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

Moss Adams’ CHR Acquisition Consolidates Tier 3 Telecom Suppliers

Moss Adams LLP’s plan to acquire the regulatory compliance and financial consulting portion of CHR Solutions, announced yesterday, will bring together two key suppliers with a strong focus on the Tier 3 telecom market. Moss Adams is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation – and its communications and media...Learn More

T-Mobile Data Stash Lets Customers Bank Unused Monthly Data

T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 8.0 strategy, announced today, will give customers the ability to bank unused monthly mobile data allowances for future use. To kick off the offering, dubbed Data Stash, the company is giving all customers 10 gigabytes at no charge. On a webcast announcing Un-carrier 8.0 today T-Mobile CEO John Legere quoted the slogan the...Learn More

Comptel Rural Call Completion Reporting Protest Could Delay Implementation

The FCC has underestimated what it will cost communications service providers to comply with rural call completion reporting requirements, says Comptel. “The FCC has failed to provide any, much less specific and objective, support for its estimate of the burden of complying with the new data collection, retention and reporting obligations,” wrote the competitive carrier...Learn More

What’s Behind Windstream CEO Resignation?

Windstream took the telecom and financial communities by surprise late yesterday with its announcement that CEO Jeff Gardner had resigned and been replaced by CFO Tony Thomas, who was targeted to be CEO of the real estate investment trust that Windstream plans to establish next year. Quoted in a press release, Gardner said “The Board...Learn More

FCC: Connect America Fund Broadband Speed Target Raised to 10 Mbps

Price cap carriers receiving money in Phase 2 of the Connect America Fund will have to deploy broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream  and 1 Mbps upstream to areas of their local service territories where broadband is not available today. The new requirement was one of several actions taken by the FCC...Learn More

NTCA Survey Finds Strong Rural Wireless Investment Plans

Wireless is an important service for rural telecom service providers, as new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association indicates. Two thirds of NTCA’s small telco members currently offer some form of wireless service – and 35% of companies that don’t offer wireless are considering it, reports the NTCA in its 2014 Wireless Survey...Learn More

Donovan Evangelizes AT&T’s SDN Strategy

AT&T is going through a “tremendous transformation from a hardware to a software company,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations John Donovan at Barclay’s 2014 Global Technology Conference today, which was available as a webcast. Traditional telecom networks operate great at 45% utilization, but as AT&T becomes a software company, a...Learn More

Comcast Ethernet @Home Offers a New Take on Residential Broadband

Residential broadband connectivity usually is synonymous with Internet service. But as a new offering from Comcast launched yesterday illustrates, it doesn’t have to be that way. The offering, dubbed Ethernet @Home, targets teleworkers by providing an Ethernet connection between the worker’s home and his or her employer. The employer also must use Ethernet from Comcast,...Learn More

Execs Share AT&T Vs. Verizon Mobile Video Strategies

Both AT&T and Verizon see strong potential in making video content available on mobile devices – and at a telecom financial conference today the two companies offered some additional details about their strategies in that market. AT&T seems to view mobile video primarily as an extension to traditional linear video programming, while Verizon appears more...Learn More

FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Winners Include ILECs, WISPs, Others

The Federal Communications Commission has provisionally chosen nearly 40 entities to receive funding in the commission’s rural broadband experiment initiative. Among those chosen are 14 wireless ISPs, seven local telephone companies, four power companies and two cable companies. Other winners include competitive carriers that use landline or a mixture of wireless and landline technology, along...Learn More

Lumos Networks: A Tier 2 Telecom Transformation

Many telecom network operators are working hard to transform themselves into business service providers as their traditional voice business declines. One smaller network operator that has been particularly successful in achieving this Tier 2 telecom transformation is Lumos Networks, which now has an extensive enterprise business in the mid-Atlantic region supported by a 7,000-mile fiber...Learn More

GCI/ Alaska Communications Deal Will End Unique Wireless Joint Venture

A pioneering joint venture that enabled two competitive service providers to share wireless infrastructure is expected to come to an end by early next year, when Alaska Communications System Group expects to sell its share of the joint venture and its wireless customer base to venture partner General Communications Inc. (GCI). Wireless is not the...Learn More