BCE buyout balances on the brink

The pending buyout of Bell Canada Enterprises by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and its U.S. private equity partners is coming down to the wire, with many observers still expecting the deal to

Telco marketing efforts hit the streets

After cable TV company chiefs speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday expressed some cautious optimism about their market position, telcos chiefs yesterday took the

Swisscom set for fiber boost

Swisscom has become the latest European carrier to commit to a massive fiber upgrade project, saying it will spend about $2.3 billion to replace some existing copper with fiber. The company already

House report slaps FCC's Martin

Remember when Congress launched a review of Federal Communications Commission processes following FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's handling of cable TV industry regulation? It has been about a year since

AT&T carrier Ethernet footprint extended across Asia, Europe

AT&T has gone global with its carrier Ethernet offering, adding Germany, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and

Level 3 announces job cuts, update to tender offer

Level 3 joins AT&T in announcing job cuts, but isn't laying the blame on landline losses. It also announced an update to its tender offer for its outstanding notes in 2009 and 2010. The

Verizon defends honor in Wilmington FiOS talks

Wilmington's home town newspaper and Verizon have squared off on Verizon's FiOS negotiation tactics. A December 1 editorial in the News Journal accused Verizon of either wanting to "crash the deal or

Cable companies paint their future in a down economy

At a Wall Street investor's conference Monday, Time Warner Cable and Comcast were painting a relatively upbeat picture, but fessed up that they might end up with declining revenues in certain areas.

Mumbai: Follow the phone calls

Scrap the old cliché of "Follow the money." It's pulling the strings on phone calls that have lead Indian investigators to point at Pakistan-based support of the Mumbai terrorist attack.

SPOTLIGHT: Obama's transition and Level 3's Gips

Level 3 Vice President Don Gips is currently on leave from the Colorado-based carrier, overseeing an agency-by-agency review of the federal government as a part of President-elect Barak Obama's

Verizon vs. AT&T: No siblings, no rivalry

Are Verizon Communications and AT&T rivals? Much was made of Verizon's move to build-out its FiOS network in a portion of AT&T's Dallas area market earlier this year. That decision made some

Level 3 names Storey COO

After at least nine months without a president or chief operating officer since co-founder Kevin O'Hara left both posts, Level 3 Communications has named Jeff Storey as president and chief operating

Alternative BCE deal looks unlikely

The proposed takeover of Bell Canada Enterprises remains in doubt as the Thursday, Dec. 11, closing date nears. Most recently, BCE responded to widespread media reports about a potential alternative

Analyst knocks quad play, cable wireless efforts

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Craig Moffett last week questioned the quad play-the idea that telcos and cable TV companies need to bundle voice, broadband Internet, TV service and wireless

Obama commits to broadband investment

President-elect Barack Obama indicated in his weekly radio and YouTube address Saturday that broadband and national Internet access would be part of what has been referred to by observers as the "new

Paetec joins job cut parade

Paetec Holding Corp., which has been active in driving consolidation in the competitive local exchange carrier sector, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it

Ebbers seeks clemency as Bush exits

President Bush is about to leave office, which means its prime time for big-time criminals seeking pardons or clemency from their punishments for their dirty deeds. One of the hopefuls is Bernie

Google, bad math, and telecom lobbying

Does Google really use 21 times more bandwidth than it pays for? The accusation is made in "Estimating Google's U.S. Consumer Internet Usage & Cost - 2007-2010" - a piece published on Thursday at

Windstream cuts 170 jobs

Windstream said it will cut 170 jobs because of declining revenue from its landline business, about 2.3 percent of its 7,400 person workforce. A spokesperson for the company said cuts include

Verizon 100 Mbps FiOS on deck in 2009

Verizon's technology director says the company is preparing to roll out 100 Mbps service next year for its fiber network. (Ed: Santa, I want it, and my MPA NXX is 703-971). Speaking at an industry