Broadband Briefs for 02/04/09
• NTIA appoints Gomez
By Traci Patterson
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has appointed Anna Gomez as the deputy assistant secretary for communications and information, and as deputy NTIA administrator.
One of Gomez’s top duties will be to help facilitate the nation’s transition to digital TV. In January, the NTIA created a waiting list for converter box coupons after hitting a $1.34 billion funding limit set by Congress. The $900 billion-or-so economic stimulus package currently being debated in the Senate allocates $650 million to be used in association with the digital transition, including money for the NTIA’s converter box coupon program (story here).
Most recently, Gomez served as the vice president of state and federal regulatory and government affairs, advocating on behalf of Sprint Nextel before state and federal government agencies regarding non-spectrum issues that affect the company’s wireless and wireline assets. Prior to that, Gomez worked for several years at the Federal Communications Commission in various management positions, most recently as deputy chief of the International Bureau, where she assisted in developing and implementing policy on international telecommunications and satellite spectrum.
• Verizon adds new channels in Pa. market
By Traci Patterson
Verizon has added 12 new channels to its FiOS TV lineup in Harrisburg, Pa. FiOS TV customers in the area now have a total of 106 high-definition (HD) channels, and more than 1,200 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles, which are offered each month.
The 12 new channels provide subscribers in the Harrisburg area with more movie and sports content, with channels such as Chiller, and sports channels including the Golf Channel in HD and CBS College Sports Network.
New customers who subscribe to FiOS TV between now and Feb. 21 will also receive their choice of free use for six months of either an HD digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR.