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  • Meet the top 9 executives and regulators who are disrupting the telecom market

    Longtime executives in the telecom industry have seen their fair share of disruption over the decades. But where should today's telecom executives look for the next big wave of disruption? Fierce has assembled a list of executives who are looking blazing a trail to the future -- executives who believe are poised to deliver on the next big thing.

CenturyLink says dark fiber for E-Rate applications should not be treated as "special construction"

CenturyLink says that a request made by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to classify dark fiber leases or indefeasible rights of use agreements as special construction could have grave consequences.

Frontier sued for alleged misuse of $40.5M in federal broadband stimulus funds

Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing the telco over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.

Ethernet Alliance, UNH-IOL to hold plugfest for 2.5, 5 Gbps Ethernet service

The Ethernet Alliance and the Nbase-T Alliance announced a new collaborative effort they say is designed to accelerate mainstream deployment of 2.5GBase-T and 5GBase-T Ethernet. This technology multiplies network throughput of the more than 70 billion meters of Cat5e and Cat6 cabling sold throughout the last 13 years.

AT&T's Stephens: We'll reach 2.6M locations with FTTH by end of 2016

AT&T says it's on track to extend its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to over 2 million locations by the end of 2016, nearly doubling the reach of its fiber network as fulfills FCC requirements related to its DirecTV deal.

Verizon's XO acquisition hits roadblock as FCC asks about EoC, interconnection agreements

Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications -- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments -- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.

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