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Shenandoah Telecommunications to buy North River Telephone Cooperative

On Thursday Virginia-based Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is going to buy the North River Telephone Cooperative in Mount Solon, Virginia. Terms of the deal were not announced at this

Verizon promos wholesale backhaul to wireless carriers

If you are a cellular company, Verizon wants to put its wholesale backhaul capacity to work for you - regardless of who you are. As carriers look to make deals at CTIA next week, will this

Cloud computing remains divisive term

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story about cloud computing. The story is built somewhat on how no one can agree what cloud computing really means, though also on criticism of the concept

Level 3 claims largest capacity win

Level 3 Communications has won what the company describes in a press release as the "largest single capacity commitment" in its history, a dedicated network wavelength deal supporting existing

Google completes quick, easy IPv6 job

A group of Google engineers worked on a part-time project for about 18 months, and now all of the company's services can support IPv6. Google has been chatting up IPv6 lately, becoming as vocal a

Cnet: AT&T on RIAA anti-piracy team

Cnet News reports that AT&T confirmed that it is working with the Recording Industry Association of America to test the RIAA's new multi-step anti-piracy program. An AT&T executive confirmed

Those OTHER upcoming April Vegas events

Life after CTIA? Yes, really. Two more telecom-related events will be happening in Las Vegas in April, with Fierce editorial staff in attendance. Representatives from upwards of 200 carriers will be

Verizon Business expands virtualization offerings

Several months after moving into the enterprise server virtualization market as an authorized consultant for VMWare solutions, Verizon Business appears to be expanding its professional services

N.C. frees AT&T from retention marketing restrictions

Federal regulators within the past year have sought to curb the ability of telcos to make marketing pitches to customers of theirs who are in the process of switching to competitors. However, the

China Telecom profit sinks along with 2009 spending

China Telecom, the largest telco in China, said that its 2008 net income of $129.4 million was about 96 percent lower than the previous year, despite a 3.3 percent increase in revenue. Some of the

Verizon eyes long-haul optical overhaul

Light Reading, reporting out of OFC/NFOEC in San Diego, has a story on Verizon Communications' request to optical technology firms to create a new long-haul network element similar to metro

Infinera demos 400 Gb/s circuit

Infinera, an optical networking company out of Sunnyvale, Calif., announced Tuesday it has demonstrated working 400 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits and said these chips would save 80 percent in

Lobbyists, public interest groups square off over broadband stimulus rules

Policy wonks and telecom lobbyists are squaring off in a battle royal over which strings will be attached to broadband stimulus money. The fights aren't seen as a one-time battle, as the precedents

BT partners with OnRelay for Enterprise FMC trials

BT Global Services has entered into a customer trial agreement with OnRelay. Under the agreement, BT Global will begin on-site trials of OnRelay's MBX software with "a number of UK-based and

Nokia Siemens Networks intros new compact 40G optical platform

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced what it calls the most compact and cost-efficient 40Gbps platform in the industry. Release 4.25 of the company's hiT 7300 system can put 40 Gbps into seven

Ovum: Possible CWA strike won't affect AT&T capex

Ovum analyst Ron Klein says a potential strike by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) wouldn't affect AT&T's short term capital expenditures. If anything, AT&T will likely press to

Nortel execs get $7.3 million in bonuses, employees get nada

As eight unnamed Nortel executives collect a total of $7.3 million in retention bonuses, thousands of former employees are being denied severance payments. Instead, Nortel has offered former U.S.

Maine PUC: FairPoint generates largest number of complaints

Six weeks after FairPoint took over Verizon's landline service in northern New England, affected customers are still not happy. The Maine Public Utilities Commission says people are complaining more

Some Supercomm questions answered

The following are excerpts from an e-mail Q&A with Ron Mathews, Supercomm event director and vice president of Reed Exhibitions, regarding the postponement of Supercomm 2009 from June to October,