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Williams, Level 3 fight to survive telecom meltdown

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis Two companies similar to Global Crossing are taking drastic steps to keep lenders off their backs. Williams Communications, owner of a 33,000-mile national high-speed network, said Monday it might seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it can't work out a deal with lenders.

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House to vote on bill to let Baby Bells provide broadband

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Miami Herald…02/26/2002 From LexisNexis A hotly contested bill that would allow the four regional Bell phone companies to provide long-distance high-speed Internet connections and sidestep a key provision of the 1996 telecommunications reform law is set for a vote Wednesday by the U.

Industry weighs in on Tauzin-Dingell

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

There's nothing like the drama of a hot and pending legislative vote, and the industry has made tomorrow's vote on the Tauzin-Dingell bill a case in point. Broadband has turned out in droves to weigh in on what it wants, particularly given a last-minute line-sharing amendment. Because of the 24 amendments, the debate should take two days on the floor, the White House Bulletin reports.

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San Bruno Cable taps CoreOS; AOLTW applies for new ISP

February 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Undaunted by ExciteAtHome's shutdown, San Bruno Cable, owned by the City of San Bruno in California, used Core Networks ' CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System to give it control over its own system. Excite's closure contributed to delays in the cableco's marketing and network plans. San Bruno is one of the country's largest city-owned cable systems, with 15,000 homes passed.

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XO Communications to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas (Nev.) Review-Journal…02/23/2002 From LexisNexis XO Communications, voice and data provider, and Sprint's largest competitor in the Las Vegas area, says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within two weeks.

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UEC/OpenTV team on set-top; S-A licenses taps

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta granted a cable TV tap technology license to Andes Industries unit PCT International. Under the deal, PCT will make its own line of taps using S-A's power-passing technology and design. The patent has a power bypass switch allowing network operators to upgrade faceplates without unsplicing the backhousing and without disrupting downstream cable subscribers' TV viewing, S-A says.

Report: Policy blocks 1.2 M job potential

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In the nick of time for this week's Tauzin-Dingell showdown in the U.S. House of Representatives, a research report shows that a national broadband network can generate more than 1.2 million permanent jobs. It urges policy makers to remove restrictions holding back the buildout. Building a Nationwide Broadband network: Speeding Job Growth from the New Millennium Research Council says the countr...

Com21 to test Propane-powered DOXcontroller

February 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp.'s early 2000 gamble on Digital Furnace Corp.'s Propane software is paying off in a deal with Com21 Inc. Com21 says it will use the accelerator software in its DOXcontroller XB system, the first CMTS to be developed using Propane, Com21 says. The company plans to submit the CMTS to CableLabs for qualification in July.

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Cableco report card: digital subs flat, VOD to take off

February 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. released its year-end wrapup of the MSOs, and how they did on VOD and digital cable. The upshot: This is the year for VOD, M-K says. Digital cable, though, will stay flat or show moderate growth, with potential to ramp up in the second half. The research firm pulled numbers from the fourth-quarter and year-end results for the major MSOs, except Adelphia, which hasn'...

ADC wins $30 M in patent infringement suit

February 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC landed a whopping $30 million settlement in a patent infringement lawsuit against Thomas & Betts and Augat Communications. The two companies also will stop sales of products that are part of the infringement. A final judgment was entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and covers ADC's patents on its Super High Density Bays, a digital signal cross-connect system...

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Global shareholders file own plan

February 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…02/22/2002 Times Staff and Wire Reports From LexisNexis A group of Global Crossing Ltd. shareholders, upset that they have been left out of a proposal to revive the telecommunications network company, intends to file an alternative rescue plan today that would keep investors in the firm and kick out many top executives.

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Beam them up: Cable, satellite duke it out in Tenn.

February 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Chattanooga Publishing Company Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free Press…02/19/2002 From LexisNexis Once a slumbering giant, the cable television industry is awakening to a lurking threat: digital satellite television. Direct TV and Dish Network, two competitors to local cable TV, are biting into the cable television market with competitive prices and pick-your-team sports p...

MediaBus debuts i2DVD; Brogley succeeds Moxi's Perlman

February 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AT&T Corp. appointed AT&T President David W. Dorman and CFO Charles H. Noski to it board, effective immediately. Chair and CEO C. Michael Armstrong recommended the two as the company moves into its next phase of restructuring, the company says. The additions make a total of13 board members, four of which will join the board of AT&T Comcast if the merger is approved.

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360networks subpoenaed in Global Crossing probe

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Regulators hit 360networks with a subpoena as part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation of Global Crossing, the company said today. Last week, Qwest Communications International received a similar summons. In a terse statement, 360networks said it would cooperate fully with the SEC's request for documents, although it did not specify what those were.

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Peachtree City still has cable problems

February 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…02/21/2002 From LexisNexis AT&T Broadband customers in Peachtree City are getting some help with their cable television woes, but city officials say the trouble is far from being solved. "There are still problems," said Peachtree City spokeswoman Betsy Tyler.

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