The appointment follows RCN's acquisition of Consolidated Edison Communications, where Alvarez served as CEO.
Under the deal, PMC-Sierra has picked up all outstanding shares of Passave in a stock-for-stock deal valued at $300 million.
Passave makes PON (passive optical networking) chips for optical line terminals and central office equipment.
* More Euro-DOCSIS gear makes the grade
A batch of gateways, modems and multimedia terminal adapters won Euro-DOCSIS certification following wave 22.
Based on tests conducted by tComLabs, the ECL Certification board awarded Euro-DOCSIS 2.0 certs to Thomson (CableHome Gateway TCW710), Scientific Atlanta (WebStar Euro-DOCSIS Gateway EPR2325r3, the WebSTAR Euro-DOCSIS VoIP Gateway EPC2434, WebSTAR Euro-DOCSIS EMTA EPC2203, and the WebSTAR Euro-DOCSIS Gateway EPR2320r2), Electroline (DHT-PS-NA-006 modem), Ambit (E08C009 e-MTA), and Sagem (ICDD80 set-top/cable modem).
The board also awarded Euro-PacketCable 1.0 certification to the SA WebSTAR EPC2203 eMTA, and the Ambit E08C009 e-MTA.
* Cox commits $250K in cash and services to Boys and Girls Clubs
Cox Communications of Fredericksburg, Va., has committed $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the area's Boys and Girls Clubs branch.
The MSO will donate $100,000 in operating support and $150,000 in programming support over a five-year span. Cox will also provide free high-speed Internet access to the Club.
* Kasenna beefs up board
Kasenna Inc. announced the appointment of new members to its board of directors. Dr. Satish Menon, co-founder and former chief technology officer of Kasenna, has been appointed to the board, and Howard Bubb, chairman and chief executive officer of Ambric, an early stage fabless semiconductor start-up, also joins as a new board member.