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Broadband Briefs for 01/23/09

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 7:00am

Copps named acting FCC chair
By Brian Santo

Michael Copps has been named acting FCC chairman, following the departure of the former chairman, Kevin Martin, who resigned effective last Tuesday.

Copps will serve as acting chairman until Congress confirms a successor for Martin.

Julius Genachowski, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Martin, has yet to be confirmed.

Clearwire names CFO
By Brian Santo

Clearwire has named David Sach chief financial officer, effective Feb. 2.

Beginning in 2005, Sach was CFO of Millicom International Cellular, which offers cellular services in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Prior to Millicom, Sach served as senior vice president, finance and chief accounting officer of Equant, a $3 billion Dutch telecommunications company.

Qualcomm names Stone SVP, president of Flo TV
By Mike Robuck

Qualcomm said yesterday that Bill Stone was hired as its new senior vice president and president of Flo TV. Stone, who will join Qualcomm Feb. 2, replaces Gina Lombardi at the helm of Flo TV.

Stone has an extensive background in carrier relations, wireless, content, marketing and distribution, having worked at several companies, including GTE Wireless, AirTouch Cellular, Vodafone, Verizon and Amp'd Mobile. Most recently, Stone held the position of chief executive officer for Handango, a provider of mobile content. Prior to his role at Handango, Stone was president of Amp'd Mobile, where he was responsible for the company's strategy, planning and operations, technology, marketing, sales, content and business development.

Lombardi, who led Flo TV for the past three years, will continue working for Qualcomm, but her new job title wasn’t released by the company.

More Broadband Direct:

• Compromise bill moves DTV transition to June

• Verizon's Philly deployment plans move forward

• Verizon launches home phone hub, with twists

• Symmetricom trims workforce by 11%

• Survey: Broadband too pricey for many

• Nielsen: 6.5M homes not ready for digital transition

• Google delivers good-looking Q4 in ugly recession

• Samsung Electronics reports first quarterly loss

• House Commerce Committee stamps $1B for open access

• Broadband Briefs for 01/23/09

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