elizabeth Douglass | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/28/2002 From LexisNexis House investigators Wednesday began reviewing three boxes' worth of internal documents from Global Crossing Ltd., the ailing telecommunications firm accused of using suspect accounting to mask the company's deteriorating finances.

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NCTA, SCTE note speakers for Cable 2002, Summit

March 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Potentially reversing what could have been a trend toward non-participation in industry trade shows, all major cable programming networks will attend Cable 2002, the 51st Annual Convention and International Exposition, says the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA also secured a lineup for the general session, slated for May 7.

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