Leading telecom operators began the network function virtualization (NFV) initiative several years ago in recognition of the need to reduce cost increases and increase revenue growth rates to sustain profitability. While much technical process on NFV and related SDN technology has been made, I believe business process redesign is needed to change the organization and people's jobs if the financial benefits are to be realized.
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The FCC voted to pass new net neutrality rules for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies, a move that incumbent telcos AT&T and Verizon say will stifle innovation and drive up costs for consumers.
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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.
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