Broadband Briefs for 03/12/09

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 8:00am

Lower attendance expected for CTIA show
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

A recession and subsequent company cutbacks on business travel could be responsible for lower attendance at the upcoming International CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show, set for April 1-3 in Las Vegas.

Rob Mesirow, vice president of the CTIA, said the most recent figures he’s seen are trending around 6 percent off last year’s attendance. Last year’s show saw about 40,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors. 

Mesirow said the number of exhibitors is on par with last year’s show and acknowledged the ailing economy is the main reason for lagging attendance numbers. 

HomeGrid Forum adds Best Buy, other members
By Mike Robuck

Earlier this week, the HomeGrid Forum – a global, non-profit trade group promoting the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) standardization efforts, announced that Best Buy Co., Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques (LAN), the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory and ACN Advanced Communications Networks (ACN) joined as members.

As part of this expansion, the HomeGrid Forum also announced the appointment of Best Buy to its board of directors.

“The addition of a major consumer electronics retailer to HomeGrid Forum’s board, teamed with our increasing membership, underscores the importance of as the next-generation global standard for the wired home,” said Matthew Theall, president of the HomeGrid Forum. “Interest and investment in the standard has accelerated since the ITU’s successful consent in December. We look forward to working closely with our members from around the world on the growth and broad acceptance of the standard.”

Nacchio asks to remain free pending court review
The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) – An attorney for former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio is asking a federal district court to let Nacchio remain free while he challenges his insider-trading conviction. Maureen Mahoney says in an emergency motion filed Wednesday in Denver federal court that Nacchio isn't dangerous and won't flee.

Mahoney says she's moving swiftly to seek a Supreme Court review of his case and that the appeal will raise a significant question for the high court to review.

Nacchio was convicted in 2007 on 19 counts of insider trading and sentenced to six years in prison. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction, but the full appeals court later reinstated it. A judge has since ordered him to report to prison by noon March 23.

More Broadband Direct 03/12/09:

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•  Sprint shareholder files class-action suit
•  SureWest's yearly revenue increases 35 percent 
•  Report: Nortel in talks to sell off major business units
•  Oklahoma, Utah lead going cell-only; Calif, NY lag
•  Harmonic wraps up $50M purchase of Scopus
•  Tru2way front and center at CableNET
•  Google preparing to steer more telephone traffic
•  Sirius XM Radio sees opportunities to bundle
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/12/09



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