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Court denies Nacchio bail bid

A Denver-based federal appeals court denied a request by former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio to remain free on bail while he awaits a potential review of his insider trading conviction by the

Broadband stimulus details trickling out

The Federal Communications Commission and the two federal agencies charged with managing the distribution of broadband stimulus funds--the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

AT&T outlines $11 billion in 2009 spending

In recent months, AT&T has announced 12,000 job cuts, reduced capex for 2009 and given no 2008 bonus to its CEO, but good news came this week, as the company is outlining how it will spend some

Qwest, other phone companies really unplug SkyWi; fewer than 200 affected

After months of high drama involving stacks of past due bills, a flurry of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) meetings, a lawsuit, and lots of over-the-top statements via press releases,

IDC Analyst: North American communication services market approaching saturation

With growth down "significantly across the board" in areas including broadband services, wired, wireless, and cable TV, IDC program director Matt Davis is predicting market saturation. Interviewed by

Verizon adds Turner Networks and Sony to FiOS VOD lineup

Verizon's FiOS TV has expanded its free movie and other on-demand offerings through new deals with Turner Networks and Sony. The new content includes HD movies, plus news and kids entertainment.

TNS offers $230 million for VeriSign division

TNS, or the company formerly known as Transaction Network Services, is spending $230 million in cash to buy VeriSign's communications services division. The deal, expected to close in 60 days, is

NeuStar gets a spotlight on future plans

Although NeuStar may disagree with its characterization as a "plumber" of the telecom world, it certainly won't mind a recent article in Fortune drawing comparisons of it to Cisco. NeuStar provides a

India cuts charges on domestic calls, hikes international fees

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has cut termination charges for domestic calls but has raised them on incoming international calls. Effective April 1, termination charges for all

Cinci Bell has price-capped bundle offer

Regional independent telco Cincinnati Bell is introducing a "Priced For Life" service bundle that the company claims will allow customers who bundled two or more services covered by the program to

Re-thinking the home phone's re-invention, Part 2

The O'Shea family is inching ever closer to buying a Verizon Wireless Hub so that we can cut the cord on old AT&T. Or, should we wait for an AT&T femtocell to find our market? But, I already

AT&T's CEO discusses move, event sponsorship

The Dallas Morning News has a Q&A with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson that is not particularly illuminating about any hardcore telecom topics (Stephenson is hopeful about the Obama

Qwest CEO Mueller pocketed $11.4M for 2008

Qwest Communications CEO Edward Mueller received about $11.4 million in compensation in 2008, about $6 million less than the previous year, though 2007's total paycheck included a large signing bonus

Nacchio seeking new trial, Supreme Court review

Former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio is due to report to prison in about two weeks to begin serving a six-year term for insider trading, but his legal team is doing everything they can to keep

New Mexico PRC issues last warning for SkyWi customers

It's the last call for SkyWi in New Mexico. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) issued a press release this morning urging all customers of SkyWi and its subsidiary companies ZiaNet and

U.S. broadband adoption slows (again) in 2008; now more than 67M subs

The 20 largest cable and phone providers in the U.S. added 5.4 million net high-speed Internet subscribers in 2008. Annual net broadband additions have declined in the past two years and were the

Get a telecom Winston Wolf

If you are paying anywhere close to list price for telecommunications equipment and services, you are paying too much. You need to find a Winston Wolf, the "problem-solver" from Pulp Fiction, to help

FairPoint reports Q4 loss, suspends dividend

Taking on costs for its acquisition of Verizon's northern New England business, FairPoint Communications reported a fourth-quarter 2008 loss of $76 million and about 85 cents a share on revenues of

Broadband: Moving from short-term stimulus to long-term policy

Tech policy wonks and savvier media types are shifting their focus from the $7.5 billion set aside for broadband in the economic stimulus package and looking forward to how the Obama administration

Comcast reclaiming spectrum in 50% of markets in 2009

Comcast's CFO says the cable company expects to reclaim the majority of analog channels in about half of its footprint this year. "All digital" is currently taking place in Portland with "minimal