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Sprint's thirst for dark fiber-based small cell backhaul spells opportunity for Zayo, Level 3, others

Sprint recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul -- a move that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small cell backhaul trend.

Have a great Martin Luther King Day!

In observance of the holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Monday.

CenturyLink gets aggressive with FTTH, but cable retains upper hand in sub-10 Mbps markets

CenturyLink is seeing its FTTH rollout in 16 markets helping create awareness for its broader broadband portfolio, enabling it to take share and win back share from cable. In the markets where CenturyLink offers 1 Gbps FTTH, it is no surprise that the service provider isn't seeing every user taking up service since most users don't need that much bandwidth.

CenturyLink's management shakeup reflects industrywide reassessment of cloud services

The recent shakeup of CenturyLink's cloud services management team hints that the telco may be looking to retool this unit. But the ILEC is not alone in this issue: providers like Windstream are also finding that the data center mountain is harder to climb than they initially thought, especially against competition like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.

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.