Reports: Kundra to be named federal CIO

According to several published reports, President Obama today plans to name Vivek Kundra to the newly-created post of Chief Information Officer for the federal government, overseeing government

France Telecom profit falls 35 percent

France Telecom, arguably the most aggressive telco in the world when it comes to seizing new service opportunities and business models, saw its full-year 2008 profit slide about 35 percent to $5.1

Nacchio due in prison March 23

A U.S. District Judge ordered former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio to report to a minimum-security prison in Pennsylvania on March 23 to begin serving his six-year sentence for insider

Rural broadband grants coming soon

The $2.5 billion to be awarded to rural broadband projects as part of the recently approved economic stimulus package, otherwise known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, must be

Cox Business gets Ethernet recognition

Cox Business, the business services arm of cable TV firm Cox Communications, is now the fourth-largest business Ethernet service provider in the U.S. in terms of number of customer ports, the company

Five states OK CenturyTel-Embarq deal

The merger of Louisiana-based CenturyTel and Kansas-based Embarq has been approved by regulatory commissions in Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Minnesota and Ohio. The deal is due for review by

Comcast brings DOCSIS 3.0 to Bay Area

Cable TV giant Comcast has extended its DOCSIS 3.0 roll-out to the San Francisco Bay Area, including coverage in San Jose-Silicon Valley. The service, offering speeds up to 50 Mbps, arrives in the

Herda: National broadband for business, too

Larissa Herda, the long-time chief of alternative business carrier tw telecom, used a keynote speech at the Spring 2009 COMPTEL PLUS Conference & Expo in Dallas this week to stump for a national

AT&T Mobility, CWA reach deal

AT&T has two union contracts up for renewal early this year, but the first deal finally appears to be done, at least tentatively. AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America

BCE buys out The Source

Bell Canada Enterprises, about three months removed from a cancelled sale to private investors, is acquiring 750 The Source retail electronics stores in Canada from Circuit City, the failing U.S.

Ofcom approves BT fiber push

U.K. regulator Ofcom gave the go-ahead to BT's fiber deployment project, and said it will allow the telco incumbent to have wholesale pricing flexibility, a key win for BT as it attempts to turn a

Genachowski nominated as FCC chair

President Barack Obama officially announced Tuesday the nomination of Julius Genachowski for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski, who had been rumored to be Obama's pick

Nortel regroups on Carrier Ethernet, bets on optical

As a part of its downer conference call yesterday, Nortel said it going to stop investing in its Carrier Ethernet switch/routers and put the money into optical transport. Putting money into optical

tw telecom scores 51 site IP VPN deal

tw telecom has announced a 51-site IP VPN deal with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in Tampa. The installation includes off-site data center connectivity, Ethernet Internet services and voice

Optus offers naked DSL

Down Under, Optus joins the ranks of several smaller telcos in Australia offering naked DSL (i.e. without voice landline service). With more tech-savvy Aussies using VoIP and/or shifting to mobile

U of MD keeping landline phones

In a contrarian move, the University of Maryland doesn't plan to get rid of its dorm landlines. Students are puzzled as to why and annoyed at the telecommunications fee they are stuck with to keep

AT&T offers remote management services for IT shops

AT&T is offering businesses what it terms a one-stop solution for managing and monitoring their IT resources, regardless of location. AT&T's Remote Infrastructure Management will deliver the

DT opens up VDSL network

Deutsche Telekom (DT) is opening up its VDSL network to competitors and will be selling a wholesale service. DT says the move to offer wholesale is voluntary and happening without regulatory

Radware sees potential in Alteon assets

Despite weakened carrier spending around the world, Israel's Radware sees great potential in the former Alteon Websystems application delivery assets that it is in the process of buying from Nortel

Nortel posts $2.1 billion Q4 loss, pushes bonus plan

Nortel Networks, currently under bankruptcy protection and in the midst of broad restructuring, reported fourth-quarter earnings today that included a $2.1 billion loss fed by a $1.2 billion