FiOS versus cable: Part 2

"People tend to forget that video itself is evolving to where it's going to need more bandwidth," said Sanjay Udani, principal member of the technical staff of Verizon Network & Technology. "3DTV

FiOS versus cable: Perception, reality and money mix together

A shoestring, not fiber or coaxial cable, separates Verizon's FiOS and cable. Cable has always claimed it operates on a shoestring budget so the fact that Verizon has more money to build a network is

Charter reports $1.5B Q4 loss before April 1 bankruptcy

Charter Communications, the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, reported a widening loss year-over-year. One of its subsidiaries also will not make an interest payment on debt because the company

Performance Technologies boosts 1U MicroTCA lineup

Performance Technologies (PT) has rolled out the newest member of its IPnexus MicroTCA systems line, the AMP5071. Designed for OEMs building IP-based communications products, the new system is fully

PMC-Sierra to debut symmetric 10G EPON platforms

PMC-Sierra announced Monday the availability of the industry's first symmetric 10G EPON platforms, including optical line terminals and optical network units. The company will demonstrate the

Rural Tennessee lights 960 mile fiber network

CDE Lightband, a non-profit agency of Clarksville, Tenn., has announced the completion of a 960-mile fiber optic network for the town. The 54,000 citizens will be able to get TV and broadband

Private sector: Just give us the (broadband stimulus) money

Cable, wireless and satellite providers have put together a united front on broadband stimulus grant monies, telling the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) that it

Cisco attacks the data center with new servers, services

Cisco Systems has unleashed its long anticipated campaign into the server space, unveiling a new data center architecture, server hardware and an open ecosystem for supporting it. Companies onboard

Twittering the telcos

Attendees of the South By Southwest (SXSW to you cool kids) music conference in Austin were annoyed by what they perceived as lousy coverage from AT&T's mobile network, so naturally they took to

Rural markets need backbone stimulus

While many observers have been discussing where broadband stimulus funding is needed and which access technologies service providers are likely to use to reach their end users, investment further up

Alcatel-Lucent eyes 2010 return to profit

Alcatel-Lucent reported a fourth-quarter net loss of close to $5 billion, but the company's CFO told French newspaper Les Echos that a return to profitability will come by the second half of 2010.

Nacchio update: Top court filing likely, SEC suit on track

It still appears likely that former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio and his lawyers will pursue a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a review of Nacchio's insider trading conviction.

DT joins push toward 100G

Germany's Deutsche Telekom has dipped its toes into the 100 Gbps end of the pool, following several other carrier trials by the likes of Verizon Communications, AT&T and others. The incumbent

AT&T union talks affecting 112,500 proceed

Fresh off a new contract agreement for its wireless unit workforce, AT&T has five regional union contracts affecting 112,500 wireline workers up for renewal on April 4. The telco is talking to

Thinking the unthinkable: What if your phone company dies?

What if your phone company dies? To generations of BellHeads, this sort of talk is unimaginable blasphemy of the highest order. Down in New Mexico, SkyWi customers got a taste of the unthinkable.

Comcast goes to court to challenge 30% national reach cap

On April 24, Comcast goes into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to offer its arguments why a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 30 percent cap on national cable reach

BT freezes wages across the board

Joining a growing list of UK companies, BT has announced a pay freeze for all of its 85,000 U.K.-based staff; 20,000 overseas staff will be affected as well. The move is being blamed on the economic

First "ring" on New Zealand's NGN phone network

New Zealand's incumbent carrier Telecom made its first official IP call today. Rivals say the company refuses to set a timetable to go all-IP, hindering their plans to compete. The first official

House jawbones rewrite of Universal Service Fund to complement broadband stimulus

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives opened up discussion on the hot-button issue of reworking the Universal Service Fund (USF). Past efforts have gone for naught. Rep. Rick Boucher

FairPoint seeks delay on $11M debt payment

Up in Maine, FairPoint Communications is asking utility regulators if it can put off a $11.25 million debt payment due at the end of March. FairPoint is hunkering down as it deals with cash flow