Broadband Briefs for 10/05/09
• Verizon brings FiOS TV to 8 N.Y. communities
By Traci Patterson
Verizon is now offering its FiOS TV service to some 50,000 homes in parts of eight New York communities: Clay, east Syracuse, north Syracuse, Cicero, DeWitt, Salina, Camillus and Fleming.
At the end of October, the company plans to expand availability to approximately 12,000 more homes.
By the end of the year, if additional franchise agreements are secured and approved, Verizon hopes to have the service available to almost 100,000 homes in the region.
• AT&T brings U-verse Voice to Music City
By Traci Patterson
AT&T’s U-verse Voice service is now available in parts of the Nashville area and in Middle Tennessee.
U-verse Voice is available to all eligible U-verse TV customers in the Nashville area, and it brings together the telco’s home phone, wireless, broadband and TV services – all on one bill.
Since introducing U-verse across the greater Nashville area in December 2008, AT&T said it has continually made the service available to more customers on an ongoing basis.
• Genachowski promotes several at FCC
By Traci Patterson
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has named both Catherine Seidel and John Branscome as deputy chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, Monica Shah Desai as deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Mark Stone as deputy chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.
Seidel, who has been with the FCC for more than 15 years, previously served as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Branscome, with the FCC for nine years, most recently served as chief of the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division. Desai has worked at the FCC for a decade and previously served as chief of the Media Bureau. And Stone, with the FCC for a decade and a half, recently served as deputy managing director.
“These exceptional individuals have extensive experience in the private sector and in public service, including here at the FCC,” Genachowski said. “With their help, the agency will pursue policies that advance a robust 21st-century infrastructure, unleash innovation and job creation, protect consumers and promote competition.”
• Amdocs supporting cloud-based services
By Brian Santo
Amdocs said its Convergent Billing solution can be used to support cloud-based services.
Corporate customers are turning to third parties to provide cloud-based services such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that allow them to outsource many of their IT applications (including e-mail, Web conferencing, system security, system backup, disk space and enterprise resource planning), Amdocs noted.
Both service providers and SaaS providers can now use the Amdocs Convergent Billing solution to provide cloud-based services for these customers. And in addition to supporting service providers' cloud-based services, Amdocs’ Convergent Billing solution enables service providers to offer and bill for advanced corporate services that are not delivered via a hosted business model, such as shared allowances, group-level offerings and flexible discount mechanisms, Amdocs said.
• High court refuses to hear insider trading appeal
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has refused to hear former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio's appeal of his insider trading conviction.
The court said Monday it would not entertain Nacchio's request that he either be acquitted of the charge or granted a new trial.
Prosecutors said Nacchio sold $52 million worth of stock in 2001 while knowing that Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. would have trouble meeting its sales goals. Nacchio began serving a six-year sentence on April 14. He contended the jury was given improper instructions about what internal information had to be disclosed publicly. He also argued that the trial judge improperly barred testimony from an expert who could have explained Nacchio's trading patterns.