Broadband Briefs for 7/31/08
• Cox strikes deal with NBCU for Olympics coverage
By Traci Patterson
Cox Communications’ subscribers will have access to 3,600 hours of Olympics coverage on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo and NBCOlympics.com thanks to a new agreement the MSO has struck with NBCU.
In the Hampton Roads localities where network optimization has occurred, customers also will have more than 800 hours of high-definition (HD) Olympics coverage. This includes two HD channels airing only during the Olympics: NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and NBC Olympic Basketball Channel.
Also, Cox High-Speed Internet customers can access 2,200 hours of 25 events streamed live, plus full-event video replays and extensive highlights, including daily recaps of key events, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips each day, the company said.
• Turin Networks’ Santitoro elected to MEF board
By Mike Robuck
Ralph Santitoro, Turin Networks’ director of Carrier Ethernet solutions, was recently elected to the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) board of directors.
Santitoro has been a contributor to the MEF since its inception in 2001, and he authored the MEF’s primer on Ethernet services, which has seen more than 100,000 copies downloaded.
In addition to his new board position, Santitoro chairs the MEF’s Web Marketing Subcommittee and contributes to the MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Security, Mobile (Wireless) Backhaul and Wholesale Access and Interconnect Working Groups, the latter defining requirements for network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) to standardize Ethernet service provider peering agreements.
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