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.

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Google/ liNKCity Deal Helped Support Free Gigabit for North Kansas City

A plan to offer free gigabit service over the liNKCity network in North Kansas City might never have come to pass were it not for Google Fiber – even though Google has no involvement in ownership or operation of the network. North Kansas City’s city council earlier this month approved a plan for data center...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband Gigabit Service Launched

Another cable company has joined the gigabit network club. Atlantic Broadband said today that it has begun delivering gigabit service in parts of its Miami serving area. Atlantic Broadband’s gigabit offering initially is available to residents of Indian Creek Village, but the cableco said it is currently evaluating expansion opportunities. Indian Creek was a greenfield...Learn More

ViaWest/ Consolidated Deal Supports Consolidated Dallas Business Push

Consolidated Communications has reached a partnership agreement with data center operator ViaWest to resell services delivered from a ViaWest data center in Dallas. The move represents another element of Consolidated’s push into the Dallas business market begun last year. “We continue to see demand grow for enterprise quality data center space from our customers,” said...Learn More

FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is an element of the Universal Service program administered by the...Learn More

Windstream CFO Offers Rural Telecom Providers “Elegant Exit” Option

Small telecom service providers and cable companies could have an “elegant exit strategy” by selling their network assets to the real estate investment trust that Windstream plans to spin off, said Windstream Chief Financial Officer Tony Thomas today. Thomas, who will be the CEO of the REIT when the spin-off is completed, made his comments...Learn More

Wi-Fi Calling: T-Mobile Takes the Lead

T-Mobile’s latest attack in the increasingly competitive wireless market comes on the voice over Wi-Fi front. VoWiFi is expected to be a hot area now that handsets are available that do not require special dialing or a different phone number to send calls over Wi-Fi. And T-Mobile seems to have a head start on its...Learn More

Buggs Island LTE Network to Use NetAmerica Bonfire Brand

Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative said late yesterday that it has turned up 4G LTE broadband service under NetAmerica’s Bonfire brand in parts of its rural Virginia service territory. A NetAmerica spokesperson confirmed that BIT, like all other NetAmerica participants that have operational LTE networks, is delivering fixed service. NetAmerica aims to simplify the process of...Learn More

Frontier/Dish to Award $10 Million to “America’s Best Communities”

A $10 million prize competition from Frontier Communications and Dish Network, announced today, aims to “stimulate growth and revitalization” in towns in Frontier’s serving area. “This contest is designed to challenge a community’s brightest and most innovative thinkers to develop meaningful strategies and plans that will transform their town or city,” said Frontier CEO Maggie...Learn More

Apple Watch Requires an iPhone; iPhone 6 Carriers Include the Big Four

Connected multi-purpose devices have been making strides toward obsoleting single-purpose products one by one (viz. cameras, CD players, radios, books and e-readers). The latest device in high-tech firms’ sights is the wristwatch — but if the launch of the Apple watch today is any indication, one device the new product won’t obsolete any time soon...Learn More

Cyan SDN Strategy Gains Steam with New APIs

One of the manufacturers that seems to have made considerable progress on implementing vaunted software defined networking (SDN) technology is Cyan, which announced today that it has added four SDN-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for its packet optical infrastructure. Other enhancements to Cyan’s packet optical infrastructure include support for MPLS-TP, 100G DWDM, and eight-degree 96-channel...Learn More

Global Capacity/ MegaPath Deal Should Be a Win for Both Companies

Global Capacity’s plan to acquire MegaPath’s wholesale business, announced today, would appear to be a win for both companies. MegaPath gains cash to invest in the cloud and managed services business that will now be the company’s sole focus. And Global Capacity gains MegaPath’s extensive competitive access infrastructure, to which Global Capacity should be able...Learn More

AT&T RFD-TV Deal Aims to Appease Regulators

AT&T today said it has reached an agreement to add rural cable channel RFD-TV to its U-verse Video lineup. The move is not a surprise, considering that as of August, about half of the letters the FCC had received about AT&T’s planned purchase of DirecTV were from viewers who were worried that the merger would...Learn More