Posts by Joan Engebretson

Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine and America’s Network Magazine.

Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards.

Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joan can be reached at

Rural Gigabit Broadband is Part of FCC $2 Billion Connect America Fund Auction Plans

Rural areas that currently lack broadband could gain broadband at speeds above 1 Gbps as the result of action taken by the FCC at its monthly meeting today. Speeds of 1 Gbps downstream and 500 Mbps upstream are one of four speed levels established by the FCC as part of Connect America Fund auction plans....Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies to give customers the option of buying a device or...Learn More

Frontier Purchase of Verizon Lines Experiences Challenges, Victories

The Frontier purchase of Verizon lines in three states faced some unexpected challenges after the deal was completed last month, but those challenges were minimal compared to what the company faced with some previous acquisitions, said Frontier CEO Dan McCarthy today. “It has gone better any one that we have done before,” said McCarthy, who...Learn More

Open-IX Pursues Lower-Reliability Edge Data Center Standards

At a time when some data center operators are trying to one-up each other on reliability, it might seem surprising to learn that open standards organization Open-IX is moving in the opposite direction. The organization is working on edge data center standards that would be less demanding than those designed for monolithic data centers located...Learn More

AT&T Lets Customers Put Connected Cars on Wireless Plans

Wireless customers have become accustomed to adding tablets, hotspots and other devices to smartphone price plans. AT&T is hoping customers also will put connected cars on wireless plans, announcing new options today in that area. Also today the carrier announced a new ad campaign called “A Whole New Ride” that will support its connected car...Learn More

Verizon CFO on SDN Economics: Software Won’t Reduce Capex

While some advocates tout the ability of software defined networking to reduce telco capital and operational expenditures, at least one major carrier expects SDN economics to have little impact on capex. Verizon capex consistently runs in the range of 17.2% to 17.7%, noted Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. (Traditionally...Learn More

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company spokeswoman told Telecompetitor. “Initial offerings will include last mile wireless...Learn More

Anza Electric Cooperative Broadband Plans Include FTTP, Smart Grid, Digital Literacy

The latest rural electric cooperative broadband deployment comes from California-based Anza Electric Cooperative. The company is deploying fiber-to-the-premises and initially will offer symmetrical service at 50 Mbps but eventually expects to increase to gigabit speeds, said Anza General Manager Kevin Short in an interview with Telecompetitor. Previously the area lacked terrestrial broadband connectivity and some...Learn More

Telecom Disaster Recovery: We Drop in on an AT&T Drill

When a weather-related or other emergency strikes, telecom disaster recovery ranks right up there with power and sanitation in terms of importance. Telecompetitor was reminded of this today when we dropped in on an AT&T telecom disaster recovery drill in Chicago – one of numerous such drills that the company conducts around the country every...Learn More Bandwidth Improvement Better Positions Copper Broadband Against Cable, DOCSIS

Broadband component manufacturer Sckipio Technologies hopes its new chip announced today will help telcos better compete with cable companies by enabling bandwidth to be dynamically allocated between the upstream and downstream paths. technology originally was developed to support high bandwidth over short copper loops. But as Sckipio Vice President of Marketing Michael Weissman...Learn More

AT&T Technology Plans: FTTP Expansion Benefits Wireless

Having both a wireline and wireless business continues to yield synergies for AT&T, as illustrated by comments about AT&T technology plans made today by Scott Mair, AT&T senior vice president of technology planning and engineering.Mair made his comments in a question and answer session at the Jefferies 2016 Technology Conference, which was also webcast. He...Learn More

Telecom IPX is Hot Topic at International Telecoms Week

Telecom IPX is a hot topic, as the results of a survey presented at International Telecoms Week in Chicago yesterday revealed. In a survey of global telecom wholesalers conducted by Capacity Media, 69% cited IP exchange (IPX) as a game changing technology that was on their company’s roadmap, beating out six other technology options. Following just a...Learn More