Cable in the Corn
Virginia has more fiber optic cable crossing the Old Dominion than any other state -- more than 650,000 miles worth -- according to Bob Templin, president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va.
Iowa comes in second with 400,000 miles of fiber optic cable. With 16,000 more square miles than Virginia but less than half the population, the land of corn "is trying to develop a telecom system to become a powerhouse in the area of telecommunications and state marketing," Templin says.
US Order, Herndon, Va., and Colonial Data Technologies, New Milford, Conn., have signed a deal to merge into a new public company to be called TriTech Corp.
Colonial Data is known for caller identification technologies that it sells to telephone companies. US Order is a leader in on-line banking services.
William Gorog, chairman and CEO of US Order and a Netplex entrepreneur, will become chairman of the new company. Robert Schock, chairman and CEO of Colonial Data, will take over as CEO.
The seeds of the merger were planted in January 1995 when the two companies formed an alliance to build and market a smart telephone.
Science and Technology's Heavy Hitters Take the Field
Some of the biggest names in science and technology have formed the Washington Advisory Group LLC.
The payroll of nine members and senior fellows includes Erich Bloch, who served as vice president of IBM Corp. from 1981 to 1984, D. Allan Bromley, who was the assistant to the president for science and technology policy in the Bush administration, and Edward David, the science and technology advisor to President Nixon and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1970 to 1973.
The group plans to advise companies and institutions on the changing policies and programs of the federal science and technology enterprise and the restructuring of private and public institutions.
Finding War Buddies On-Line
The Vietnam Web Memorial has a new feature. The site, which since Memorial Day has shown a view of the real memorial in Washington and allows computer users to post remembrances, has added "the people finder," a way for veterans or their families to find and communicate with each other. The non-profit venture lists casualties of the war alphabetically, by branch of service and by hometown.
The site so far has averaged 300 to 500 hits a day. The people finder is hoped to help individuals e-mail friends and family with whom they have lost contact. The site, published by Database America Interactive Division, Montvale, N.J., and CPEQ Inc., Tampa Bay, Fla., uses a search directory that includes more than 97 million households. The address is http://www.cpeq/~wall/index.html.
Beyond Search Engines
Internet Eye on the Web, Coral Springs, Calif., has come up with a way to categorize World Wide Web sites for those who are overwhelmed with information and can't seem to find anything on-line. The navigator separates sites into groups such as sports, business and finance, home and family, and religion and philosophy.
Each category also notes "Eye Sites," which are favorites of a third-party reviewing team. Sites are reviewed on content, design, usefulness, originality and entertainment. Eye on the Web is targeting Internet service providers to include its service in access packages. The site can be found at http://www.eyeontheweb.com.
The Race for the Warner Senate Seat
It is still early in the 1996 race for Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner's seat in Congress, but Democratic Senate candidate and cellular phone mogul Mark Warner has reduced his popularity gap by 9 percent since June after spending $1.6 million of his fortune.
The poll, taken July 26 by Mason-Dixon/PMR, shows Mark Warner's support growing to 28 percent, up from 24 percent in June. John Warner's support fell from 58 percent to 53 percent. But both Warners have plenty of money and time left in the race, which will be decided Nov. 4 during the general election.
Lockheed Martin Reorganizes
Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Md., has set up a new organizational structure to integrate the defense divisions of Loral, which it bought in April.
Lockheed will have six business sectors: aeronautics; electronics; energy and environment; information and services; command, control, communications and intelligence systems and systems integration; and space and strategic missiles. All will be based in Bethesda except for aeronautics, which will be located in Albuquerque, N.M.
The new structure will begin functioning Sept. 1. Lockheed plans to wait until the third quarter to make any layoffs or closings in the divisions.
AOL Expands Games
Dulles, Va.-based America Online Inc. has cemented its leading position in the emerging market for multiplayer electronic games with the purchase of AT&T's game network, The Imagination Network Inc.
Company officials declined to say how much they paid for the network, which will become a subsidiary of AOL. The network will partner with AOL's Games Channel, which allows AOL's 6 million subscribers across the country to cooperatively play -- or fight in -- any of the 24 computer games on the channel.