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SDN, NFV take center stage at this year's SCTE show

Cable operators are turning to software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to virtualize more parts of their networks, a trend that will be on display during this year's SCTE event in New Orleans. I'll be hosting a FierceTelecom and FierceCable breakfast panel during the event.

Comcast Business threatens Verizon, AT&T with enterprise unit, but VPN, mobility, and scale remain key issues

Comcast Business has emerged as a potentially new threat to AT&T, Verizon and Level 3 Communications on the large business front with the introduction of a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S. For the operator, it's a logical step.

Does Verizon's CAF-II refusal mean another wireline asset sale is coming?

Sean Buckley

Verizon's recent decision to turn down the $144 million of the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) comes at a time when new rumors have emerged that it could hang up more of its wireline assets. So who would be the potential bidders for Verizon's wireline assets?

Have a great Labor Day Holiday!

I wanted take a minute to wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day holiday. In observance of the holiday, FierceTelecom will not publish on Monday, but we'll back in your inbox on Tuesday morning with all of the day's relevant wireline telecom news.

FairPoint, Lumos signal M&A interest, but will they be buyers or sellers?

Sean BuckleyFairPoint and Lumos are in the process of transforming themselves from small-town telcos to become larger fiber-based broadband providers for consumers and business customers. Similar to their larger ILEC counterparts CenturyLink and Windstream, FairPoint and Lumos also trace their company roots as rural telcos and realize mergers and acquisitions are needed to grow.

Verizon's small cell plans could be a boon for Cincinnati Bell's backhaul, dark fiber business

Verizon Wireless has cited Cincinnati as one of its small cell targets, an initiative that could create a new revenue opportunity for local incumbent telco Cincinnati Bell, particularly for wireless backhaul and dark fiber.

OpenDaylight's Jacques sounds off on the future of SDN, NFV

I talked to Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, in FierceTelecom's first Twitter chat on Friday, July 24, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. OpenDaylight is a group dedicated to developing open processes for business and technical issues related to the implementation of SDN and NFV, which are being embraced by a growing number of service providers in both the telco and cable community such as AT&T and Comcast. Check out the transcript of our chat.

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon copper-to-fiber transitions must consider impact on local businesses

Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.

Sizing up funding for COMPTEL, TIA, USTelecom and other trade groups

Given the diverse needs of the telecom and cable industries, a number of industry trade groups have emerged to provide advocacy and standards support. What are these groups' yearly revenues and tradeshow income?

Have a great Fourth of July!

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Friday, July 3. We will be back in your inbox on Monday, July 6.