Broadband Briefs for 3/17/10
• Comcast promotes Rooney, Fitzmaurice
By CED staff
Comcast has promoted Colleen Rooney to vice president of internal communications and Sena Fitzmaurice to vice president of government communications.
Rooney will lead the strategy and execution of the cable operator’s internal communications activities.
Fitzmaurice will head up Comcast’s government affairs communications activities in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, Fitzmaurice was a principal with the lobbying firm Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked for Comcast in communications in its Philadelphia headquarters.
• TWC: Glitch put adult video on kids channels in N.C.
By The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A cable TV spokeswoman says preview clips for adult programming appeared on two channels dedicated for kids in North Carolina because of an "equipment failure." Time Warner Cable Inc. spokeswoman Melissa Buscher said the problem lasted about two hours Tuesday morning in areas around Raleigh, and several parents called to report it.
Buscher said it happened on two "Kids on Demand" channels that were showing viewers a list of children's programming such as Dora the Explorer. The titles listed didn't match up with the preview videos in the right-hand corner of the screen, which showed a preview of adult programming instead of kids programming.
Buscher said the company regrets the glitch and has fixed the problem so it won't happen again.
• Syniverse ensconced in North American Tier 1s
By Brian Santo
Syniverse Technologies is claiming that in the past year, 10 service operators, including more than one Tier 1 in North America, have become customers of its Syniverse Next-Generation IP Service.
Syniverse’s Next-Generation IP Service provides access to the company’s full suite of roaming, messaging and network services via a single network. The single-connection approach means operators are able to introduce new services or increase network capacity without having to connect to additional networks, Syniverse said.
The company did not identify any of the customers, except to say that the list includes both mobile and cable operators.
Syniverse CEO Tony Holcombe said the Syniverse Prime solution, of which the Next-Generation IP Service is a part of, is designed to meet connectivity needs for non-IP services, as well as smooth its transition to IP-based services, including LTE and WiMAX.