Ciena adds Optical Communications certification; Verizon tops 411 service rankings

> Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN) is adding an Optical Communications Program to its technical certification offerings. The four-tiered program is available at 12 U.S. colleges currently. News release.

> Overture Networks is introducing its ISG 400 Carrier Ethernet Edge platform designed to simplify the transition from a traditional TDM network to an all-optical Ethernet network. News release.

> CBeyond (Nasdaq: CBEY) has scheduled a conference call for 8:00 a.m. EDT Thursday, Nov. 4, to coincide with its release of third quarter results. News release.

> Huawei has completed its testing of 10 Gbps GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) on UAE operator Etisalat's existing telecom network. Story.

> The Paisley Group has ranked Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) 411 directory assistance the best among 411 providers in its fall 2010 assessment. Their twice yearly audits review customer service and fulfillment in multiple customer segments based on 300 completed 411 calls. News release.

> Intelepeer has been ranked 28th on a list of the Fast 100 Growing Companies List, compiled by the San Francisco Business Times. Story.

> The TV remote control may soon become an artifact of history, a New York Times article notes, as technology (including using smartphones as remote controls) and viewing habits change. Story.

And finally ... A Washington Post article points out, yet again, how net neutrality regulations will smother the expanding broadband marketplace. Story.