About one month after announcing its joint-venture
telephony agreement with AT&T Corp., Time Warner Cable has selected cable veteran Ann
Burr to head up its end of the new company.
Burr was named executive vice president, residential
telephony for Time Warner. A 20-year cable veteran, she had been president of the
MSO's system in Rochester, N.Y.
Company spokesman Michael Luftman said Burr is uniquely
qualified for the position, having experience in both the cable and telephony ends of the
business. Time Warner's Rochester system has been offering switched local telephony
service for several years.
"She has as much, probably more, relevant telephony
experience than any other Time Warner executive," Luftman said. "She has long
been considered one of our strongest field executives."
Burr will assume her responsibilities as soon as possible,
Luftman added. She will be headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Time Warner's home
Burr started her cable career with Oceanic Cablevision in
Honolulu -- a Time Warner system -- and she eventually rose to vice president of
operations there. In 1986, she became president of Time Warner's San Diego system,
which also has a switched-telephony operation.
In her new position, Burr will be Time Warner's point
person in the AT&T joint venture, and she will be responsible for managing the
implementation of the business in Time Warner's local markets.
Time Warner and AT&T announced their joint venture --
which will be 77.5 percent-owned by AT&T and 22.5 percent by Time Warner -- in
Time Warner will give the long-distance carrier the
exclusive right to provide AT&T-branded telephony over its cable network for 20 years,
in exchange for cash and fees. The deal is expected to close in May or June.
Although neither company has announced which market they
will enter first, it is expected that customers in Time Warner's existing telephony
operations -- such as Rochester and San Diego -- will eventually be moved over to the