Palo Alto looks for a new fiber buddy

The city council of Palo Alto, Calif., has voted to continue working on a plan for a municipal fiber broadband network and to continue looking for a network operator partner, even though the city's

Tiscali in trouble?

Italy's Tiscali, a company which was once one of the largest ISPs in Europe, but is more recently known for its struggles in the IPTV market, acknowledged in a statement that its auditor, Ernst &

Heat rises on TWC metered billing plans

Time Warner Cable's plans to expand metered-usage pricing for broadband Internet into several new markets continues to generate protest. A Web site called has cropped up, and The Wall

LA AFL-CIO chapter to "Phone Bank" for CWA in AT&T contract negotiations

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is planning to "phone bank" (i.e. call center dial-up) U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Thursday in support of

Adtran Q1 numbers beat estimates

Network equipment vendor Adtran, which often reports quarterly results ahead of other telecom vendors and has come to be seen as something of an early indicator for the sector, reports its

Verizon Business: PIN-based data breaches up

Verizon Business released its 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report today, and it offers what has become an all too familiar assessment of cybercrime: Crimes continue to multiple and evolve, and

eBay plans Skype IPO for next year

About one year after eBay said it would spend a year evaluating its Skype subsidiary, the Internet auctions giant announced yesterday that it is planning to spin off Skype in an initial public stock

Nacchio's bail appeal denied, reports to prison in PA

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio had his appeal for a delayed start to his imminent jail term denied by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Tuesday. Nacchio, convicted on several felony counts of

Dep't of Agriculture IG flames RUS broadband stimulus program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general (IG) has released a report saying the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) broadband program may not have the chops to distribute effectively the

Tennessee Senate approves AT&T deregulation bill

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Monday to deregulate pricing for basic phone service in the state, but some lawmakers are unhappy at how it was done. The bill is now up for debate in the state

U.S. government loosens rules on telecom services for Cuba

The Obama administration has lifted many of the embargo constraints on Cuba for American companies providing telecommunications and broadcast services. Under the new policy announced Monday, U.S.

Telstra considering voluntary breakup to beat government threats

Australian telco Telstra is considering a voluntary separation of its wholesale and retail divisions, as well as the sale of some assets to the Australian government's next generation network (NGN)

Southern telecom deregulation marches on

Landline deregulation throughout the south is moving forward, with bills moving forward in Alabama and Tennessee. The Tennessee Senate was scheduled to vote Monday on a bill to deregulate the price

Congressman drafting bill to ban metered bandwidth billing

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) announced he is drafting legislation to make it illegal for Internet service providers to charge customers based upon how much data they download. The

IL: AT&T worker files charges against CWA

An AT&T worker has filed charges alleging that Communications Workers of America (CWA) union officials threatened to "take him to court" if he didn't participate in a strike, despite his decision

More vandalism of CA AT&T facilities comes to light

Danville, Calif., police are looking into three separate instances at the beginning of April when AT&T junction boxes within the city were vandalized. There appears to be no direct connection

The death and life of Nortel

In the fall of 2001, when I was writing for Telephony, we ran a cover that proclaimed "The End of Big." It was a reference to what we predicted would be the end of market dominance by the big network

NYT: Skype founders may lead re-acquisition

The New York Times reported this weekend that Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are meeting with private equity parties with the idea of leading an effort to re-acquire the company

N.H. sets new requirements for FairPoint

About a week after Vermont regulators threatened to remove FairPoint Communications executives if the company's service performance and treatment of customers didn't improve, regulators in

BT mulling more job cuts, dividend cut

Published reports in the U.K. suggest that telco giant BT is considering cutting more jobs, possibly numbering in the thousands, and also is expected to sharply cut its dividend for the first time in