Debt sales, credit coming easier for some

The winter thaw has begun, and it doesn't have anything to do with whether or not a celebrated critter saw his shadow. It's the credit markets that are thawing-or softening, or becoming more

Qwest plans fiber ring expansion

Amid its fourth-quarter earnings report, Qwest Communications said--a bit tentatively--that it plans to build six fiber optic rings in markets outside of its traditional 14-state local service

UPDATE: Verizon Wireless lays off employees formerly at Circuit City

Verizon Wireless has laid off 45 percent of the employees that worked at in-store Circuit City locations, according to Verizon Wireless spokesperson Harold Waterman. Fierce received an email from

Rumor Mill: Circuit City bankruptcy triggers Verizon Wireless layoffs

Circuit City's financial meltdown is now apparently burning Verizon Wireless employees assigned to the stores. Fierce comments and outside reports point to layoffs for Verizon Wireless sales staff

Qwest Q4 profit beats Wall Street estimates

This morning, Qwest released its fourth-quarter 2008 and yearly financial numbers. The company saw a 3 percent drop in operating revenue in the fourth quarter on a year-to-year basis and a 2 percent

Senate bill: Billion-dollar Verizon tax break still possible

Language in the latest draft of the Senate economic stimulus currently provides Verizon with a crack at a billion dollars (or more) of tax credits if the company spends $6 billion on FiOS over the

tw telecom reports a bit of goodness for Q408, year

The company formerly known as Time Warner Telecom announced $294.6 million in revenue and $5 million in net income for the fourth quarter of 2008. The company had $1.15 billion in revenue, $399

Swatting 911 becomes life-threatening

Using a combination of VoIP and caller ID spoofing, crank-calling "swatters" have been generating armed police raids on innocent third parties. Upgrades to existing 911 systems should be able to

Verizon Business touts global network builds

Taking inventory of its completed and ongoing network expansion projects, Verizon Business logged $17.8 billion in wireless and wireline network projects worldwide in 2008. Expect to see more this

Profiting from pre-owned network hardware gear

Facilities-based Excel Telecommunications is making no secret of the fact it uses second-hand gear, allowing Network Hardware Resale (NHR) to feature Excel in a customer testimonial. A posting on

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