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Broadband Briefs for 2/06/08

Wed, 02/06/2008 - 7:55am
CED staff

* AT&T jacks up prices on DSL
By Brian Santo

Beginning next month, AT&T will increase the prices of its 768 Kbps, 1.5 Mbps and 3 Mbps DSL tiers by $5 each in the former SBC territories. Customers in the former BellSouth territories will not get the increase.

In December, the company raised prices on its dial-up service, in a move seemingly aimed at driving customers to DSL (story here).

The 768 Kbps tier will cost $19.95 per month; the 1.5 Mbps Express service will be $25 per month when bundled with home phone service and $29 per month as a stand-alone; and the 3 Mbps Pro tier will increase to $30 per month when bundled and $34 per month as a stand-alone.

* Imagine names new CFO
By Brian Santo

Imagine Communications has named Terry Kinninger, an executive who has experience with both IPOs and mergers and acquisitions, as its CFO.

Kinninger was CFO and executive VP of business development at R2 Technology, a medical device company that sold for $220 million. Kinninger also served as the CFO and COO of Bridge Medical, the CFO and SVP of corporate development at Delphi Information Systems, the CFO and VP of administration at Integral Systems, the CFO and SVP of operations at MetaCreations, and the CFO of WebSideStory.

* Juniper, Nielsen, Packeteer name new execs
By Traci Patterson

Juniper NetworksThe Nielsen Company and Packeteer have all announced the appointment of executives to their respective teams.

Juniper has appointed Michele Goins to chief information officer (CIO); she joins Juniper from Hewlett-Packard, where she was most recently the VP and CIO for HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG).

Nielsen has added Cheryl Idell, the new EVP of media product leadership, to its team; Idell most recently served as the EVP of media and marketing planning for Twentieth Century Fox. And Packeteer has named Roy Agostino to the position of VP of marketing; Agostino was previously the CMO at Integrien Corp. 

* SCTE calling for L&D Award nominations
By Traci Patterson

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is calling for nominations for its second-annual SCTE Learning and Development Award.

The award recognizes the achievements of learning and development professionals in cable telecommunications. To be nominated, an individual must be an SCTE member who is employed by a cable operator (MSO or single system).

Nominations must be received by March 1, and the form is available here. The SCTE award will be presented at the SCTE Conference on Broadband Learning & Development (CBL&D), to be held June 24 in Philadelphia as part of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2008.

* PacketExchange gets $12M in funding, appoints Mace
By Traci Patterson

PacketExchange has completed a $12 million Series B round of funding and has appointed Rick Mace as its CEO. Prior to PacketExchange, Mace served as the COO of Tekelec Inc. 

PacketExchange provides wide-area Internet exchange services with an application delivery platform network that spans the U.S., Europe and Asia. The funds will be utilized to expand the company’s current network operations and its global reach. The round was led by existing investors DFJ Esprit and Bank of Scotland Growth Equity.

"The public Internet, once the enabling component of business growth, is rapidly becoming the constraint," said Rick Mace. "Congestion is antagonistic to the customer experience. PacketExchange is a secure and affordable alternative to the public Internet backbone for businesses that rely on a quality customer experience to sustain growth."

More Broadband Direct:

• TWC grows, boosted by new systems 

• VSG: Cox a force in business Ethernet services sector 

• AT&T plans to beef up 3G network data rates 

• Comcast’s thePlatform announces partner program 

• Broadstripe COO Brooks resigns 

• Vogel steps down, Ergen steps in as Dish Network prez 

• JDSU’s stock gets boost from earnings report 

• Broadband Briefs for 2/06/08 

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