Cox boss Esser wins CTAM award; Fox station pulls DISH warning

> Cox Communications President Pat Esser has been given the 2010 Grand TAM Award from CTAM for his individual talent and commit to ensuring the future of the cable industry "through marketing and education initiatives." The Grand TAM is the highest individual honor CTAM gives out. Esser will receive the award during the closing brunch at the CTAM Summit Oct. 20. Story.

> A local Fox station's warning that DISH Network could lose all Fox programming is gone without comment. The post had been placed on the Web page of WDFW-TV in Dallas. Story.

> Proving that what comes back is as important as what goes down, DragonWave and Execulink Telecom are partnering to ramp up high-speed Internet access for residential and small business customers in southern Ontario. The pair is working with DragonWave partner's Alliance Corporation to deliver low-latency microwave backhaul for the services. The whole shebang is being partially underwritten by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (more commonly known as OMAFRA. News release:

> Elsewhere on the partner front, Verimatrix and Harmonic are collaborating to leverage HTPP live streaming to "securely deliver video services" to the iPhone, iPad, PC (there's no I in PC) and other devices. News release.

> Here's a switch. Canadian telco BCE has agreed to buy the remaining 85 percent of the country's largest broadcaster, CTV, for $1.3 billion Canadian dollars. This puts BCE on a more level footing with other competitors in the Great White North who similarly own broadcast assets. Story.