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

Comcast vows 65 percent DOCSIS 3.0 market penetration by end of 2009

The day after its earnings downer, Comcast vowed it would cover 65 percent of its service footprint with high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 by the end of 2009. This morning, a Comcast spokesperson noted that the

New Mexico PRC urges SkyWi to "do the right thing" in disconnect

New Mexico state regulators sent a letter to SkyWi CEO Alan Witters "urging" him to "do the right thing" for SkyWi customers by cooperating with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) as

India to penalize not-working telecom license holders

The Indian government said it is working on a plan to penalize companies that haven't started telecommunications services after getting licenses back in January 2008. License holders will be required

Restructuring the business of innovation

Telephony has a story on a new Accenture survey that suggests many telecom companies may need to re-think how they innovate. If that seems like obvious advice during troubling economic times, the

FierceTelecom Leaders: Rick Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, Google

FierceTelcom: How would you say Google's lobbying strategy has evolved? What successes do you think you have had off the top of your head, and how would you rate them? Richard Whitt: Well, I joined

CenturyTel Q4 profit, revenue slide

Rural independent telco CenturyTel, which is planning to acquire fellow telco Embarq, reported fourth-quarter earnings that included slight dips in net income and revenue. Net income for the fourth

IBM flies BPL flag in rural markets

Could broadband over power lines be due for a comeback? As broadband stimulus funds are directed toward building out rural market coverage, BPL, a technology once championed by the Federal

MWC: Kontron makes ATCA, MicroTCA announcements

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture has been in the news of late, with VDC Research Group last week predicting that 85 percent of Tier 1 network equipment vendors will implement ATCA by the

Hewlett-Packard annoints new telecom unit

Following Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of EDS last year, HP is now looking to package the latter's professional services capabilities with HP's own service delivery, OSS, digital media and other

Verizon Business tackles enterprise CPE challenges

Verizon Business is launching what it calls a Global CPE Service, an offering that aims to ease the liability and challenges that enterprise and government customers encounter with owning and

Obama aide: Broadband stimulus just the start

The Washington Post reports that Alec Ross, who is on President Obama's Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Team, told a Washington, D.C., conference audience that the $7.2 billion allocated

AT&T CEO's 2008 pay package: $15 million

AT&T said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that company CEO Randall Stephenson received a compensation package worth about $15 million, a decline of about $3 million from

Nortel pledges to offer more re-org details

With partners such as JDS Uniphase and Andrew, among others, saying they need more details from Nortel Networks about its bankruptcy protection plans, the Canadian network equipment vendor reportedly

Comcast profit down, telephony revenue strong

Cable TV giant Comcast saw an anticipated write-down related to its investment in Clearwire drive down its profit for the fourth quarter of 2008 to about $412 million, a drop of 32 percent from the

Global Crossing sees enterprise market resilience

Global Crossing reported a net loss of $51 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, though revenue was up by about 4 percent to $642 million. The service provider, which successfully has refocused

Verizon may offer $5 landline plan

In the latest "stem-the-bleeding-landlines" tactic, Verizon Communications may begin offering a $5 per month landline calling plan that would allow customers to receive calls, but only dial out to

DOCSIS 3.0 yummy-yummy to cable customers, companies

Happiness for Comcast's high-speed craving broadband customers translates to speeds of up to 50 Mbps with the roll-out of DOCSIS 3.0. The company's Extreme 50 service has been turned up fairly

Frontier sounds off on rural broadband

Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier Communications chairman and CEO, told state utility commissioners that quality broadband service is the key to aiding a growing rural economy. As the nation's