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

Commissioner O’Rielly: In the Unlikely Event there is a CAF Mobility Fund…

If the FCC were to create a mobility fund as it converts today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service program into a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program, that fund most likely would not look like “anything previously envisioned,” said FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly today. O’Rielly made his remarks at the Competitive Carrier Association 2015 Annual Convention in...Learn More

Canada Gigabit: Rogers Links 4K and Gigabit, Telus Targets Vancouver

Two Canadian network operators yesterday joined the ranks of companies that have announced gigabit network plans, creating some interesting Canada Gigabit momentum. Cable and wireless provider Rogers said it will make gigabit service available throughout its cable service territory, which includes four million homes in Ontario and Atlantic Canada by the end of next year....Learn More

Exec Details Comcast Voice Mobility UC Offering

Comcast Business is targeting small and medium size businesses with Comcast Voice Mobility, a new offering that combines traditional voice service with unified communications. “The way it’s procured, it looks like traditional phone service,” explained John Guillaume, vice president of product management for Comcast Business, in an interview. The service plugs into existing equipment such...Learn More

Behind AT&T’s Switched Ethernet Over U-verse Launch

AT&T this week announced that it was doubling its switched Ethernet service footprint – a goal the company was able to achieve by making switched Ethernet available over its GPON-based U-verse infrastructure. A company spokesperson told Telecompetitor in an email that the service will be available at six asymmetrical speeds ranging between 3 Mbps downstream/...Learn More

FCC to Re-Auction $3.4 Billion Worth of Dish AWS-3 Licenses

Wireless carriers will have another shot at obtaining licenses in the AWS-3 band now that two Dish Network affiliates have opted not to purchase some of the AWS-3 licenses awarded to them earlier this year. The Dish affiliates, SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless, participated in the auction as small businesses – a status that enables...Learn More

Statewide Fiber Networks Interconnect, Enhancing Ethernet Offerings

Iowa Network Services (INS) and Indiana Fiber Network (IFN), two statewide fiber networks run by independent telco consortiums, have interconnected their networks via an Ethernet network-to-network interface at a Chicago point of presence operated by INDATEL, a nationwide consortium of state and regional fiber networks. The move illustrates new opportunities for rural telecom carriers and the...Learn More

Exec: Frontier FiOS Plans Will Mimic Verizon’s, Post-Acquisition

If Frontier’s acquisition of Verizon operations in California, Texas and Florida is completed in March of next year as planned, the company doesn’t expect to change much about the FiOS offering that will be the crown jewel of the purchase. “We like the plan they’ve implemented,” said Frontier Vice President and Treasurer John Gianukakis about...Learn More

State Department Global Connect Goal: Broadband for 1.5 Billion People Worldwide

The Obama administration has been on a broadband boosting binge lately – and this time ambitions extend beyond the U.S. A new program called “Global Connect,” announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of State, has set a goal of helping to bring 1.5 billion people worldwide on line by 2020. Just last week Obama’s Broadband...Learn More

BroadbandUSA Guide Details Government Broadband Funding Options

A 28-page Broadband Funding Guide, released yesterday by the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration, offers information for network operators about government funding programs covering broadband infrastructure, broadband literacy programs and other broadband costs. The guidebook is part of NTIA’s BroadbandUSA initiative, announced earlier this year by President Obama. Government Broadband Funding Guide While many network...Learn More

IPv4 to IPv6 Transition: Why There’s Still More Work to Come

This past Thursday September 24 will be remembered as the day that the North American registry ran out of IPv4 addresses. It’s not a big deal yet because Internet service providers, large enterprises and other parties still have plentiful stockpiles of IPv4 addresses. More importantly, the Internet community has been anticipating this day for years...Learn More

CCA, CTIA, Carriers Create EVOLVE Coalition to Garner LTE-U/ LAA Support

Technology that enables 4G LTE wireless communications over unlicensed spectrum gained broader industry support with the announcement today of the EVOLVE coalition. In a press release EVOLVE said it “will promote the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies for unlicensed spectrum like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and licensed assisted access (LAA).” Founding members of the...Learn More

Video Content Costs Survey: 54% of Rural Providers Saw Jump of 100% or More in Latest Contract

More than half of small rural video providers saw an increase in programming costs of 100% or greater in their latest contract negotiations, according to a survey conducted recently by Vantage Point Solutions, an engineering and consulting firm serving rural telcos. VPS surveyed 180 clients throughout the Midwestern U.S. about retransmission consent negotiations completed in...Learn More