> Billing and customer management provider CSG Systems (Nasdaq: CSGS) has been granted two patents for the systems and methods it uses to route, dispatch and communicate with field technicians. News release.
> Otelco (Nasdaq: OTT), which provides wireline telecommunications in six U.S. states, is making its 23rd consecutive quarterly distribution on Sept. 30, doling out $0.42 per IDS (Income Deposit Security) to shareholders. News release.
> The National Black Chamber of Commerce is one entity that's on the side of Verizon and Google following their broadband proposal. "We are focusing all our attention on job creation. One of the quickest ways to create jobs for African Americans and others is to encourage broadband investment and allow innovation to flourish," president Harry Alford said in an official statement.
> Convergys (NYSE: CVG) has finalized a three-year contract with an online interactive consulting company to provide Smart BSS Solutions, including Convergys' Rating and Billing Manager, to handle revenue management, online charging, and settlement for B2B and B2C services. News release.
> Panasonic (NYSE: PC), which recently announced it no longer will market tru2way TVs, has selected NETGEAR as its sole third-party source for networking solutions for its VIERA line of televisions. NETGEAR's N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter will enable customers to access and stream online content to their TVs. News release.
And finally... September's FTTH Conference in Las Vegas will include the co-located Digital Home Summit, where broadband service providers can explore topics like broadband applications, Smart TV, and smart grid-capable home area networks. News release.