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Jason Nelson - Publisher, FierceTelecom

For those of you who are keenly observant, you may have recently noticed a change to the masthead here at FierceTelecom. It's with great excitement that I announce my new role as Publisher of our

Toben to retire from Verizon CFO slot

Verizon Communications CFO Doreen Toben, who has been in her job for seven years and has been a Verizon employee for many more, announced last week that she will retire "around the middle of this

AT&T, CWA talks stall

Negotiations between AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America reportedly stalled late Sunday after resuming earlier in the day following a late Saturday session. AT&T,

Time Warner Cable looking at fiber options

Time Warner Cable, which showed some growth fourth quarter, but also recorded a big writedown, has issued a request for information that reportedly seeks gather info about new fiber-to-the-home

Qwest readies Q4 earnings report

Qwest Communications is due to report fourth-quarter and year-end earnings on Tuesday, and while Qwest has become a much different animal over the years than the other two remaining former Bell

Cinci Bell collects profit, freezes management pay

Independent telco Cincinnati Bell last week reported a $34.9 million profit for the fourth quarter of 2008, and a $92.9 million profit for the full year, but still decided it will freeze management

Time to make telepresence stick

Amid lousy economic conditions, is there any product and service sector in telecom on which we can place our bets? Telepresence, that ultra-life-like videoconferencing solution, could be one such

AT&T Mobility, CWA still talking

AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America union were set to resume contract negotiations on Sunday after no deal was reached by an extended Saturday midnight deadline. Union members

ITEXPO East 2009 Wrap-up

SLIDESHOW: The opening of ITEXPO East 2009, Feb. 2 ITEXPO East 2009 opened in Miami, Fla., Mon., Feb. 2. FierceVoIP was on site to witness the event and catch up with many of the companies and

Senate stimulus trimming cuts back broadband tax breaks

Efforts in the Senate to reduce the ever-growing economic stimulus package have trimmed back a proposed $9 billion for broadband by $1.5 billion. However, the Senate bill still has to be reconciled

AT&T U-Verse runs into SF sidewalk politics

Efforts by AT&T to deploy high-speed U-verse service in San Francisco last year ran into residents' objections over sidewalk enclosures. In existing construction AT&T U-Verse uses a

Qwest seeks phones price cap lifted in Utah

Qwest wants to remove a cap on its basic residential phone service in Utah, but consumer groups are worried that the service costs will rise, given the lack of phone competition in the area. A bill

SkyWi selling VoIP ops to Telekenex

SkyWi intends to sell its VoIP operations to California-based Telekenix, the latest chess move in the Qwest/SkyWi saga. The sale plan goes before the New Mexico PRC today. SkyWi says the object of

FairPoint takes heat for email problems

New FairPoint customers and state regulators are not pleased about the company's botch-up in transferring email accounts from Verizon in northern New England. Around 285,000 people were expected to

Philly city council approves Verizon FiOS franchise agreement

The City of Brotherly Love is another step closer to getting a Verizon FiOS offering, as the Philadelphia City Council unanimously green-lighted a 15-year franchise agreement this morning. A

Nortel postpones Metro Ethernet sale

Originally, this post was going to be an update on possible delays in the sale of Nortel Networks's Metro Ethernet unit, but late Wednesday in comments to Light Reading and others, Nortel confirmed

Cisco profit dips 27 percent

Cisco Systems, which in recent quarter has proved to be as vulnerable as any other company to economic fluctuations, reported fiscal second quarter earnings late Wednesday afternoon that include a 27

Verizon moves to one customer help number

Verizon Communications has consolidated as many as 100 different customer service phone numbers it has used around the country to serve its wireline customers into just one national help line:

NGN IMS Forum touts Plugfest 6 results

The NGN IMS Forum completed its sixth plugfest last month, showing that what started as interoperability tests focusing on the IP multimedia subsystem core two years ago has graduated to become a

PCCW deal approved, but inquiry awaits

Shareholders of Hong Kong-based telco PCCW approved the controversial, long-discussed $2.1 billion privatization of the company this week, but within hours of that approval, Hong Kong Securities and