SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- An event that took place miles above the Earth had a significant effect on communications at Hannaford Bros. here, which relies on satellite technology for transmitting data such as credit and debit authorizations. The retailer had been testing a land-based communications network employing Asynchronous Transfer Mode technology at four of its Maine stores since September. The ATM system, described as the next generation beyond frame relay technology, is capable of ...

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