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The business of services

The new service providers are network equipment vendors, all the biggest ones, and they are bringing their solution-oriented, "I-want-to-be-your-best-friend" pitch right to the doorstep of those

Service providers answer the health care call

While my focus has always been on service provider technology trends, it's interesting to see how certain verticals, especially healthcare, are finding greater utility in telecom services. Given the

The rural space-time continuum

Somewhere out there in the long, dark shadow of the healthcare reform debate, broadband reform for rural markets may be dying a slow death. I will admit right away that this is probably on

Attention broadband providers: There's gold behind that demarc point

There's been a lot of clamoring lately around how the speed of broadband should be defined in the U.S., and according to a Wall Street Journal article, the FCC is looking for clarity on how to define

Broadband stimulus: Clarity is needed, say service providers

Last week, Qwest and its RBOC brothers announced they would not apply for the first round of funding from the Obama administration's $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program. Qwest, whose 14-state

Waiting on the feds

No competition worth winning is going to be easy, right? There may be no better way to describe the federal government's storied Networx program, in which several pre-qualified service providers are

Don't take my broadband connection away!

The latest economic crisis may be causing consumers to wait on buying that new car or taking a vacation, but a broadband connection is one thing consumers just won't give up. And new studies confirm

VoIP thrives amid telco indifference

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop in a consumer VoIP sector that has been faced with many legal, regulatory and competitive battles. In this case, the other shoe is the rather giant one worn

Fiber's here, but don't forget about DSL

It's easy to get caught up in the promise of Fiber to the Premises (FTTP). Every consumer I know that has Verizon FiOS FTTP-based service, especially early adopters such as Taqua's VP of Marketing

Still strength in union numbers?

The last year or so has not been an easy one for the telecom industry's rank and file employees, particularly those who are members of unions. Going back to the summer of 2008, union members had to