Metropolitan Ethernet provider Yipes Communications introduced a managed firewall service last week that will be offered with the company's high-speed Internet service. The service, called Yipes Wall, supports speeds of up to 100M bit/sec and includes equipment, configuration, implementation, customer support, and 24-7 monitoring and reporting. The service comes in three packages: basic, which includes management and basic firewall; an enhanced service offering management and live monitoring of higher-bandwidth firewalls; and a high-availability option, which includes management and live monitoring of two high-speed firewalls in a redundant configuration. Pricing starts at $750 per month.
Vitts Networks, a Manchester, N.H., competitive local exchange carrier that provides DSL, T-1 and other services to more than 20,000 users in New England, is closing and laying off about 300 employees. A skeleton staff will be retained to maintain service until Feb. 28. In a letter to customers and partners, Vitts President Greg DeMund said Vitts was unable to obtain funding to maintain operations. Vitts is advising customers to seek new service providers.
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved WorldCom's acquisition of competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) Intermedia Communications, but with one caveat: WorldCom is required to sell Intermedia's CLEC business. The carrier can retain Digex, Intermedia's Web hosting service arm, which was the only reason WorldCom made its $6 billion bid for Intermedia. Digex is best known for its dedicated managed Web hosting services.