CableLabs Expands its Ranks

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Cable Television Laboratories Inc. has hired some new staffers to handle a spate of key cable-industry technology initiatives.

For starters, CableLabs said it added Paul Whitehead as vice president of strategic assessment. In that role, Whitehead will oversee CableLabs' CableHome and Go2Broadband projects. His team will also assess new technologies for their technical, economic, public-policy and strategic implications.

Whitehead is a former U S West (now Qwest Communications International Inc.) executive who was in charge of the telco's VDSL (very high-speed digital-subscriber-line) rollout in Phoenix.

CableLabs also appointed Bernd Lutz as director of CableHome and Perry O'Neil as director of the organization's CableB2B program.

Before joining CableLabs, Lutz was a founder and CTO of online merchant Proflowers.com. O'Neil led engineering and product development for fixed-wireless firm Formus Communications.

Whitehead's strategic assessments will also be staffed by incoming director of project requirements Raji Raman and director of strategy development Anthony Sachetti.

And CableLabs expanded its cable-modem certification project with the addition of John Eng as director of DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) platforms.

On the OpenCable front, CableLabs hired Jim Fahrny as security architect for application programs and services, responsible for copy-protection and digital rights-management issues; Frank Sandoval as senior software architect; and Joseph Weber as senior technologist for advanced platforms and services. Weber's duties include OpenCable extensions for high-definition television and personal video recorders.

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