Google: We're here to help utilities

Google may want to get a piece of the emerging smart grid market through its PowerMeter application, which lets residential and business customers view their energy usage over any web connection, but

Ciena becomes victor in fight for Nortel's MEN

After a three-day auction, a story in Reuters broke this morning that Ciena had beat out Nokia Siemens Networks to acquire Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) and optical divisions for $769

Journalism bailout

We have bailed-out banks and the automobile industry. Now journalism wants its bailout through some form of public support. A recent report co-authored by a former executive editor of the Washington

AOL wants 2,500 employees to voluntarily resign

Just in time for its spin-off from Time Warner, AOL's new chief Tim Armstrong has given company employees a stern mandate: 2,500 of you need to accept a voluntary layoff from December 4 through

Cox Business checks into the hotel video market

While Cox Business has continued to climb up the business market ladder delivering a host of data and voice services over its existing HFC and fiber networks, the one service that continues to be its

Frost & Sullivan: AT&T Tech Support 360 resonates with SMBs

While it's hard to ignore the fact that cable is gaining recognition for their SMB service efforts, incumbent operators such as AT&T--which has received Frost & Sullivan's 2009 North America

XO increases So Cal network reach

XO Communications is doing a bit of its own California Dreaming as it sets forth plans to expand its nationwide network across Southern California's Inland Empire region. This latest network

Spain, Finland develop universal broadband plans

Once again, the Europeans are one-upping the Americans on the broadband delivery front. While the U.S. remains embroiled in arguments on how it should realign the Universal Service Fund (USF) to

Verizon swings layoff axe in New York

Verizon is keeping its promise that it would hand out another set of pink slips, and one of its first targets in this process is the Long Island area of New York. This follows an announcement made in

Google and the wages of coopetition

"Coopetition," that funny word that seemed to explode into popular usage during the last 15 years or so, may be the first word that comes to mind as the traditional telecom industry hears that Google

Ready for a free service? Which one?

As telcos are seeing an increasingly tough triple play battle with cable TV companies, and after Verizon Communications just announced it is offering a free DSL promotion, Telephony has again posed a

Telecom Italia gets refinanced, weighs sales

Telecom Italia's parent company is getting much-needed re-financing help from Spain's Telefonica and other existing investors. Those investors, which hold a stake of just under 25 percent in the

Nortel unit auction Friday, NSN reportedly in

Nortel Networks announced it has re-scheduled the auction of its Metro Ethernet Networks unit for this Friday, Nov. 20, and it has a new bidder to consider. Nokia Siemens Networks, which had been

Ethernet on its way to the WAN

FierceTelecom just published a report on global Ethernet interconnection, so let's keep the conversation going: Network World has a piece about wide area network Ethernet services, a concept that

Broadband adoption across EU hits 24 percent

The European Commission has come out with a new report that suggests broadband adoption continues to grow in Europe despite the sluggish economy. The report says that about 24 percent of the

FCC puts broadband for all plan on table

Wanting to bridge the divide between the 'broadband haves' and the broadband 'have nots,' the FCC is proposing rules that could give the government more control of the U.S. Internet while raising

Charter, Microsoft founder Paul Allen begins cancer treatment

Best known as the co-founder of Microsoft and later cable MSO Charter Communications, Paul Allen announced this week that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is currently undergoing

CenturyLink opposes local NC broadband application

As the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utility Service (RUS) get set to award broadband stimulus grants, it was only a matter of time before incumbent

Australia could be closer to naming NBN contractors

An article in Bloomberg today citing a report in the Australian Financial Review revealed that the Australian government may have put two contractors on its shortlist to build its National Broadband

AT&T predicts uptick in 2010

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson believes that they will see the light at the end of the economic tunnel in the second half of 2010. This comes in the face of ongoing layoffs, widening landline