Verizon customers mistakenly charged late fee; Comptel's new chairman discusses competitive telecom industry

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Verizon customers in Florida, Texas and California recently got an unwelcome extra $7 phantom late fee after someone in a North Carolina billing center "entered the wrong instructions into a computer." Post

> Philippines National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) plans to review Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company's (PLDT) acquisition of JG Summit-owned telco Digital Telecommunication Inc (Digitel) over concerns that a combined company could create a telecom monopoly. Article

> Telephone and Data Systems will redeem all of its remaining outstanding 7.6 percent Series A Notes due 2041. Release

> Verimatrix has acquired DVB conditional access provider Comvenient, which helped co-develop Verimatrix's Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB security product, for an undisclosed price. Article

> Quebec's Colba.Net Telecom will deploy Zhone Technologies' MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system through its subsidiary Colba.Net Inc. to deliver ADSL2+ and Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) services to residential and business customers. Release

> MiCTA, a national nonprofit group purchasing organization for education and local government agencies, has extended its Master Service Agreement for Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) with Everbridge. Release

And finally ... Comptel's new chairman discusses network unbundling, special access, AT&T/T-Mobile merger concerns in a Q&A with Connected Planet. Article