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Category: telecommunications

May
13th

Boeing continues incremental retreat from the Puget Sound area

The Boeing Co. today took another step in what is becoming an incremental withdrawal from the Puget Sound area telling its informational technology workers that its plans to cut 1,500 Puget Sound area IT jobs over the next three years and set up informational technology centers in St. Louis and Charleston, S.C.

The company is expected to some workers in Washington transfers to the new locations and others will be given the opportunity to retire or leave the company with a severance package.

The move is the latest Boeing adjustment designed to shrink its footprint in Western Washington.  The company

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April
26th

News Tribune parent company reports first quarter results

The McClatchy Co., the California-based parent company of The News Tribune and The Olympian, this week reported first quarter losses of $12.7 million or 15 cents a share.

Part of those losses were driven by $8.1 million in losses related to debt refinancing and debt repurchases, the company said. Other factors included in the first-quarter results included $1.3 million after-tax losses incurred in relocating the company’s Miami newspaper operations and $1.4 million in severance payment after-tax losses.

Those results compared with 2012 first quarter losses of $2.1 million or two cents a share.

Total revenues in the first quarter were

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April
16th

White Pages may go the way of the dinosaurs, regulator says

The once-useful, once-necessary, once-ubiquitous white pages will soon be no more – unless you really want them.

State regulators on Tuesday ended a requirement that local telephone companies annually deliver printed directories to all their Washington customers.

The change is expected to remove more than 300 tons of unwanted paper directories from waste and recycling bins annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 4,000 tons and saving local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in waste-processing costs, according to a release from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Under the new rule, the commission will require companies to

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Jan.
18th

KOMO remains dark on Click; talks continue and customers will receive a credit

After nearly three weeks, KOMO TV and other stations provided by Fisher Broadcasting remain unavailable to customers of Tacoma’s Click Network.

A dispute over payments paid by Click to the Seattle broadcaster caused the stations to go dark on New Year’s Day. Both sides claim to be negotiating in good faith.

“The channels are still dark,” said Click Network spokeswoman Diane Lachel on Friday. “We’ve offered various creative approaches and solutions, and all of them have been rejected.”

Lachel said negotiations will continue.

She said no more than four dozen customers have chosen to cut ties with Click because of

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Jan.
10th

Attitudes soften for continued negotiations between Click and Fisher; meanwhile…Fisher may be for sale to benefit shareholder value

The plot – the one with TV stations from Fisher Communications no longer being broadcast on Tacoma’s Click Network – thickens like a Fisher flour roux.

The contract between Click and Fisher expired Jan. 1, and Click pulled all Fisher broadcasting, including KOMO TV, from the air. Negotiations between the Seattle broadcaster and the Tacoma municipal cable network failed, settling into an impasse.

Earlier this week, the Tacoma City Council passed a resolution supporting Click in its negotiations with Fisher.

On Wednesday, Fisher Senior Vice President Randa Minkarah wrote to Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland (with copies to all council members)

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Jan.
7th

No talks scheduled between Click Network and KOMO; Channel 4 remains dark

The stalemate between Tacoma’s Click Network and Fisher Communications continues.

With the expiration of its retransmission contract, Click stopped providing six stations offered by Fisher – including KOMO TV – on New Year’s Day.

Representatives had been renegotiating a one-year contract for several months. Chief among the issues discussed was the fee Click would pay to Fisher. Exact financial details of the former contract, and any amounts being negotiated, have not been released.

On Monday, Fisher Senior Vice President Randa Minkarah said, “It’s difficult to say” when negotiations would recommence.

“We’ve been giving them a lot of offers, back and

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Jan.
3rd

Click-KOMO dispute continues; Tacoma cable company may call for FCC scrutiny

The David-and-Goliath struggle between Tacoma’s Click Network and Fisher Communications continues, and Click customers remain without access to KOMO and ABC programming.

“There’s been no movement,” said Click spokeswoman Diane Lachel on Thursday. “We’re still in the same place.”

Six stations from the Fisher stable went dark for Click subscribers on New Year’s Day because negotiations had stalled concerning the fee Click pays for Fisher’s programming.

This coming weekend, Click subscribers can look forward to notices about what action they can take next, Lachel said.

“We’re working on our next steps,” she said. “You’ll see a call-to-action, a 30-second spot,

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Nov.
26th

Good news for road warriors: Alaska has added airport power outlets

If you’ve ever found yourself seated on a cold terrazzo airport floor with a handful of other travelers waiting for your cell phone, tablet or laptop to recharge at the only power outlets within 100 feet of your gate, you’ll appreciate Alaska Airlines’ latest effort.

The SeaTac-based carrier this week announced it has installed 200 additional power outlets at three of its major airport locations, Sea-Tac, Portland and Anchorage. Those power outlets are coupled with USB connections among the chairs in the waiting areas of those airports.

New power outlets
New outlets at Alaska Airlines gates

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