Cox gets high marks for its Connecticut phone service; Softbank CEO to donate $120 million to earthquake victims

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> Cox Communications once again gets high marks for its telephony on Connecticut's Department of Public Utility Control 2010 Consumer Scorecard. Release

> Calix was selected by broadband stimulus award recipient Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) to provide its EXA Powered Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for a project that will bring broadband to eight rural Southwest Minnesota communities. Release

> Verizon continues to make good on its environmentally friendly pledge by showcasing a number of energy-efficient vehicles to its fleet. Release

> APconnections, a supplier of bandwidth shaping products, will offer a $10,000 prize for anyone that can predict the date when the worldwide switch to IPv6 will take place. Release

> SRA International, a provider of computer services to the U.S. government, is being acquired by private equity firm Providence Equity for $1.88 billion in cash. Article

> Comwave, one of Canada's largest privately-owned telecom service providers, is offering six months of free home phone service to encourage consumers to try their VoIP service. Release

And finally ... Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man and president of Softbank Corp., said he will donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to help support victims, including orphaned children, of the country's recent tsunami and earthquake disaster. Article