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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.

Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing

Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City and Nashville by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.

Which wireline executives earned the highest compensation in 2014?

It's that time of the year again when FierceTelecom takes a look at the highest paid executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry, in our annual 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline report.

Broadband providers' 1 Gig rollouts drive consumer 'halo effect' in speed tiers

A 1 Gbps FTTH service may be enticing in terms of the nearly ubiquitous speed it provides, but it's hardly a fit for most consumers. Instead, a number of ILECs--including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS Telecom--are finding that their 1 Gbps buildouts are creating a broadband "halo effect."

Charter's TWC, BrightHouse acquisitions make it a credible ILEC, CLEC business threat

Charter Communications made it official this week that it's going forward with its $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, a three-way deal that will make Charter a bigger threat to ILECs and CLECs in the business market segment.

Happy Memorial Day!

From all of the staff at FierceTelecom, we want to wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday. In observance of the holiday, we will not be publishing on Monday, but we'll back in your inbox on Tuesday morning.