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October 2, 2012
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  • Telecoms may take a page from Google in seeking K.C. deals
    Google wangled significant government backing for choosing the Kansas City metropolitan area as the site of its ultra-high-speed fiber network -- including free office space, free access to city infrastructure and even a few public employees to help make sure things run smoothly -- prompting some competitors to cry foul, while others are trying to emulate the software giant. Incumbent telecoms are said to be involved in their own negotiations with city officials. The Wall Street Journal (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • T-Mobile parent said to be in deal talks with MetroPCS
    Deutsche Telekom, the German parent of T-Mobile USA, is in talks to acquire prepaid wireless carrier MetroPCS as a way of expanding the No. 4 operator's scale in the U.S., Bloomberg News reports. The deal could be announced as soon as Wednesday, according to the report, which also says the complex deal might involve a stock swap. Adding MetroPCS' 9.3 million subscribers would boost T-Mobile's total to 42.5 million. Bloomberg (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. group says it is not overbuilding its broadband network
    EAGLE-Net, which has more than $100 million in federal stimulus funds to expand broadband access in Colorado, denies that it is overbuilding its network and taking customers away from telecoms in the Centennial State. In an e-mail newsletter, the group says it is "not competing against local service providers for business, residential or commercial customers," while adding that it "must compete fairly with other providers to enable broadband service options to governmental entities." Broadcasting & Cable (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shopping for telecom service? Wiresurfer offers price comparisons
    Wiresurfer.com, a startup in Coral Gables, Fla., is launching today with a website that offers pricing comparisons for Internet and telephone services used by small and medium-size businesses. One goal of the site is to act as a middleman for about 15 telecoms, such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, EarthLink and Windstream. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Accenture taps Nokia to expand OTT video services
    Accenture has bolstered its video startup solution with the acquisition of IPTV software and other assets from Nokia Siemens. The global consulting and outsourcing firm says it will integrate the newly acquired technology with its Accenture Video Solution, a family of products designed to help content providers launch over-the-top services across a variety of formats and devices. Reuters (10/1), Multichannel News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Verizon surprised by extent of DIY in home network installations
    Nearly 90% of those hooked up to a Verizon Communications in-home network are installing it themselves, a much higher rate than the telecom had expected, said Eric Bruno, a Verizon vice president. "Those folks that are engaged and doing that doing-it-yourself install, they're actually using it the way we had wanted them to," he said. Bruno said more than 60% of the users engage the service through smartphones, an amount in line with the telecom's expectations. Telecompetitor.com (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IP Download 
  • Startup sees opportunity in IPv4-IPv6 transition support
    6connect is looking to meet the need to manage dual-stack networks for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 with its cloud-based service offering. The startup's ProVision Suite features APIs that offer support for the Representational State Transfer, or REST, software architecture. Network World (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon cloud service complies with federal health regs
    The Enterprise Solutions Group of Verizon Communications is offering cloud-computing services to the health care industry that it says comply with the security requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for electronic health records. The Verizon cloud portfolio builds on data centers the company acquired through its purchase of Terremark and its acquisition of Cybertrust, a provider of data-security services. Computerworld (10/1), ZDNet (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  LeadQuote 
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
--Antoine de Saint Exupéry,
French poet, writer and aviator


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