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FCC wants $25 billion to expand broadband availability

Although there are few details available about the FCC's proposed broadband plan that it will submit next week to Congress, one thing is for sure, it's not going to be cheap. According to a Wall

European Commission: Broadband should be universally available

Most of Europe may be satisfied that remote regions now have access to basic telephone and basic Internet service, but the European Union thinks that the law needs to be updated to include broadband

Level 3 gets NTIA funding to build middle mile network

Level 3 has officially joined the middle mile network winners' circle as the wholesale provider announced this week that it has secured $13.7 million in broadband stimulus funding from the National

NTIA, RUS extend deadlines for second round of broadband funding

If you're one of the many service providers or local communities worried about getting your application for the second round of broadband stimulus monies in on time, don't worry because the National

Telstra strikes out against changes to Australia's NBN plan

Just when it looked like the Australian government and Telstra might have been nearing an agreement over its place in the country's broadband future, the tide turns yet again. This time, Telstra is

Charter found profitability in 2009

Having to file for bankruptcy organization when it was facing a large debt load, it's clear 2009 was a tough year for Charter Communications. But it looks like things are looking up for Charter in

Fastweb's founder fights money laundering charges

Italian competitive broadband provider Fastweb's founder Silvio Scaglia may have become one of Italy's richest men, but now the so-called "telecom wizard" is facing accusations that he was part of a

Back to basics--Voice strategy reconsidered

By Frank J. Bernhard Apparently the business for voice is still an agrarian staple of the telecom economy as Skype continues to demonstrate favorable growth connections in the company's latest

Force10 Networks gears up for IPO

It has been little over a year since Force10 Networks was acquired by Turin Networks and now the new company hopes to raise $143.8 million in an initial public offering. Underwriting the IPO is an

Analysis says wireless/wireline telephony will see "modest growth"

Although it's clear that many vertical market segments will continue to keep a tight rein on their purse strings in 2010, Insight Research's new report "Telecom Services in Vertical Markets,

Mass.-based OpenCape wins $32 million broadband grant

Businesses, schools and public safety providers that reside in the Southeast, Massachusetts region will soon be getting a new bandwidth infusion as the OpenCape Corp. has been awarded $32 million in

Packet Optical Networking Platforms find their niche

We've got a lot going on here on the wireline side of FierceTelecom this week. In addition to the launch of our new FierceCable newsletter, I would like to call your attention to our new eBook on

Alcatel-Lucent spruces up management team with CMO post

As it continues down its turnaround path, Alcatel-Lucent has decided to appoint Stephen Carter as the company's newly created Chief Marketing, Strategy and Communication Officer. When Carter

CENX turns up Ethernet voice exchange service

With a number of high profile carriers already tuning into its carrier Ethernet exchange service, CENX is now attacking the lucrative voice market with its Carrier Ethernet Neutral Voice Exchange

Dell'Oro: Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Arris led Q4 broadband equipment sales

Demand for higher broadband speeds coupled with the ongoing competition prompted both cable and telcos to continue spending money on broadband network infrastructure, argues the Dell'Oro Group in its

Frontier sets up shop in Washington, D.C.

By opening a new office in Washington, D.C., it's clear that Frontier Communications--which will become one of the largest independent ILECs when it eventually completes its acquisition of Verizon's

Belgacom considers move into the electricity business

Belgacom is looking for a new business venture to play in and it thinks that electricity could be the answer. According to a report in Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir, the former state-run telephone

Lantiq gets cash infusion from Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom continues to spread the home networking investment love. This time, the German telco's VC division T-Ventures has made a strategic investment in Lantiq, Infineon's former wireline

Breaking down barriers to IMS via sophisticated testing

by Tom Maufer, NGN IMS Forum IMS is much like other IP Services (e.g., Cloud Computing, Smart Grid, MPLS and IP Data Services, etc.) in that it is a complex mélange of a variety of protocols

PAETEC furthers energy play with Energy Partners acquisition

PAETEC might be initially known for its competitive business provider skills, but its acquisition of Amherst, N.Y.-based electric supplier U.S. Energy Partners for about $3 million points to the idea