Give the slow speed and declining sub numbers, it might be easy to write DSL off as a competitor. Don’t. CableLabs pres/CEO Phil McKinney told the Virginia Cable & Telecommunications Assn’s conference Tues that “they will remain a very formidable competitor for the foreseeable future,” with millions being pumped into DSL research and development to make the technology a challenger. “There’s a whole variety of neat technology they’re getting ready to roll out,” he said. Read on for more details and McKinney’s thoughts on Google Fiber.
 
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When Jill Campbell was promoted to evp, COO at Cox, there was a part of her that was unsure if she wanted the position. But Cox VA gm Gary McCollum said, “’You have to understand, you’re a role model… You owe it to people to want that job,’” Campbell said Tues at a WICT VA chapter breakfast in Virginia Beach. More on Campbell’s rise to the post at Cox.
 
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