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Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing

Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City and Nashville by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.

Which wireline executives earned the highest compensation in 2014?

It's that time of the year again when FierceTelecom takes a look at the highest paid executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry, in our annual 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline report.

Broadband providers' 1 Gig rollouts drive consumer 'halo effect' in speed tiers

A 1 Gbps FTTH service may be enticing in terms of the nearly ubiquitous speed it provides, but it's hardly a fit for most consumers. Instead, a number of ILECs--including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS Telecom--are finding that their 1 Gbps buildouts are creating a broadband "halo effect."

Charter's TWC, BrightHouse acquisitions make it a credible ILEC, CLEC business threat

Charter Communications made it official this week that it's going forward with its $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, a three-way deal that will make Charter a bigger threat to ILECs and CLECs in the business market segment.

Happy Memorial Day!

From all of the staff at FierceTelecom, we want to wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday. In observance of the holiday, we will not be publishing on Monday, but we'll back in your inbox on Tuesday morning.

Telcos, cable, CLECs continue to address the thirst for on-net fiber connections

He who has more fiber wins. In other words, the service provider that has a fiber-rich network is more competitive in the business and wholesale services race. In our new feature From AT&T to Fatbeam: The top 10 (and more) biggest providers of fiber in the U.S.FierceTelecom looks at who has the most connected fiber.

Lightower/Fibertech and Crown Castle/Quanta show insatiable hunger for dark fiber, but what deals are left?

It has been a busy week of consolidation in the dark fiber services space with two major deals taking place: Lightower Fiber Networks buying Fibertech for $1.9 billion on Monday and on Thursday Crown Castle snapped up Quanta Fiber Services (Sunesys) for $1 billion. The big question is: What's next in the dark fiber acquisition space?

Consolidation, net neutrality, special access and rights-of-way dominated the headlines at Comptel Spring 2015

This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).

Could the Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal drive Ericsson to broaden its portfolio with a Ciena, Infinera or Juniper buy?

Nokia has set off a new wave of consolidation in the telecom equipment market, reaching a deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. That move is now fueling speculation that Ericsson will make a similar move to round out its portfolio with more wireline capabilities by making a run for either Ciena, Infinera or Juniper.

Cable gets ready to take a big bite out of the wholesale market

Cable companies may still not have the same ubiquity or clout that incumbent telcos have enjoyed for years in the wholesale market, but it's clear that they are having an impact. In our latest feature, Cable hones its wholesale skills in special access and wireless backhaul, we take a look at how cable operators are taking on the wholesale services industry, providing services to a host of wireless operators, CLECs, IXCs and ILECs that need to fulfill out-of-territory service requirements for multi-site business customers.