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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TDM-to-IP Transition: FCC Considers “Facilitating” Sale of Retired Copper

The FCC is considering putting policies in place to “facilitate” the sale or auction of copper infrastructure that telephone service providers plan to retire as part of the TDM-to-IP transitions, FCC officials said today. Additionally the commission is considering policies aimed at ensuring consumers have battery-powered telephones so that they will be able to make...Learn More

MEF GEN14: The Future is All About Ethernet and SDN

When network operators look toward the future, what many of them see are networks based largely on Carrier Ethernet, software defined networking and the cloud. What this means for the industry was a key theme of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s GEN14 Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. On hand were several network operators that already...Learn More

Carriers Offering Cloud Services: Survey Finds Link Between Sophisticated Cloud and Network Services

Nearly half of communications service providers worldwide (47%) and more than half of North American communications service providers are offering cloud services to small and medium size businesses, according to the Allot Cloud Trends Report released today. But as cloud offerings become more sophisticated, the percentage of carriers supporting the offerings declines, Allot found. For...Learn More

Smaller Wireless Carriers and Net Neutrality: No Title II, Please

Several smaller wireless network operators sent a letter to the FCC asking the commission not to classify broadband — at least not mobile broadband — as a telecommunications, or Title II, service and asking the commission not to apply the same Net Neutrality guidelines to both wireless and wired services. Mobile broadband providers “face technical...Learn More

Wheeler Proposes E-Rate Funding Increase

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to increase the funding cap for the e-rate schools and libraries program with the goal of bringing broadband to every student desktop in the country. In a briefing with reporters yesterday, Wheeler said the proposed increase, which would raise a program cap by $1.5 billion, should add no more than...Learn More

FCC Modifies Plans for Rural Call Completion Reporting

The FCC’s plan to collect data about rural call completion, adopted a year ago, is now one step closer to implementation. The commission on November 4 adopted an order on reconsideration that makes one key change to its data collection plan.  Long-distance carriers will not have to report data about intraLATA toll calls that are...Learn More

CenturyLink TDM-to-IP Transition Trial Would Include SIP Interconnection

CenturyLink has asked the FCC to allow it to conduct a TDM-to-IP transition trial in Las Vegas that would focus on VoIP interconnection and on the replacement of TDM-based business services with IP-based alternatives. The company has lined up two VoIP providers – Bandwidth and Inteliquent – for the traffic exchange trial. The proposed trial...Learn More

FCC: Rural Broadband Experiment Funding to Be Awarded in “Coming Weeks”

The FCC said today that it will make decisions about which network operators will participate in rural broadband experiments in “the coming weeks.” The commission said it received proposals for almost 600 projects from 181 applicants. The program, which will award a total of $100 million, will help fund projects that could get underway as...Learn More

AT&T vs. Verizon Video Strategy: How Important is Linear Video?

The nation’s two largest telecom service providers AT&T and Verizon have considerably different views on consumer video opportunities, as illustrated today by comments made by AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson and Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo at the Wells Fargo Tech, Media & Telecom Conference in New...Learn More

CEO: AT&T Gigabit Plans are on “Pause” Thanks to Obama’s Net Neutrality Proposal

AT&T wasted no time raising the stakes on the Net Neutrality issue. Just two days after President Obama asked the FCC to reclassify end-to-end broadband as a telecommunications service, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company is “pausing” its plans to deploy gigabit fiber-to-the-home in as many as 100 cities, perhaps foreshadowing similar posturing by...Learn More

Frontier Gains Stadium Wi-Fi Win in North Carolina

With mobile data traffic skyrocketing, wireless users increasingly are seeking to switch to Wi-Fi in high-traffic areas – such as the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), a baseball stadium in Durham. N.C. Installing, managing and maintaining that infrastructure is a great opportunity for network operators, as an announcement from Frontier Communications about DBAP today illustrates....Learn More

Jackson Energy Authority Plans Tennessee Gigabit Network

Another power company said today that it plans to offer residential gigabit service. Jackson Energy Authority of Jackson, Tennessee expects to begin offering service early next year, said Ben Lovins, senior vice president of JEA’s Telecommunications Division, in an interview. The company initially deployed fiber-to-the-home in 2003 and will upgrade that infrastructure by replacing optical...Learn More