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

Broadband Coalition Launches Pro-Competition Petition

At least 6800 people have signed a petition created a month ago by competitive carrier organization Broadband Coalition that asks policy makers to take steps to improve broadband competition.  Broadband Coalition was formed in 2012, initially focusing largely on issues related to competition in the business broadband market, but now also referencing broadband competition for...Learn More

AT&T/DirecTV Approval Expected to Include Broadband Deployment Condition

AT&T may be required to commit to deploying higher-speed broadband to more rural customers and to offering stand-alone broadband as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV, which could receive Justice and FCC approvals as soon as next week, according to news reports. According to a Reuters report this week that cited several unnamed Justice...Learn More

Broadband and Home Values: FTTH Council Study Looks at Fiber Impact

How is gigabit service like a fireplace? Both amenities can increase an average home’s value by about $5,437, according to a new report released today. The report, written by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Carnegie Mellon University, was funded — in part – by the Fiber to the Home Council. Single-family...Learn More

FCC’s Pai: A One-Page Rule Change Could Enable Stand-Alone Broadband

The rule changes required to enable rural carriers to use Universal Service funding to support stand-alone broadband can fit on a single page, argued FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in a statement released yesterday. To support his assertion, Pai included a single page appendix to his statement that he said would fit the bill. At present...Learn More

10 Gigabit Broadband Gains Further Momentum with Calix News

Ultra-high-speed broadband gained further momentum today with an announcement from Calix that the company will support increased capacity and 10 Gbps connectivity on its popular E-Series broadband access equipment. To enable the capability, based on the ITU/FSAN NG-PON2 standard, customers will install new line cards for the E-Series. “Demonstrations of both NG-PON2 with tunable TWDM wavelengths...Learn More

Wheeler Recommends Rural Auction Credits in 600 MHz Auction

Small rural companies bidding on spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum would have the opportunity to obtain 15% bidding credits if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week is adopted by the commission. Wheeler’s proposal, which is circulating within the commission, also calls for limits on AT&T’s and Verizon’s...Learn More

Do Your Broadband and Economic Development Efforts Include SMB Training?

As recognition of the positive economic impact that broadband can have grows, we’re seeing more and more communities organizing to ensure they have good broadband connectivity and that they make the most of that connectivity through economic development and broadband adoption efforts. But amid all this activity, there’s one area that may get overlooked: Small...Learn More

Frontier Accepts CAF II Broadband Funding Worth $283 Million Annually

Frontier Communications is wasting no time getting started on its Connect America Fund Phase II deployment. The company today said it will accept $283 million in annual funding from the FCC to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to parts of its local service area that cannot get broadband today or only have...Learn More

Internet2 ONOS /SDN Application Eliminates Need for Core Routers

Software defined networking (SDN) concepts are critical to new capabilities launched on the Internet2 research and education network. Five higher education institutions are connected to a virtual network slice controlled via open source SDN network operating system (ONOS) technology and can exchange traffic with traditional networks using an ONOS-based SDN-IP peering application. ONOS has essentially...Learn More

LTE-U Standards: NCTA Accuses Carriers of Circumventing Usual Process

Technologies that aim to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands could create interference with Wi-Fi networks, argues the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in comments filed with the FCC last week. The NCTA also had strong words for certain equipment manufacturers and for wireless carriers that plan to deploy the technologies, known as LTE-U (for...Learn More

Windstream Bullish on VDSL2+ Bonding

Windstream has great hopes for VDSL2+ bonding technology, said Bob Gunderman, chief financial officer and treasurer for the company, yesterday at Barclay’s High Yield Bond & Syndicated Loan Conference, which was also webcast. Just over half (51%) of Windstream residential customers should be able to obtain Internet speeds of at least 24 Mbps using the...Learn More

ANPI/Pioneer Deal Illustrates Tier 3 Telco UC Momentum

The news this week that unified communications (UC) platform provider ANPI had signed its 100th and largest customer illustrates growing tier 3 telco UC momentum and availability. ANPI offers a cloud-based UC solution that service providers can resell to their customers. The company’s newest customer is Maine based Pioneer Telephone, a competitive carrier that offers...Learn More