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Clarendon closes, Leopold leaves Merrill Lynch, Alltel & MCI keep cutting, OFC gets more international

February 2, 2004

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Headcount: FCC Eyes Action Jackson

Here's what one football fan had to say about last night's Super Bowl halftime show: "I am outraged at what I saw... Our nation’s children, parents, and citizens deserve better."

That was Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell, in a statement to the press. The FCC is investigating the halftime show, the highlight of which was the exposure of one of Janet Jackson's breasts. Wow, just think what could have happened if the show had included Joe Namath!

No word yet on whether the breast exam will sidetrack the FCC's progress in explaining its Triennial review or helping carriers speed up broadband deployments nationwide.

We are sure, however, that it is time to bump and grind our way through another series of hirings and firings from the telecom biz.

  • Clarendon Photonics Inc., a components maker specializing in reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), has closed, according to sources close to the company. Clarendon was first funded in July 1999 and was backed by Sevin Rosen Funds, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and others to the tune of more than $16 million. Calls to the company weren't returned.

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