Qwest adds GSA services contract to Networx wins

Qwest Government Services has been awarded the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) business under the GSA Networx contract. The win has an expected value of $31 million, and it entails Qwest

SPOTLIGHT: Vietnam number confusion

Vietnam has added more digits to its phone numbers, and the decision is currently confusing landline users, though it will ultimately enable the addition of thousands of new subscribers. All six of

Dissecting the CenturyTel-Embarq deal

CenturyTel's bid to acquire Embarq is surprising on at least a few levels. The companies may make a good network match, as CenturyTel's mostly rural market networks are combined with Embarq's

Lines losses, broadband gains mark CenturyTel, Embarq Q3 earnings

CenturyTel and Embarq both reported third quarter earnings this morning along with the announcement that CenturyTel is planning to acquire Embarq. Both earnings reports show telcos under pressure

Cox Communications plans wireless rollout

Cable TV company Cox Communications reportedly is announcing today that it's building its own wireless facilities and will launch service next year, following through on intentions that Cox president

Verizon profit surges 31 percent

On a day in which its news may be overshadowed by the report of two smaller telcos merging, telco giant Verizon Communications reported third quarter earnings that included a 31 percent hike in net

UPDATE: CenturyTel to acquire Embarq

Monroe, La.-based independent telco CenturyTel has confirmed that it plans to acquire fellow telco Embarq, based in Overland Park, Kan., for about $5.76 billion in stock. However, including Embarq

Another rallying cry for U.S. broadband

Is the U.S. facing a "Sputnik moment" in the evolution of broadband? That's what market research firm Strategy Analytics thinks, noting in a new report that "typical speeds advertised by U.S. Cable

Parsing Verizon warranty services

Extended warranties were once the province of retailers, but phone and cable companies have decided to dive into the lucrative business. Verizon's new "Expert Care" suite of service plans gets the

SPOTLIGHT: Phone company celebrates 100 years in business

The Ft. Jennings Telephony Company (FJTC) was organized and incorporated by the State of Ohio in 1908. This year, it celebrates a century of operation. FJTC, like most rural phone operations,

Remembering Al Gore and government's tech role

Before he set out to save the planet, Al Gore played a key role in cultivating the Internet that is often forgotten today. With the Presidential election less than two weeks away, it is instructive

Alca-Lu announces new metro WDM switch

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new metro wavelength division multiplexing platform with the catchy marketing slogan that it offers "Zero-Touch Photonics," which refers to its automated provisioning

Comcast's cyber commando customer service team

Comcast customers complaining through non-traditional means (i.e. blogging) are being heard by a seven person "cyberteam" scouring the web for public complaints about company service. While Comcast

Groups lobby FCC for delays on rate reform, white space votes

More groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay votes on intercarrier

Level 3 revival continues, outlook concerns

Level 3 Communications posted third quarter earnings that included a $120 million net loss, that was bigger than its $33 million loss in the second quarter this year, but much better than its $174

ADC slashes outlook; will sell unit, cut jobs

ADC Telecommunications announced late yesterday that it is revising its fiscal 2008 revenue outlook downward to between $1.47 billion and $1.495 billion, from the previously-stated expectation of

Welcome to the cutting edge

Just a quick editor's note today to highlight the unveiling of our new special report:

High-bandwidth Ethernet market holds great potential

The high-bandwidth Ethernet market--services at 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and beyond--is poised for big things in the years ahead. Growth is expected despite poor macroeconomic indicators that suggest lower

Verizon Business pushes 10G Ethernet

The Ethernet service market has been teeming with activity of late, and now, Verizon Business is claiming to be the first major carrier to standardize on Ethernet service speeds up to 10 Gbps for

SureWest bonds with ADSL2+

SureWest Communications, whose claim to fame is as a pioneering fiber-to-the-home carrier, is now offering bonded ADSL2+ broadband service in its home territory. And in some cases, it's doubling or