Knology Taps BigBand for Routers

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Knology Inc. has tapped BigBand Networks Inc. to consolidate its video-delivery systems into one central hub.

West Point, Ga.-based Knology has deployed BigBand's "Broadband Multimedia Service Router" in its Columbus and Augusta, Ga.; Montgomery and Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Charleston, S.C.; and Panama City, Fla., systems.

The BMRs use a single management interface to oversee Knology's 200-channel digital-broadcast programming lineup, and in the future, the units can be upgraded to support other services such as video-on-demand and high-definition TV.

Knology, which has about 150,000 customers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September and has since restructured its $444.1 million in debt.

"We chose the BMR because of the flexibility and density of the platform, as it allows us to better manage our bandwidth and gain additional control over our networks," Knology chief technology officer Richard Luke said in a release.

"The BMR supports the full range of our cable-system architectures," he added. "It gives us the ability to do much more than digital-video grooming and provides a software upgrade path to other revenue-generating services such as VOD and HDTV. This is validated by BigBand Networks' recent launch of their `VOD Edge' capability."

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