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EarthLink will not Further Fund Helio

Glitz-and-glamour MVNO Helio LLC will receive up to $270 million in fresh capital from parent company SK Telecom, it was reported today. But the Korean giant will fly solo; Helios other parent, EarthLink Inc., which previously reported Helio as a drag on its finances, has no plans to further fund its MVNO offspring, it said. […]

Jury in Nacchio Trial Disbands Until Monday

The trial of Joe Nacchio, former CEO for Qwest Communications International Inc., wrapped for the Easter weekend on Thursday, after a morning of testimony from business mogul Philip Anschutz. The Denver Post reported that Nacchio told Anschutz in 2001 he wanted to resign because his son had tried to commit suicide. Nacchio didnt quit; instead, […]

Its a Bird, Its a Plane, Its Super Wi-Fi?

NOT ENOUGH THROUGHPUT and efficiency in your Wi-Fi? Youre not alone in your plight. From the problem of hotspot congestion to the Wi-Fi-based consumer electronics that cant yet be enabled, the Wi-Fi industry is crying out for a hero. That technology of steel was supposed to be 802.11n, which will theoretically offer maximum data rates […]

Senate Criminalizes Pretexting

The Senate this weekend passed a bill that criminalizes pretexting, or the act of fraudulently obtaining consumers private phone records. The push to make pretexting illegal stemmed from the HP scandal earlier this year, when the company used private detectives to get phone records of journalists, managers and directors. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection […]

FCC Postpones AT&T-BellSouth Vote

The FCC has postponed its consideration of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger until Friday. The agency was scheduled to discuss the matter today at its regular monthly meeting, but analyst reports point out the two Democratic commissioners are balking at the apparent lack of conditions being imposed on the merger. The Department of Justice (DoJ) […]

Alltel Completes Purchase of Midwest Wireless

Alltel Communications Inc. has completed its $1.075 billion cash purchase of Midwest Wireless Holdings of Mankato, Minn. Alltel expects to gain approximately 450,000 wireless customers in southern Minnesota, northern and eastern Iowa, and western Wisconsin, expanding the companys 850MHz wireless business into contiguous markets that cover a population of 1.9 million. Alltel is purchasing Midwest […]

ESPN Hangs Up on Mobile Venture

ESPN is closing down its much-advertised, sports-themed MVNO, it announced today. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. The MVNO launched less than a year ago to much fanfare, but failed to sign up the numbers of subscribers needed to achieve ROI no […]

Xspedius Appoints Pierron as President, CEO

Xspedius Communications LLC, a Missouri-based CLEC, has named Paul Pierron, as the company’s president and CEO. Pierron has been CEO for BP Investments LLC in St. Louis since 2003. Prior to BP, he served as president and CEO for Digital Teleport Inc., a position he held until the company was sold to CenturyTel. Pierron also has served as […]

BCN Solutions Express Expands Web Conferencing Services

BCN Solutions Express (Booth 723) announced it is expanding its commitment to Web conferencing services. The agency worked with conferencing vendor Genesys Conferencing (Booth 523) to launch a privately labeled online portal where users sign up for a conferencing account and schedule Web conferencing services. Training for agents and their clients also will be provided […]

Verilink Faces Nasdaq Delisting

Verilink Corp., which makes products that help ILECs, CLECs, IXCs and other carriers build converged access networks, is in danger of losing its Nasdaq listing. The trading network said Verilinks stock has sold for less than the minimum $1 requirement for the last 30 trading days. Verilink has until July 10 to regain compliance. The […]

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