Broadband Briefs for 1/22/10
• Suttle joins HomePNA Alliance
By Brian Santo
The HomePNA Alliance has attracted yet another member.
This time it’s Suttle, a maker of amps, filters, splitters and other components. Suttle intends to begin shipping HomePNA-certified products beginning in Q2 of this year.
"Suttle is excited to join the HomePNA Alliance as an adopter and looks forward to continued development of products that make it easy for service providers and consumers alike to install and maintain home networks," said Jay Kilby, director of marketing at Suttle. "HomePNA technology complements our full line of high-quality triple-play home networking connectivity products."
• Telecom veteran named FairPoint's Maine prez
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – FairPoint Communications has named a 40-year telecommunications industry veteran as its Maine state president.
FairPoint announced Thursday that Michael Reed will be responsible for governmental relations, regulatory matters and economic development issues in Maine. Reed most recently worked as a government affairs manager for TDS Telecommunications.
North Carolina-based FairPoint is the largest telecommunications company in northern New England after buying Verizon Communications' landline and Internet operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in 2008. It has been suffering under a heavy debt load and technology problems and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall.
• Windstream sweetens business bundle deal
By Brian Santo
Windstream has added features to its voice and data business bundles, accompanied with a promotional offer to potential SMB customers of lifetime pricing.
The company’s new business bundles include e-mail hosting with free domain registration, 5GB of online data backup with dedicated customer support, and Web hosting support teams.
With its Lifetime Price Guarantee, Windstream is guaranteeing the price of the service will not increase, even after the expiration of the service term. Guaranteed pricing includes up to 12 Mbps of high-speed Internet and unlimited nationwide calling with 10 features.