Dep't of Agriculture IG flames RUS broadband stimulus program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general (IG) has released a report saying the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) broadband program may not have the chops to distribute effectively the

Tennessee Senate approves AT&T deregulation bill

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Monday to deregulate pricing for basic phone service in the state, but some lawmakers are unhappy at how it was done. The bill is now up for debate in the state

U.S. government loosens rules on telecom services for Cuba

The Obama administration has lifted many of the embargo constraints on Cuba for American companies providing telecommunications and broadcast services. Under the new policy announced Monday, U.S.

Telstra considering voluntary breakup to beat government threats

Australian telco Telstra is considering a voluntary separation of its wholesale and retail divisions, as well as the sale of some assets to the Australian government's next generation network (NGN)

Southern telecom deregulation marches on

Landline deregulation throughout the south is moving forward, with bills moving forward in Alabama and Tennessee. The Tennessee Senate was scheduled to vote Monday on a bill to deregulate the price

Congressman drafting bill to ban metered bandwidth billing

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) announced he is drafting legislation to make it illegal for Internet service providers to charge customers based upon how much data they download. The

IL: AT&T worker files charges against CWA

An AT&T worker has filed charges alleging that Communications Workers of America (CWA) union officials threatened to "take him to court" if he didn't participate in a strike, despite his decision

More vandalism of CA AT&T facilities comes to light

Danville, Calif., police are looking into three separate instances at the beginning of April when AT&T junction boxes within the city were vandalized. There appears to be no direct connection

The death and life of Nortel

In the fall of 2001, when I was writing for Telephony, we ran a cover that proclaimed "The End of Big." It was a reference to what we predicted would be the end of market dominance by the big network

NYT: Skype founders may lead re-acquisition

The New York Times reported this weekend that Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are meeting with private equity parties with the idea of leading an effort to re-acquire the company

N.H. sets new requirements for FairPoint

About a week after Vermont regulators threatened to remove FairPoint Communications executives if the company's service performance and treatment of customers didn't improve, regulators in

BT mulling more job cuts, dividend cut

Published reports in the U.K. suggest that telco giant BT is considering cutting more jobs, possibly numbering in the thousands, and also is expected to sharply cut its dividend for the first time in

CWA "Ready to Strike" ringtone ready for action

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have created a special song with an accompanying ringtone called "Ready to Strike." The ringtone, originally designed for CWA Local 6222, has

Reward for info on AT&T SF cable cut boosted to $250K

AT&T has increased its reward money to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cutting fiber optic cable around the San Francisco area. Cables were

AT&T San Francisco cable cuts vandalism

Parties unknown cut AT&T fiber optic cable lines at two locations early on Thursday morning, disabling phone and communications services to thousands of customers around Silicon Valley and in the

AT&T tweets California fiber cut info

AT&T used Twitter as one of a number of ways the company put out information about its Silicon Valley service interruptions Thursday due to several fiber cables being cut. The telco joins cable

Rumor Mill: AT&T mgmt staying close to the office

LAS VEGAS - MetaSwtich counted 635 attendees at its Forum event this week, but the numbers would have been higher if AT&T wasn't on high alert due to the potential threat of a work action by the

Kansas CWA local president: Talks with AT&T 'not going well'

The President of CWA Local 6401 said contract talks with AT&T were "not going well" and that the union could "strike in 5 minutes, or keep negotiating for weeks." Jason Burns, president of the

AT&T fiber optic cable cut in California

An AT&T-owned fiber optic cable was severed in Silicon Valley Thursday, causing Internet, voice, and wireless outages, as well as compromised 911 access for thousands of customers. AT&T

FCC re-boots broadband discussion

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday opened a 60-day public comment period on the issue of national broadband expansion and policy. That comment period will be followed by a 30-day reply