West Va. council changes plan for broadband stimulus funds; Ethernet Alliance announces new interop event

> The West Virginia Broadband Council has changed its plan for the state's Broadband Infrastructure Project, saying the $126 million in stimulus funds will be used to connect critical access facilities, but not home or businesses. News release.

> Ukraine is moving ahead with privatization of incumbent Ukrtelecom, Telegeography reports, with the Kyiv City Economic Court issuing a ruling that should protect the move from potential lawsuits. Story.

> Global Crossing has completed its $150 million offering of 9% senior unsecured notes due in 2019, the proceeds of which it will use to refinance its 5% senior unsecured notes due in 2011. The company is also redeeming, on Dec. 16, all $144 million of its 5% convertible senior notes outstanding. News release.

> The Ethernet Alliance's Carrier Ethernet subcommittee plans to hold its first IEEE 1588 and IEEE P802.3bf interoperability test event for members and non-members. Those interested in participating can join a conference call on Dec. 1 at 9:00 a.m. PST. News release.

> Verizon Global Wholesale has received the Metro Ethernet Forum's first award for Best Wholesale Ethernet Service in North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). News release.

And finally... Michigan Rep. Fred Upton is pretty clear in his opposition to net neutrality regulations, Broadcasting & Cable reports, stating "I will block the FCC from regulating the Internet" in his list of what he would do if he gains the post of Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Story.