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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.

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Cincinnati Bell's 1 Gig push keeps potential Google Fiber threat at bay

Cincinnati Bell has become the latest telco to enter the increasingly crowded 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service space, a move that enhances its competitive standing against not only Time Warner Cable but also Google Fiber, if it comes to Cincinnati.

CenturyLink's 16-city 1 Gig expansion will bring cloud bundles to more small businesses

CenturyLink is again driving the idea that fiber-based broadband is the fashionable item with its plans to extend its 1 Gig fiber into 16 markets. While the 1 Gig service will enable it to deliver a service that cable can't match in the consumer segment, the rollout will have an even larger effect on the small to medium businesses (SMBs) for which fiber-based solutions are hard to come by. 

Will AT&T, Verizon follow Windstream down the REIT asset path?

Windstream got the attention of the telecom world and financial community on Tuesday when it announced that it would spin off parts of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Not surprisingly, this development quickly fueled speculation that other service providers could, or are considering, a similar move.

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.