Dan O'Shea

Articles by Dan O'Shea

FISA court renews government's authority to order metadata collection

While criticism of secret domestic data collection continues and Edward Snowden tries to decide his next move, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reportedly renewed the U.S. government's authority to continue collecting data under a program that was set to expire on Friday.

Malone foresees tiered broadband pricing, cable industry consolidation

Onetime cable TV industry giant John Malone said in an exclusive interview with the Denver Post late last week that the U.S. broadband service provider sector should go the way of the wireless industry, eventually offering broadband packages under tiered pricing models based on data consumption, similar to how mobile data plans have evolved.

Ofcom eyes solution for UK phone number shortage

It appears that U.K. regulator Ofcom has a solution to the recently-reported shortage of new phone numbers in the region, and it is a measure that U.S. customers will recognize. Ofcom has proposed that landline customers in markets where phone number reserves are especially shallow be required to dial area codes for local calls.

Frontier workers in West Virginia rally for new contract

Frontier Communications employees in West Virginia are stepping up efforts for their voices to be heard as the carrier negotiates with the Communications Workers of America on a new contract that would affect about 1,600 Frontier workers in the state.

Google's 2013 data center spending nears $3B

While Google's second quarter earnings report last week for the most part disappointed Wall Street, details of the Internet giant's spending on its data center footprint may have given chills to other data center operators. According to the earnings report, Google spent $1.6 billion in the second quarter alone on its rapidly expanding data center footprint.

VSG: Business fiber gap is slowly closing

For much of the last decade, the lack of business fiber connections was often cited as an opportunity for new service providers and an embarrassment for those that had been around for a while and could have done better addressing the market.

Overture Networks unveils SDN/NFV architecture

Metro edge vendor Overture Networks has announced its foray into software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) with the unveiling of its Ensemble Open Service Architecture.

Netflix launches speed site to rate broadband service providers

Online video streaming player Netflix has announced a broadband speed rating service intended to show Netflix users which broadband ISPs can deliver the best Netflix viewing experience.

Windstream announces Carrier Switched Ethernet expansion, names new chairman

Las Vegas -- Windstream Communications ended last week on a negative note with a defeat in its effort to limit municipal broadband networks, but has started this week with two positive bits of news: At the COMPTEL PLUS conference, the telco announced a nationwide expansion of its Carrier Switched Ethernet service

NoaNet wraps up middle-mile expansion in Washington state

Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet), a Tacoma, Wash.-based wholesale consortium, announced it has completed the nearly 1,000-mile expansion of a broadband fiber middle-mile network connecting numerous rural markets and unserved areas of Washington state.