Satellite Start-Up Hires CableLabs Exec


Denver --KaStar Satellite Communications Corp., a
company planning to develop a satellite-based high-speed-data network, has hired former
Cable Television Laboratories Inc. vice president Tom Moore as chief operating officer.

Moore was vice president of integrated-services
architecture at CableLabs, where he helped to develop portions of the cable-modem standard
now known as DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service/Interoperability Specification).

Now, Moore is working at a company partly owned by United
Video Satellite Group Inc., a subsidiary of Tele-Communications Inc. UVSG bought a 42
percent stake of KaStar last December.

This past March, TCI and UVSG officials said they were
exploring the potential of trading that stake for a minority piece of a venture that would
build the satellite network and that would possibly extend @Home Network's
connections beyond its cable affiliates' homes.

KaStar, founded in 1995, plans to launch two satellites
that would use spot beams to provide two-way Internet service at T-1 speeds.

Last week, Space Systems/Loral, a unit of Loral Space &
Communications Ltd., said it signed a contract to build and launch KaStar's two
satellites. The contract is valued at more than $300 million, Loral said.