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Broadband As James Dean;

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Doug Bartholomew | Comments

This technology without a cause desperately needs one Copyright 2002 Penton/IPC Industry Week…06/01/2002 From LexisNexis If ever there was a technology that was a few light-years before its time, it's broadband. Broadband, in case your eyes glazed over at the mere mention of the word, generally refers to a faster Internet connection.


3G arrives in Montana

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Montana may be known for its big blue sky, but the state is working to keep up with the latest technology trends with the rollout of 3G high-speed wireless in Missoula. Teewinot Wireless Data has teamed with IPWireless Inc. and Internet Connect Services to launch the high-speed wireless service. The Teewinot wireless data network uses MMDS frequencies and 3G technology developed by IPWireless.

WorldCom sheds some assets

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cypress Communications Inc. has agreed to fork over $32 million for the assets of WorldCom Inc.'s shared tenant telecom services business, dubbed Advanced Building Networks. The purchase, which includes all of Advanced Building Networks customer contacts, in-building networks, associated building rights and employees, is designed to expand Cypress's national footprint from seven to 25 major met...


IBM, Inktomi team for business

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking beyond e-mail in the business sector, Big Blue and Inktomi Corp. have partnered to provide web-accelerating, streaming and rich media services to enterprises. IBM Corp.'s Digital Media Group is teaming with the software provider to deliver enterprise content delivery network technology to businesses.

SBC: Move over AOL, MSN here comes SBC Yahoo! Dial

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Making good on a promise made late last year, SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have launched a co-branded dialup Internet access service. The duo plans to roll out a broadband service later this summer. SBC Yahoo! Dial will give subscribers access to Yahoo! content, including finance, music, online calendaring, e-mail and customized news tracking.

Pace and Ucentric make an entertaining duo

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology and Ucentric Systems have teamed to combine their respective hardware and software to deliver digital entertainment applications via wireline and wireless home networks. Pace will integrate its digital home gateway gear with Ucentric's media distribution software platform and applications.

ChanneLogics manages bandwidth business wins

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tele-Media Corp. of Delaware and Denver-based overbuilder WideOpenWest have inked deals to deploy ChanneLogics' traffic planning and bandwidth management system across their respective high-speed data networks. In addition to HSD, WOW plans to leverage ChannelLogics' CableLogics management suite for advanced on-demand services.

Vulcan Machines puts the pinch on Java set-top chips

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has released the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.


Next Level raises stakes with ADSL+ platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos compete with cable operators via a bundle of voice, data and advanced video services such as video-on-demand. Dubbed ADSL "plus," the new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL (very high speed digital subscriber line) technology to serve more rural customers, Next Level said.

SCTE honors safe systems

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The SCTE is honoring 100 cable systems for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The award is based on a company's OSHA-recordable incident rate. All of the awards were doled out between three of the country's largest MSOs: Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Comcast Cable. For a complete list of the winning systems, visit www.

iSurfTV hangs ten in Mexico

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

iSurfTV, an upstart interactive program guide developer, has notched its first trial with Mexico-based MSO Tele Cable de Morelos, S.A. de C.V., whose parent company, United Latin America Inc., is wholly-owned by UnitedGlobalCom Inc. Tele Cable will test iSurfTV's IPG this summer with digital subscribers in Cuernavaca.

Intertainer to woo indie filmmakers

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on- demand channel that aims to goose the independent filmmaking marketplace. Intertainer said it will offer the service via its Web site, and allow filmmakers to submit short- and feature-length films and set their own prices for consumers.

Toshiba takes domestic DOCSIS lead in Q1

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to a strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS m...

T-minus now for Altrio

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. now have a choice in service providers, with the April launch of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, and high-speed data, along with local and long distance telephone in a service bundle being marketed in Pasadena and the nearby city of Arcadia.

Cox checks in with Com21

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications is deploying Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems across its U.S. Hospitality Network. The DOXport 1110 features DOXdiscovery, an interface tool that enables the cable modem to provide diagnostic information via the local Web browser. Cox's Hospitality Network provides interactive and entertainment services to more than 110,000 hotel rooms.


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