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

Future Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg: Will He Continue McAdam Legacy?

Verizon’s next CEO will be Hans Vestberg, former CEO of key supplier Ericsson, who joined Verizon as chief technology officer just over a year ago. Verizon announced that he will assume that title August 1, replacing Lowell McAdam, who has been Verizon CEO for seven years. What should we expect from future Verizon CEO Hans...Learn More

FCC Relaxes Carrier TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements

The FCC voted today to eliminate what it called “unnecessary regulatory hurdles for carriers seeking to move from the networks of yesterday to the networks of tomorrow.” Specifically, the commission streamlined carriers’ ability to discontinue legacy services as they undergo a TDM-to-IP transition. TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements Details of the order adopted at today’s monthly FCC...Learn More

FCC: Rural Carrier USF Contribution Base Won’t Include Internet Revenues

Rural rate of return (ROR) carriers that have had to pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on internet as well as voice revenues will now have to pay only based on voice revenues. Other carriers pay into the fund only as a percentage of voice revenues but ROR carriers that participate in the...Learn More

Widespread Comcast Voice Outage Illustrates Risks of Automation, Virtualization

A Comcast voice outage yesterday illustrates the risks of network automation and virtualization and the move to the cloud. Reports of service outages first surfaced yesterday morning, impacting business users in multiple markets nationwide, according to online news website The Verge. The report cites a statement from Comcast issued around 3:30 p.m. ET noting that...Learn More

Consolidated: 50-60 Mbps is the Broadband Sweet Spot

Consolidated Communications offers some of the highest broadband speeds of any local service provider, but Fairpoint — the company Consolidated acquired last year — had some of the lowest, noted Consolidated CFO Steve Childers yesterday in an investor presentation focused on the Consolidated Communications investment strategy. More than 90% of Consolidated’s legacy customers can get...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many of its competitors because the company isn’t concerned about cannibalizing...Learn More

Pai Wants to Extend Mobility Fund Challenge Process

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to extend the Connect America mobility fund challenge process by 90 days. At issue is a map issued by the FCC that shows certain areas having LTE coverage where some say that coverage does not exist. Pai’s action came in response to a letter signed by 30 U.S. senators that...Learn More

NCTA Touts Rural Cable Gigabit Successes

Rural cable gigabit success stories are highlighted in a range of new blog posts from NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. The success stories come from tier 2 and 3 cable companies such as Mediacom and Alaska’s GCI. The initiative suggests that the cable companies want to position themselves as important broadband players in...Learn More

Broadband Service Provider Associations Seek Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Rules

Several groups representing broadband providers co-signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee asking them to change RUS broadband loan rules to focus funding on areas where either all, or at least 90%, of the population cannot get broadband today. Groups signing the letter include NCTA – The Internet...Learn More

Verizon Exec: New MEF E-Line Standard Will Help Buying and Selling of Network Access

Wholesale Ethernet access services got a boost when industry association MEF developed standards to simplify the process of ordering and provisioning services that span multiple carrier networks. MEF now aims to take that further for what it calls “managed access E-Line” service that can eliminate the need for buyers and sellers to deploy duplicative equipment....Learn More

TDS Plans Another Out-of-Market Fiber Deployment

TDS Telecommunications said it will build a fiber network supporting gigabit service in the village of DeForest, Wis. The TDS fiber deployment is not in TDS’s traditional local exchange carrier territory, a TDS spokesperson told Telecompetitor. TDS Fiber Deployment TDS plans for DeForest include providing voice and video as well as data services, the TDS...Learn More

What is the Value of Wireless Spectrum?

What is the value of wireless spectrum? It’s a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as some stakeholders lobby for more unlicensed spectrum while others lobby for more licensed spectrum. We’ve become accustomed to using an auction process to sort out spectrum value – an approach that can be challenging enough as the...Learn More

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