FCC adds smart grid, teleworking to broadband shopping list

As the FCC works to draft its national broadband plan for the U.S. Congress, the agency wants to know how broadband can be leveraged for smart grid and teleworking. The FCC wants to know what the

FairPoint: NH consumer advocate says no more concessions

The Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Public Utilities Commissions (PUC) will hold their first joint meeting in Derry, N.H. on Wednesday to discuss FairPoint Communications' ongoing operational issues

Is a video teleconferencing bubble emerging?

Cisco calls their video teleconferencing system "TelePresence," and it has the full backing of Cisco's chairman and CEO John Chambers, according to an article in the Aug. 29 issue of The Economist.

North Carolina seeks funds to build 'middle mile' network

North Carolina's Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC) application for $28.1 million in broadband funding shows that state and local governments want to take an active role in extending

Sprint Wholesale, Lightyear Network Solutions renew wholesale pact

Sprint may be better known for its 4G WiMAX wireless aspirations, but the IXC still operates a profitable wholesale services business. This success was on display this week when Sprint Wholesale

Ciena's Q3 earnings were down, but not completely out

Ciena's Q3 09 earnings were not stellar, but it appears the company's losses are leveling. The telecom vendor's third-quarter earnings, which it said were down due to service providers delaying

FairPoint's ongoing troubles reflected in second-quarter loss

FairPoint Communications just can't get a break. Not only has the ILEC been hampered by problems with the cutover of the New England lines it purchased from Verizon in February, but now debt

Verizon: COO Dennis Strigl to retire by end of 2009

Verizon's Chief Operating Officer Dennis Strigl announced this week that he will retire at the end of the year. His departure, the second major executive exit from the company this year, leaves the

Cablevision wants to spread WiFi into New York trains

Building off the success of the free WiFi access service it currently offers to subscribers throughout its metro New York footprint, it makes sense for Cablevision to target New York's Metropolitan

BT Wholesale debuts new broadband wholesale service

BT Wholesale has launched a new service that is designed to satisfy the diverse needs of its wholesale broadband customers, wherever they reside in the U.K. The service provider said the Wholesale

Qwest takes the 100 Gbps challenge

Following the lead of Telstra and Verizon with their respective 100 Gbps trials, Qwest Communications is upgrading its network to deliver 100 Gbps services to customer edge sites. Qwest has begun

Canada jumps on the broadband stimulus train

Taking a page from the Obama Administration's Broadband Stimulus Program, Canada is also jumping into the broadband stimulus fray. Industry Canada, a government-led agency responsible for economic

Verizon takes active role in RVU Alliance

Verizon Communications has joined the RVU Alliance as its fifth Founding promoter to help customers get more out of their home networking and entertainment experience. Joining the likes of Broadcom,

The business of services

The new service providers are network equipment vendors, all the biggest ones, and they are bringing their solution-oriented, "I-want-to-be-your-best-friend" pitch right to the doorstep of those

AT&T West, CWA hammer out three-year agreement

Only a week after AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reached tentative contract deal covering about 8,000 legacy wireline employees, AT&T West and CWA District 9 have

NCTA wants FCC to leave broadband definition alone

The FCC's efforts to develop a national broadband policy--to be submitted to Congress in February--have been a work in constant progress, and it's no surprise the agency is seeking industry input. In

FairPoint disputes Verizon cutover readiness allegations

FairPoint Communications is disputing accusations that it was not ready to take over New England telephone (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) lines from Verizon in February. The accusations emerged

RCN Metro: This Ethernet connection goes to 10 Gbps

RCN Metro has upgraded the access layer of its Ethernet network to include 10 Gbps Metro Ethernet-based transport in several key network locations. The upgrades, which RCN Metro said were done to

AT&T gets invite to State Department's Networx party

AT&T Government Solutions can now add another General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Universal contract trophy to its display case as the Department of State awarded the service provider a

Telecom New Zealand faces investigation

Things aren't looking so good for Telecom New Zealand these days. The country's Commerce Commission said it opened up an investigation into the service provider's failure to honor an agreement made