India's telecoms ministry under scrutiny over 2G licenses; San Jose won't participate in Bay WEB system

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> XO Communications will provide a wide area networking solution for commercial real estate organization Transwestern, which has 26 locations across the United States. News release.

> The city council in San Jose, Calif. has rejected the city's participation in the regional Bay WEB broadband system, reports the San Jose Business Journal. Lack of transparency and unknown costs were among the problems cited by the council. Story.

> Need to track Santa on Christmas Eve? Verizon Business personnel  are among 1,200 volunteers manning the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline this year, providing real-time location updates to children who call in. News release.

> Mr. Linzhen Xie has been elected to the Board of Directors at Beijing-based UTStarcom, and appointed to the Board's Audit Committee and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. News release.

> Neustar is introducing a one-day number porting service for small and medium sized operators, which will enable them to achieve compliance with the FCC's number portability requirement by the Jan. 31, 2011 deadline. News release.

And finally... Hey, it really works. Competition drives down broadband prices, the Technology Policy Institute notes in a Broadband DSL Reports article, and open access policies are the key to creating broadband competition. Story.