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Net-neutrality advocates want FCC reg reviews, new broadband direction

FCC rulings that inhibit or don't promote open broadband competition and net neutrality should be subject to review, says Free Press. The open-Internet advocates also want broadband to be classed as

FTTH buildouts show promise; France Telecom gets bundling green light

> Companies try to hold on to declining landline revenue. Article > FTTH buildouts show rebound in April. Article > Court: France Telecom Can Bundle TV Channel, Internet, Phone. Article >

TVN Entertainment, Avail Media tie knot

Video-on-Demand giant TVN Entertainment Corp. and Avail Media, the only independent aggregator and provider of linear content, are merging to become a fully integrated, end-to-end solution for

Frontier shareholders narrowly reject 'say-on-pay' proposal

A Communications Workers of America-supported bid to give Frontier Communications stockholders a vote on how much compensation the company's executives received was narrowly defeated by a vote of

Cablevision looks to extend $3.4B loan to 2016

Cablevision Systems, worried about the continued projected weakness in credit markets and the potential for higher interest rates, is hoping to take a $3.4 billion term loan set to mature in 2013 out

Carrier Ethernet equipment market projected to slow, then grow

The market for carrier Ethernet switch/router equipment is due for a fall in 2009, but it should be short-lived as it rebounds in the fourth quarter, Heavy Reading senior analyst Stan Hubbard told an

Is green the new color of the telecom industry?

Going green as a business has been embraced by the telecom industry for its public relations payout, but increasingly it's being seen as a way to save money, too. "Telcos and vendors alike are

New Frontier territory means making choices

Talk about a changing Frontier. The company, which made a $5.25 billion deal to acquire Verizon's rural landlines in 14 states Wednesday, also is acquiring a mishmash of FiOS and satellite TV and

N.H. bails out FairPoint, gives access to $50M fund

New Hampshire officials Thursday tossed floundering FairPoint Communications a lifeline, allowing the company to tap into a $50 million fund earmarked for capital and operating expenses in the state

Will Frontier fall into the same pothole as FairPoint?

Will Frontier Communications run into the same woe that's befallen FairPoint Communications? The two companies have followed a nearly parallel course in acquiring rural operations from Verizon,

Judge grants Charter temporary restraining order in ad fight

Bankrupt cableco Charter Communications has chalked up one in the win column after a U.S. District judge ordered DirecTV Group to stop running-at least temporarily-ads that claimed the struggling

BT plans 15,000 job cuts as losses mount

British telecommunications giant BT Group said it plans to cut 15,000 jobs and slash dividends after reporting a Q4 loss of $1.48 billion and projecting further revenue declines of between 4 percent

CWA says AT&T's 'final offer' just isn't good enough

UPDATE: CWA Dist. 6 negotiators leave bargaining table AT&T yesterday said it had made its "last, best and final offer" to 27,000 wireline workers in the company's southwestern region, but the

NC lawmakers may end local phone company oversight

Sixteen phone companies that provide service in North Carolina may soon be out from under the auspices of state regulators who oversee everything from prices to service standards after the state

Rural telcos: Bigger and better?

For most of this decade--virtually since the very first signs of access lines loss made themselves known--Verizon Communications has been looking at options for unloading rural and secondary market

Palo Alto urged to apply for broadband stimulus

Palo Alto, Calif., continues to look for options to fulfill its desire to establish a municipal broadband network, and U.S Rep. Anna Eshoo (D.-Palo Alto) this week suggested that the city apply for

Covad names Telus exec CTO

Alternative business services carrier Covad Communications has hired long-time telecom industry veteran Aamir Hussain as its chief technology officer. Hussain, who has worked for Qwest Communication,

Frontier to buy Verizon rural lines for $5.25B

Stamford, Conn.-based independent telco Frontier Communications plans to acquire about 4.8 million access lines in rural markets in 14 states from Verizon Communications for about $5.25 billion in

Service fulfillment automation helps SureWest

Roseville, Calif.-based broadband service provider SureWest Communications has aggressively deployed fiber-to-the-premises throughout the Sacramento area, but at the same time ensured itself a better

Interoute's Finnie again scolding vendors

Matthew Finnie, chief technology officer of European carrier Interoute Communications, is set to take the stage as a keynote speaker Thursday at the Ethernet Expo: Europe 2009 in London, and Light