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

MGM sees classic opportunity in cable

February 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cable has some entertainment classics of its own, and movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) sees an opportunity to join them. MGM is buying a 20 percent stake in four of Cablevision 's Rainbow Media's networks: American Movie Classics (AMC), Bravo, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and WE: Women's Entertainment (formerly Romance Classics) for $825 million in cash.

Picasso paints a pretty picture

February 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Congruency, a VOIP infrastructure platform and services provider that delivers enhanced end-to-end telecommunications over broadband networks, says its VOIP communications software platform, infrastructure services and touch-screen i.Picasso 6000 IP Phone are now commercially available. The company also announced that Monmouth Internet has selected Congruency's VOIP offering to enable the deliv...

Cayman integrating HPNA into its broadband gateways

February 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cayman Systems has integrated Broadcom 's technology into its portfolio of home office and small business broadband gateway products. Cayman is integrating HPNA (home phoneline networking alliance) technology into its broadband gateways to give its ILEC, ISP and MSO customers the ability to offer the widest range of home and small office networking technologies to their end user customers.

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Nortel throwing Web surfers a life vest

February 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

People who navigate the Web frequently have probably noticed that the content waters are getting choppier. Many users are getting a sinking feeling that they're missing something important. Nortel is unveiling new technology today that will keep users from feeling like they are in over their heads. The company's new Personal Internet initiative will help users steer a steady course through the ...

Old Ma Bell refrain: Reach out and touch someone

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T is paying more attention to its customers with the launch of its new program, Customer Contact Experience Initiative (CCEI). According to the company, CCEI was created based on research that shows telephone communication is a critical element in customer sales, customer satisfaction and customer retention.

Talking through the walls

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Afraid to go into Billy's room? Don't worry, Westell has created the Access HRF Home Networking wireless solution. Access HRF is a wireless solution that allows a broadband Internet connection to be shared simultaneously among multiple network users, creating a mobile networking environment. So users can tell Billy to come down to dinner, and never go near the teenage wasteland.

Wait a little longer for the ultimate

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Looks like the masses may have to wait a little longer before receiving the message on the world of entertainment, according to Microsoft. The ubiquitous company's new technology, Ultimate TV, has sort of been ready, but isn't enabled, yet. CED reported Microsoft Ultimate TV was ready to go in January, but the package isn't complete.

On the sceneat the 2001 CES Show

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by CED staff | Comments

Digital glitz and gadgets were the predictable trimmings at this years Consumer Electronics Show, where 1,800 exhibitors crammed 1.2 million square feet of floor space in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center. Topping the heaps of electronic gadgetry were two trendlines: Home networking, and a deepening confluence between personal computer and entertainment technologies.

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State governments get inthe broadband act

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Caroline G. March-Long | Comments

There are many forces driving broadband innovation and deploymentdemand for data-intensive services, high-profile mergers and acquisitions and an abundance of well-funded start-ups with pioneering technology, to name a few. And, while the industry is hoping that these and other forces provide the recipe for competitive success, there are still a couple ingredients missing: an ample supply of ex...

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Industrial Sized Wireless

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Industrial parks and office campuses are getting smarter, and commercial buildings with high-speed Internet connectivity are no longer luxuries as companies desperately seek ways to connect to their customers, the outside world and their own employees via the Internet in order to gain crucial competitive advantages.

Motorola's new "strategic glue"

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola is reorganizing into two business groups to accelerate its rollout of new technology, further its global reach and work well with two other major Motorola divisions. "This organization evolution provides stronger strategic glue for our Broadband 'Triple-Play' strategy and acknowledges the expanded roles now played by Dan Moloney, Doug Means and Carl McGrath," Dave Robinson, newly appoi...

Motorola'snew"strategicglue"

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola is reorganizing into two business groups to accelerate its rollout of new technology, further its global reach and work well with two other major Motorola divisions. "This organization evolution provides stronger strategic glue for our Broadband 'Triple-Play' strategy and acknowledges the expanded roles now played by Dan Moloney, Doug Means and Carl McGrath," Dave Robinson, newly appoi...

New study on BB residential growth

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A new study, Global Broadband Multimedia Review 2000–2008, looks at how people will use broadband services in the next seven years and communicates how the technology will impact the marketplace. The 500-page study forecasts the telecommunications technology needs of households around the world receiving entertainment TV, high-speed 'Net connections and voice services.

Lucent spins for 100

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Despite announcing laying off as many as 10,000 employees last week, Lucent is hiring. The company believes it will employ up to 100 people at InPhase Technologies, its new spin-off company. According to Lucent, the new company will develop high-performance holographic data storage media and systems with the potential to speed the evolution of entertainment, consumer products and information te...

The ties that bind

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AOL Time Warner and TiVo are making sure subscribers don't miss a thing. Media conglomerate AOL Time Warner is promoting TiVo to AOL Time Warner customers across all its online, print and TV media. TiVo has made a name for itself in the entertainment world with its PVR (personal video recorder) technology that records on a hard disk subscribers' favorite TV entertainment, as well as patrols cha...

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