Arizona regulator approves Frontier's Verizon line acquisition

Frontier reached another milestone this week in its pending deal to acquire Verizon's local lines in 14 states as the Arizona Corporation Commission unanimously gave its blessing to transfer the

FCC outlines working broadband plan recommendations

The FCC yesterday laid down initial goals for its proposed U.S. broadband plan. Regulators believe that providing greater access broadband Internet connections, U.S. citizens will have better access

Shaw gets its FTTH Gig groove on

Watch out Google. Here comes Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications and its own 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home trial. Just like Google, Shaw's 1 Gbps trial which will be launched in April with some

TWC spreads its DOCSIS 3.0 love into Cincinnati

Time Warner Cable may have been late to the DOCSIS 3.0 game, but now it is bringing the service to markets outside its New York City stronghold. The lucky city to get TWC's DOCSIS 3.0 service is

AT&T's U-Verse hits the spot in the lone star state

With over 200,000 subscribers and counting in Houston, it's clear that AT&T has been making strident progress with U-Verse IPTV product in its home state. As one of the first cities to get

100 questions about 100 Squared

The Federal Communications Commission still gets about another month of winter to remain in its hole and develop a realistic national broadband plan, but FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stuck his

Global Crossing's Legere: 2009 was not too bad

Like many service providers, Global Crossing was bracing itself for what it thought would be "a scary year," but instead the provider reported that in 2009 it beat analyst expectations with even

Neutral Tandem enters the Ethernet exchange fray

Neutral Tandem, a provider of tandem interconnection services, has decided to move into the emerging Ethernet exchange market. Their product addresses the need for Ethernet providers to expand their

Windstream: Q4 09 profit drops, but broadband, TV were up

Windstream's Q4 earnings again illustrate the need for tier 2 operators, once known for nothing more than landline POTS service, to continue to morph into an IP-based entertainment and business

Middle mile providers: Complementary, not competitive

It was interesting to see news break last week that Qwest is considering, and I underline considering applying for broadband stimulus grant funding when the National Telecommunications and

UTOPIA moves on Google's fiber communities RFI

Google's ambitious plans to build an open access Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network has garnered the attention of 16-city open access network provider UTOPIA which plans to bid for a slot in

Sprint fiber pioneer Fred Lawrence heads up ClearAccess' board

Home networking management vendor Clear Access has recruited 40-year telecom veteran Fred Lawrence as Chairman of the Board of directors. Currently a partner at RSquared Associates, Lawrence's

FCC sets high broadband speed bar

Just as the FCC puts the finishing touches on the broadband plan it has to deliver to Congress next month, the agency has set a goal that the minimum broadband access speed should be 100 Mbps. FCC

Telus' wireline revenues dip, but IP services continue to shine

Canadian service provider Telus' Q4 09 earnings reflect the common theme that while IP services are on the rise, revenue was again down because of declining traditional voice revenues, while data, IP

Covad offers up nationwide wholesale MPLS VPN service

Covad has completed the circle of its intelligent network platform roll out by launching its nationwide MPLS VPN wholesale service with Quality of Service (QoS) and Class of Service (CoS)

Fayetteville, NC PWC tests the Triple Play waters

Smart grids and broadband, what a combination! This is the tact Fayetteville, NC Public Works Commission is considering for its electric customers as it constructs a fiber-based "smart grid." The new

Qwest enhances its cloud-computing capabilities

Qwest has responded to its enterprise and government customers' needs for hosting and cloud-based services by opening its 17th nationwide data center and its third center located in the Washington

Kennedy: Demand drivers for metro transport networks

The transition from legacy transport networks using SONET/SDH to packet optical networks has not been an easy one. Access and aggregation transport facilities continue to be primarily SONET/SDH based

T-Mobile's backhaul plans could spell opportunity for wholesalers

T-Mobile has come to the realization that copper-based T1 circuits just won't cut it for its wireline backhaul circuits as it upgrades more pieces of its wireless network with High Speed Packet

Qwest: Q4 09 revenue declined, but 2010 is looking up

Qwest's performance in Q4 09 illustrated the ongoing growing pains that all large service providers are facing in shedding their local telephone shell to become a provider of IP-based business and