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

WideOpenWest Unleashed to Buy Ameritech Systems

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WideOpenWest recently announced that the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act for its proposed acquisition of the Ameritech New Media cable TV systems in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. With this grant, WideOpenWest may proceed with the acquisition without further FTC or Attorney General review.

CopperCom and Kenetec to Deliver VoB

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CopperCom is partnering with Kenetec Inc. to deploy a joint voice- over-broadband system. The system will consist of CopperCom's CSX 2100 media gateway, CopperController softswitch and VoB gateway, combined with Kenetec's EdgeXpress 5000 Service Exchange Platform and the EdgeXpress 1000 Service Access Unit.

CableHome Project Issues Two Documents

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The CableLabs CableHome project has made public an interim specification for Quality of Service (QoS) and also has released its architecture framework technical report (www.cablelabs.com/homenetworks/specifications.html). "The CableHome architecture framework and QoS specification are two important documents in a series of publications that lay the technical groundwork for the cable industry's...

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More deals and appeals

August 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Shaw Cablesystems will launch more than 30 digital channels in September, but isn't sure how to package them. The company will give customers a free preview, it says, then decide on pricing or packaging options. In a call for opinions, Shaw says customers can go to its interactive survey at www.shaw.

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Excite dumped by Cox and Comcast; finds financial advisors

August 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome's financial saga continues today, with a formal termination notice from Cox and Comcast regarding their exclusivity agreement. The company also says it's retained an investment banking firm to help explore its options, even as it faces today's deadline to muster up $50 million for a couple of dunning investors.

Study roundup: China's optical transport market; Americans on the Internet

August 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Another round from the number-crunchers: • A good 65 million American homes use the Internet, says Gartner Dataquest, an 8.4 million user jump since November 2000. Cable modem subscribers comprised more than 50 percent of online high-speed homes. "Cable providers are making a more concerted effort to sell cable modems, while the RBOCs, … have not taken up the cable TV challenge in t...

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Judge: Landowners can reap fiber revenue

August 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Note to fiber companies: Don't be thinking you can just railroad those landowners. A federal judge just approved a class action settlement allowing 50,000 landowners in 15 states to get a piece of an effort to lay fiber through their properties. The settlement stems from a fiber optic project by railroader Norfolk Southern Corp.

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Corning to cut 1,000 jobs in optical fiber plants

August 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Corning Inc. said yesterday it will eliminate another 1,000 jobs from its fiber workforce by the end of this year. That brings Corning's total layoffs since the beginning of this year to 8,000, or 20 percent of its global workforce. Corning CFO James B. Flaws cites a sudden slowing in orders across all fiber product lines, and a need to match overall operations with the lower demand.

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Riverstone sues Tellabs for breach of contract

August 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Tellabs Inc., alleging Tellabs failed to fulfill a strategic agreement the two had. Tellabs sent Riverstone a letter earlier this week ending an alliance that was announced in November that prompted the lawsuit. A Tellabs spokeswoman says the Riverstone lawsuit was a response to one Tellabs filed against Riverstone Tuesday, all...

Charter cites false and misleading ads in lawsuit

August 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In the latest showdown over use of the term "shared network," Charter Communications Inc. is challenging Southwestern Bell Telephone's "Cable Modem Slowdown" ads. In a lawsuit filed in a Missouri District Court, Charter alleges SBT has perpetrated a false advertising campaign. Charter says the Bell is violating the federal Lanham Act, regarding truth in advertising, and says it violates Missour...

ECB certifies seven cable modems in fifth wave

August 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board certified seven cable modems in its fifth Euro-DOCSIS 1.0 certification wave. It also qualified one CMTS for Euro-DOCSIS 1.0, and announced it was partnering with tComLabs and preparing for 1.1 certification starting in October. The agency says it has certified a total of 25 cable modems from 17 companies and 14 CMTSs from nine companies.

TiVo closes $51.8M private placement

August 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TiVo Inc. closed a terms-heavy private placement of $51.75 million of convertible debt and warrants to accredited investors, it says. The deal includes the $51.75 million in convertible senior notes at a 7 percent interest rate, due in 2006. TiVo says the notes are convertible at any time for common stock at $6.

More news to potentially use

August 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector will use Lineo's Embedix Digital Media core as its initial Linux operating system software. Motorola will use the software in its DCT-5000 set-top boxes. … Cygnet Technologies Inc. partnered with Protel Services Inc. on a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal to provide broadband equipment and services to Department of Defense lodging faciliti...

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Studies: MMDS gaining ground; fiber to grow slow

August 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Do they need to get a life or what? The number crunchers return with more semi-dire predictions. • The plucky Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Systems sector is gaining ground in the last-mile technology market, albeit with a long way to go, a Yankee Group study says. MMDS Fixed Wireless Set to Become a Piece of the Broadband Puzzle says the fixed-wireless industry picked up industry ...

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FTTH rebels elect leaders, vow changes

August 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Yikes. Watch for the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a spunky group of revolutionaries who are, they say, "poised to lead an FTTH revolution" in the telecom and video industries. For starters, it just appointed an executive director, elected its first board and composed its mission statement. Armed with the mission statement, the nonprofit says it can, via committee work, maintain focus and provide ...

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