Vernon Telephone leverages Extreme for triple play, business services; Frontier takes hard line with copper thieves

> If $10 a month for Netflix's (Nasdaq: NFLX) movie rental-plus-streaming subscription is too much, take heart: According to Broadband DSL Reports, a $7.99 streaming-only option will soon be announced. Story.

> Arcep, France's telecom regulation body, has published guidelines that establish economic conditions of access to France Telecom's (NYSE: FTE) communications ducts. Telegeography reports that the former monopoly will likely lower its access tariffs next year. Story.

> Wi-Lan, a technology vendor based in Ottawa, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Comcast (Nasdaq: CLWR), Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) over their use of cable modems, reports CED. It's not a surprising move from a company that's already filed patent infringement suits against wireless and personal computer manufacturers for other patents it holds in its portfolio. Story.

> Federal standards for cybersecurity could have a significant impact on the private sector as well, says the CRE (Center for Regulatory Effectiveness), not all of it good, because legislation is pending that would make it possible for the government to mandate cybersecurity measures for businesses. News release.

> Wisconsin-based Vernon Telephone Cooperative received TelcoTV's 2010 Vision Award for Service Provider Innovation, for its residential triple play and business Ethernet services. Vernon used Extreme Networks' Ethernet transport solution to implement services. News release.

> No hints from new Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Leo Apotheker about the direction he'll be taking the company, the Wall Street Journal reports, during the company's conference call to discuss third quarter results. Story (sub. req.).

And finally... Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) is taking a hard line with copper thieves, Connected Planet reports, publicizing its efforts in the hope that the public will get the message about copper theft's dangers and potential consequences. The company issued a press release last week pointing out that two suspects in a copper theft case are charged with first-degree murder after a third accomplice was electrocuted while attempting to steal a copper phone line. Story.

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