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

EchoStar, DirecTV call off DBS party

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

Following a string of regulatory setbacks meted out by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, the final nail in the proposed merger between EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV was placed when the DBS leaders agreed to terminate the deal in mid-December. Under terms of the breakup, EchoStar must pay out $600 million to Hughes, but is no longer required ...

Toshiba opens the retail gateway

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

Toshiba America's Network Products Division (NPD), jumping with both feet into the market for hybrid cable modem/wireless router gateways, is selling its first such product at retail via a deal with CompUSA. Toshiba's PCX5000 DOCSIS Wireless Cable Modem Gateway, the first home networking device developed by the company's NPD group, features a cable modem, wireless router, self-installation soft...

Knology strikes up BigBand

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

Knology said it is deploying BigBand Networks Inc.'s flagship Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) in its systems in the southeastern U.S., allowing the overbuilder to consolidate control of its systems in one central location. More specifically, the deployment controls routing and processing of live digital broadcast programming, and will provide a platform for future upgrades and support...

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Tech giants band on national WiFi network effort

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

Three technology giants–AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and IBM–said they will create a company that will run a nationwide broadband, wireless Internet access service based on WiFi. That company, Cometa Networks, plans to provide services to telecom companies, ISPs, cable operators and wireless carriers, and target major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and rea...

Movidis enters the VOD ring

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

Video-on-demand start-up Movidis Inc. has introduced a new media server designed to cut costs to less than $65 per stream. The 3-RU-high Molecular Media Server (MMS) 1000, which sports dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, is anchored to Movidis' distributed VOD architecture, an approach that saves cost and space requirements, the company said.

Cablevision taps into Level 3

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

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a contract with Level 3 Communications for network services tied to the MSO's Optimum Online cable modem service, which is offered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. "Reliable network performance is a key factor contributing to the quality of service that Optimum Online customers have come to expect," said Optimum Online Senior Vice President Gemma Ton...

Microsoft notches first IPG deployments

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

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at the 2002 National Cable Show last May, Microsoft Corp. said that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

Vendors step up to form VoIP integration pacts

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

Although the technologies required to make IP telephony hum are here already, integrating those piece parts and making them work together is the next big challenge that cable operators will face. Arris and Net2Phone Inc. said they will help to provide an answer to that problem via a joint offer that they believe will create a fully managed integrated network capable of providing PacketCable-bas...

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Maryland ops join AMBER Alert Plan

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

The Cable and Telecommunications Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia announced that cable systems across Maryland will be available to transmit emergency messages as part of the nation's emerging AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alert plan. Maryland's nearly 2 million cable households join a network of more than 150 radio and television stations...

Another cable milestone: First gear breaks the CableHome and PacketCable barrier

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Christmas continued to come early for a small set of vendors. The day after CableLabs greenlighted the first set of equipment for DOCSIS 2.0, the cable R&D organization followed that up Friday by handing out its first-ever passing grades for equipment based on its PacketCable and CableHome specifications.

Force behind The Cable Center to step down

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Just as development work on the cable industry's showcase campus and museum is coming to a close, one of the driving forces behind The Cable Center is stepping down. Industry veteran Jim O'Brien, president and CEO of the recently finished project, said that he was leaving The Cable Center to spend more time with his family.

CE companies, home recording group pledge support for digital plug-and-play

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A spate of consumer electronics manufacturers and one high-profile home networking recording organization jumped in to share their glee following Thursday's news that the cable and consumer electronics industries had come to terms on how to deliver digital cable programming to current and future televisions without the need for additional set-tops.

Nielsen: Online crowd gravitating to Internet apps

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Nearly three quarters of the total U.S. online population are using Internet applications as part of their Web surfing experience, according to new numbers from Nielsen/NetRatings. Nielsen reported that more than 72 percent of all U.S. Web surfers are using applications downloaded from the Internet, including instant messengers, peer-to-peer file sharing programs and media players as part of th...

Wireless firms float licensing options for millimeter wave bands

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mary Greczyn | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…12/20/2002 Lexis Nexis Wireless technology developers urged FCC to move forward with allocation plan for 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz and 92–95 GHz that would allow commercial users and govt. and scientific operations to co-exist.

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Marriott books into Wi-Fi world

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…12/20/2002 Lexis Nexis In what's being called the biggest deployment of its kind, Marriott International Inc. plans to provide high-speed wireless Internet access throughout 400 hotels in Europe and North America, including three locations in Toronto.

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