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One year on, Hurricane Sandy's legacy resonates with telcos, wireline service providers

A year ago, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of New York City. The destructive impact of this superstorm affected wireline networks across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and changed the way communications service providers prepare for and deal with disasters and other potential causes of large-scale outages. But have providers like Verizon, tw telecom and others done enough to keep customers connected?

Verizon's SMB play faces challenge from cable in non-FiOS markets

Verizon FiOS once again was the star in the carrier's Q3 wireline portfolio, driving up revenues 13.4 percent to $2.8 billion, but it sees potential in extending the service to more small to medium businesses. Just how big is the SMB opportunity for wireline operators offering high speed services? What obstacles stand in their way?

TIA 2013: Discovering the silver lining in the TDM-to-IP transition

The TIA 2013 conference may trace its roots to Supercomm, but the show that will kick off Monday at the Gaylord National hotel in National Harbor, Md. is hardly the same. It has evolved from a vendor booth-driven extravaganza to a conference format where members of the telecom community gather to talk about the issues that are affecting their businesses and how they will deliver services to their customers.

Has Google Fiber set the pace for 1 Gig FTTH pricing?

Google Fiber's 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home (FTTH) initiative is still in an embryonic state, but it's clearly having an effect on how other service providers price and package their broadband offerings.

Verizon's Fire Island FTTH move shows demand for wireline bandwidth

Verizon has reversed its stance on how it will serve the western side of Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Fire Island, N.Y., announcing that it is going to bring Fiber to the Home (FTTH)-based FiOS to the island beginning next summer.

Incumbents Verizon and AT&T compete with cable operators, CLECs for Ethernet service supremacy

Competition in the U.S. Ethernet services market continues to heat up. While the top two telcos, AT&T and Verizon remain the dominant Ethernet services players, they face growing competition from CLECs and cable MSOs that are aggressively expanding their fiber footprints to serve SMBs and larger businesses.

Labor Day holiday publishing update

Due to the U.S. Labor Day holiday, FierceTelecom will not publish on Monday, but we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

AT&T plays cable catch-up game with 45 Mbps broadband market expansion

AT&T's expansion of its 45 Mbps U-verse Power offering into 40 additional markets is a realization that it needs higher speeds to battle cable competitors that are today delivering 50, 100 Mbps and above. But is its speed boost enough to threaten cable operators?

Is 1 Gbps the next broadband speed plateau?

Google ignited a broadband storm in 2011 with its plan to build a 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the premises network in a select U.S. city. After a year of sifting through proposals from hundreds of local leaders, the search engine giant chose Kansas City, Kan., as its initial target. Since then, other providers like CenturyLink and AT&T have stepped up their speed game.

Verizon, AT&T broadband subscriber adds help offset legacy declines in Q2

The second quarter has always been a time when service providers lose broadband subscribers, but a series of new speeds and pricing promotions helped drive up their subscriber bases and offset declines in legacy voice and DSL services. In our quarterly earnings wrap, we examine the broadband growth trends of all of the major U.S.-based service providers.