Briefs: GM Heads West

FRAMINGHAM (05/04/2000) - Detroit-based General Motors Corp. plans to open an office for its e-GM unit near Silicon Valley. The automaker leased 55,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco for the business unit, which was launched in September to focus on Internet services such as GM's OnStar in-vehicle Web access technology. E-GM headquarters will remain in Detroit, but the automaker hopes to have at least 50 employees in the new office by year's end.

New CFO at McData

McData Corp. last week appointed Eric Pillmore as its chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration. Before joining the Broomfield, Colorado-based enterprise Fibre Channel company, Pillmore served as senior vice president of finance and CFO at General Instruments International Inc.

NBC4 Names IT Chief

NBC4 in Los Angeles recently named Grant Morrow director of new media and information technology. He is responsible for NBC4's Web site content sales and offerings as well as overseeing the operations of the station's IT department.

Self-Made Women

Almost half of all women surveyed by San Francisco-based Girl Geeks Inc. said they learned their IT skills on the job or were self-taught, compared with almost 22% who studied IT in college or vocational schools. Girl Geeks found that survey respondents in the under-30 crowd were more likely to fall into the former category than those over 30, who learned IT in school.

Rural Net Access Lags

A U.S. Department of Commerce report shows that network bandwidth has increased in cities but not in rural areas. Cable modems are available in more than 65% of cities with populations exceeding 250,000, and telephone-based Digital Subscriber Line networks are available in 56% of towns with populations of more than 10,000, the report said. Less than 5% of towns with fewer than 10,000 people have access to either technology.

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