Here's a look at what's pushing broadband and cable's buttons this Monday.
Google Fiber is looking to extend its reach beyond Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. Kevin Lo, GM of Google Access, announced that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has reached a tentative agreement to bring its 1Gbit/s platform to the cities of Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kan., pending the OK from the three city councils. Once that's done, Google says it will add those communities to a second Google Fiber "rally," in which residents will again be urged to pre-register (for $10) and qualify for the company's new high-speed Internet and bundled TV services. Google's first rally is scheduled to end on Sept. 9. "Fiberhoods" (areas serving between 250 to 1,500 homes) in Hanover Heights (Kansas/24 percent pre-registered) and Greenway Fields (Missouri/30 percent pre-registered) would be the first in line to get Google Fiber if the first rally ended today. (See Google Fiber Promises Phase II Rollout )
The Washington Postnotes that some city residents were polled recently about several possible mayoral candidates, and one that came up was current National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President and CEO and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Powell, also the son of ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell, quickly shot down the idea in a tweet: "No one more surprised to hear I am running for mayor than me! Great city, but I am content with my current job."
There are more changes afoot at SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC). The video software specialist revealed in an 8-K filing that EVP of Worldwide Sales and Services Ira Goldfarb has left the company on Aug. 3, and that former Comcast engineering exec Steve Craddock has been elected to the board of directors, and will also serve on the company's audit committee. New SeaChange CEO Raghu Rau said Goldfarb left to "pursue other interests and I supported the decision," adding that the company is eliminating the position of worldwide sales leader as SeaChange migrates to a regional structure. (See Is the Worst Over at SeaChange? )
The Comcast Media Center (CMC) is handling channel origination and transmission services for ASPiRE, a cable channel launched in June and headed by Magic Johnson that's aimed at African-American viewers. ASPiRE's in 7 million homes thanks in part to carriage on several Comcast and TW Cable systems.
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Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.