• SCTE’s Oksala honored by ANSI
By Brian Santo
Stephen Oksala, the SCTE’s vice president of standards, is the recipient of one of the 2009 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Leadership and Service Awards.
Oksala, who has been in charge of the ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program since joining the SCTE professional staff in late 2000, is the recipient of the 2009 George S. Wham Leadership Medal. This ANSI award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community and provided long-term direction and visionary qualities in support of the ANSI Federation.
Oksala will be recognized, along with the other distinguished recipients of ANSI’s 2009 awards, during an Oct. 6 ceremony in Bethesda, Md., held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2009.
• Qwest extends DSL beyond Billings
By Brian Santo
Qwest Communications announced its high-speed Internet service – maxing out at 7 Mbps – is now available in Bridger and Red Lodge in Montana.
The company is offering a package that comes with 2 GB of free automatic online backup and free access to Qwest Wi-Fi, available at more than 17,000 coffee shops, bookstores and restaurants nationwide.
Qwest is also offering DSL at $19.99 when taken in a bundle.
• Verizon hikes dividend 3% to 47.5 cents
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Communications said Thursday it is hiking its quarterly dividend by 1.5 cents, or 3.3 percent, to 47.5 cents per share. The dividend is payable Nov. 2 to shareholders on record as of Oct. 9.
"This increase reflects the strength of our cash flow and balance sheet," CEO Ivan Seidenberg said.
Shares were down 4 cents to $30.10 in midday trading.