FTTH Council urges FCC to preserve "High Cost Fund" to keep U.S. rural high-speed broadband on track

Maintaining the High-Cost universal service fund is critical to ensuring that the nation's broadband universal service goals are achieved, according to a document filed today with the U.S. government Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization that advocates for the expansion of next-generation broadband.

Lightsquared near $2 billion a year Sprint deal: Sources

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Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan.) is close to completing a $2 billion-a-year network sharing agreement with hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone's LightSquared (Reston, Va.) telecommunications venture, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Under the proposed agreement, LightSquared would pay $2 billion a year to rent space on Sprint's network to launch its own high-speed wireless services, according to a person who asked not to be named because the details are not yet public.

Nokia Siemens Networks begins operations for its NOC in Brazil

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) Tuesday announced the start of operations for its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. NII Holdings, Inc. (Reston, Va.) which operates under the NEXTEL brand in Latin America, is the first operator to use the GNOC to centralize its network operations. Nokia Siemens Networks currently manages operations for NII’s multi-vendor networks across five countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

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Republicans, Democrats skeptical of AT&T deal

Reuters

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism on Thursday that AT&T's proposed buy of T-Mobile USA would lead to the consumer benefits that the wireless company has promised.

The huge deal has been attacked as a bad idea because it would further reduce the number of wireless carriers.

Additionally, critics say the loss of discount carrier T-Mobile could lead to higher prices for consumers.

AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson painted the proposed transaction as a way to extend the company's reach into the countryside and other underserved areas.

Pardus urges Clearwire to reconsider spectrum sale

Reuters

Activist investor Pardus Capital Management (New York, N.Y.) called on Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Washington) to resume efforts to sell wireless airwaves in order to strengthen its hand in negotiations with majority owner Sprint Nextel.

Pardus also complained of what it sees as conflicts of interest on Clearwire's board that could "adversely impact" company decisions, in a letter addressed to Clearwire's chairman and interim chief executive, John Stanton.

CDW Poll: 28 % of U.S. organizations use cloud computing

CDW LLC, a provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced the results of its first Cloud Computing Tracking Poll, an assessment of current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education based on a survey of 1,200 IT professionals familiar with their organization’s use of, or plans for, cloud computing.

LG U+ implements Oracle Communications applications to manage 3G and 4G LTE networks

LG U+, a communications service provider in South Korea, has deployed an integrated solution using Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management and Oracle Communications Network Integrity to model, discover and manage its existing 3G and planned 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Deployed in less than six months, the integrated solution enables LG U+ to automatically discover network equipment configurations, manage them using a standards-based network resource management system, and ensure ongoing network data accuracy.

InfoVista unveils new solution for cloud service performance assurance

InfoVista (France) a global provider in service performance assurance, will introduce its new unified solution for cloud service assurance at TM Forum Management World in Dublin, Ireland from May 23-26, 2011. Extending its flagship VistaInsight(r) for Networks and VistaFoundation to support cloud-based technologies, InfoVista's carrier grade performance assurance platform offers end-to-end performance assurance, visibility and reporting for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and other private or public cloud-based applications and services.

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