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Have a great Thanksgiving!

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Thursday or Friday. We'll be back in your inbox with the up-to-date news on the wireline industry bright an early on Monday, Nov. 30.

Your experience may vary: AT&T, FairPoint, Verizon network differences drive latency, other performance issues

With a bevy of choices available to get broadband service, consumers and businesses are more closely looking at wireline operators' network performance. We take a look at how the top providers fared in terms of network latency, throughput and availability during the third quarter.

Frontier's success in California, Florida and Texas hinges on not repeating Connecticut problems

When Frontier completes its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas, a key indicator of early success for customers will center on two issues: minimizing network service disruptions and consistent pricing.

Celebrating the leading innovators in telecom

Telecom service providers are facing a multitude of challenges right now. Demand for telecom services is growing while networks are stretched for capacity. But help is on the way.

Windstream's data center sale allows it to focus on broadband, fiber networking strategy

Following months of rumors, Windstream made it official that it will sell off its data center business to TierPoint for $575 million, a deal that reflects the company's need to focus on its core business, wholesale, and consumer services strategy.

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.