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November 1, 2012
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  • U.S. delegation talks broadband with ITU
    The U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunication Union's World Conference on International Telecommunications will advocate for countries to make their own broadband decisions, not for the central regulation proposed by the ITU, according to this article. The aim of the conference, to be held in Dubai in December, will be to devise a treaty on international broadband traffic. Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation, said that a treaty incorporating the U.S. proposals would "go a long way toward perpetuating growth, not only in the United States, but in every country, including developing markets." Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telecoms in N.Y., N.J. begin post-Sandy recovery
    Verizon Communications, whose switching facility inside its headquarters building in lower Manhattan was flooded by the surge from the Sandy superstorm, has set up a temporary wireless antenna in Jersey City, N.J., just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The company is also working to restore network sites in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile USA are sharing their cellular networks in storm-hit areas of New Jersey and New York so their customers will be able to make calls on either network. The Federal Communications Commission reported that service outages were still common Wednesday in New York metropolitan area. PC Magazine (10/31), Computerworld (10/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (10/31), The Wall Street Journal (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Yorkers turn to pay phones to reconnect after superstorm: Public pay phones in Manhattan are enjoying a surge in demand as New Yorkers seek an alternative to unavailable wireless communications, this article notes. "Phones that normally do $2 a day are taking in $50 a day. In times of distress, the people of the city love them," said Peter Izzo of Van Wagner Communications, a pay-phone franchiser. The Wall Street Journal (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developing a road map for an effective cloud strategy
    Going to market with cloud services is no easy task for broadband providers looking to add hosting services to their list of offerings, according to Marc Hayden, executive vice president of turnkey provider CHR Solutions. Companies first need to develop a business case to determine whether it is more appropriate to build their own platform or acquire one, he says. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Indies look to data center business to broaden their horizons
    Small telecom companies are moving headlong into the data center business as independent carriers seek ways to diversify their offerings and keep up with larger regional rivals. Florida's ITS Telecom took the organic approach, building its own facility from the ground up, while Twin Valley Telephone of Kansas decided to acquire an existing data center and expand services into additional markets. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SDN startup Big Switch gets $25 million VC boost
    Big Switch Networks has drawn a $25 million investment from Redpoint Ventures and Goldman Sachs to fund its push into the software-defined networking market. The company -- which earlier this year released its OpenFlow-based Floodlight controller software -- has raised a total of $39 million in venture capital to date and is seen as a rival to larger SDN players such as Nicira. The new funding will be used to bolster the company's engineering, sales and marketing teams. GigaOm (10/30), (U.S.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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