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Broadband up in Ireland

Despite a significant downturn in employment, the number of broadband subscribers went up by 6.7 percent in the last quarter of 2008. Digital TV also showed a gain. Ireland's communications regulator

Ohio: Verizon gets greenlight for phone price hikes

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has granted Verizon pricing flexibility in 21 Ohio exchanges. Under the provision, Verizon can increase basic phone service rates by up to $1.25

Former Qwest CEO has a lucky day

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio received two bits of good news on Thursday. A federal judge said he doesn't have to report to prison on Monday because his case is being appealed and doctors say he

Maine wants money for state broadband penetration study

Up in Maine, the state ConnectMe Authority is planning to ask for economic stimulus money to pay for a study of the state's broadband networks to figure out how to give more people access. It is

Telstra sued over access to copper; will breakup be next?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Telstra for allegedly blocking access to its copper wire network. It's a step that observers think will be the justification the

Telefonica twitters in Brazil

Twitter users recently played no small role in getting AT&T to improve its wireless coverage in Austin, Tex., for the South By Southwest music conference, and Verizon Communications has talked of

Verizon sued over N.J. complaints

The State of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against Verizon Communications, charging that the company's marketing and other aspects of its FiOS broadband and TV services were deceptive. Multichannel

Cisco to acquire Flip Video firm

Cisco Systems announced that it will acquire Pure Digital, the developer of the popular Flip Video family of mini-camcorder devices. The announcement comes after the circulation of rumors that Cisco

OneChip targets FTTH costs

The market for optical transceivers and other components has seen much change in the in the year as Enablence Technologies acquired Pannaway, Bookham and Avanex merged and several other companies

CTIA Preview: With femtocells, FMC gets real

The concept of fixed-mobile convergence has been around for so long, and has been applied to so many different technology innovations and business strategies, that the telecom industry may have to

CONFIRMED: SuperComm moves to Fall '09

Fierce has confirmed SuperComm will be moving dates - but not places -- from its June time slot to October. The telecommunications event is being moved to October 21-23 and will remain in McCormick

Nacchio tested for cancer, hearing on delay tomorrow

Former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio has been seeking a delay of his March 23 prison report date, and documents filed in federal court in Denver this week shed some light on the reason for

Comcast: Most leaked user data not authentic

Cable TV giant Comcast said that only about 700 customer names and passwords that were found on a public list on the Scribd document sharing site appear to be authentic. The full exposed list had

Embattled FairPoint offers service credits

FairPoint Communications, whose CEO recently admitted that the independent telco had trouble with the network cutover for former Verizon Communications properties it had acquired in New England last

IBM-Sun deal would mean big things for telecom

The Wall Street Journal reports that tech giant IBM is in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems, a deal that, were it to happen, would have major implications in telecom markets. The WSJ is casting the

CTIA Preview: Wireline's future is wireless

Many wireline telcos need no reminder of just how effectively their lunch is being eaten by the wireless part of the telecom industry, but the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show is ready to deliver plenty

Cox Business 2009: 16 percent growth, $1B revenues

Visiting Fierce's offices in Washington D.C. last week, Cox Business was bullish on its prospects for the year. Over the past two years, the division of Cox Communications has grown at a rate of 16

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