Hoping to follow on the success of Bell Atlantic in New York, SBC Communications is seeking permission to sell long-distance services in the state of Texas. Approval would come from the Federal Communications Commission after it determines that SBC has encouraged local phone competition in the state and has met other technical requirements. Last year, the Texas Public Utilities Commission fined SBC for throwing up roadblocks to competitors that want to sell digital subscriber line services there. In announcing its plans to seek long-distance approval, SBC pointed to a separate PUC document that says SBC has opened its market to competition.
Winstar Communications has announced it will add Internet data centers in Manhattan, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Brussels, Belgium to its network. The data centers will fuel the fixed wireless service provider's new application service provider and Web hosting service initiatives. Winstar's data centers in Minneapolis and Brussels are now online along with the service provider's existing data centers in Washington, D.C., Boston and Seattle. The data centers in Manhattan and San Francisco will come online later this year.
SkyCache, the Laurel, Md., satellite content distribution service provider, changed its name last week to Cidera in order to reflect an expanded focus.
Known for providing satellite caching services, the company now offers live streaming media and Usenet news feed services. Cidera comes from the Latin word sidera, which means star.