The Friday Five

Here's our quasi-weekly glance at a handful of other cable-related stuff that happened in the world of cable this week that bears repeating or sharing:

  • For those of you who are still keeping track of this saga, the Supreme Court told former Adelphia Communications honchos John and Timothy Rigas to talk to the hand. It declined to hear an appeal of their securities and bank fraud convictions. (See Court Upholds Adelphia Convictions.)

  • Hey, maybe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin does have a soft spot in his heart for cable after all, following word there wouldn't be a "do-over" Network Neutrality hearing at Stanford University this week after the seating controversy at the earlier meeting at Harvard. In fact, Martin relayed that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s decision to pay people to hold places in line was no big deal,

  • And speaking of Martin, Stanford, and that bandwidth management probe aimed at Comcast… the FCC chairman noted Friday at the school's "Legal Futures" conference that he hopes the agency rules on the matter by June 30. So mark your calendars.

  • IP Democracy shows us just how steadily the top four incumbent U.S. telcos -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), and Embarq Corp. (NYSE: EQ) -- are bleeding local access lines, at a rate of 2.3 million to 2.6 million per quarter.

  • And, finally, a plug for the home team. To prime the pump a bit ahead of our Light Reading Live! event on Docsis 3.0, Heavy Reading senior analyst Alan Breznick sizes up how some cable operators are planning to deploy and test the super-speedy platform more rapidly than others. Look below my byline for more details about this one-of-a-kind event, or just go here. I sincerely hope you can make it to the Mile High City on March 19 to breathe the thin air and talk turkey about Docsis 3.0.

Until next week…

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Docsis 3.0 Strategies: From Product Development to Service Deployment, a conference that will take a comprehensive look at the cable industry's plans to roll out its next-generation architecture around the world. To be staged in Denver, March 19, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.

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