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Windstream extends fiber to 50-plus carrier neutral hotels, plans further expansions in 2016

Windstream may have previously sold off its data center assets, but its wholesale unit's ongoing fiber build out to more data centers push shows that it is finding a growing niche in the interconnection business.

Level 3 says FCC should adopt flat-fee methodology to assess terrestrial IBC regulatory fees

Level 3 has asked the FCC to change its methods in assessing terrestrial International Bearer Circuits (IBC) regulatory fees to reflect the fact that they are sold as large data pipes via Ethernet and other media elements.

Masergy serves up advanced SD-WAN encryption for businesses

Masergy is giving its business customers another option to protect their data for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) connections between applications and end users.

RCN Business offers discounted electricity via Talen Energy pact

RCN Business is giving its business customers in Pennsylvania a new way to save on their energy costs via a partnership with Talen Energy Partners.

Fiber-based Ethernet, P2P microwave dominated small cell backhaul in 2015, says research firm

While the wireless industry's move to outdoor small cells has been relatively slow, wireline-based Ethernet fiber and point-to-point (P2P) microwave led the market in terms of revenue in 2015. According to a new IHS report, the global outdoor small cell backhaul equipment market totaled $117 million. In 2011, 42,600 outdoor small cell backhaul connections were built out in 2015 and IHS has forecast that figure will rise to 878,000 in 2020.

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