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

Venture targets MSOs with MPEG-4-based digital cable

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Seven high-profile companies pooled their products to form e-BOX Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based joint venture that will supply North American and Asia Pacific operators with a digital cable system based on MPEG-4 technology. E-BOX is comprised of five publicly traded companies and two private ones, each of which will supply products or services from its area of expertise.

Malone looks to flex more muscle at AOL

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Carl DiOrio | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis Liberty Media topper and dealmaker extraordinaire John Malone is trying to deal himself a sweeter hand with his big AOL Time Warner holdings — and maybe also a seat at the conglom's board meetings. Malone has asked regulators to remove rules preventing him from exercising voting power via Liberty's 4 percent ...

Global tries to stop N.Y. station eviction

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by James S. Granelli | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/27/2002 From LexisNexis A creditor's effort to evict Global Crossing Ltd. from a New York site where a fiber-optic cable from England hooks into the network of U.S. land lines would wipe out a third of Global's transatlantic telephone traffic and slash the company's value to potential buyers, the company argues in a court document.

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Eastern taps Alopa's MetaServ; Rogers to launch MLB

March 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Waterford, Conn.-based Eastern Connecticut Cable TV converted about 2,200 modems to its own system, using Alopa Networks' MetaServ Provisioning Platform. About 55,000 of Eastern's homes passed were left stranded in December, when ExciteAtHome shut down service to the company. Eastern says it watched as 1,390 customers signed on, self-provisioned and attained service in 48 hours.

Judge OKs altered Global deal

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis A federal Bankruptcy Court ruling Monday set the stage for what could be a highly contested auction for telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd. and its worldwide network of high-speed, fiber-optic cable. The U.

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Liberate narrows losses in Q4, touts PopTV Premier takers

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

Fresh from filing an infringement lawsuit last week, Liberate Technologies turned to financials, where it narrowed its losses and saw its revenue jump more than 50 percent in its third quarter. The middleware provider also announced the first takers of its PopTV Premier Partner Program. Liberate's actual revenue rose to $23.

Yipes joins Chapter 11 club

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

The latest broadband communications provider to join the Chapter 11 club is Yipes Communications Inc. The San Francisco-based service provider filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco as it tries to restructure its business. Yipes provides broadband business connections based on Ethernet technology ranging from 1 Megabit per second to 1 Gigabit per second...

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FCC challenged on high-speed Internet ruling

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis Verizon Communications, EarthLink and public interest groups went to court Monday to challenge a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to insulate high-speed cable Internet service from extensive regulations.

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Report: MSOs carry security stigma

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

Cable operators have an image problem to overcome if they ever want businesses to consider them legitimate telecom providers, a Yankee Group report says. MSOs carry a "stigma of not being a secure and reliable last-mile technology," the research firm says. Most cable security presently is deployed by end users on their desktops.

SonicBlue taps Amazon.com for DRV sales

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

For the next two months, if you want to buy SonicBlue's ReplayTV 4000 digital video recorder online, you will have to head to Amazon.com. The company today announced an exclusive national Internet retail agreement with the online merchant to sell its new ReplayTV4000 family of players through May. The ReplayTV 4000 series offers units with hard drives capable of storing recorded material and a ...

AOL to take $54 B quarterly charge

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reshma Kapadia Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis AOL Time Warner will take a $54 billion quarterly charge, likely to be the largest on record, to reflect a steep decline in the value of AOL's purchase of Time Warner, the Internet and media giant said in its annual report released Monday.

Video compression stealth scientists breed new approach

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

The video compression people are back, this time with a "radical new approach" designed by a "handpicked team of scientists, mathematicians and engineers," Pulsent Corp. says. It also had a few harsh words for what it considers outdated block-based technology. The company says it spent four years in "stealth development" on the technology, which "provides a 400 percent improvement in bandwidth ...

TWC-Houston taps CSG; Comcast debuts in D.C.

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

Time Warner Cable-Houston will use CSG Systems' Workforce Express software to automatically route technicians to assignments, based on skills and location, from a single desktop and in real time. The tools also allow detailed directions for technicians via a Web-enabled cell phone. TWC Houston has 650,000 customers in the Houston area.

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Boucher blasts FCC, CableLabs on secret licensing pacts

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…03/25/2002 From LexisNexis Rep. Boucher (D-Va.), member of House Telecom Subcommittee, called on the Federal Communications Commission to make public the latest license agreement that CableLabs requires manufacturers to sign before they can bring to market navigation devices that connect to cable systems.

Many more Nortel jobs must go, analysts say

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

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)…03/23/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks Corp. must slash as many as 10,000 more jobs, on top of 50,000 it has already eliminated, to meet its financial obligations, according to a growing number of analysts. Another round of downsizing by Canada's largest technology company is seen as the only way it can stay ...

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