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Senate Bans Most Web Taxes; Seeks House Compromise
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
In voting to ban Internet taxes for four more years by 93-3, the U. S. Senate reached a gentlemanly agreement that saw both sides of the spirited debate claim success.
Regional Phone Companies Cool To AT&T Proposal
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
AT&T's latest proposal for access fees fell with a thud, as three regional telephone companies--BellSouth, Qwest, and SBC--reacted negatively to the offer.
Darpa Jumps Off The Peer
News  |  4/30/2004  | 
The people who brought you the Internet would like to un-bring it, at least in its current form. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is trying to move the
AT&T Floats Access Fee Proposal
News  |  4/29/2004  | 
The latest salvo fired in the great telephony access fee wars is from AT&T, which is proposing a complicated formula for taking over some parts of the regional Bell network
Dell Snuggles Up to SAP
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
They're getting even cosier, as the hardware firm looks to extend its reach within the data center
DaimlerChrysler Outsources Corporate Systems To EDS
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
EDS says it has secured a contract to manage the servers and software that power some of automaker DaimlerChrysler Corp.'s key Michigan-based customer and employee operations. Neither company would reveal
Nortel Fires CEO, Postpones 1Q Report
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
Nortel Networks Corp. fired its CEO, Frank Dunn, and two other top executives for cause Wednesday and said it would delay reporting its first-quarter earnings.
Good Morning, Vietnam: Country Wakes Up To VoIP
News  |  4/28/2004  | 
While agrarian Vietnam remains firmly stuck in the Third World, its approach to telecommunications is very definitely in the First World, said an executive of the firm that is supplying
Last-Ditch Senate Battle Underway Over Broadband Taxes
News  |  4/27/2004  | 
The issue of whether to tax Internet service providers is threatening to tie up the U. S. Senate for the rest of the week, as pro-tax Senators led by Lamar
The Myth Of Telecom Taxes (Cont.)
News  |  4/27/2004  | 
Senators aren't stupid. They can spot challenges to their powers from miles away, and are quick to respond with countermeasures to thwart said challenges. That's what's behind Sen. Lamar Alexander's
Employee Buyouts Hit Verizon's Bottom Line
News  |  4/27/2004  | 
Expenses from employee buyouts helped drive Verizon Communication's net income down 50% in its first quarter, according to numbers released Tuesday. But solid growth in subscribers at its wireless subsidiary
Microtune Cuts Power For VoIP Designs
News  |  4/27/2004  | 
Microtune Inc. said it will help cable modem designers reduce overall power consumption in voice-over-Internet Protocol designs with the release Monday of a silicon tuner that consumes less than 1
1996 Telecommunications Act To Be Examined In Senate
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
The battered and bruised telecommunications world will be examined in a new round of U. S. Senate Commerce hearings beginning Tuesday. The hearings will examine the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Brocade Debuts New Switch For Enterprise SANs
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
Brocade Communications on Monday rolled out a new switch targeting enterprise storage area networks (SANs).
Darpa Looks Past Ethernet, IP Nets
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
In a handful of high-level programs, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is pushing beyond Ethernet and Internet Protocol to hammer home the message that peer-to-peer networks -- intrinsically more
Zone Labs Updates Security Enforcer For Guest Access
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
Zone Labs on Monday rolled out an update to its Integrity Clientless Security solution that blocks non-IT controlled PCs -- such as those owned by partners and used by mobile
Still Nothing But Broadband Blather From Politicians
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
Obviously, President Bush thinks enough of the future of broadband to include the topic in his recent campaign speeches. You just wish he'd use some of his campaign's
Adaptec's Serial ATA RAID 2810SA
News  |  4/26/2004  | 
In the market for an inexpensive alternative to SCSI and parallel ATA technology? The solution may lie in SATA.
Navini WiMAX Surprise Clarified
News  |  4/23/2004  | 
Navini Networks surprisingly abandoned plans last week to develop equipment based on the still-unratified 802.20 standard and switched its allegiance to another emerging standard, 802.16, also known as WiMAX. A
Goin' Up The Country
News  |  4/23/2004  | 
A study released this week says that small- to medium-size businesses are key to the growth of worldwide broadband services. But what if those businesses are in the boonies? While
Video IP Project Boosts Network's Profile
News  |  4/23/2004  | 
Streaming video atop the corporate IP backbone saved bundles of cash for Cisco.
Carrying On: State of the Telecom Industry
Commentary  |  4/23/2004  | 
Customers need reliable communications at a fair price. But are carriers able to deliver?
Profits Down At AT&T And SBC; Bundle, DSL Up
News  |  4/22/2004  | 
Declining profits at AT&T and SBC Communications underscore the struggles of the entire telecommunications industry, although both firms sought earnestly for a silver lining in their latest financial reports.
Net2Phone Launches VoWLAN Drive
News  |  4/22/2004  | 
Voice-over-IP vendor Net2Phone Thursday announced an initiative that it claimed will make it easy for wireless access providers and others to voice-over-WLAN services to their customers.
FCC Says AT&T Must Pay For Voice Traffic Over IP Backbone
News  |  4/22/2004  | 
The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday denied a petition by AT&T that sought to declare backbone IP voice traffic as a service that should be free of access charges.
FCC, NextWave Reach Spectrum Accord
News  |  4/22/2004  | 
NextWave Telecom Inc. agreed Tuesday to return billions of dollars of valuable spectrum to the FCC, which is expected to auction it. The settlement appears to resolve one of the
Juniper Continues Positive Earnings Streak
News  |  4/21/2004  | 
Juniper Networks, which makes large routers for Internet infrastructure use, reported positive earnings for its most-recent financial quarter, with revenues increasing 43 percent from a like period in 2003.
