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IL: AT&T worker files charges against CWA

An AT&T worker has filed charges alleging that Communications Workers of America (CWA) union officials threatened to "take him to court" if he didn't participate in a strike, despite his decision

More vandalism of CA AT&T facilities comes to light

Danville, Calif., police are looking into three separate instances at the beginning of April when AT&T junction boxes within the city were vandalized. There appears to be no direct connection

The death and life of Nortel

In the fall of 2001, when I was writing for Telephony, we ran a cover that proclaimed "The End of Big." It was a reference to what we predicted would be the end of market dominance by the big network

NYT: Skype founders may lead re-acquisition

The New York Times reported this weekend that Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are meeting with private equity parties with the idea of leading an effort to re-acquire the company

N.H. sets new requirements for FairPoint

About a week after Vermont regulators threatened to remove FairPoint Communications executives if the company's service performance and treatment of customers didn't improve, regulators in

BT mulling more job cuts, dividend cut

Published reports in the U.K. suggest that telco giant BT is considering cutting more jobs, possibly numbering in the thousands, and also is expected to sharply cut its dividend for the first time in

CWA "Ready to Strike" ringtone ready for action

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have created a special song with an accompanying ringtone called "Ready to Strike." The ringtone, originally designed for CWA Local 6222, has

Reward for info on AT&T SF cable cut boosted to $250K

AT&T has increased its reward money to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cutting fiber optic cable around the San Francisco area. Cables were

AT&T San Francisco cable cuts vandalism

Parties unknown cut AT&T fiber optic cable lines at two locations early on Thursday morning, disabling phone and communications services to thousands of customers around Silicon Valley and in the

AT&T tweets California fiber cut info

AT&T used Twitter as one of a number of ways the company put out information about its Silicon Valley service interruptions Thursday due to several fiber cables being cut. The telco joins cable

Rumor Mill: AT&T mgmt staying close to the office

LAS VEGAS - MetaSwtich counted 635 attendees at its Forum event this week, but the numbers would have been higher if AT&T wasn't on high alert due to the potential threat of a work action by the

Kansas CWA local president: Talks with AT&T 'not going well'

The President of CWA Local 6401 said contract talks with AT&T were "not going well" and that the union could "strike in 5 minutes, or keep negotiating for weeks." Jason Burns, president of the

AT&T fiber optic cable cut in California

An AT&T-owned fiber optic cable was severed in Silicon Valley Thursday, causing Internet, voice, and wireless outages, as well as compromised 911 access for thousands of customers. AT&T

FCC re-boots broadband discussion

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday opened a 60-day public comment period on the issue of national broadband expansion and policy. That comment period will be followed by a 30-day reply

Qwest joins the Twitter trend

Not to be outdone by other service providers that recently have used Twitter as a customer service tool--or have responded to customer complaints posted on Twitter--Qwest Communications has launched

CWA exec VP denounces AT&T, calls for petition signing

UPDATE: Kansas CWA local president: Talks with AT&T 'not going well' As tensions mount amid ongoing negotiations between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America, CWA executive vice

Directories: Print's dead, baby

AT&T recently asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to waive an old rule requiring telcos to distribute telephone directories. AT&T is still willing to distribute the White Pages

SEC filing: Grande has potential buyer

When independent telco SureWest Communications acquired Everest Broadband in December 2007, it looked like consolidation among network over-builders could be the next big trend. Triple play service

Covad upgrades network, adds bonded T1

Covad Communications announced Wednesday it has upgraded its broadband network in a continuing effort to develop a full suite of access and network services. The upgrade, available to Covad's

Tektronix buys Arantech

Tektronix announced Tuesday it has acquired Arantech, a customer experience management services company for wireless providers. The terms of the acquisition were not released. "Addressing the