Fast Breaks Newsfront: June 18, 2001

SBC Communications may face fines, or restrictions on its ability to sell long-distance service, in three Southwestern states for providing incorrect information to regulators considering whether to allow the regional Bell into the long-distance market.

SBC Probed

SBC Communications may face fines, or restrictions on its ability to sell long-distance service, in three Southwestern states for providing incorrect information to regulators considering whether to allow the regional Bell into the long-distance market. The Federal Communications Commission is investigating the errors, which SBC said were not intentional.

Sprinting Backward?

Sprint is reconsidering plans for its much-touted Integrated On-Demand Network. An analyst said Sprint may cut back or even cancel the commercial launch of ION for small businesses and consumers. The big-business segment is not expected to be affected. ION technology lets users connect to the Net, send and receive faxes and make phone calls over a single phone line.

New Security

Computer Associates International is offering a simple program for consumers and small businesses looking for strong, affordable PC and network protection. CAs security portal, my-eTrust.com, provides anti-virus and firewall features, as well as protection against malicious code. The portal also provides virus warnings.