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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.

Network scale and energy efficiency must go hand in hand

In the rush to build high-capacity wireline networks that can handle IP traffic demands for now and the future, one element that is sometimes overlooked by those outside the industry is the amount of energy it takes to power those networks.

Level 3's Starbucks Wi-Fi deal could spell new enterprise revenue opportunities

Level 3 Communications recently struck a major coup by unseating AT&T as Starbuck's preferred Wi-Fi backbone provider via a partnership with Google. According to a research analyst, Level 3 could use the Starbucks relationship to upsell their growing base of enterprise solutions to other nearby potential clients that reside in the same buildings.

Voice Link isn't the magic bridge off the PSTN; broadband is

Verizon is apparently taking part in the move by incumbent carriers to shift customers away from the PSTN. First with its policy to move "chronic" customers off of copper; then with the deployment of Voice Link, a wireless service targeted at voice-only customers in rural areas where the carrier has not laid fiber.However, the company is now taking it in the teeth over Voice Link's deployment on Fire Island, N.Y.

Tier 2 telcos hunt for new fortunes in wireless backhaul segment

Wholesale wireless backhaul services have become a growing revenue source for Tier 2 telcos, a number of which don't have a wireless operation and have spent much of their lives selling voice services. In our new feature, we look at how the top seven Tier 2 telcos are attacking the wireless backhaul opportunity.

Have a great Fourth of July

I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday tomorrow. We'll be back in your inbox with the up-to-date news on the wireline segment of the telecom...

5 wireline issues Wheeler will face if he becomes FCC chairman

Last week, Tom Wheeler faced a Congressional panel, one of the last formalities before he is approved as FCC chairman. It's a deal that appears to be almost done. What will Wheeler's legacy be? What side will he take on the issues in front of the regulatory agency?

Honoring women in wireline leadership roles

In our fourth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom is celebrating those women leaders who are making their mark in the industry through their work developing products and innovations or serving as advocates for specific technologies or service provider groups.

AT&T won't be Europe's economic savior

Where will U.S. telcos purchase assets next? Eyes are turning toward Europe, as the continuing economic trouble there makes telecom acquisitions more attractive. But will investors' hopes be dashed in the coming months if AT&T, Verizon, or other carriers balk at a major purchase?

Tier 1 incumbents AT&T, Verizon, others meet wireless backhaul demand

If the advent of Apple's iPhone is any indication, the proliferation of easy-to-use smart phones and tablet computers is driving a host of new bandwidth-hungry data and multimedia services. The rise in bandwidth-hungry traffic that users are accessing from their phones means that wireless operators require a higher speed wireless backhaul network.