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Boucher to head House Telecom Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, (D-Va.), will assume the chair of the House Telecom Subcommittee after previous chair Rep. Edward Markey, (D-Mass.), stepped down to take control of the new Energy and

CES 2009 - SharedBand finally goes wide

LAS VEGAS - The much-anticipated emergence of SharedBand on the U.S. scene may finally be happening. The U.K. company that partnered with BT on a successful broadband bonding service is at CES 2009

CES 2009 - Cisco's consumer push begins

LAS VEGAS - Fresh off a company-wide, savings-driven, four-day office shutdown, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers is scheduled to deliver the Friday afternoon keynote speech here at CES 2009, but he

Seidenberg sees better days ahead

Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg, speaking at an investor conference, painted a somewhat rosier picture for 2009 than a recent analyst report that predicted just 2 percent growth for the

CES 2009 - NETGEAR underlines service provider business

LAS VEGAS - Networking manufacturer NETGEAR is doing more than Big Box sales these days, having moved 3 million white label devices through service providers in 2008. This morning, the company

Verizon seeks CDN partner links

Verizon Communications and AT&T during 2008 became two of the most aggressive new players in the content delivery network business, joining network operators such as Level 3 Communications and

ITIF sees broadband job growth in stimulus plan

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is set to release a report today that looks more closely at the possible benefits of an economic stimulus plan on the broadband and IT industries.

Court hears details of Fumo's Verizon demands

Here's a follow-up on an item from Tuesday: Daniel Whelan, the former president of Verizon Pennsylvania, testified in the federal corruption trial of former Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Fumo this week.

ONT vendor TXP suspends operations

Optical network terminal vendor TXP reportedly has suspended operations and let most of its employees go. The move comes barely five months after the company merged with fellow GPON ONT vendor

CenturyTel faces labor lawsuit

A pending class action lawsuit alleges that CenturyTel, which is currently in the process of acquiring Embarq, underpaid some employees at some its call centers by making them come in before their

SPOTLIGHT: The pull of home networks for telecom

This week Telcordia is pumping not one, but two white papers mapping out what it calls the "intricacies of telecom's newest frontier - the home network." CES, the show of all gizmos consumer, should

Consumer Reports: Fiber-optic services best

Released on the eve of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Consumer Reports latest report anoints Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse bundles as the most "consistently satisfying providers" for

FCC Chairman Martin dictates his legacy

In a scoop for Broadcasting & Cable, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin defends his record, Dick Cheney-style. As a counterpoint, one purple pundit blasts the outgoing

Jan 5 PM: SkyWi customers still waiting on Qwest reconnections

As of late Monday afternoon EST, "most" of SkyWi's voice and a lot of its Internet services in New Mexico were still down, says the company. SkyWi President Jack Leach told the New Mexico Business

Phone companies doing a services bait-and-switch?

Are service providers using low-end poor-quality services as a way to upsell customers on newer (i.e. more expensive, better ARPU) offerings? Over at Telephony, they're asking the question. AT&T,

AT&T, Verizon take stock hit after analyst slap

Phone companies AT&T and Verizon took it on the chin today after Stanford Bernstein Research analyst Craig "I love cable companies" Moffett downgraded the stocks. It would have been much more

2009 predictions to count on, maybe

So, I watched this thing on The History Channel last night, "Nostradamus: 2012," which examined end of the world predictions from the so-called prophet, as well as the Mayans, the Hopis, and some

Turin Networks to merge with Force 10

Carrier Ethernet vendor Turin Networks, one of the vendors chasing the mobile backhaul market, is set to merge with Gigabit Ethernet enterprise vendor Force 10 Networks. Some observers are calling

Judge: Windstream can change retiree benefits

In our 2008 Year in Review, we noted labor-related issues as one of the biggest stories of the past year. Well, just before the year ended, there was another notable headline on this topic. A U.S.

FCC Commissioner Tate departs, now what?

Closing out her three-year term, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate took part in her last meeting via teleconference on Tuesday. Tate, one of three Republican