Online piracy bill likely to pass in 2011; FBI presses for expanded wiretap capability

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say that an online piracy bill will likely pass this year. Story.

> The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) has launched a Fiber Optic Professional certification program. News release.

> Sunrise Telecom is introducing IntelliSAM, a Carrier Ethernet Activation test suite based on the ITU Y.1564 standard. News release.

> Crossbeam Systems will hold a series of technical briefings for security professionals on network security infrastructure. Details.

> Brazil's Telesp saw a 9.2 percent rise in net profit for the fourth quarter of 2010, due to an increase in local service revenues. Story.

> Verizon's Home Phone Connect service is now live. Story.

> Swisscom saw a slight decline in net revenue of 0.1 percent at the close of 2010, the operator reports. Story.

 And finally... The FBI really, really wants to increase its wiretapping capabilities on the Internet. Story.