WAN

News and analysis about the technology and partner opportunity surrounding wide area networks (WAN).

Bell-Friendly Policy Rewrite to Face Critics

Intensifying support for telecom policy reform in Washington points to a sweeping revision of the rules that could go well beyond what the courts and the FCC have done previously to strengthen the competitive positions of the largest players. In both houses of Congress, leaders on telecom policy are pushing legislation that in effect rewrites […]

The Internet is the New PSTN

By Earl Comstock The CompTel fall show is shaping up to be a huge success, evidence perhaps that the competitive communications industry is on the rebound. There is a certain buzz in the air as entrepreneurs gather to make deals, see the newest technology, and learn more about the business potential of WiMAX, BPL, VoIP […]

XO Helps Keep UNE-P CLECs in the Neighborhood

XO Communications Inc.s Wholesale Local Voice services platform now can help CLECs serving residential customers transition off of the RBOCs UNE Platforms and instead use central office and transport services from XO to deliver telephone services. As the largest independent national local exchange carrier, XO can offer CLECs a more cost-effective facilities-based alternative to the […]

Kickin It Old School

First introduced in the 1980s, private lines dedicated, protocol-independent, copper-based high-speed connections between business locations are an old-school approach to wide-area networking. But while much has been made of the technologys fresh-faced competitors notably, Ethernet, frame relay and MPLS VPNs private lines still rule, providing plenty of opportunity for channel partners. Private-line service in the […]

reseller channel: Will BPL, Wireless Save ISPs?

This summer the FCC in a 4-0 vote adopted an order classifying DSL as an information service, not a telecom service, under Title I, in line with the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in June on cable modem service in NCTA v. Brand X. The deregulation effectively releases the Bells from the requirement to make DSL […]

Time Out

I was tempted to rerun my comments from last month, Bells Win Another Round. By simply adding the word, Again, to the title and changing all the verb tenses from future to past, the piece stands. Of course, I am referring to the FCCs swift move to deregulate DSL access (see this story). The Aug. […]

FCC Deregulates DSL

In early August FCC commissioners agreed to deregulate DSL access a move that was foreshadowed just weeks earlier when the Supreme Court ruled against Brand X Internet LLC, freeing cable companies from network-sharing requirements sought by the ISP. In a widely anticipated move, the FCC on Aug. 5 reclassified wireline broadband providers as information services. […]

Round Table

… ON SENATE BILL 1504, THE BROADBAND INVESTMENT AND CONSUMER CHOICE ACT, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN (R-NV) IN LATE JULY. At the same time it tackles the policy issues raised by the Ensign bill, Congress needs to finish its work on the DTV transition, so that wireless broadband alternatives to cable and fiber can […]

Safe Networks Secure Profits For Resellers

The continuing challenge businesses face in network security risk management has been identified as an opportunity for carriers; its one they have addressed in the last four or five years with IP VPNs primarily. But, say analysts and vendors, there is a larger opportunity for telcos in offering managed firewalls, intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, vulnerability […]

Telcos Likely to Seek Broadband Deregulation

In a victory for the cable TV industry seeking deregulation of their DSL networks, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an FCC ruling that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other Internet service providers. The high court ruled in late June that the FCC had the right to treat cable […]

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