Philadelphia -- A high-speed data-delivery firm has enticed
Ameritech Corp.'s cable-unit chief, Deborah Lenart, away from Ameritech New Media.
The defection comes at a time when observers are
questioning the future of Ameritech's video-delivery business.
The regional Bell operating company has been acquired by
SBC Communications Inc., which has expressed no interest in the video businesses of the
companies it has recently acquired. For instance, soon after it announced that it would
acquire Pacific Bell in the West, SBC spiked nascent video operations in California and
ANM president Lenart will be president and CEO of SiteLine,
which provides in-building high-speed-data communications to small and midsized
businesses. She will lead the company through a planned nationwide expansion effort of its
"AccessReady" brand, an always-on digital-subscriber-line service.
ANM has grown to become a top 30 MSO and, as
SiteLine's news release noted, the biggest landline competitor to cable so far, with
about 250,000 subscribers. Late last month, ANM switched on service in Garfield Heights,
Ohio, one of about one-dozen such systems near Cleveland and one of about 90 in the
operator's Illinois, Ohio and Michigan territories.
But the telco unit also backed away from franchise talks in
Livonia, Mich., near Detroit, according to published reports, after complaining that the
city tried to impose additional public-access requirements at the last minute.