New FairPoint chief starts as bankruptcy hovers

New FairPoint Communications Chairman and CEO David Hauser began his tenure at the company Wednesday by attempting to discourage talk of a possible bankruptcy protection filing with optimism about

AT&T, BT, Tata dial up first inter-carrier telepresence call

AT&T, BT, and Tata Communications have conducted the first international, inter-carrier, inter-company multi-point telepresence call over Cisco Systems gear. The call involved telepresence

Broadband stimulus speed threshold set low

More broadband stimulus program details were announced, and the good news is that applications for the first round of $4 billion will be accepted by the National Telecommunications and Information

Happy Birthday, America

Hey, folks, just a quick note to tell you that the FierceTelecom newsletter will not be published on Friday, July 3, as we get an early start on the holiday weekend. Have a good 4th of July, and

Supreme Court lingering over Nacchio case

The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet issued a decision about whether or not it will review the insider trading conviction of former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio--and that might be good news for

Nortel enterprise exec on Bay watch

Nortel Networks likely will face the auctioning of its carrier networks business and other units later this month. At this point, the fate of the enterprise division is not known, though Avaya and a

Broadband stimulus grant details coming today

The $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program so far has created more confusion and stalled carrier spending than anything else, but never fear: Obama administration officials are set to announce

NTT to buy German IT security firm Integralis

Japan's NTT announced it will acquire German IT security services firm Integralis, a move which is seen as strengthening the company's presence in Europe while European carriers are expanding in the

RCN bids for FiberNet Telecom, tops Zayo offer

In May, Zayo—the Colorado-based fiber network operator that’s been on an extended buying spree of small, regionally-focused network operators—seemed to be on its way to yet another

Broadband: The backbone of freedom

Has broadband access become a personal right? Does it really equate with freedom of speech and democracy? Panelists at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City this week talked about the power

Comcast offering WiMAX high-speed wireless broadband

Cablevision has seen its broadband customers make more than 2 million WiFi connections since it began offering the free service last fall. Now, Comcast is taking it one step further, rolling out

IBEW contract expires; talks continue with AT&T

Flying under the radar—or tucked away in the shadow--of AT&T’s contract negotiations with the Communications Workers of America, has been the company’s talks with its other

Vermont hires advisor to prepare for potential FairPoint loan default

Vermont's not waiting for the other shoe to drop in the ongoing FairPoint Communications saga, as this week the state said it had hired a bankruptcy advisor to help weigh its options if the North

AT&T owes Missouri munies $65M

A Circuit Court judge in St. Louis has approved a settlement in a long-running legal fight between telco giant AT&T and about 330 municipalities in Missouri who had charged that AT&T did not

Hatteras sells EoC repeaters to Utah telco

Hatteras Networks has added repeaters to its Ethernet-over-copper solution to boost its transmission reach from several thousand feet to more than 25 miles. That latter distance is achieved by using

IPtimize buys Teliphonex to expand reach

Denver-based service provider IPtimize has acquired the Teliphonex VoIP business of fellow service provider National Telecom & Broadband Services, which is based in West Palm Beach, Fla. The buy

xTCA's big day getting closer

The family of xTCA standards--the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA), MicroTCA, and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC)--are as familiar as, well, family to the major network

Unlisted number charges still rankle

Last month, a California state Senate bill that sought to stop telcos from charging consumers a fee to keep their phone numbers unlisted was shelved for the second consecutive year under what was

Buy American, but maybe not for broadband gear

The U.S. Commerce Dept. and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration have made an adjustment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that loosens the "buy

Comcast expands, revamps global calling

Cable TV giant Comcast, which earlier this year touted its telephony success with that claim that it had become the third-largest residential telephone service provider in the U.S. in terms of total