• Windstream to cut 350 jobs
By The Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Windstream Corp. says it is cutting 350 jobs, or nearly 5 percent of its workforce, in part to balance out declining revenue in its residential voice unit. Windstream will make the cuts this year through volunteers, cutting open positions and attrition.
The Little Rock, Ark., company offers phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services and has 7,100 employees. Its profit and revenue have fallen overall in the first and second quarters.
The company expects a $15 million charge in the fourth quarter for severance benefits. Windstream said the restructuring will help it focus on broadband and business enterprise opportunities.
• AT&T to buy mobile app developer Plusmo
By The Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) – AT&T Inc. said Wednesday it agreed to buy Plusmo Inc., a company that helps develop mobile Web applications, as it looks to tap the growing market for software on smartphones.
AT&T did not say how much it will pay for the privately held Santa Clara, Calif., company.
AT&T Interactive CEO David Krantz said the deal "highlights our commitment to invest in mobile application innovation and search leadership."
• Verizon hooks up small biz with free Wi-Fi hotspots
By Mike Robuck
Verizon said today that it was offering free Wi-Fi connections to its business broadband customers at more than 14,000 hotspots across the nation.
The Wi-Fi hotspot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, convention centers and public locations across the nation.
All Verizon small business customers with FiOS Internet or DSL-based HSI can log on to Verizon’s Web site and use their Verizon username and password to download software for free Wi-Fi access at the Verizon hotspots.
• Aurora names manager for SE region
By Brian Santo
Aurora Networks has hired Buford Keene as its southeast regional account manager. The company said the move was made with the Federal broadband stimulus program in mind. Keene was specifically hired to help mid-size cable operators in the region expand their networks in a manner consistent with the program’s goals.
Keene joins Aurora from Radiant Communications; before that he was employed with Arris. His expertise is in networks, design and Ethernet-based architectures.
“With the broadband stimulus package generating greater interest in Aurora Networks’ Fiber Deep, segmentation, RF over glass (RFoG), RFPON (RFoG plus PON) and commercial services solutions, Keene’s cable broadband and industry expertise makes him an excellent addition to our team,” said David Lang, Aurora Networks’ vice president of sales for the U.S. regional market, to whom Keene will report.