PAETEC furthers energy play with Energy Partners acquisition

PAETEC might be initially known for its competitive business provider skills, but its acquisition of Amherst, N.Y.-based electric supplier U.S. Energy Partners for about $3 million points to the idea

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Oregon PUC approves Frontier's Verizon local line acquisition

With the Oregon Public Utilities Commission's unanimous approval of the transfer of Verizon's local wireline holdings to Frontier, Oregon becomes the sixth state to approve the billion dollar deal.

Telefonica: Latin American sales boost Q4 profit

Amidst falling sales in its home base of Spain, Telefonica's gains in Latin America market helped drive up the European carrier's profit 22 percent in Q4 09. Telefonica's net income climbed to $3.31

COLT: Cost cutting, data services offset voice losses in 09

U.K.-based competitive business provider COLT Telecom was able to overcome slowing voice revenues with a 4.9 percent increase in full-year earnings. For 2009, the COLT full-year earnings of $434

Windstream expands its Ethernet over Copper reach with Hatteras

With a commitment to spend $20 million on expanding its fiber network, it's clear that fiber is a big part of Windstream's Ethernet push into retail and wholesale customers, but the ILEC is not

Mammoth Networks gives rural carriers a touch of fiber

Facilities-based reseller Mammoth Networks continues to expand its presence as a nationwide facilities-based service reseller with the completion of its fiber deployment in Denver, CO. Lit on

Researchers uncover botnet that resides in broadband routers

If you're a DSL subscriber, be aware that the router or DSL adapter carrying your signal to your PC via the Ethernet wire or over a WiFi connection could include a botnet. According to a group of

Verizon: Seidenberg made off with $17.5 million in 09

Verizon Communications may have taken reduced its headcount by 13,000 employees (mainly through a reduction in contract employees, transfers, an early retirements) last year due to slowing wireline

Vonage, back from the brink

In case you were wondering, Vonage--the VoIP juggernaut of a few years back whose attempt to become the dominant new player in the telecom voice world was beaten back by lawsuits, a weak IPO and

Investigation prompts Telecom Italia to delay Q4 report

Telecom Italia SpA has put its 2009 earnings results on hold as Italian authorities investigate an alleged money laundering scheme between the telco's Sparkle unit and broadband provider Fastweb SpA.

Virgin Media gets ready for a 100 Mbps rumble

To counter recent findings that it's a "broadband laggard," Virgin Media plans to roll out a 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 service by the end of the year with plans to expand its 200 Mbps service trial. In

Qwest plans to repurchase debt

Qwest moved this week to purchase about $1.2 billion of its debt. Through its Capital Funding unit Qwest's tender offer is for $402.923 million in 7.9 percent notes maturing this year as well as

Broadband, voice growth boosts Cablevision's Q4

Ongoing growth in voice and data helped boost Cablevision's Q4 performance as full year cable revenues were up 5.2 percent to $5.432 billion. As suspected, Cablevision saw some minor erosion (lost

Vonage reports something different in Q4, a profit

Vonage and positive news has rarely, if ever, been a combination the company has seen in its 10-year history. But in Q4, the company bucked its common negative trend by reporting that it actually had

Cisco steps aboard the ultra-broadband train

Already entrenched in the largest service provider broadband backbone networks, it only makes sense that Cisco Systems would lend its hand to those same customers to build 1 Gbps-capable last mile

Intel, VC firms pledge $3.5 billion to invigorate U.S. tech market

Concerned that America has lost its footing as a technology hub, Intel and 24 venture capital firms have decided to jointly invest $3.5 billion in helping U.S.-based technical startups get off the

CenturyLink shines in Q4, but faces a challenging Q1

Following a profitable third-quarter, CenturyLink did not disappoint in Q4 09, but Q1 could be tough for the independent ILEC. During the fourth quarter, CenturyLink reported that its profit

Closing the SMB fiber availability gap isn't easy

Vertical Systems Group's latest stat flash about the penetration of fiber into businesses once again illustrates the ongoing and unfortunate fiber disconnect that exists between the big ticket

Verizon's former COO Strigl gets hefty retirement package

While Verizon will give wireline technicians and other support staff it lays off later this year some kind of goodbye severance package, they'll find it hard to swallow what former COO Denny Strigl