Broadband Briefs for 05/25/10
• 3 governors urge FCC to allow Comcast-NBC deal
By Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – The governors of three large states are urging federal regulators to let Comcast Corp. proceed with its plan to take a controlling stake in NBC Universal.
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Governors David Paterson of New York, Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania say that "the significant benefits associated with the creation of this new joint venture far outweigh any potential harms."
Comcast, the nation's largest cable TV company, is seeking federal approval to acquire a 51 percent interest in NBC Universal from General Electric Co. The FCC and the Justice Department are expected to approve the deal with conditions attached.
• STMicroelectronics joins HomePlug Alliance board
By Brian Santo
STMicroelectronics has joined the board of directors of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
Carmelo Papa, executive vice president and general manager of the industrial and multi-segment sector at STMicroelectronics, said: “We have been deploying millions of powerline chips for smart metering and home automation applications for many years, and HomePlug has the only complete ecosystem of interoperable technology which can ensure a forward migration path to gigabit-class service.”