FCC considers intercarrier fee, USF changes

Intercarrier compensation and the Universal Service Fund are making their semi-annual visits to the top of the Federal Communications Commission's to-do list. This time around, FCC Chairman Kevin

XO taps Ciena for Ethernet gear, E-NNI help

XO Communication has made several big Ethernet announcements already this year, and the carrier just announced another Ethernet move in choosing to deploy vendor Ciena's LE-311v Service Delivery

New IMS/NGN Forum reflects reality of technology movements

IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Next-Generation Network (NGN) developments have been viewed, at different times by different people, as synonymous, sequential, or competitive with each other. A

IP/MPLS Forum approves mobile backhaul spec

The IP/MPLS Forum announced progress in applying multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology to mobile backhaul infrastructures. The group approved its first technical specification as part of

Adtran reports higher profit, sales for Q3

As much of Wall Street was analyzing Intel's third quarter earnings Tuesday, the telecom sector turned to its own bellwethers. Network equipment vendor Adtran is one important one, and it reported

SPOTLIGHT: Verizon Business to expand in India

Verizon Business is bringing private IP nodes online in five major Indian business hubs. The rollout will bring direct, high-speed access to Verizon's MPLS service to New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad,

M2Z drums for action on nationwide "Free" wireless broadband spectrum

M2Z Networks received a boost for its goal to put the "AWS-3" spectrum into play for a nationwide free broadband wireless network Friday. The good news came in a report from the FCC's Office of

A month after Ike, Galveston telecom restoration continues.

A month after Hurricane Ike rolled over Galveston and much of Southeast Texas, thousands of residents are still waiting for electricity, and some are still without landline phone service, cable or

NY county wrestles with its rural digital divide

Even among rural residents of New York, there's a growing digital divide. Some towns in Allegany County lack cable TV, cell phone service and broadband Internet, while those with broadband literally

Cisco's billion dollar Indian bet

Cisco is investing over a billion dollars in India to tap into the country's markets and intellectual capital. Unlike other companies that treat the country as a glorified call center, Cisco views

Monday's rising tide lifts telco stocks

The record one-day surge Monday in the stock market lifted telecom stocks along for the ride. As the Dow Jones industrial average recorded a single-day gain of 936 points on news that global

Third quarter earnings are upon us

Amid record stock market plunges and widespread fears about the health of the overall economy, the telecom industry's major players are about to report third quarter earnings. Investors will have one

CTO leaves control plane innovator Soapstone

Larry Dennison, chief technology officer and co-founder of Soapstone Networks, which led recent developments in the area of software control planes for carrier Ethernet networks, has left the

PCCW pulls media/telecom stake off market

Hong Kong telco PCCW issued a statement saying it is ending efforts to sell as much as a 45 percent stake in a newly-created telecommunications and media subsidiary because "the recent market

Qwest, union agree on revamped contract

Qwest Communications and the Communications Workers of America have reached a tentative agreement for the second time on a new contract affecting about 20,000 employees. After union members voted to

TDS muni-broadband lawsuit dismissed

A Minnesota district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a subsidiary of telco TDS Telecom against the City of Monticello, Minn., over the city's plans to build a broadband network slated to

BT to outsource some global ops to Alca-Lu

First, mobile network operators around the world warmed up to the idea of outsourcing network operations to their vendors, and now, wireline telcos are experimenting with the concept. It looks as if

Qwest, union resume talks

Qwest and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) went back to the bargaining table on Thursday in efforts to hammer out a tentative agreement by midnight today (Friday, October 10). A previous

"Wannabe" mobile worker flood predicted

A new class of mobile workers is emerging, says Forrester Research. Employees will insist upon mobile support from employers, and already nearly a third of smart phone users expense all or some of

Conn. whacks AT&T again

Connecticut state officials publicly slapped AT&T again, this time for planning to relocate 60 customer service jobs to Michigan. Both the state and the Communications Workers of America (CWA)