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Charter turns to Convergys for billing services

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has pumped millions into its cable systems to enable the delivery of the "triple play" - voice, video and data services. To ensure a smooth operation, the MSO is turning to billing leader Convergys Corp. to provide outsourced billing services. Charter will rely on Convergys' ICOMS customer care and billing product to support the bundling of digital video, cable modem...

House backs 700 MHZ auction delay

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Kristy Bassuener | Comments

U.S. Representatives approved by voice vote Tuesday evening a bipartisan measure aimed at delaying the 700 MHz spectrum auction for the sixth time. The Senate has a similar measure on the table. The legislators, large carriers and CTIA all back the bill despite a current federal law requiring that the government sell license by September.

NCTA 2002 in brief

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Day 3: A wave of companies will be showcasing their products and technologies this week at NCTA 2002 in New Orleans. The CED Magazine staff will bring you the latest news and product information each day live from the show. Below is a glimpse of what's happening at the show, but for complete show coverage visit: www.


Powell defends decreasing regulation

May 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service …05/08/2002 From LexisNexis NEW ORLEANS - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell sought Tuesday to clear up what he said was an inaccurate public perception of his agency's increasingly less strict treatment of media and telecommunications firms.

enScaler snatches up Lariat

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although some may say it is a case of a minnow swallowing the whale, enScaler Inc. sees its acquisition of Lariat Software Inc. as a marriage of complementary technologies. The combined company will offer the streaming media market the whole enchilada: front-end, back-office and measuring capabilities.

Sprint evaluates broadband wireless technologies

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Let the competition begin. Sprint is testing the waters in the broadband wireless technology market through two field trials, one in Navini Networks, and one with IP Wireless. May the best technology win. The trials are designed to test the "viability of next-generation technologies," says Cameron Rejali, Sprint's vice president of broadband wireless products and operations.

Time Warner Telecom gains despite mixed results

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In the first quarter 2002, Time Warner Telecom results offered a mixed bag - revenue dipped slightly, but the quarterly pre-tax loss narrowed. Revenue fell slightly from $173.1 million in Q1 2001 to $168.7 million. The company blames non-recurring, acquisition-related revenue of $4.6 billion in the first quarter 2001 for the dip in revenue this year.

TI, Motorola team for cable modems

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. and Motorola Broadband Communications Sector are joining forces to speed the delivery of DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 certified cable modems to the broadband cable market. The deal calls for Motorola to incorporate TI's complete DOCSIS system into its SURFboard SB4220 cable modem. TI's complete DOCSIS system integrates DOCSIS physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layer...


Cable MSOs see possibilities for tiered Internet access

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…05/07/2002 From LexisNexis NEW ORLEANS — Cable executives touched the so-called "third rail" of high-speed Internet access at the NCTA convention, debating whether to charge customers more for higher speed or more bandwidth usage and reducing speeds for those unwilling to pay higher prices.

Fox to announce video-on-demand deal

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jon Healey | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…05/06/2002 From LexisNexis Ten days after pulling the plug on its video-on-demand joint venture with Walt Disney Corp., News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox is expected to announce a long-term deal with In Demand to offer Fox movies through cable TV video-on-demand services.

WOW turns to ChanneLogics

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Upstart competitive cabler WideOpenWest is looking to monitor and manage traffic on its data-over-cable network, and is turning to ChanneLogics to make it happen. WOW offers its customers a slew of services, including high-speed Internet access, digital cable TV and broadband telephone services. The company intends to add other advanced services, such as on-demand content delivery.

N2 Broadband extends pacts with TWC, HBO

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

It's all about customer retention. Time Warner Cable and HBO remain committed to N2 Broadband 's content delivery system. The companies are deploying N2's MediaPoint Business Management System over multiple TWC divisions in the United States. The MediaPoint system is designed to help cable operators manage video-on-demand, says N2.

BellSouth targets biz sector with expanded DSL services

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With 80 percent of its DSL customers coming from the residential market, BellSouth Corp. is looking to beef up its business customer list with an expanded suite of DSL services designed especially for the business sector. Before rolling out its expanded service offering, BellSouth had two services for business customers to choose from: its basic FastAccess Business and its FastAccess Business S...

MetroCast trials Cedar Point's VoIP switching system

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cedar Point Communications has enlisted the help of MetroCast Cablevision to test its SAFARI C3 Media Switching System in the field. The field trial, which is set to get under way this summer, will intially offer voice services to a select group of customers in Rochester, N.H. Following the initial rollout, primary line features such as CALEA (law enforcement support) and E-911 will be added.

Microsoft TV unveils 'thin-client' IPG

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp's interactive television division today is expected to unveil a new interactive program guide that targets widely deployed Motorola Broadband-built DCT-1000 and DCT-2000 series digital set-tops - and circumvents the litigious reach of the platform's IPG incumbent, Gemstar-TV Guide International.


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