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Broadband Briefs for 6/02/08

Mon, 06/02/2008 - 8:00am

TWC names MacKinnon EVP, chief govt. relations officer
By Traci Patterson

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has named Gail MacKinnon as the company’s new EVP and chief government relations officer. MacKinnon will report to Glenn Britt, the president and CEO of TWC.

MacKinnon will oversee the company’s Washington, D.C., public policy office, which is responsible for the company’s legislative and regulatory strategies.

MacKinnon is currently the SVP of global public policy for Time Warner Inc. and has been involved in overseeing all of the company’s government, political and public policy activities in Washington. Before joining Time Warner, she was the SVP for government relations at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

Verizon’s FiOS TV service approved in Taunton, Mass.
By Traci Patterson

Residents of Taunton, Mass., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the community.

The vote makes 71 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available.

Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in Massachusetts, as well as other locations in New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Juniper gets jump on QuEST certification
By Brian Santo

Juniper Networks achieved TL 9000 certification for Network Security Devices, category 6.6, for its routing and security products. The company claims to be the first to gain such certification.

The certification is through the Quality of Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Forum.

The TL 9000 Quality Management System (QMS) was created by the QuEST Forum to meet the quality requirements of the worldwide telecommunications industry. It defines quality system requirements for the design, development, production, delivery, installation and maintenance of telecom products and services, and provides a measurement system that, when implemented, allows companies to track performance and improve results.

Veraz muxer saves bandwidth on VoIP trunks
By Brian Santo

Veraz Networks has added a bandwidth optimizer for its I-Gate 4000 platform, which is aimed at phone carriers migrating from TDM services to VoIP.

The I-Gate 4000 Session Bandwidth Optimizer (SBO) is built on the I-Gate 4000 platform and uses RTP multiplexing technology to reduce the bandwidth required for VoIP trunks by up to 67 percent, the company claims, while maintaining toll quality and high reliability.

Veraz said the I-Gate 4000 SBO is currently in trials with several service providers.

Icahn gets OK to amass more Yahoo stock
By Brian Santo

Investor Carl Icahn has received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to buy another $1.5 billion worth of Yahoo.

Microsoft attempted to takeover Yahoo earlier this year and failed. Icahn wants to try to replace Yahoo’s board with a slate of candidates of his own (including himself), with the specific goal of re-opening merger discussions with Microsoft.

Icahn has already spent more than $1 billion to buy 59 million Yahoo shares and options, representing about 4.3 percent stake in the company. The FTC decision allows him to buy a total of $2.5 billion in Yahoo stock, including his current holdings, which would be good for just under 10 percent of Yahoo.

More Broadband Direct:

• Time Warner Cable plans to bring Internet video to TVs 

• EchoStar, Dish Networks file suit against TiVo 

• Sprint joins 100G Alliance 

• Mixed Signals launches monitoring system for SDV, VOD 

• BigBand's SDV passes 14M homes milestone 

• Access Media 3 acquires SkyPix 

• Qwest launches QMOE service for SMBs in 33 markets 

• Broadband Briefs for 6/02/08 

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