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It's bundle time: Verizon and RCN roll out packages

August 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The bundle: a multitude of services all on one bill. Many telecom companies are offering the bundle to attract and retain customers. Verizon Communications is rolling out a package that includes everything from local phone services to high-speed Internet access, while RCN Corp. is beefing its current package with international options.

All West rolls out bundled services with Next Level's help

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telco All West Communications is competing head-to-head with its cable counterparts in the digital entertainment space, and has turned to Next Level Communications Inc. to try and get a leg up on its closest competitors. The Utah-based telco is using Next Level's VDSL platform to offer its customers the triple play — voice, video and data — over its existing copper wire infrastructure.

Verizon trials broadband wireless technology

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications is testing the broadband wireless waters in Northern Virginia through a field trial with BeamReach Networks. Verizon is trialing BeamReach's broadband fixed wireless technology, which is designed to deliver speeds up to 1.5 megabits per second up to five miles from the system's distribution antenna.

Advertisement deals to put Rhapsody in the home

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Home networking gear provider NETGEAR Inc. is teaming with to tout broadband entertainment services in the networked home. The partnership will enable NETGEAR customers who purchase the company's Platinum Family of networking products to trial's Rhapsody digital subscription service for 30 days, free of charge.

RioLink taps Gemini Voice for IP telephony

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ISP RioLink Ltd. has announced plans to begin a full market rollout of voice-over-IP telephony using a Gemini Voice Solutions Inc. service in its New Mexico service area. RioLink plans to market Ip telephony services in conjunction with its high-speed wireless DSL service. The company expects the additional service offering will help boost revenue by leveraging its existing high-speed infrastru...

AtomFilms in cable deal with Comcast

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by John Healey | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…08/05/2002 From LexisNexis In an unusual leap from the Internet to television, AtomFilms is expected to announce today that its collection of short films and animations will be offered this fall through Comcast Cable Communications Inc.'s video-on-demand service in Philadelphia.

LA gives Adelphia time to fashion deal

August 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Justin Oppelaar | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…08/05/2002 From LexisNexis The city of Los Angeles has granted bankrupt Adelphia Communications a 45-day extension on its cable TV franchise, which was set to expire Friday, a City Attorney's Office spokesman confirmed. Provisional agreement, which must be approved by the City Council, gives the two parties some extra breathing room to hash ...

Charter defends itself

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A lawsuit has been filed against Charter Communications Inc. for alleged misleading accounting practices. The MSO is defending its books, and says its SEC filings paint an accurate picture of its financial condition. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California July 31, claims that Charter used "misleading accounting practices that had the effect of misrepre...


Toshiba supplying Cox with DOCSIS 1.1 modems

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications has selected Toshiba America Information Systems as a "preferred" vendor of cable modems based on the advanced DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Financial terms were not disclosed. Specifically, Toshiba will supply the MSO with its PCX2500 model, the first production-ready cable modem to get the DOCSIS 1.

Study: Q2 a record for DOCSIS modems shipments

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DOCSIS cable modem shipments topped 2.5 million units in the second quarter of 2002, a new quarterly record, Kinetic Strategies Inc. said in its August report. Motorola Broadband maintained its healthy, global lead over its rivals with 825,000 total units shipped and a 32.12 percent market share. The company also reestablished itself as the leading shipper of DOCSIS modems in North America with...

SwitchPoint completes IP telephony trial

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SwitchPoint Networks Inc. has completed its trial of Gemini Voice Solutions Inc.'s Gemini Broadband Voice feature-rich, "any-distance" telephony service over its digital switched data network. The 90-day trial was conducted in SwitchPoint's 1,000+ home research and development network in Springville, Utah.

CableLabs concludes second OCAP interop

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success as fifteen different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

Cable vet Ben Duval dead at 71

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ben Duval, a long-time cable industry figure, died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 25. He was 71. Duval, who termed himself a "peddler deluxe," operated the B.E. Duval Company, a rep firm and equipment distributor, since the late 1960s. During his tenure at the company, Duval helped several companies make their entry into the cable business.

JDS to take huge loss on sale of next-generation optical unit

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Taylor | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…08/02/2002 From LexisNexis JDS Uniphase Corp. said yesterday it will sell technology once considered critical in the rush toward next generation fiber-optic networks to France's MEMSCAP for about $9 million (U.S.). That's a fraction of the $565 million paid two years ago by JDS, the world's largest supplier of components and module...


Revenue jumps at Comcast

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A boost in digital cable and high-speed Internet access customers led Comcast Corp. to a 16 percent year-over-year increase in revenue. The cabler posted revenue of $2.71 billion, which topped analyst consensus estimates of $2.66 billion, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. Adjusted net income, excluding nonoperating items, amounted to $140.


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