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Thanksgiving publishing break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing its regular newsletter issue on Thursday, Nov. 27 or Friday, Nov. 28.

Google Fiber dips into Kansas City's business market, but expansion is not a slam dunk

Google Fiber finally provided a further glimpse of hope that businesses will be able to get their 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service at least in the Kansas City area, but broader expansion is hardly a given.

Is Sprint's wireline division heading for the auction block?

Emerging news that Sprint is considering selling off its struggling wireline business should be of no real surprise, particularly as its new owners at Softbank have made it clear that becoming a bigger threat to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in the wireless market is their key priority.

Verizon's FiOS growth continues to level off as market penetration matures

Verizon may have continued to add more FiOS Internet and video customers in the third quarter, but those gains were lower than what it reported in the same period a year ago, illustrating that it is continuing to reach the upper limits of penetration in its existing 13-state region.

Wheeler's competition agenda, dark fiber, small cells and permitting dominated Comptel Plus Fall 2014

This fall's Comptel Fall Plus 2014 trade show centered on how the competitive industry is evolving to meet its customers' needs and new challenges as industry consolidation and the IP transition continue to ramp. FierceTelecom identified four key trends from the event that will have an impact on the competitive telecom industry.

Dark fiber, small cells represent the next stage of the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers?

Telcos, cable and municipalities get aggressive with 1 Gig pricing

It's hard not to see how Google Fiber's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative and its $70 a month pricing construct is forcing other traditional telcos, cable operators and municipalities to react with similar offerings.

AT&T, Verizon's fiber offerings center on reinvigorating their SMB customer bases

AT&T and Verizon are both well known as having large-scale networks that can serve the largest multinational corporation customers, but their recent moves to enhance their fiber offerings for businesses show they want to keep a tighter rein on the small to medium business (SMB) market where their brands are still household names.

Verizon, Cincinnati Bell's broadband service suites take charge of their wireline portfolios

Cable may enjoy the overall lead in the U.S. broadband race, but it's clear that telcos like Verizon and Cincinnati Bell are finding that consumers' desire for high bandwidth is outpacing the desire for linear television services.

MegaPath's Global Capacity sale poses new managed service opportunities, challenges

MegaPath's sale of its wholesale business to Global Capacity may not be the largest deal in the competitive service provider industry, but it's notable in that it allows it to become a managed and cloud services specialist.