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Broadband Briefs for 12/11/08

Thu, 12/11/2008 - 7:00am

SureWest fills EVP position
By Brian Santo

SureWest Communications promoted Matt Zuschlag to executive director of enterprise initiatives. Zuschlag had been the company’s executive director of field services and support operations.

He will assume his new post on Jan. 1. He replaces Karlyn Oberg who had been promoted to vice president of administration in September.

In his new role, Zuschlag will focus on SureWest’s business development and enterprise projects -- reviewing and analyzing acquisition opportunities and overseeing the integration of potential acquisitions.

StreamBox intros HD/SD encoder
By Brian Santo

Streambox has a new encoder optimized for HD/SD newsgathering, broadcasting, and video post-production.

The Streambox SBT3-9200 HD/SD Video Transport Encoder provides video in 1080i/720p/1080psf HD formats at data rates from 256 kbps to 30 Mbps, and SD video from 64 kbps to 15 Mbps.

Each SBT3-9200 HD/SD encoder is outfitted with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, providing multiplex/demultiplex configurations for video-stream redundancy. The second Ethernet port may be designated as a management port for instant access from anywhere.

Cable & Wireless axes 1,200 jobs in Caribbean
By The Associated Press

Britain's second-largest telecoms company is dismissing about 1,200 workers at its Caribbean operations as part of a regional restructuring.

Cable & Wireless PLC says layoffs at the newly renamed LIME operation will affect employees in 13 islands. LIME spokesman Errol Miller says layoffs will end in September of next year.

Miller said Wednesday that about 100 employees in Jamaica would be affected. It is unclear how many would be dismissed in other islands. LIME currently employs about 3,700 workers and serves 2 million customers.

Cable & Wireless management reported in September that up to 2,500 people in the Caribbean could be laid off once restructuring is complete. It said 200 people already had been laid off as of March.

DirecTV adds local HD content in Tallahassee
By Mike Robuck

DirecTV announced it’s now offering local HD programming to subscribers in its Tallahassee, Florida market.

The local HD channels include: WCTV/CBS, WTWC/NBC and WTLH/FOX. DirecTV said it now offers local HD broadcast channels in 116 cities, representing more than 87 percent of the TV households across the nation.

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