BBWN Bites: BT Shares With Employees
UK's BT wants to create a "more engaged and energised workforce," and hopes a new ownership scheme for its 100,000 or so worldwide employees will help that aim, the company announced. Through its "yourshare" program, the operator is committing £50 million (US$63.7 million) -- or a first-time investment of £500 ($637) worth of shares per employee, the operator said. Shares are not vested for three years, however, to "encourage the long-term thinking and customer focus that will drive the success of the company," BT added.
BT also chose a new logo, although the Guardian reports branding is still being finalized and won't debut until August. "…the new mark symbolizes real change," a BT spokesperson told the British newspaper. Perhaps. But Michael Evamy, a respected brand copywriter and author, told Eurobites editor Paul Rainford: "A change from their 'blobworld' is long overdue, and there's been a big shift towards flat, simple logotypes that stand out on your smartphone. But this seems to be taking flat and simple a bit far. What do we read from this? I hate to knock new identities before I've heard the reasoning behind them and seen them applied in the real world... but come on..."
Federal Communications Commission FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday announced items tentatively on the agenda for the
June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. ET. Topics so far include: Clarification of the Commission's call-blocking rules against robocalls; consideration of a report and order, plus second notice of proposed rulemaking, to modernize today's leased-access rules in the video programming market, and an amendment to update aviation safety, support deployment of newer avionics technology and increase efficient use of limited spectrum resources.
In other FCC news, the agency appointed Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), and the reappointment of Elizabeth Bowles, former president of WISPA, and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Aristotle Unified Communications, to the agency's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Aiken will serve as a general member of BDAC, and Bowles will serve her second appointment as Chair of the committee. BDAC is a federal advisory committee of about 30 people, focused on reducing or eliminating barriers to infrastructure investment and strengthening existing broadband networks across the US.
NetCologne certainly is investing -- €100 million ($111.6 million) -- in gigabit broadband infrastructure. By year-end, 20,000 households will have access to high-speed Internet, the German provider said. Last year, it focused on schools and business parks; this year its attention is on residential customers. Said NetCologne CEO Timo von Lepel in a statement: "If we have learned something from the experience of 20 years of the Internet, then it is that the demands on bandwidth continue to rise. In the past, grid expansion was hardly able to meet growing demands. Now we are turning the tables and creating an infrastructure that far surpasses today's requirements and guarantees future security for years to come."
BT: Have It Your Way
BT this week trademarked a potential new logo -- a simple black and white circle that does away with the colorful branding of the past. Responses from graphics professionals to social media wags have not all been kind.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.