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February 28, 2013
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  • France Telecom CEO confident of 2014 turnaround
    France Telecom's leader predicts that the combination of a major cost-cutting push and a rebound in the wireless market will stabilize the telecom's bottom line in 2014. Chief executive Stephane Richard said the mobile market had been rocked by the entrance of a fourth, discount player, Iliad's Free Mobile, in 2012. France Telecom, which retains a number of former civil servants who are under "protected terms," hopes attrition will narrow its workforce by almost 30% by 2020. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court rejects utilities' challenge of FCC pole rates
    A federal appeals court has stood by the Federal Communications Commission and its 2011 decision to cut rates that power companies can charge telecom service providers to rent space on their utility poles. The Washington, D.C.-based Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law sets a low bar for regulators to explain their actions and that the FCC had reached it. The FCC had ordered utilities to reduce the rate they charge telecom providers to $7 per foot a year, a price similar to what cable companies pay. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon revamps channel program for enterprise sales
    Verizon Enterprise Solutions is hoping to lure back sales agents and value-added resellers that were put off by changes the company previously made in its channel program. "The channel is where ... small and medium businesses are turning for their solutions," Verizon's Janet Schijns said. Channel Partners (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How Fox promoted college football coverage with AT&T AdWorks
    Fox Sports employed AT&T AdWorks to help encourage viewer interaction with its multimedia coverage of college football in 2012, Mike Reynolds notes in this analysis. AT&T U-verse subscribers were engaged in a five-week sweepstakes promotion through the creation of an iChannel on U-verse, he writes. Multichannel News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC: Create incentives for Next Generation 911 adoption
    The Federal Communications Commission is calling on Congress to authorize federal incentives that could spur states to compete for Next Generation 911 projects. The recommendation was packaged in an FCC report issued Wednesday in response to a congressional request for ways to move the 911 system to Internet-based technologies. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Data: Cisco's dominance in switch, router market is secure
    Cisco Systems continues to dominate the global switching and routing market -- and has a solid footing in the enterprise-networking sector -- even as it faces competition from emerging software-defined networking rivals, a data report has found. According to research from Synergy, in 2012 Cisco maintained a 70% share of the routing industry and sizable portions of the switching, WLAN and telepresence markets. GigaOm (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report details regional variations in broadband pricing
    The average global Internet customer pays $2 per megabit of connectivity a month, with most residential ISPs advertising speeds of 36 Mbps, according to a comparative analysis of global broadband prices by Point Topic UK. Western Europe offers the cheapest residential broadband services, while Asia has the best pricing for fiber-to-the-home and DSL services. ISP Review (U.K.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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