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, which recently changed its name to Connected Planet, and America’s Network Magazine, which ceased publication in 2006.

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

AT&T Gigabit Nashville Plans Revealed; Comporium Gigabit Expands

See update at end of post added later on July 29. We’ve seen two gigabit announcements already this week and it’s only Tuesday. AT&T said it will bring its gigabit broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to the City of Nashville. And cable operator Comporium, which announced gigabit plans for Rock Hill, S.C. earlier this year, said...Learn More

Dallas/Fort Worth GigaPower Expansion Outlined by AT&T

AT&T is moving quite quickly with its plans to deploy GigaPower service to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding cities. GigaPower is the name that AT&T has given to the fiber-to-the-home infrastructure it plans to deploy in various communities nationwide. That infrastructure can support broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Although some...Learn More

CEO: Startup Rural Broadband Services Corporation Has Big Plans

A startup company known as Rural Broadband Services Corporation has big plans for rural Tahlequah, Oklahoma – plans that RBSC CEO Roy Choates hopes he will be able to repeat in other rural communities that lack high-speed broadband connectivity. “We have a philosophy called ‘shared infrastructure,’” said Choates in an interview. “In rural America you...Learn More

NCTC/ Global Capacity Deal Extends Cableco Service Reach

The National Cable Television Cooperative has signed a master service agreement with Global Capacity aimed at enabling NCTC’s small cable company members to better serve the needs of business customers that need service outside a member’s local service territory. As Global Capacity Vice President of Product Marketing Mary Stanhope explained in an email to Telecompetitor,...Learn More

Symmetrical FiOS Broadband on Tap from Verizon

Verizon said today it will tap into a unique capability of its fiber-to-the-home infrastructure that could provide a significant differentiation point in the competitive home broadband market. The company plans to upgrade the speeds of its FTTH-based FiOS broadband offering so that customers receive the same speed upstream that they do downstream. This is a...Learn More

Time Warner Cable Los Angeles Gigabit Network Plans

Time Warner Cable on Friday issued a press release to tout the gigabit network it proposes to deploy in the city of Los Angeles. The company’s proposal came in the form of a response to a request for information (RFI) issued last year by the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Gigabit Network Plans Los...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Level3 Says Fix Would Cost Verizon A Few Grand Per 10G

Level3 says Verizon could fix the congestion problems the companies have been arguing over by spending “a few thousand dollars” per 10 Gbps of traffic from Level3.The comment came in a blog post from Level3 Vice President of Content and Media Mark Taylor in a blog post penned in response to a Verizon blog post...Learn More

Verizon 100 Gbps Switched Ethernet Access Trial Completed

Verizon said Wednesday that it successfully tested a 100 Gbps switched Ethernet access link using a network interface device from Canoga Perkins. Previously the carrier had done “extensive testing in a lab,” but “it was important to validate [this] in the field,” said Vin Alesi, Verizon director of regional Ethernet product technology, in an interview....Learn More

Dish/nTelos Broadband Wireless Priced at $29.99 Monthly

As planned, Dish Network and regional wireless carrier nTelos said today that they have commercially launched their fixed wireless Internet service in five Virginia markets. The service will support download speeds up to 10 Mbps and will sell for a competitive $29.99 monthly when bundled with a qualifying package that includes Dish satellite TV service,...Learn More

FCC Proposes Model-Based CAF for Rate-of-Return Carriers

The FCC wants rate-of-return telecom companies to transition to model-based support as today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service Fund is phased out and converted to a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program. Small rural ROR companies today receive USF support based on how their actual costs compare to  nationwide averages, but critics argue that today’s system does...Learn More

Facebook Free Wi-Fi Offered to North Carolina Students

Google isn’t the only Internet software giant to get involved in the hardware and networking side of things. Facebook today said it would partner with non-profit Internet service provider Pangaea to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to the homes of certain students in the Town of Forest City, Rutherford County Schools, in North Carolina. Facebook Free...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Verizon, NetForecast Say Netflix Network is the Congested One

Two new analyses – one from Verizon and the other from Internet consulting firm NetForecast – argue that Netflix’s reported network congestion problems are of its own making. Verizon’s Analysis of Peering Dispute Verizon’s analysis came in a blog post from the company’s vice president of federal regulatory affairs David Young. Young reported on traffic...Learn More