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Comcast settles P2P throttling class action

Comcast Corporation Settles Class Action Consumer Lawsuit Over Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Practices


SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2009 — Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has agreed to settle a consumer class action that challenged the company’s practice of secretly blocking certain Internet traffic while claiming to provide unlimited Internet access. The lawsuit alleges that Comcast impaired the use of some “Peer-to-Peer” file sharing traffic (”P2P”) on Comcast’s High-Speed Internet network. Under the terms of the settlement, Comcast has agreed to pay up to $16 million, less settlement costs, to eligible Class members. more

Fairpoint hires former Vermont official as state president

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FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS NAMES MICHAEL K. SMITH AS VERMONT STATE PRESIDENT


BURLINGTON, VT (December 21, 2009) – FairPoint Communications has named Vermont native Michael K. Smith as Vermont State President. He will be responsible for regulatory matters, governmental relations, and economic development for Vermont. more

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Ford SYNC Becomes WiFi Hot Spot

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 21 –


Next-generation SYNC(®) system to incorporate in-car WiFi system powered by customer’s USB mobile broadband modem, turning entire car into hot spot


New capability will be standard on select SYNC-equipped vehicles with no additional hardware or subscriptions required beyond the user-supplied mobile broadband modem


Standard WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security protocols will be in force, and only owner-permitted devices will be able to access the network, helping ensure secure, robust connectivity for in-car users


Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will turn vehicles into rolling WiFi hot spots when it introduces the second generation of its popular SYNC(®) in-car connectivity system next year. more

Vice President Biden Kicks Off $7.2 Billion Recovery Act Broadband Program

Joined by Governor Perdue, Vice President Announces an Initial $183 Million in Awards to Expand Broadband Access in Seventeen States


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Vice President Biden today kicked off $7.2 billion in Recovery Act broadband grant and loan programs, of which $2 billion will be made available on a rolling basis over the next 75 days to bring high-speed Internet to communities that currently have little or no access to the technology. At an event at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville, Georgia, with Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA), he announced an initial $183 million investment in eighteen broadband projects benefiting seventeen states which has already been matched by over $46 million in public and private sector capital. The awards are not only expected to provide initial job opportunities in infrastructure and manufacturing, but help bridge the digital divide and boost economic development for communities held back by limited or no access more

Wireless Providers to Receive Access to Cost-Effective Backhaul through New Partnership between Nitel and TowerSource

CHICAGO – Nitel, Inc., a single-source provider of telecommunications network services and nationwide virtual network operator, today announced a partnership with Colorado-based TowerSource, the largest and most accurate vertical asset marketplace. The two companies entered into a joint marketing agreement, which will leverage Nitel’s cost-effective backhaul connectivity to wireless towers with TowerSource’s extensive database of wireless sites across the country.

The TowerSource marketplace connects tower owners to those seeking to secure vertical real estate for co-location. The arrangement enables users of the TowerSource marketplace to source backhaul network connectivity from wireless towers in the 48 contiguous states to their terrestrial networks. Nitel uses the networks of over 100 carriers across the country to provide the best, most cost-effective option for its clients. more

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KDDI Selects Virtela to Further Extend Global Network Reach for Enterprise Customers

Virtela’s Award-Winning Managed Network Services and Support Available to KDDI Customers Internationally


DENVER, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — KDDI, Japan’s leading provider of international telecommunications and collocation facilities around the world, today announced an agreement with Virtela, a global network solutions company, to expand KDDI’s international network reach for enterprise network services to more than 190 countries. Leveraging Virtela’s innovative multi-carrier network around the world, KDDI will offer Japanese enterprises an array of high quality, cost effective choices for global network services and support.


Customer satisfaction is the guiding principle behind every action taken at KDDI, and working with Virtela enables the company to enhance that satisfaction through more network options that deliver the value its customers expect. According to KDDI, improving service coverage and connectivity is a top priority and the company is pleased to be able to expand its offerings via Virtela to give enterprises an immediate more

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Verizon Conducts World’s First 10 Gigabit-per-Second Fiber-to-the-Premises Field Test

Next-Generation Passive Optical Network Test Paves Way for Enormous Capacity Increases


WALTHAM, Mass. – Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is the first telecommunications company in the world to successfully field-test a passive optical network system known as XG PON that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) downstream and 2.4 Gbps upstream, four times as fast as the current top transmission speeds supporting the company’s all-fiber FiOS network.


The test, conducted recently in southern Massachusetts sets the stage for Verizon to meet the emerging customer demand for a wide variety of devices and applications that require a network capable of transmitting large amounts of data at very high speeds. The devices and applications could include unicast HD video streaming, ultra-high-definition video, 3D video, user-generated content distribution, video conferencing and new high-speed data services for medium and large business customers. more

C-motech Adopts Red Bend to Remotely Manage USB Modems

Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), today announced that C-motech Co., Ltd. the world’s number one supplier of wireless data cards and modules, has adopted Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile® for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and vDirect Mobile™ for device management (DM) in the CMU-300 USB data modem, the world’s first WiMAX/EVDO dual-mode USB modem. Red Bend’s MSM solutions will enable important firmware updates to be delivered over the air and will enable standards-based configuration and management of the CMU-300, which is available in the United States through Sprint as the U300.


The C-motech CMU-300 is currently the first device in the world that supports both EVDO, a 3G standard for high-speed wireless broadband, and WiMAX, a 4G technology for more advanced data transfer speeds that is compatible with HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access). C-motech’s customers are more

Global-i (Gi) Customer Assessment and Acquisition Services Available Now for Converged Communications and IT Clients, December 8, 2009

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Global-i (Gi) Customer Assessment and Acquisition Services Available Now for Converged Communications and IT Clients, December 8, 2009 . .


Herndon, VA (December 8, 2009) - Global-i (www.globaliconsulting.com), a provider of strategic business and technology consulting and project-based outsourcing services to Commercial and Government Clients is now making its Customer Assessment™ Services available. Global-i Assessment™ Services offers a suite of services that will benefit communications clients to acquire new customers for new products and services, and boost its acquisition efforts for current products and services. Utilizing the Global-i Assessment and Acquisition Methodologies, Service Providers, Systems Integrators, OEMs, Enterprise, Government and Vertical Market Customers can quickly jump start their customer assessment and acquisition activities. The services are focused on several next-generation and emerging technologies in the areas of 3G and 4G Wireless, VoIP and Broadband Access, Wireless Integration more

Verizon Wi-Fi Gives Mobile Broadband Customers More Ways to Connect to the Internet

Verizon Wireless Now Provides Access to Thousands of Wi-Fi Hotspots in the United States, Canada and Mexico


BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 15 — With more and more people and businesses wanting and needing to stay connected, and more and more laptops being sold every day, Verizon Wireless today gave its customers another choice to do just that. Verizon Wireless introduced Verizon Wi-Fi, a way for Mobile Broadband customers to access thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional charge and to move easily from the nation’s most reliable 3G wireless network to those hotspots. more

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