TELX and Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS) strike pact; KPN considers its last mile options

> TELX and Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS) realize that in order to scale they'll need help. Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS), a reseller of over 125 regional and global carriers and a licensed CLEC, through a new agreement with TELX will be able to offer their customers carrier-neutral connectivity and collocation in all 15 of Telx's North American locations. News release

> Level 3 and Qwest must be doing something right as both earned ATLANTIC-ACM awards. Level 3 Communications received the ATLANTIC-ACM 2010 Metro Wholesale Best in Class Award, which recognizes Level 3's leadership in delivering voice services that meet the needs of wholesale customers. Qwest, meanwhile, earned best-in-class honors from customers across the nation surveyed for the ATLANTIC-ACM Metro Wholesale Report Card. This is the tenth year Qwest has won a carrier award.

> Great Lakes Comnet is taking its federal stimulus funding to double its fiber network. The new network extension, which the service provider claims will offer customers increased reliability and faster data speeds, will add 2,000 additional miles to its current 1,800 fiber mile network that stretches throughout Michigan and the Midwest. News Release

> Now that Australia has finally greenlighted a National Broadband Network (NBN) everyone wants to know when it will start in earnest, and, more importantly, who will be the first to get on board the broadband express. Story

> As FairPoint continues to create new financial footing it has now appointed John Hogshire, a veteran telecom executive, as its new vice president and controller. During his 27 years working in finance, 23 have been with telecom companies, including most recently Aviat Networks where he served as director of accounting. Prior to Aviat, he was vice president and controller for Madison River Communications, a position he held for nearly nine years. Hogshire got his start in the telecom industry at Sprint. News Release

> PRIDE Network, a subsidiary of XFONE, Inc., will receive a $36.1 million in additional USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) RUS (Rural Utility Service) funding under the Broadband Initiative Program (BIP) for the build out of the Company's Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network in southern Louisiana. News Release

And finally... KPN is in the middle of considering whether or not VDSL will continue to be part of its last mile broadband future. During its half-year results call, the Dutch service provider revealed that it would stop rolling out VDSL to remote terminals. Along with ADSL, which it plans to continue offering to customers for the foreseeable future, KPN is developing a FTTH play with its partner Reggefiber. Article