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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.

Study: 12 million broadband subs served by 'major' cable and DSL providers

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Nearly 12 million homes receive broadband Internet service from major U.S. cable and telephone providers, following additions of 5 million over the past year, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group Inc. Leichtman said the 10 largest U.S. MSOs provided cable modem service to about 7.8 million subs, and the four regional telcos served about 4.


Kinetic: Toshiba takes N. American DOCSIS modem crown in Q1

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Toshiba American Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS mod...

Rural broadband bill hits Senate

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The most vocal opponent of the Tauzin-Dingell bill, and the recently introduced Breaux-Nickels bill, Senator Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) has thrown another broadband bill into the mix. Hollings introduced the "Broadband Telecommunications Act of 2002," in the Senate yesterday. The goal of the bill is to foster "broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas through a program of loans and grants.

SusCom claims gaming launch reduced churn

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For cable operators everywhere, it seems, the rollout of the digital service tier has been anything but smooth, and high rates of digital churn are becoming a real drag on continued digital growth. Can interactive services be the life preserver digital needs? New data from Pennsylvania operator Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) about customer retention related to a new gaming offering adds fu...

Unisphere sells voice-switching unit to Siemens

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Spreading yourself too thin may lead to mediocrity. Unisphere Networks Inc. is selling off its voice-switching business to focus on IP routers, its core product line. In essence, the unit will be coming home again; Unisphere has struck a deal with its parent and largest shareholder Siemens for the unit.

Arris taps ILC to bolster network management portfolio

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris said it has inked an OEM deal with ILC to provide more advanced network and element management products to cable operators. Arris will sell those products in order to help operators gain greater visibility and control of their hybrid fiber/coax networks. Arris said the partnership will give it the tools operators need to solve their complex network management problems.


Next Level targets rural telcos with ADSL+ platform

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos offer a bundle of voice, data and video services and compete directly with cable operators. Dubbed ADSL "plus," Next Level said its new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL technology, and reach more rural customers.

iSurfTV to show IPG for Motorola platform

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In the interactive program guide (IPG) game, Gemstar may rule the roost, but newer display and presentation technologies may eventually allow for newer players to be nipping at their heels. One new IPG vendor, iSurfTV, is developing new graphic-rich platforms to meet operator demand for new advanced interactive services, and it announced that it's hard at work integrating its patented IPG solut...


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