Economic stimulus package: $6 billion for broadband

The $825 billion economic stimulus proposal includes $6 billion for improving U.S. broadband infrastructure - but no tax breaks. A summary of the proposed spending released by House Democrats calls

US - Cell phones beat landlines in service dollars

Another woe for telco landline product managers: Americans now spend more for cell phones than landline phone services, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2007 - the latest year for

It's official: FCC Chairman Martin leaving on Jan 20

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin put in his letter of resignation, effective Jan. 20 when Barak Obama officially takes office. So much for that "two weeks notice"

Bankrupt Nortel stands firm on 2010, 2012 Olympic sponsorships

Nortel Networks says - at least for now and before the bankruptcy court gets involved - that it remains committed as a sponsor and official network infrastructure provider to the 2010 Vancouver

SPOTLIGHT: Qwest closing Seattle call center

Qwest announced it is closing its Seattle call center April 15, a move which will affect 235 employees. The move is being done to "create a regional alignment for all call customer centers" and to

SLIDESHOW - 2009 State of the Net event, Washington D.C.

The fifth annual "State of the Net" event brought together Congressmen, staffers, lobbyists, subject-matter experts and the media to discuss advances and policy issues affecting the Internet and

SLIDESHOW - 2009 State of the Net Event, Washington D.C.

The fifth annual "State of the Net" event brought together Congressmen, staffers, lobbyist, subject-matter experts, and the media together to discuss advances and policy issues affecting the Internet

Verizon: No seven-year voice itch to scratch

Verizon said reports that it would migrate its voice services to all-VoIP within seven years are incorrect. The company said the comments of the Verizon executive quoted in a Bloomberg News story

Charter inches closer to restructuring

Charter Communications, acting in advance of a likely restructuring and a possible bankruptcy filing, has eliminated an executive cash award plan and changed other bonus compensation programs. The

DT maintains positive outlook

A Deutsche Telekom executive said at an investor conference in New York that the German telco is weathering economic troubles fairly well. It's secret? It is getting a boost from many of its mobile

Nortel's future focus, partnerships unclear

A day after filing for bankruptcy, Nortel Networks is of course the topic of much conversation and speculation. Industry observers are wondering if the company can keep it together; if it will lose

Blair Levin illuminates Obama broadband policy, TIGR

WASHINGTON - Making his first public appearance since the presidential election, telecommunications analyst and former FCC staffer Blair Levin revealed his involvement with the Obama transition team

Spotlight: Yankee Group offers FTTH status report

Telephony has completed a two-part series on a Yankee Group fiber-to-the home status report. FTTH investments are under greater pressure than ever to reap returns as the economy teeters, and the Part

FairPoint-Verizon network cutover proceeds

FairPoint Communications is finally ready to complete its long-awaited, previously-delayed network cutover following its acquisition last year of Verizon Communications's wireline properties in New

Nortel files for bankruptcy

Canada's Nortel Networks has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware under Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 guidelines. It has not filed for bankruptcy yet in Canada, but The Wall Street Journal reports that this

Obama's CTO slot remains open

In Julius Genachowski, incoming President Barack Obama reportedly has found his new Federal Communications Chairman (somebody tell the current one, who doesn't want to leave), but Genachowski also

Report: Verizon closer to AT&T affront

There are new rumblings that Verizon Communications will go head-to-head against AT&T in North Texas as some industry observers have been predicting. Light Reading has a story claiming Verizon

Intercarrier comp goes to the back burner, for now

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's effort to reform intercarrier compensation rules is now dead, and the incoming Obama administration has higher priorities on its agenda. Increased broadband availability

AT&T gets hockey, Verizon gets CBS

In separate announcements today, AT&T revealed it would carry NHL Network and NHL Network HD on U-verse TV, while Verizon and CBS signed "comprehensive" program carriage agreements covering FiOS

SPOTLIGHT: Landlines subs down in Hungary

The decline of landline connections isn't limited to North America by any stretch of the imagination. The National Telecommunications Authority of Hungary reports that landline subs fell by 17,000