Verizon, AT&T Q4 earnings on deck

The latest earnings season is off and running, as several telecom network equipment vendors already have reported fourth-quarter and year-end results, and major telcos AT&T and Verizon

Obama names Copps acting FCC chairman

This story first carried by FierceWireless President Barack Obama named Democratic FCC commissioner Michael Copps the acting chair of the commission until a new chairman is confirmed. Copps has been

NSN reports progress, losses

Within Nokia's fourth quarter results on Thursday, a progress report on Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) had mixed news. Nokia said the joint venture with Siemens had achieved targeted cost savings of

Committee approves Verizon FiOS Philadelphia franchise agreement

A committee of the Philadelphia City Council has approved Verizon's plan to build a $1 billion FiOS network in the city; the full Council may approve the agreement in two weeks - assuming no other

House support and battlelines for broadband grants

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved rules on the use of $2.8 billion for high-speed broadband access, a part of a proposed $6 billion in broadband investments within the larger

Broadband: If you build it, will they pay for it?

If high-speed Internet service were available to everyone, would people pay for it? According to a report released earlier this week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, about one-third

Missouri: Brutal landline stats for college dorms

College dorms have been steadily moving away from landline phones, but the latest examples of Missouri colleges ditching copper are stark. In 2007, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

Inauguration Day Telecom Impact - landline usage down, wireless survived, online video spiked

While wireless carriers were stressing over networks being able to bear the burden of millions of visitors in town for President Barack Obama's inauguration, landline networks got a break, say

BT sees $470M global services charge

BT will not announce quarterly results until Feb. 12, but the U.K. telco already is saying it faces a charge against earnings of about $470 million in connection with the company's suddenly

Microsoft sells 12-year-old Comcast stake

Here's a update on a leftover from the telecom boom, otherwise known as the 1990s: Microsoft has sold all of its shares in cable TV giant Comcast, which it purchased for about $1 billion way back in

Adtran Q4 revenue down, but orders picking up

Network equipment vendor Adtran reported fourth quarter revenue of $112.4 million, down about 5 percent from the same quarter in 2007. Net income for the quarter came in at about $16.7 million. Yet,

Are telecom carriers ready to bargain?

Supposedly, we now live in a bargainer's economy, where the price of just about everything is negotiable as retailers, banks, contractors, homeowners and everyone else seem willing to bend just to

Ericsson to cut 5,000 jobs, revenue up

Network equipment giant Ericsson reported fourth quarter and year-end earnings that both showed rising revenues, but lower net income. The company also said that despite relative strength sustained

Bell Canada offers retirement deal to 1,500

Bell Canada is issuing a retirement incentive offer to about 1,500 union employees, a move that comes just weeks after the proposed acquisition of the Canadian telco's parent firm, Bell Canada

$6 billion, broadband, and impatience

Despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to get the word out, a lot of people think that the $6 billion to be put into broadband under the economic stimulus package is the be-all and

Embarq increases copper theft reward

Despite a steep drop in the value of copper (along with just about every other commodity) over the last year, thefts of copper from telephone networks and other places do not appear to have become

Spotlight: Networx paid off in 2008

About a year ago, there was a fair bit of whining from telecom network operators that the federal government Networx communications upgrade program was not producing contracts at a fast enough pace.

Union: Verizon uses copper quick-fixes

During the same week that Verizon Communications said it will embrace femtocells, and not long after it committed to an imminent VoIP rollout, Communications Workers of America officials in New York

Network stress test in D.C. on Jan 20th

With an estimated 2 million plus people flocking to Washington D.C. on Jan. 20 for the Obama inauguration festivities, it is sweat bullets time for cell phone carriers, satellite providers and

A call for Nortel's CEO to take a haircut – or a hike.

After filing for bankruptcy, voices around Toronto are calling for Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski to take a pay cut and dump his perks. In 2007, Zafirovski made a base salary of $1.2 million, plus stock