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Charter sees $1.2 B loss in 2001, subs and revenue up

February 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Converting its 145,000 ExciteAtHome customers to its own network cost Charter Communications $17.6 million in special charges, and the cableco posted a $1.2 billion net loss, or $4.37 a share, for the year, but revenue and subscriptions were up for 2001 and Q4. The company weighed in on its 2001 results, ended Dec.

SCTE calls for Expo Award nominees

February 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Not much time to cast a vote, but the Society of Cable Telecom- munications Engineers is seeking nominations for the Cable-Tec Expo Awards. The honors come in five categories; deadline for nominations is March 1. SCTE will present awards in six categories: • Member of the Year recognizes a member who made the most significant contributions to the organization by participating in its progr...

Scaled down Western Show hones cable broadband

February 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

According to plan, Western Show execs sat down and reviewed last year's event and the industry, and emerged with a plan to focus on a smaller, more broadband-based Western Show. During the November event and its nearly 50 percent drop in attendance from the previous year, a California Cable & Telecommunications Association spokesman told CEDaily the organization, which hosts the show, would...

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OS wires Bristol utilitiy; 360networks buys Urbanlink

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

Optical Solutions Inc. and Bristol Virginia Utilities will deploy the FiberPath 400 optical networking system in an aerial overbuild to businesses in Bristol, Va. The network will deliver voice and high-speed data up to 100 Mbps to 1,100 businesses in its first phase. BVU will be the ISP and plans to offer VoIP and video conferencing.

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VFC database debuts to track Bell fines

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

Advocacy group Voices for Choices used the Telecom Act's anniversary to unveil a new database cataloging $1.84 billion in announced fines, judgments and settlements against the country's four Bells — down from eight Bells when the law went into effect, it says. The fines were assessed for poor service, anti-consumer practices, failure to live up to promises and other reasons, VFC says.

Weighing in as Telecom Act turns six

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

Sure it's only number six, an off year as anniversaries go. But key legislation set for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in less than three weeks has made the industry keenly aware of the impact of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Act, signed by President Bill Clinton on Feb. 8, 1996, rewrote telecom laws for the first time in more than 50 years, and opened the industry to com...

OpenTV files infringement suit against Liberate

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

OpenTV filed an infringement lawsuit against Liberate Technologies, alleging Liberate violated its patents covering carouseling and iTV life cycle technology. Liberate denied the accusations and said OpenTV is using litigation to cover its lack of success in the marketplace. The lawsuit, filed in the U.

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Cable in the Classroom reviews, revamps K-12 work

February 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Chalk it up to changing education. Cable in the Classroom reviewed its K-12 mission and found it didn't quite make the grade for 21st century work. The result: a new strategic plan, list of objectives, and an updated mission. The plan clarifies CIC's mission and lets it work more directly with the educational community, says spokeswoman Carol Vernon.

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Cisco sees $660 M income; CommScope waiting on venture

February 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Cisco Systems' net income reached $660 million, or 9 cents a share, in its second quarter, on $4.8 billion in net sales. Income was down from $874 million, or 12 cents a share, for the same period last year, but was up dramatically over the previous quarter's net loss of $268 million, or 4 cents a share.

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Tauzin-Dingell vote on Feb. 27; OKC names center for Cox

February 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Feb. 27 on HR 1542, the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, dubbed the Tauzin-Dingell bill. The House had scheduled a vote just before the winter holiday, and was expected to vote favorably, but put it off until March, citing a need for more time to go over changes.

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SCTE news goes live; RealNetworks/Sonic a stream team

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers ' Interval newsletter went live on its site, it says. Interval Online is a monthly member publication covering training, safety and member events. … RealNetworks Inc. will license MediaSite Live, a Webcasting application from Sonic Foundry. The software will let RealNetworks capture and stream any kind of digital content, scale delivery to...

ACA asks FCC to halt EchoStar/Hughes merger

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The debate is open and factions are taking their shots. American Cable Association dissed the math EchoStar Communications cites when talking about its merger, and argues the satellite company's merger with DirecTV would harm competition and service. The association, which represents nearly 1,000 small and independent cable companies, filed a petition with the U.

Cox exec beats polls, takes New Orleans mayoral primary

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications VP/GM and sleeper candidate Ray Nagin shot ahead of the local police chief in New Orleans' mayor's primary Saturday, surprising pollsters with 28 percent of the vote on a 98 percent voter turnout. The city's runoff election is March 2. Last week, the polls had Nagin trailing behind Police Chief Richard Pennington and possibly State Senator Paulette Irons.

Comcast sees Q4 loss, but subs jump

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.

TWC taps nCUBE for ad insertion

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.

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