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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

More job loss coming for BT?

U.K. telco giant BT is scheduled to report its full-year 2008 financial results this week, and The Times Online reports that some analysts expect the company may need to reduce its workforce by at

Verizon seeks to dismiss Windstream lawsuit

Verizon Communications has filed a motion to dismiss the civil suit filed by Windstream Corp. last month over a 2006 billing dispute that the independent telco had with Alltel, which is now owned by

AT&T, NEC, Corning test 32 Tbps connection

AT&T and vendor partners NEC America and Corning have worked together to test 32 Tbps transmission over a 580-km fiber link. The transmission was executed at 114 Gigabits per second over each of

TW Telecom moves to Q1 profit

Business services carrier TW Telecom reported first-quarter earnings that included $2.9 million in net income, up from a net loss of $4.8 million for the same quarter last year. The company also

Ixia buying Catapult for $105 million

IP test system vendor Ixia announced it is acquiring fellow test firm Catapult Communications for $105 million. Both companies provide test solutions for wireline, wireless and converged networks,

Level 3 exec discusses mid-market expansion

Level 3 Communications' Business Markets Group is expanding its offerings in five markets to try to win a larger part of the mid-market enterprise telecom spend. The company is bolstering sales and

A message from the publisher

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Windstream to buy D&E Communications for $330M

Windstream Communications, which has been hounded by speculation over the last year and a half regarding its potential role in rural telco consolidation, announced that it is buying D&E

Nortel posts $507M loss, still mulling future

It's still unclear what Nortel Networks will look like after it emerges from bankruptcy--or even how much of the firm will come out of bankruptcy if Nortel decides to sell off some assets--but the

Carphone Warehouse buys Tiscali U.K. ops

In a long-anticipated move, Carphone Warehouse Group has sealed a deal to acquire the U.K. assets of Italian carrier Tiscali. The acquisition will make Carphone Warehouse the second-largest broadband

Positron acquires access vendor Aktino

Positron, a Sonet access vendor and equipment manufacturer whose history in telecom goes back nearly 40 years, has announced it is acquiring Aktino, an access vendor best known for its solutions in

Telstra names Thodey new CEO

Australian telco Telstra has chosen to elevate David Thodey, the company's head of government relations, to the CEO post to be vacated next month by Sol Trujillo. Thodey seems like an appropriate

Windstream profit slides 29 percent

Rural market telco Windstream Communications reported first-quarter earnings marked by a 29 percent decline in net income to $88.2 million, from $123.7 million for the first quarter of 2008. Revenue

CWA alleges unfair tactics by Frontier

Not much has happened lately in the ongoing contract negotiations between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America union, but there is labor news on another front: A CWA local group in