Nortel execs get $7.3 million in bonuses, employees get nada

As eight unnamed Nortel executives collect a total of $7.3 million in retention bonuses, thousands of former employees are being denied severance payments. Instead, Nortel has offered former U.S.

Maine PUC: FairPoint generates largest number of complaints

Six weeks after FairPoint took over Verizon's landline service in northern New England, affected customers are still not happy. The Maine Public Utilities Commission says people are complaining more

Some Supercomm questions answered

The following are excerpts from an e-mail Q&A with Ron Mathews, Supercomm event director and vice president of Reed Exhibitions, regarding the postponement of Supercomm 2009 from June to October,

FairPoint: Debt payment delay not needed

FairPoint Communications has withdrawn its request for a three-month delay on an $11.25 million debt payment, a request that had increased criticism of the company at the same time that complaints

Adelstein headed to RUS job?

Long-time Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein likely will be leaving his FCC post to take charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, following reports

Amoroso testifies on government security practices

AT&T chief security officer Edward Amoroso and other network security experts took part in a government cybersecurity hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and

IPv6 customer commitment wavers

ISPs and other companies involved in the IPv6 transition have told the Internet Society in a new survey that corporate customers have not seen enough real business need for moving from IPv4 to IPv6,

Nacchio team officially appeals to Supreme Court

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio's legal team formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday, asking judges to overturn Nacchio's insider trading conviction. The action had been expected for several

AT&T workers protest in Connecticut reported Sunday that AT&T workers in Hamden, Conn., protested outside of an AT&T call center in opposition to the telco's plan to train management employees how to run the center in

Hawaiian Telecom generates its own bankruptcy bonus controversy

As Hawaiian Telecom (HT) works through its bankruptcy proceedings, it has managed to draw the ire of Hawaii's chief executive for proposing a $6 million bonus package for employee bonuses. On

Phone companies move deregulation forward in Florida

Legistlators in Florida are scoring a win for AT&T, Verizon, and other telecommunications providers on March 19. The House Energy & Utilities Policy committee passed a bill to remove most

Windstream offers SMB audio and web conferencing

Joining the club for hosted SMB services, Windstream is now offering flat-rate web and audio conferencing for small and medium business customers. Bundled pricing is a flat $35 per month, says the

Broadband up in Ireland

Despite a significant downturn in employment, the number of broadband subscribers went up by 6.7 percent in the last quarter of 2008. Digital TV also showed a gain. Ireland's communications regulator

Ohio: Verizon gets greenlight for phone price hikes

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has granted Verizon pricing flexibility in 21 Ohio exchanges. Under the provision, Verizon can increase basic phone service rates by up to $1.25

Former Qwest CEO has a lucky day

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio received two bits of good news on Thursday. A federal judge said he doesn't have to report to prison on Monday because his case is being appealed and doctors say he

Maine wants money for state broadband penetration study

Up in Maine, the state ConnectMe Authority is planning to ask for economic stimulus money to pay for a study of the state's broadband networks to figure out how to give more people access. It is

Telstra sued over access to copper; will breakup be next?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Telstra for allegedly blocking access to its copper wire network. It's a step that observers think will be the justification the

Telefonica twitters in Brazil

Twitter users recently played no small role in getting AT&T to improve its wireless coverage in Austin, Tex., for the South By Southwest music conference, and Verizon Communications has talked of

Verizon sued over N.J. complaints

The State of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against Verizon Communications, charging that the company's marketing and other aspects of its FiOS broadband and TV services were deceptive. Multichannel

Cisco to acquire Flip Video firm

Cisco Systems announced that it will acquire Pure Digital, the developer of the popular Flip Video family of mini-camcorder devices. The announcement comes after the circulation of rumors that Cisco