Federal agencies warm up to cloud services; Hutchison Whampoa makes $2.6B bid for Ireland's Eircom

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> Citizen-facing federal government agencies warm up to cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service tools. Article

>A new coalition in New York's Genesee County has developed a program focused on extending broadband service to the state's rural communities. Article

> Neustar's new white paper reveals major differences between U.S. and India's number portability efforts. Release

> Telecom Italia's shareholders, a group that includes Telefonica, have come up with a 3.4 billion-euro ($4.5 billion) financing package to pay back the loans it got in 2007 to buy a large piece of Italy's largest incumbent service provider. Article

> Robert Johnson has been appointed as Frontier Communications' new Area President of its Midwest Region where he oversee its call centers for business, residential and Operator Services. Release

> HickoryTech's VoIP CABS software has been enhanced to comply with the FCC's new intercarrier-compensation rules. Release

> Hutchison Whampoa is offering $2.6B for Ireland's main incumbent telephone company, Eircom. Article

And finally ... A new National Urban League Policy Institute study reveals that the broadband-availability gap between black and white households with broadband access narrowed by almost half, from 2009 to 2010. Article

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