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Verizon's symmetric FiOS speeds take upper hand over cable's upstream DOCSIS limitations

Verizon may be reaching the upper limit of penetration for fiber to the home (FTTH), but its move to provide symmetric speeds across all of its service offerings shows its desire once again to beat cable with fiber--particularly in the upstream direction.

AT&T, CenturyLink and competitors are divided on dark fiber potential

Interest in dark fiber has reemerged in telecom due to the escalating demands for business services and by wireless operators that need bigger backhaul pipes to keep up with the insatiable demand for wireless data.

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Consolidated's Enventis deal shows ongoing need to diversify its revenue base

Consolidated Communications' move to acquire fellow independent telco Enventis for $350 million may not be on par with the blockbuster deals its independent ILEC counterparts CenturyLink and Windstream have made in recent years, but it's significant in that it is a sign of another smaller telco branching out of its all-voice service roots.

Middle mile, cloud will take center stage at FTTH Council 2014

FTTH Council Americas will hold its annual FTTH Conference next week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and FierceTelecom will be on site covering the show and moderating panels on key topics, including the middle mile and cloud services.

Level 3's tw telecom deal is all about scaling its local-to-global service presence

Level 3 Communications finally broke its purchasing silence this week, announcing its intent to acquire tw telecom for $5.7 billion, a deal that will immediately enhance its ability to serve an even larger group of U.S. and multinational enterprise customers.

AT&T's small-cell-backhaul quest heralds next frontier for cable, wireline telcos

AT&T's recent revelation that it is going to work with cable operators to test their HFC-based DOCSIS products for small-cell-backhaul deployments shows that wireless operators want an arsenal of approaches in their toolkit.

Comcast-TWC combination poses long-term threat to Windstream, other business providers

With much of the attention on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger centered on how it will affect the consumer video and broadband segments, it's easy to overlook its influence on the business services market.

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Lumos' aggressive fiber build strategy will help it overcome TDM transition growing pains

Lumos Networks' fiber expansion plans to support fiber to the cell (FTTC) tower for wireless backhaul and business services ambitions are taking shape. But in the near-term, the reality is that its gains continue to be hindered by ongoing declines in legacy voice and access.