Embarq sues government for $31.6M tax payback

Independent telco Embarq, which is in the process of being acquired by CenturyTel, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming the company is owed $31.6 million in mistakenly-paid

Genachowski, McDowell approved by Commerce Committee

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nominations of Julius Genachowski as Federal Communications Commission Chairman and Robert McDowell as Republican FCC Commissioner, forwarding both nominees

Google Voice may be gearing up

There has been rampant speculation in recent days that Google Voice was going to become widely available this week. That hasn't happened yet, but Google Voice (formerly Grand Central until its was

Alcatel-Lucent, Hewlett-Packard eye partnership

In a potential match of the hyphenates, Alcatel-Lucent and Hewlett-Packard said they are working toward formal agreement to pursue a 10-year, multi-billion-dollar sales partnership that would involve

CWA Dist. 6 negotiators leave bargaining table

There has not been much new of late to report about the ongoing contract negotiations between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America union, which means that about 80,000 employees remain

Pew: Broadband have-nots are starting to have

Broadband adoption is increasing among some of the groups previously marginalized by broadband growth, according to new research from Pew Internet & American Life Project. For example, rural

Metered-usage billing draws Congressional bill

Metered-usage broadband trials and launch plans have drawn fire from consumer groups, regulators and in some cases competitors, and now Congressional legislation, promised a couple of months ago, has


The IEEE at a meeting in Tokyo has approved the Provider Backbone Bridging - Traffic Engineering standard, based on provider backbone transport technology. PBT has had its ups and downs over the last

Could FCC chief be approved today?

After Julius Genachowski, President Obama's nominee for Federal Communications Commission Chairman, appeared at a Senate Commerce Committee nomination hearing yesterday, there were reports that he

IBM bundles with Qwest for mid-sized business offering

IBM and Qwest Communications have formed a partnership to deliver bundled services, including managed security, unified communications and remote infrastructure management, among other IT and

Hawaiian Telcom faces acquisition bid

Hawaiian Telcom recently looked to move beyond its legacy of financial problems when it announced a reorganization plan to allow it to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The company said the plan

Comcast, Limelight line up behind IPv6

Cable TV giant Comcast and content delivery network firm Limelight Networks are the latest companies to jump on the IPv6 train as it prepares to leave the station. Comcast announced at the North

Qwest DSL backs up smart-grid trend

Will smart-grid pursuits be the next big trend among large telcos? A while back AT&T said it would partner with SmartSynch, and now Qwest Communications is working with Current Communications,

Oregon community's 5-year muni-fiber plan struggling

Sherwood, Ore., a small city southwest of Portland with about 16,000 residents, is knee-deep in cost overruns and service shortfalls after five years of trying to launch its own fiber-optic network.

Trustee raps Charter for 'improper' deals for officers

The U.S. Trustee overseeing the Charter Communications bankruptcy says the company's plan to reorganize improperly shields several of its officers and directors, including controlling chairman Paul

FairPoint names Duke Energy's Hauser CEO

Much-maligned FairPoint Communications isn't straying too far afield in its selection of a new CEO to replace its retiring top dog, Chairman and CEO Eugene Johnson, who's stepping down July 1. The

Broadband growth surges despite economic downturn

The U.S. added 11.4 million high-speed Internet subscribers from Q1 2008 to Q1 2009, second only to China's 17.1 million new connections over the past 12 months, as the global economic malaise failed

Avoiding another Nacchio

The U.S. Supreme Court may review the Curious Case of Joe Nacchio this week, and I call it that not because Nacchio is aging backward, but because he is trying to make time move backward. Maybe then,

Net neutrality proponents target national broadband debate

As various voices have begun to contribute to the national broadband discussion in the U.S., it is becoming clear the real debates on this issue will revolve around Net neutrality. As we noted last

UTStarcom to slash 2,300 jobs

UTStarcom confirmed it plans to cut at least half of its workforce--2,300 jobs--as it looks to restructure and cut costs. the company has taken several measure in the past few years to reduce costs,