IBM Hunts For SMB Customers With Desktop Management Services
News  |  4/21/2004  | 
IBM on Wednesday launched a new per-seat-priced suite of desktop management services for mid-sized businesses that include automatic backup, image management, and anti-virus and anti-spam protection.
Slugfest Brews Over Phone Access Fees
News  |  4/21/2004  | 
With a $22-a-line proposal from SBC Communications as the latest offer in the great telephone access fee war, it's clear that the four regional telephone monopolies are taking different approaches
Sanjay Kumar Sacked As Leader Of CA
News  |  4/21/2004  | 
A big ax fell at Computer Associates International Inc. Wednesday when the company announced that chairman and CEO Sanjay Kumar is out as leader of the management-software company, which is
Wireless Broadband Vs. Wired Services: Let The Battle Begin
News  |  4/20/2004  | 
Forget underserved areas: The wireless broadband industry is coming hard after the established world of wire-based voice and data services, according to panelists at Tuesday's morning sessions of the
MCI Emerges From Bankruptcy, Faces Challenges
News  |  4/20/2004  | 
On Tuesday, the disgraced WorldCom Inc. faded into the murky world of bankruptcy courts and SEC investigations, while its ongoing business emerged as a relatively healthy MCI freed from $35
Storage Software Market Bounces Back
News  |  4/20/2004  | 
After declining in 2002 due to a downturn in IT spending, the worldwide storage management software market grew a healthy 7.9 percent in 2003 compared with the previous year, according
AT&T Wireless Loses Lots of Subscribers, Cingular Gains
News  |  4/20/2004  | 
AT&T Wireless acknowledged Tuesday that it continued to lose significant numbers of customers in the first quarter of 2004 while Cingular Wireless reported large gains.
Apple Branches Out To SAN Management
News  |  4/19/2004  | 
Apple today introduced Xsan, a high-performance, enterprise-class storage area network file system aimed at professional video production as well as storage consolidation for business, government, education and high-performance computing.
Still Looking For Leadership On Telecom Policy
News  |  4/19/2004  | 
If you're looking for leadership on telecom policy, you'll go wanting during this presidential election year. That's my summary after a frustrating and mostly fruitless search for substantial telecom policy
Enterprise IT To Spend More On Wireless Activity
News  |  4/19/2004  | 
Research firm expects IT wireless expenditures to reach $115 billion in 2009 -- eight percent of total IT spending.
Laser Optics Try To Bridge Last Mile
News  |  4/19/2004  | 
A small telecom equipment maker is betting on laser-optic technology it says will give companies the speed and quality of fiber optics at a fraction of the cost.
Special Top 11 List
News  |  4/19/2004  | 
Inspired by our continuing efforts to bemuse and confound, Network Computing Reader Derek Moore has submitted for your enjoyment his own list, dedicated to SAN Agents and Domain Controllers. Make
Enterprise VoIP On Verizon's Horizon
News  |  4/16/2004  | 
With AT&T and other large carriers plunging headlong into the race for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, Verizon's announcement of its VoIP enterprise-network deployment counted as big news.
VoIP Options, Adoption Grow Among Small Biz
News  |  4/16/2004  | 
Telecom vendors have begun to flood the small-business market with voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products, including some that use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), a relatively new protocol designed to
EMC Reports Strong Revenue, Income Growth
News  |  4/15/2004  | 
EMC, one of the last big IT vendors to fall with the end of the dot-com era, continues to be one of the leaders of the IT recovery coming off
Cisco Announces Resources For Data Center Planning
News  |  4/15/2004  | 
Cisco Systems announced a set of resources designed to help enterprise users build more-efficient data centers, a program that could also lead to more sales of Cisco equipment in the
Wave7 To Install Fiber Net In Oklahoma Town
News  |  4/14/2004  | 
Wave7 Optics Inc., a passive optical network equipment provider specializing in networks for municipalities, has signed a fiber deployment deal with a utility trust authority in Oklahoma.
Would You Like Undercoating With Your DSL?
News  |  4/14/2004  | 
A popular argument in the telecom world these days is the line that says government regulation stifles innovation. But when you see news like today's announcement of Verizon's
Verizon Readies IP Network, Raises DSL Fees
News  |  4/14/2004  | 
Verizon announced the deployment of its nationwide high-speed network for enterprise users, while raising DSL fees $2 to $3 a month for consumers.
Vonage Looks North Of The Border
News  |  4/13/2004  | 
The spread of Vonage's Voice over IP service just keeps increasing, as the company announced Monday the availability of its service in Canada, with local Canadian phone numbers. Even though
Z-Tel Suggests '$20 Solution' To Solve Carrier Access Fee Problem
News  |  4/13/2004  | 
Z-Tel Technologies Inc. is hoping that its "$20 Solution" to the multibillion-dollar access-fee problem will cool the battle between the local telephone monopolies and other telecommunications firms seeking access to
VoIP Graduates, Becomes Part Of Spam
News  |  4/12/2004  | 
You know something is hot when it starts becoming the subject of spam. Amongst the daily come-ons for performance-enhancement drugs and money from Nigeria came a new pitch today: Someone
Iomega Ships Backup Drive To Replace Tape
News  |  4/12/2004  | 
Iomega on Monday shipped its REV drive, a new removable drive/disk system it's pitching to both businesses and consumers as a faster alternative to tape backup.
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