> Integra, among others, is happy about the FCC's denial of Qwest's petition for forbearance in Arizona. Qwest had asked the FCC to eliminate rules that require Qwest to make its last-mile legacy facilities available to smaller competitors in the Phoenix area. "These rules enable competitors like Integra to invest in new products and services and to create new jobs in the telecommunications sector," Integra said in a statement.
> Hatteras Networks' HNC6100 multi-service platform has been named a 2010 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner by the Labs' publication Internet Telephony. News release.
> Broadview Networks also earned accolades this week, receiving a Stevie award for Customer Service Team of the Year at the American Business Awards. News release.
> Fiber optics supplier Glimmerglass Networks' Intelligent Optical Systems 100, 500 and 600 have passed the USDA's "Buy American Requirement," meaning the systems can now be included on the Rural Utilities Service's list of materials. News release.
> Public safety and first responder agencies have another communications option in their pocket as Spacenet introduces a pay-as-you-use Emergency Communications Service. The service is targeted at both disaster preparedness and at budget-conscious agencies. News release.
> BT Conferencing has added Kontiki's enterprise video solutions to its unified communications (UC) service offerings. "...even the largest multi-national organizations can quickly and cost effectively send broadcast quality video content to their employees' PC's regardless of which network they are on," the company said in a news release. Joy.
And finally... Triple-play services in Brazil are making such slow progress that that's what Research and Markets named their report on the region. More to the point, high-speed broadband and pay TV in Brazil are both very expensive, and regulatory barriers prevent service providers from offering discounted bundles to the masses. News release.