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Broadband Briefs for 8/26/08

Tue, 08/26/2008 - 8:00am

TWC names Pauzé VP of federal regulatory affairs
By Traci Patterson

Time Warner Cable has named Cristina Pauzé as vice president of federal regulatory affairs. She will be responsible for leading Time Warner Cable’s advocacy efforts before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on cable- and media-related issues.

Pauzé is currently the legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. She provides counsel on cable, broadcast and satellite policy, as well as on regulatory issues, including carriage of digital signals, the digital TV transition, cable must-carry requirements, leased access and video franchising.

She joined the FCC in January 2006 from the Washington law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where she worked on a variety of issues for broadcast, telecommunications, wireless and satellite companies.

U-verse moves into Jacksonville
By Brian Santo

AT&T has begun rolling out U-verse in areas in and near Jacksonville, Fla. All three wired services will be available.

Florida’s Consumer Choice Act of 2007, House Bill 529, provided the legal and regulatory framework allowing the state to grant AT&T a license to operate there.

Earlier this week, AT&T’s measured expansion of U-verse began to reach South Bend, Ind. U-verse TV, High-Speed Internet and Voice are now all available in parts of the Indiana city.

Vudu names Watts as CFO
By Traci Patterson

Vudu has named former eBay financial executive Chris Watts as its CFO. He will oversee all finance and accounting operations, along with human resources, legal and administrative functions.

"Chris is going to play a critical role in developing financial strategies as we extend our retail presence, deepen relationships with AV resellers across the country, and expand the functionality of Vudu's e-commerce platform," said Mark Jung, CEO of Vudu. "Chris brings deep experience in translating business strategy into financial and operating plans, and that will be immensely valuable to our company going forward."

Vudu is a provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers' high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and home theaters. The company’s VBX100 is a 1080p Internet movie player designed to deliver more than 10,000 on-demand movies and TV shows directly to HDTVs.

BitTorrent names Edwards as CFO
By Brian Santo

BitTorrent has appointed Mitchell Edwards as chief financial officer (CFO) and general counsel (GC), responsible for managing BitTorrent’s finances, operations, corporate strategy, and providing legal counsel.

Edwards was most recently the CFO and GC of Groxis, an Internet search visualization and knowledge management company, and served the same positions at VFC Technologies, Ikano Communications and Digital Courier Technologies.

Edwards was also a partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where he specialized in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for high-tech companies. During his tenure, he structured, negotiated and oversaw dozens of initial public offerings (IPOs) and venture capital financings.

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