Viviane Reding's regulatory watchdog reign ends

For any European service provider the mere mention of the EU's telecom watchdog Viviane Reding brought chills down their spine. However, the Reding reign has now come to an end as it was announced on

FairPoint's losses widen in Q3 09

As if having to file for bankruptcy protection was not enough, FairPoint reported that it lost $77.3 million in the third quarter, a $52.2 million increase from Q3 2008. With more end-users dropping

North Dakota farmer, Midcontinent Communications battle over land use

Note to Midcontinent Communications: if you're going to lay your cable on my land please let me know first, says North Dakota landowner Dale Neidhardt. The New Salem-based farmer, who has filed a

Cerberus gets a slice of Hawaiian Telcom

Bankrupt Hawaiian Telcom has found a white knight in Cerberus Capital Management. The New York-based private equity company has agreed to help pay down the company's debt with the promise that they

Mexico puts fiber sale on hold

After a number of potential suitors said they needed more time to put their offers together, the Mexican government has decided to postpone the sale of two unused fiber lines originally scheduled for

EU gets green light for proposed telecom rules

Following various political delays and arguments over Internet piracy, the EU was able to push its newly proposed telecom rules through Parliament. Now that it has gotten a 'yes' vote during a

Windstream adds Iowa Telecommunications to its acquisition cart

Although it has not swallowed up a larger competitor or acquired an RBOC's rural lines, Windstream is just as keen on growing its business through acquisitions. Its latest move to acquire Iowa

Infonetics: Carrier capex to decline in 2010

If you're a vendor selling into the carrier community, your life is going to be just as challenging in 2010 as it was this year. A new Infonetics report reveals that carrier capex spending will

AT&T wants to expand its original content capabilities

AT&T is serious about being an original content provider, and to prove that commitment, the ILEC is now looking for someone that could help develop original content for TV, the Internet and of

Hunting for telecom turkeys

Just a few days before my wife and I pack up the kids to go to Grandma's house (okay, my mother-in-law lives down the street) to stuff our faces with turkey, stuffing and pondering why the Detroit

Tata to build Mid East optical submarine cable jointly

Tata continues to make a name for itself in the submarine cabling market and its latest venture to help build a submarine cable system into the Middle East is another proof point of that drive. The

Charter's reorganization faces more objections

Charter Communications may have gotten the green light from a New York court last week to move forward out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy (sometime in December), but now that exit could be blocked. Last

NTIA, RUS to delay broadband stimulus awards again

If you're a local government agency or service providers waiting to see if you're going to get a broadband grant, your wait is about to get a bit longer as the National Telecommunications and

Verizon launches yet another customer retention program

Verizon believes that there's nothing like using your existing customers to help bring more customers onto your network. Seeing its traditional DSL broadband and FiOS customers being poached by

Verizon expands its telehealth capabilities

With the debut of its Telehealth Collaboration Services offering, Verizon is responding to the healthcare system's need to enable patients to get the care they need regardless of location. Instead of

KPN, iBasis finally come to terms

At long last, KPN says it has reached what they say is the final increased tender offer agreement to purchase the outstanding shares in iBasis for $3.00 in cash per share. After a long battle between

Feds charge three in Comcast traffic diversion scheme

If you're going to play with our site, we will find you, says Comcast. This week, federal prosecutors have charged three men for diverting traffic off of Comcast's consumer website While

Calix gets ready to go public

Calix finally made it official last Friday that it has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Since the IPO filing is only preliminary, the company did not provide how many shares would be

Google: We're here to help utilities

Google may want to get a piece of the emerging smart grid market through its PowerMeter application, which lets residential and business customers view their energy usage over any web connection, but

Ciena becomes victor in fight for Nortel's MEN

After a three-day auction, a story in Reuters broke this morning that Ciena had beat out Nokia Siemens Networks to acquire Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) and optical divisions for $769