U.S. CTO choice: Chopra

President Obama on Saturday finally announced his choice for the nation's first chief technology officer, and the name no doubt came as a surprise to many who had expected a marquee member from a

AT&T and CWA: Is no news good news this week?

After a weekend off for Easter, AT&T and CWA representatives went back to the bargaining table to work out a new contract. It's been pretty quiet this week on the rhetoric/PR front. Is no news

AT&T offers wage hikes to CWA, bargaining continues

AT&T spokesman Walt Sharp has shed some light on offers the telco is making in the ongoing negotiations with the CWA over wireline employees' contracts. Sharp told the Springfield News-Leader

Verizon sues John Does over CA AT&T cut cable

Legal fallout from the vandalism of four AT&T fiber optic cables around Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area continues. Verizon Wireless and Verizon California filed suit in Santa Clara

Time Warner Cable puts wider metered broadband billing implementation on the shelf

Late Thursday, Time Warner Cable said it was putting plans to roll out metered broadband billing for more markets on the shelf for now. Beaumont, Tex., remains the sole "test" market for metered

AT&T spending its way to deregulation in Florida, Tennessee

How much money is AT&T spending for getting landline deregulation bills in Florida and Tennessee? AT&T is reported to have 72 registered lobbyists in Florida working toward passage of a bill

No quick score in Cuba for U.S. carriers

U.S. telecom firms may be able to do business in Cuba more freely now, but they'll have to compete against established European and Latin American firms. The White House announced Monday that it

Fiber projects in Africa pick up - and watch for pirates

Two new long-haul undersea fiber projects in Africa are gaining momentium. The $130 million East Africa Marine Systems Cable (TEAMS) started to lay down cable this week, while Telecom Namibia has

Cavium Networks OCTEON II gets lots of ATCA support

Cavium Networks announcement this week of its OCTEON II multicore MIPS64 processor has garnered a lot of support from the telecom OEM community. Enea, Kontron and RadiSys are among the players which

Qwest plans to close call centers

After recently investing in the customer contact capabilities inherent in Twitter, Qwest Communications now plans to shut down existing customer call centers in Littleton, Colo., and Omaha, Neb., by

Palo Alto looks for a new fiber buddy

The city council of Palo Alto, Calif., has voted to continue working on a plan for a municipal fiber broadband network and to continue looking for a network operator partner, even though the city's

Tiscali in trouble?

Italy's Tiscali, a company which was once one of the largest ISPs in Europe, but is more recently known for its struggles in the IPTV market, acknowledged in a statement that its auditor, Ernst &

Heat rises on TWC metered billing plans

Time Warner Cable's plans to expand metered-usage pricing for broadband Internet into several new markets continues to generate protest. A Web site called has cropped up, and The Wall

LA AFL-CIO chapter to "Phone Bank" for CWA in AT&T contract negotiations

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is planning to "phone bank" (i.e. call center dial-up) U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Thursday in support of

Adtran Q1 numbers beat estimates

Network equipment vendor Adtran, which often reports quarterly results ahead of other telecom vendors and has come to be seen as something of an early indicator for the sector, reports its

Verizon Business: PIN-based data breaches up

Verizon Business released its 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report today, and it offers what has become an all too familiar assessment of cybercrime: Crimes continue to multiple and evolve, and

eBay plans Skype IPO for next year

About one year after eBay said it would spend a year evaluating its Skype subsidiary, the Internet auctions giant announced yesterday that it is planning to spin off Skype in an initial public stock

Nacchio's bail appeal denied, reports to prison in PA

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio had his appeal for a delayed start to his imminent jail term denied by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Tuesday. Nacchio, convicted on several felony counts of

Dep't of Agriculture IG flames RUS broadband stimulus program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general (IG) has released a report saying the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) broadband program may not have the chops to distribute effectively the

Tennessee Senate approves AT&T deregulation bill

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Monday to deregulate pricing for basic phone service in the state, but some lawmakers are unhappy at how it was done. The bill is now up for debate in the state