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Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor, Wireline, with FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass., Samantha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
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AT&T is opening two new retail locations in Miami and hiring 235 employees for locations between Key West and Vero Beach, the carrier announced Monday.
IP transit provider Hurricane Electric has established a fifth point of presence in New York City at Telx's 111 8th Ave. data center. The new PoP will give Telx customers at that location a number of IPv6 and IPv4 connectivity options that reduce latency and router hops across global IP networks.
The Federal Communications Commission will be seeking comments from the public on the myriad issues revolving around E-rate, the government's 18-year-old subsidy program that brings Internet services to schools and libraries, following a Friday vote in favor of modernizing the program.
Despite an economy that continues to be challenging, the telecom and datacom equipment and software market has held steady worldwide. In 2010, it grew 19 percent; in 2011 it saw 7 percent growth; and in 2012 it held steady at $172 billion.
Verizon is apparently taking part in the move by incumbent carriers to shift customers away from the PSTN. First with its policy to move "chronic" customers off of copper; then with the deployment of Voice Link, a wireless service targeted at voice-only customers in rural areas where the carrier has not laid fiber.However, the company is now taking it in the teeth over Voice Link's deployment on Fire Island, N.Y.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is sinking his teeth further into Verizon's planned Voice Link installation on Fire Island and elsewhere in the state. His office filed a statement with the Public Service Commission that asks the PSC to require Verizon to divest any legacy assets it no longer has an interest in maintaining.
While the number of subscribers to cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV services continues to plummet in North America, emerging countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (aka the BRIC countries) are boosting global revenues, an Infonetics Research report says.
An executive with Brazil-based operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) said the carrier expects to deploy a total 40,000 km of fiber-optic networks in the country by the end of 2013, and reach 50,000 km within the next two years, TeleGeography reports.