Broadband Week


Millennium Deploys BigBand as IP Aid

Redwood City, Calif.BigBand Networks Inc. said Millenium Digital Media is deploying its Cuda cable-modem termination system and FastFlow Broadband Provisioning Manager for its IP voice and data service rollouts.

Millenium is using BigBand’s Cuda 12000 CMTS and compact Cuda3000 CMTS platforms across a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 2.0 infrastructure.

Millenium serves 130,000 subscribers in Maryland, Michigan, Washington and Oregon.

Thomson Joins ContentGuard

Paris — Digital set-top boxer maker Thomson Consumer Electronics has joined Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc. as a strategic investor in ContentGuard, a digital rights-management intellectual property company.

Thomson said it will take a 33% stake in the company and have the right to name directors to its board. The companies hope to produce an DRM system that’s interoperable across various platforms.

The news was big enough to draw a quote from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in the press release. “Thomson’s investment alongside Time Warner and Microsoft shows that media, software, devices an services companies are committed to developing the infrastructure for web services to flourish,” Gates said. “With the participation of Thomson, a recognized leader in IP licensing, we add a European headquartered partner that will make this important technology more accessible in other parts of the ecosystem, particularly services and devices.”

SCTE Sets Slate For Next Board

Exton, Pa. — The Society of Cable Television Engineers has announced the candidates for its annual board of directors election.

One candidate from each of the organization’s five regions plus two at-large candidates will be elected this year. Here are the candidates:

Region 1: (representing California, Nevada and Hawaii) Mark A. Clark, Comcast Cable Communications Inc.; Tom Maguire, CommScope.

Region 2: (representing Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah) Lee Andrews, Cable One; Herb Dougall III, Cox Communications; Frank Eichenlaub, Scientific-Atlanta.

Region 6: (representing Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) Dan Murphy, Charter Communications Inc.; Robert Schaeffer, Technology Planners.

Region 9: (representing Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Caribbean) John G. Hildebrand, Cox Communications Inc.; Michael E. McCracken, Gibson Technical Services; Eugene M. White, Bright House Networks.

Region 11: (representing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) Wayne Hall, Comcast Corp.; S. Scott Painter, Susquehanna Communications; Bruce A. Weintraub, Weintraub Telecom.

At-Large: (two candidates to be elected) Stephen P. Brazil, Home Networking Depot; Terry M. Cordova, Cequel III; Thomas J. Gorman, Charter; Bob Guzman, Comcast; Sally L. Kinsman, Aurora Networks; Ward P. Webb, Galaxy Cablevision.

Time Warner Cable Adds Business Security

Herndon, Va.Time Warner Cable signed a deal with Computer Associates International Inc. to offer its Road Runner Business Class subscribersCAI’s eTrust EZ Armor antivirus software. The software also includes an anti-span software agent. Time Warner will offer the software free to current customers.

The software is designed to help the PCs of individual workers stay clean.

ABI: On Demand Needs Content

Oyster Bay, N.Y. — Even though video on demand is available to 50% of the digital-cable universe, it still lacks the content to move ahead in the minds of consumers, ABI Research said.

“The focus for cable operators up to now has been to light up as many homes as possible with VOD services,” Vamsi Sistla, ABI ’s director of broadband and residential entertainment technologies. “The VOD services consumers are receiving are very rudimentary.”