FCC chairman "deeply troubled" by Verizon's plans to manage speeds of data hogs

By Josh Long

A small fraction of Verizon Wireless’ 104.6 million retail connections have a tendency to hog bandwidth, prompting the company to manage the speeds of the top 5 percent of data users who subscribe to unlimited data plans.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t happy. In a letter Wednesday to Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead, Wheeler said he was “deeply troubled” by the wireless carrier’s earlier announcement that it plans to slow the data speeds of some customers beginning...

By TotalTelecom, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks.

Netflix gets ensnared in Verizon/Level 3 debate

By Josh Long

A quarrel ensnaring Netflix, ISPs and the “transit providers” that interconnect with them underscore the complexities in the debate over Net neutrality that is pending before the FCC.

A fundamental question continues to divide some of the most prominent U.S. communications companies: When a subscriber of the nation’s biggest streaming video service has difficulty watching a movie or television show, who is to blame for the connectivity conundrum? An ISP such as Verizon? The...

By TotalTelecom, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Networks, Operators.

Is plain old telephone service really dying?

Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being touted as on its way out by quite a few sources. It’s being said that with the advent of VoIP services, cable and fiber network expansions and wireless communications innovations, POTS is dying a slow, but steady death.

But is that really the case? The reason people have landlines is largely the same: voice communication.

Certainly, in terms of data, the POTS is losing its allure and has been replaced largely by other modes. For instance, it is only in the...

By TotalTelecom, 18 September 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

How mobility is challenging IT departments

As mobile devices and applications extend the boundaries of the workplace, IT departments must create new policies and procedures to keep the mobile enterprise accessible, available and secure, according to new research from CompTIA. 

While PCs continue to be a major part of the corporate IT landscape, CompTIA’s new study, “Trends in Enterprise Mobility,” reveals that laptops, ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets increasingly are essential to day-to-day business.

The CompTIA study...

By TotalTelecom, 07 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Security.

DQE Communications acquires Met-Net

DQE Communications said on Thursday it will expand its fiber-optic network for businesses, starting with a July 1 acquisition of Met-Net Communications of Findlay.

Met-Net’s network always has been powered by DQE, a subsidiary of Downtown-based Duquesne Light Holdings, so customers should notice few changes, DQE said.

The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. DQE said the Met-Net addition along with capital investments will boost the capabilities of its commercial-grade network in Allegheny and six...

By TotalTelecom, 08 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.

Verizon Wireless Ups Regulatory Charge $0.03, Will Pay Difference For Life Of Contract Instead Of Waiving ETF

There was a whole bunch of Regulatory Charge talk going on around these parts over the last week or so, and we’ve got some additional information on it today to pass along to those of you looking to exit your VZW contract.

According to our sources, Verizon did indeed up the Regulatory Charge by $0.03 and did not offset the cost in another area. That technically counts as a material adverse effect since it raises your bill and should allow you to exit your contract without paying an ETF (early...

By TotalTelecom, 07 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, N America.

SIP Trunking – Addressing the Hidden Costs of Telephony Networks

The issue of SIP trunking has become increasingly important over the past year or so as a natural part of the evolution of VoIP networks.

Initially, most VoIP networks were deployed as intracompany nets with the traffic running over internal packet networks. Any connection to the PSTN were via traditional TDM trunks for a very good reason: TDM trunks were the only viable method for connecting to the PSTN. (Made the decision rather simple…)

Now, however, service providers are supporting packet-based SIP...

By TotalTelecom, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, N America, VoiP.

Worried about losing company data?

30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years according to Home Office Computing Magazine.

Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States according to Mozy Online Backup. 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.

And to top it off 6% of all PC’s will suffer an episode of data loss in any given year according to The Cost of Lost Data by David M. Smith.

Telephone PBX system...

By TotalTelecom, 29 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

Sprint to enhance corp services

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S -Analyst Report) will offer its corporate clients the Managed Telepresence services of Indian telecom giant, Tata Communications Limited (TCL -Snapshot Report). Financial details of the recent contract with Tata were not disclosed. The collaboration will allow Sprint to combine its cutting edge Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network with Tata’s most upbeat technological offering, Managed Telepresence, to enhance corporate telecommunication in the U.S.

Sprint’s MPLS is...

By TotalTelecom, 26 June 2011, 0 comments.

Pittsburgh Area Fiber Optic Network News

Back in mid-2009, Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT, news, filings) unveiled a new plan to take better advantage of its local assets by decentralizing decision-making power and investing in locally focused personnel. They went on to take the concept to several dozen markets over the next year or so, and then spent the following year turning those markets into growth engines – and touted the improving results in the mid-Market division that followed.

But those markets were not the only ones it seemed...

By TotalTelecom, 22 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, N America.