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Avoiding another Nacchio

The U.S. Supreme Court may review the Curious Case of Joe Nacchio this week, and I call it that not because Nacchio is aging backward, but because he is trying to make time move backward. Maybe then,

Net neutrality proponents target national broadband debate

As various voices have begun to contribute to the national broadband discussion in the U.S., it is becoming clear the real debates on this issue will revolve around Net neutrality. As we noted last

UTStarcom to slash 2,300 jobs

UTStarcom confirmed it plans to cut at least half of its workforce--2,300 jobs--as it looks to restructure and cut costs. the company has taken several measure in the past few years to reduce costs,

SingTel may spin Optus lines into Australia NBN venture

Singapore Telecommunications, which has long had a major stake in the Australian telecom market through alternative carrier Optus, reportedly is looking to divest the fixed line assets of Optus into

NTCA wants Internet content giants paying into USF

More details are becoming clear about the filings various agencies have made in response to the Federal Communications Commission's request for comment on a national broadband plan. Telephony reports

Arrests made in international hacking-fraud ring

A two-year investigation in Italy has culminated in the arrests of at least five people for telecom fraud and another person being sought for allegedly orchestrating hacking attacks on the IT systems

Genachowski wait lingers into summer

The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to finally pick up discussion about Julius Genachowski, the proposed nominee for Federal Communications Commission Chairman, next Tuesday. This comes after

AT&T rewrites privacy policy

Saul Hansell at the New York Times has a closer look at the new privacy policy AT&T announced Thursday. The policy replaces a number of older policies, and reportedly aims to provide customers

Qwest may do VDSL2, with DOCSIS 3.0 as target

Qwest Communications is testing and reportedly planning a new VDSL2 broadband service supporting 40 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps up for $109.99 per month. Nothing has been confirmed, but if it

SHLB latest group to seek broadband spotlight

If you're not part of a coalition in the age of broadband stimulus, you're nobody. The latest coalition to push for better broadband access is the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB)

Verizon tussles with Comcast over ads

Nothing may be certain except for death and taxes, but the likelihood that Verizon Communications and a cable TV competitor are fighting about marketing and advertising issues comes fairly close to

Hitachi telecom unit to join with mothership

Japan's Hitachi plans to absorb its telecom subsidiary Hitachi Communication Technologies in an effort to seek tighter integration of operational and technical resources, and better overall financial

Sprint takes femtocells wholesale

Sprint, which was the most aggressive early supporter of mobile virtual network operators and wireless resale among the major wireless companies, announced that its wholesale group will offer

Infonetics: Corporate voice budgets remain healthy

Infonetics Research says results of a survey conducted in April and May indicate that North American companies may not be slashing voice communications spending, at least not dramatically, over the

WSJ: Sprint, Level 3 discussing long-haul JV

Days after Qwest Communications confirmed that it would not sell its long-distance network at this time, Level 3 Communications, a long-time M&A driver that was considered among the candidates to

AT&T narrowing its vendor source list

AT&T has began to reduce the total numbers of vendors it works with on various parts of its network and operations, and speculation has begun about who will get voted off the island (Do people

Ericsson's Redback aims for better green metrics

Environmental sustainability continues to be a top of mind issue in the telecom industry, with carriers touting their own green strategies and their vendors adjusting to the new reality by reducing

Report: CableLabs lands Liao as new chief

Light Reading's Cable Digital News is reporting that CableLabs has appointed Panasonic North America CTO Paul Liao as its new president and CEO to replace the retiring Richard Green. CableLabs had

Italian gov't against foreign ownership of Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia has been hounded for months by rumors that it might consider being acquired by Spain's Telefonica, which owns a 10 percent stake in Telecom Italia through a subsidiary. Despite Telecom

Cisco: Video 90% of IP traffic by 2013

Cisco Systems released its latest research on IP traffic, showing that global IP traffic will reach more than 667 exabytes by 2013, and that video traffic will represent 90 percent of all Internet