Broadband Briefs for 10/02/09

Fri, 10/02/2009 - 8:00am

S.E. Louisiana parishes pulled into the U-verse
By Brian Santo

AT&T is bringing U-verse to southeast Louisiana. It will begin its IP-based triple play in several areas outside of New Orleans on Oct. 5. The company said U-verse will be available in parts of the St. Tammany, Terrebone and Lafourche parishes.

U-verse packages include a range of speeds, with the fastest downstream speeds up to 18 Mbps. All AT&T U-verse high-speed Internet packages include wireless home or office networking at no extra cost and access to the national Wi-Fi network AT&T has assembled.

U-verse VoIP features a single, combined voice mailbox for AT&T U-verse Voice and AT&T wireless messages; an online portal to manage call preferences and settings from any PC; an online voice mailbox; the ability to view call logs from a PC or recent incoming calls on the TV screen; the ability to initiate a call from a PC or TV using Click to Call; and more. All U-verse Voice customers have 911 service.

AT&T buys VeriSign security consulting business
By The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) – AT&T Inc. said Thursday it has completed a deal to buy VeriSign Inc.'s security consulting business. Financial details were not disclosed.

AT&T said it will combine the business, which helps companies understand and combat online security threats, with its network security operations.

VeriSign, based in Mountain View, Calif., runs some of the key directories computers use to route users to Web sites.

Sprint Nextel settles suit with Mo. phone co.
By The Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – Sprint Nextel Corp. has settled a lawsuit filed against a small Missouri phone company over alleged patent infringement.

The Overland Park-based wireless provider said Thursday that financial terms of the settlement with Big River Telephone Co. were confidential. It said Big River, based in Cape Girardeau, will pay for a non-exclusive license to use Sprint's patents.

Sprint sued Big River and three other companies in January 2008, accusing them of infringing on the company's patents for sending telephone calls over the Internet. NuVox Communications Inc., Broadvox Holdings and Paetec Communications Inc. already settled the litigation.

More Broadband Direct 10/02/09:
•  Comcast debuts 4G service in Salem, Ore.
•  Time Warner won't bid for NBCU; could strengthen Comcast's hand
•  Rentrak names Chemerow COO, CFO
•  Occam shows GigE FTTP blade
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