Broadband Briefs for 08/19/09
• NCTA hires Podey as associate general counsel
By Mike Robuck
Stephanie Podey has joined the National Cable & Telecommunications Association as its new associate general counsel.
Prior to coming to the NCTA, Podey worked at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, where she was an associate specializing in regulatory proceedings and compliance issues.
She received her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, American Bar Association and Women in Cable Telecommunications.
• Advance newspapers get targeted ads via Microsoft
By Brian Santo
The online arm of newspaper chain Advance Publications is working with Microsoft; the latter will help provide addressable advertising on the Web sites of the former’s daily papers.
Advance Internet will become a certified reseller of the Microsoft Media Network. Microsoft will be providing behavioral targeting and audience extension capabilities to Advance Internet’s local advertisers on the Microsoft Media Network.
Advance Internet will also be implementing Microsoft Advertising's content ads and search ads. Content ads and search ads serve contextually relevant advertisements within articles and other content pages.
• Purchase of Iridium gets FCC’s OK
By Brian Santo
A holding company formed for the explicit purpose of buying the Iridium satellite network cleared the final regulatory hurdle for its purchase by securing the blessing of the FCC.
Pending shareholder approval, GHL Acquisition will buy Iridium for about $30 million. The deal is expected to close in September. Once completed, Iridium will become a publicly traded company.
Iridium’s ambitious mobile satellite service covering the entire globe did attract customers but was never commercially successful. The company has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium Next, which will result in continued and new Iridium MSS offerings.