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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.

Middle mile, cloud will take center stage at FTTH Council 2014

FTTH Council Americas will hold its annual FTTH Conference next week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and FierceTelecom will be on site covering the show and moderating panels on key topics, including the middle mile and cloud services.

Level 3's tw telecom deal is all about scaling its local-to-global service presence

Level 3 Communications finally broke its purchasing silence this week, announcing its intent to acquire tw telecom for $5.7 billion, a deal that will immediately enhance its ability to serve an even larger group of U.S. and multinational enterprise customers.

AT&T's small-cell-backhaul quest heralds next frontier for cable, wireline telcos

AT&T's recent revelation that it is going to work with cable operators to test their HFC-based DOCSIS products for small-cell-backhaul deployments shows that wireless operators want an arsenal of approaches in their toolkit.

Comcast-TWC combination poses long-term threat to Windstream, other business providers

With much of the attention on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger centered on how it will affect the consumer video and broadband segments, it's easy to overlook its influence on the business services market.

Have a great Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Monday, May 26, but we will back in your inbox on Tuesday morning.

Lumos' aggressive fiber build strategy will help it overcome TDM transition growing pains

Lumos Networks' fiber expansion plans to support fiber to the cell (FTTC) tower for wireless backhaul and business services ambitions are taking shape. But in the near-term, the reality is that its gains continue to be hindered by ongoing declines in legacy voice and access.

Verizon gives 'FiOS-envy' markets little reason for hope

Verizon may be focused on enhancing its FiOS subscriber counts in the markets where it already built out fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure, but as seen in its first-quarter earnings results, it looks as though those markets are becoming saturated. Yet it's doubtful the company will expand into new markets for FiOS. 

 

Will AT&T's grand FTTH plan live up to its promise?

AT&T fed into the growing 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) craze earlier this week when it announced its plans to extend its last-mile fiber network to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. But the $1 million question is: Will it actually make good on this promise?

Good Friday holiday

In observance of the Good Friday holiday tomorrow, FierceTelecom will not publish. We'll be back in your inbox first thing next Monday morning. Have a great Good Friday and Easter holiday.--Sean...