Broadband Briefs for 4/7/08
• ACA appoints Broadstripe's Beard to board
By Traci Patterson
"ACA is making sure that the voice of independent cable is heard loudly and clearly throughout congress and the FCC," stated Patrick Knorr, COO of Sunflower Broadband and The World Co. and chairman of the ACA board. "As we fight to end the blatant discrimination against independent cable at the hands of broadcasters and programmers, the insight of Bruce Beard will be extremely valuable and will greatly benefit both our members and their customers."
In his current role at Broadstripe, Beard negotiates and structures acquisition agreements. Prior to joining Broadstripe, Beard was senior counsel with Cinnamon Mueller, a Chicago-based law firm focused on representing independent cable and telecom companies. Beard previously served as general counsel for Millennium Digital Media from 2000-06, and he was also an attorney for the telephone and wireless operations at SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T) from 1988-2000.
• Motorola, Icahn ink agreement, dismiss pending litigation
By Traci Patterson
Motorola said that it has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn, under which William Hambrecht and Keith Meister will be nominated for election to the company's board of directors at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and included in the company's 2008 proxy statement.
As part of the settlement agreement, all pending litigation between Motorola and Icahn will be dismissed. In addition, Meister has been appointed to serve on Motorola's board, effective immediately.
Hambrecht is the founder, chairman and CEO of WR Hambrecht + Co. and the co-founder of Hambrecht & Quist, and Meister is a managing director of the Icahn investment funds and principal executive officer of Icahn Enterprises. In connection with the nomination of Hambrecht and Meister, the Icahn Group – which beneficially owns approximately 6.4 percent of Motorola's outstanding shares – has agreed not to solicit proxies in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting and to vote its shares in support of all of the board's director nominees.
• Media Links unleashes HD Fly Away Pack
By Brian Santo
Media Links announced a compression and network interface system that allows the field delivery of HD signals via 270 Mbps local loop circuits.
The system, called the HD Fly Away Pack, is built around Media Links' HD270 coax codecs. The system is used to backhaul HD from the field using as little compression as possible. The MD2000 series frame, upon which the HD Fly Away Pack is based, supports a wide array of video processing products: audio embedding, up and down conversion, frame synchronizers and more.
At the same time, the company launched its MD8000 Media Transport System. The MD8000 is built for scalable bandwidth, from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, meaning it can support compressed and uncompressed HD, SD, audio and data. It is built to work with SONET/SDH architectures, as well as with IP core-based systems.
• Verizon expands FiOS TV reach in Mass.
By Traci Patterson
Verizon has inked an agreement in Malden, Mass., allowing the telco to offer its FiOS TV service to the approximately 22,000 households in the area. The authorization brings to 67 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available. Verizon is currently in negotiations with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises.
Additionally, consumers in 12 Texas cities and 14 Indiana cities now have access to Verizon's high-speed Internet service, which more than doubles the download speed of the telco's DSL offering.
The 7 Mbps broadband service is available in parts of the following Texas cities: Big Lake, Bonham, Coleman, Collinsville, Comanche, Denton, Garland, Georgetown, Grapevine, Kingsland, San Angelo and Whitesboro. The service is also available in parts of the following Indiana cities: Fairbanks, Farmersburg, Garrett, Goshen, Graysville, Merom, Monroeville, Poe-Hoagland, Portage, Prairie Creek, Shelburn, Terre Haute, Union Mills and Willow Creek.
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