* BendBroadband rolls out VoIP
BendBroadband launched voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) service in Redmond, Wash. and Terrebonne, Ore. earlier this week. The cable operator plans to extend service to Bend, Ore. later this month.
* Linksys unveils new wireless access points
Linksys debuted two new Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Wireless-G access points for small business use. The company said the two products, known as the Wireless-G Access Point with PoE (WAP54GP) and Wireless-G Exterior Access Point with PoE (WAP54GPE), enable high-speed, secure wireless access both indoors and outdoors.
*Sprint Nextel slates first mobile video products
Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Wed. that its joint venture with cable operators will introduce its first mobile products in several undisclosed cable markets later this year. The company also named John Garcia, formerly senior vice president of strategic partners for Sprint, as president of the new joint venture.
* Vidiom releases OCAP testing aid
Vidiom Systems Corp. came out with vCert, an automated test environment for OCAP devices. The company said VCert is an integrated, turnkey system that includes all hardware, software and documentation required to test OCAP equipment.
* WildBlue cuts install fee
WildBlue Communications Inc. is cutting the installation price of its satellite broadband service by $100. The company is now offering professional installation of its equipment for $79.95 through March 31.