> One in five broadband lines worldwide has a VoIP service connected to it, says a GigaOm article--and that figure doesn't include Skype users. France and the U.S. have the largest number of VoIP subscribers. Story.
> The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is demonstrating its carrier-grade powerline network technology at BBWF this week, with presentations ongoing. News release.
> Central American telecom markets are continuing to pick up speed, particularly in Panama and Honduras, with mobile being a key growth area. As mobile penetration increases, so will (eventually) the reach of broadband networks, a new report from Research and Markets says. News release.
> Tokyo-based IT and communications services provider KVH will build a high-speed, high-capacity optical fiber backbone network covering its data center and expanding to Yokohama, Kanagawa and Inzai, Chiba where a new KVH Data Center will open in 2011. News release.
> MegaPath is offering a Hosted Voice plan targeted to SMBs (small to medium businesses), throwing in a free phone for each employee when a company purchases its unlimited or global Hosted Voice calling plan. News release.
> Continental Telecom, a UK-based broadband ISP, could be fined GBP 50,000 by Ofcom if it doesn't come into compliance with consumer protection rules by Nov. 25. Story.
And finally... expanding the FBI's ability to wiretap wireless calls, Internet chat and e-mail would cause Tier 1 carriers and small Internet startups alike to pull back on investment and innovation, a von|xchange article says. Story.