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Nacchio update: Top court filing likely, SEC suit on track

It still appears likely that former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio and his lawyers will pursue a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a review of Nacchio's insider trading conviction.

DT joins push toward 100G

Germany's Deutsche Telekom has dipped its toes into the 100 Gbps end of the pool, following several other carrier trials by the likes of Verizon Communications, AT&T and others. The incumbent

AT&T union talks affecting 112,500 proceed

Fresh off a new contract agreement for its wireless unit workforce, AT&T has five regional union contracts affecting 112,500 wireline workers up for renewal on April 4. The telco is talking to

Thinking the unthinkable: What if your phone company dies?

What if your phone company dies? To generations of BellHeads, this sort of talk is unimaginable blasphemy of the highest order. Down in New Mexico, SkyWi customers got a taste of the unthinkable.

Comcast goes to court to challenge 30% national reach cap

On April 24, Comcast goes into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to offer its arguments why a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 30 percent cap on national cable reach

BT freezes wages across the board

Joining a growing list of UK companies, BT has announced a pay freeze for all of its 85,000 U.K.-based staff; 20,000 overseas staff will be affected as well. The move is being blamed on the economic

First "ring" on New Zealand's NGN phone network

New Zealand's incumbent carrier Telecom made its first official IP call today. Rivals say the company refuses to set a timetable to go all-IP, hindering their plans to compete. The first official

House jawbones rewrite of Universal Service Fund to complement broadband stimulus

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives opened up discussion on the hot-button issue of reworking the Universal Service Fund (USF). Past efforts have gone for naught. Rep. Rick Boucher

FairPoint seeks delay on $11M debt payment

Up in Maine, FairPoint Communications is asking utility regulators if it can put off a $11.25 million debt payment due at the end of March. FairPoint is hunkering down as it deals with cash flow

Heavy government involvement spurs off-shore broadband buildouts

Broadband build outs have happened faster and more completely in countries like South Korea, Japan and Sweden than the United States due to increased government involvement, according to The New York

SureWest: Net loss, broadband-fueled revenue growth

Independent telco SureWest Communications announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2008 earnings, reporting a net loss of $2.13 million, about $1.6 million more than its net loss of the same

Grand Central becomes Google Voice

For several months, and particularly after BT's acquisition of Ribbit, telecom industry observers have been wondering what was happening with Grand Central, the voice applications start-up acquired

NW Report: Cisco outsourced under the radar

As Cisco Systems reportedly is under consideration to replace one of the old-school firms in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, there comes an old-school piece of journalism from Network World that

Salmon leaves COMPTEL for lobbying job

Just days after the COMPTEL trade group's annual spring conference, Matthew Salmon has resigned as president of the competitive carrier association to join Arizona-based lobbying firm Policy Impact.

WSJ: Nortel considering unit sales

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nortel Networks is considering sales of its wireless network equipment and enterprise network units, two large pieces of its business. If the company chooses to

Comcast third-largest U.S. telco--for now

Comcast announced that it is now the third-largest residential telephone service provider (what some of us call a "telco") in the U.S. in terms of customer base, with about 6.47 million customers.

Fiber interest remains high amid challenges

It's no surprise that much of AT&T's wireline capex budget for this year will be spent on its ongoing fiber network expansion, and there remains much enthusiasm for deployment of next-generation

Arbor Atlas reaches 100 ISPs

Network security vendor Arbor Networks announced the latest version of its Atlas portfolio of network data collection, analysis and information-sharing offerings for Internet service providers, and

Court denies Nacchio bail bid

A Denver-based federal appeals court denied a request by former Qwest Communications CEO Joe Nacchio to remain free on bail while he awaits a potential review of his insider trading conviction by the

Broadband stimulus details trickling out

The Federal Communications Commission and the two federal agencies charged with managing the distribution of broadband stimulus funds--the National Telecommunications and Information Administration