Adtran eyes ONT launches, stimulus-related activity

Network equipment vendor Adtran, already listed by at least one industry analyst as a company that is likely to benefit from broadband stimulus funds targeted at under-served markets, said it will

FCC fines telcos over customer privacy requirements

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau released a statement saying it plans to fine more than 600 mostly small telecom service providers thousands of dollars each in fines related

NTIA taking meetings for broadband stimulus grant programs

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced its going to hold meetings with interested parties (i.e. people who want the money) March 2 to talk about the

Virgin Media cranks DOCSIS 3.0 and 10 Mbps service

Virgin Media is migrating millions of its 2 Mbps broadband customers up to 10 Mbps speeds as it transitions its cable network over to DOCSIS 3.0. The new portfolio of products will allow users to

Accenture and Cisco expand partnership to encompass UC, IT services

Accenture and Cisco have decided to take their partnership up a notch, creating a group to help large enterprises implement unified communications, collaboration and data center virtualization

CWA rallies Texas AT&T workers

On the eve of contract negotiations that begin Tuesday, the Communications Worker of America Local 6139 held a public rally in Beaumont, Texas on Monday evening to mark the start of its contract

SkyWi getting further disconnections in New Mexico; FCC involvement next?

While Qwest may be the first phone company serving New Mexico to pull the plug on SkyWi and it subsidiaries, it will soon have company. Windstream, Tularosa Basin Telephone Company, Penasco Valley

Verizon Business President named

Lost in the landslide of announcements out of Mobile World Congress last week, Verizon named Fran Shammo president of Verizon Business, effective March 1. Shammo, 48, succeeds John Killian, who moved

Adtran goes global with new marketing VP

Adtran thinks it can gain market share in these economic downtimes, and the company is going to put more emphasis on increased global sales and raising the company's profile, says Gary Bolton, its

AT&T defines $1B in capital expenditures for business services

This morning AT&T announced plans to invest $1 billion in 2009 to continue building out its global network along with "driving" new services and applications for businesses. Network-based

Where's U.S. carrier capex? Overseas

One of the most common trends among telecom network operators as they reported fourth-quarter earnings recently had to do with capital spending figures and the direction in which they are heading:

Cavalier Telephone launches fiber operator

Virginia-based independent telco Cavalier Telephone has launched a new subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, that plans to exploit the capacity of a 16,000-mile fiber network that covers the East Coast

Service providers pursue e-billing model

Telephony currently has a series on how telecom service providers are increasingly migrating to paperless billing and electronic payments. Those capabilities are nothing new to most bill-paying

Telecommuting in moderation increases

Even as telecommuting seemingly has become more popular, its effectiveness has been increasingly criticized. Now, perhaps some companies are starting to find the right balance to make it work. The

Big telcos touted as safe investment bet

AT&T and Verizon Communication vs. gold: That's what your choices may boil down to if you are looking for a safe haven in the current catastrophic market. While gold jumped above $1,000 an ounce

SkyWi CEO flogs New Mexico PRC

It appears SkyWi CEO Allen Witters isn't planning on appearing before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) anytime soon. In a press release yesterday, Witters scolded the PRC, said it

Radware buying Nortel's application delivery business

Applications delivery solution company Radware has agreed to purchase some of Nortel's assets around its Layer 4-7 Applications Delivery Business. Nortel originally got into the application switch

He who has the best technology wins

When Verizon decided to invest in FiOS and all the core technologies needed to support FiOS, Wall Street pilloried the company. Today, the company continues to make money in one of the worst

FairPoint adding new sales staff in northern New England

FairPoint Communications says it plans to hire about 100 new sales and sales support positions throughout its service area in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The company is looking for experienced

New Zealand Telecom's biggest problems

Down in Kiwi-Land, a columnist for The National Business Review takes a look at the five biggest headaches the incumbent phone company faces today, along with suggestions on how to solve them. Chris