Qualcomm Atheros samples green HomePlug PHY chips; Paul Mankiewich moves to Cisco

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@FierceTelecom RT @mcnc: MCNC launches 12 days of broadband in North Carolina. Release | [email protected]FierceTelecom

> Qualcomm Atheros has begun sampling a green version of its HomePlug PHY circuitry that's designed to support plug-in electrical vehicles, smart energy, smart grid and remote monitoring applications. Article

> Comcast has promoted Neil Smit, who joined the MSO in March 2010, as the CEO of of Comcast Cable Communications. Release

> Former Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper wireless guru Paul Mankiewich has been appointed Cisco's CTO for SP Mobility in its Mobile Internet Technology Group (MITG). Post

> Sprint talks about its internal migration from traditional PBX systems to a Unified Communications offering based on Microsoft Lync technology in this CIO article. Article

> Shaw begins a new WiFi trial at locations in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, with plans to commercially launch the service in spring 2012. Article

And finally ... Cablevision sued Verizon for an ad claiming that its Optimum Online service delivers slower Internet connections than it advertises. Article