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FCC ruling overturns state laws preventing municipal broadband expansion

The FCC moved to preempt elements of state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that were designed to restrict municipal providers in these communities from providing broadband service outside of their current serving areas, a move that could drive other states to act, as well as potential court challenges.

Consolidated's Q4 video, data connection gains offset by ongoing local voice, network access revenue declines

Consolidated Communications reported that while data and Internet service rose to $82.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, those gains were more than offset by declines in legacy local calling and network access revenues.

Hoffman replaces Foster as head of MegaPath's cloud division

MegaPath has hired former Speakeasy COO Kurt Hoffman to be president and CEO of its cloud services division, replacing Dan Foster, who is leaving the company. Hoffman will report to CEO Craig Young and oversee the company's direct and channel sales, marketing, product development and operations.

Study: U.S. fiber cross-connect pricing is higher than Europe

A colocation pricing survey from TeleGeography found that fiber cross-connect pricing is much higher in the U.S. than in Europe. In North America, the median cross-connect price is $300, more than five times higher than $58, which is the median price in Europe.

Adva's Q4 revenues jump 13.8% on enterprise, carrier sales, but profit slips

Adva Optical Networking reported that fourth-quarter 2014 revenue rose 13.8 percent year-over-year to $97.7 million, due to a rise in enterprise network and carrier infrastructure sales, particularly in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

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Under the FCC's newly approved net neutrality rules, wireless carriers and other ISPs will not have to go the agency and ask permission every time they want to introduce a new offering or mobile broadband plan, such as a new zero-rating plan, according to FCC officials.

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Call it a cautious win for the online video industry: After a commission meeting marked by strenuous dissent from its Republican commissioners, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt net neutrality rules that classify broadband as a service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.