Core Networks struck deals with two cablecos trying to take control of their own networks before ExciteAtHome's shut-down deadline.

Antietam Cable will use the CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System to deliver and manage high-speed Internet services. The company serves the Washington County, Md., area and passes 42,600 homes. Antietam has been serving the area since 1966. It upgraded its system to a two-way HFC infrastructure, allowing it to debut digital cable TV and broadband Internet service.

Advanced Cable Communications also chose the CoreOS to transition its high-speed Internet services internally, Core says. Advanced Cable serves the Coral Springs and Weston regions in Florida and passes 80,000 homes. Advanced Cable provides cable TV and high-speed Internet to the two communities. It was the first South Florida cableco to complete a fiber optic system upgrade and to offer high-speed two-way Internet access over cable in its franchise area, Core says.

Core spokeswoman Dianne Wong says the company is working on similar deals with other companies, but would not say who those were. She also would not disclose financial terms of the deals.

The two companies were looking for help in establishing complete control over their networks, particularly since both had used ExciteAtHome's services. Excite announced late last year it would help certain customers transition to their own networks before it closed down Feb. 28. Core Networks is one of many vendors who struck deals with Excite customers who were stranded.

Even without ExciteAtHome's prompting, however, the industry needs to take a close look at network control, Core says.

"The broadband industry is evolving in a way that makes self-reliance a necessity for cable operators," says Jeffrey Campbell, Core CEO.