Broadstripe to Emerge From Chapter 11 in 2010
In July 2007, a federal mandate required MSOs to buy and deploy only boxes with separable security, usually handled by the removable CableCARD. However, entry-level CableCARD boxes typically cost more than twice that of their closest integrated security cousins, so MSOs like Broadstripe have been seeking set-top waivers from the FCC so they can keep buying the cheaper boxes. In June, Broadstripe began to bolster its business services efforts by deploying GE-PON to targeted areas, starting with the Brooks Industrial Park in Marshall, Mich. More recently, it introduced "Broadstripe Forever," a price lock guarantee that provides the company's triple-play bundle for $130 per month. (See Broadstripe Rolls Lifetime Price Lock and Broadstripe Gets Its GEPON On.)
An omnibus hearing on Broadstripe's Chapter 11 case is scheduled to take place Sept. 9, 2009, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News