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Managing the cost of critical submarine cable routes

With so much focus on land-based broadband network expansion, it's easy to take for granted how quickly most Internet users can access data on the other side of the globe within milliseconds. Many don't realize that almost all of our connectivity to other continents is accomplished via submarine cable, not by satellite or other means.

AT&T, Verizon, and other telcos look to get the broadband price right

In our new report, Comparing broadband pricing: where do AT&T, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell and others stand?, FierceTelecom looks at how U.S. broadband providers are pricing their consumer standalone broadband services. Building broadband value is important not only for Tier 1 telcos that serve larger markets, but also smaller Tier 2 and 3 telcos.

Is municipal broadband worth the cost?

This week, FierceTelecom takes a look at five contenders in the municipal broadband space. It wasn't easy to pick just five--a growing number of communities are taking on the broadband challenge, building out or planning fiber networks to serve residents and attract more businesses. But the cost of this buildout can be crippling for cities, some critics say. Is it worth the cost?

Is AT&T's 1 Gig response to Google Fiber real or fantasy?

AT&T did not take too long to respond to Google Fiber's much anticipated move to make Austin the next stop on its fiber network train, saying it will bring 1 Gbps service to the city, too. But can the carrier realistically do such a thing?

AT&T, Verizon, others progress with CWA, IBEW union negotiations

It has been a busy year for the major U.S. telcos--AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink--and their wireline union workers. Two of the main unions, including the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), that represent wireline employees are either in the midst of negotiating new contracts or have finalized deals.

Spamhaus DDoS was just a warning shot

Plenty has already been written about last week's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack targeting the servers of Spamhaus, an organization that fights email spam. With the event past, one remaining point is that the attack, which flooded exchange points with data at a rate of 300 Gbps, is the beginning of large-scale DDoS campaigns using shifting tactics to exploit infrastructure vulnerabilities.

Have a great Easter holiday

In observance of Good Friday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing tomorrow. We'd like to wish you a happy Easter weekend. We'll back in your inbox on Monday.

CenturyLink, Windstream dominate the ILEC Ethernet services ecosystem

This week FierceTelecom offers a new feature chronicling the performance of the top four ILECs--AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream--in the Ethernet market. Each of these incumbent players come to the market with a diverse set of services and approaches.

5 reasons Verizon needs to restart its FiOS rollout

Verizon had a decent year for FiOS, adding 607,000 Internet subscribers and 553,000 video subscribers to its net total. It's sticking to its plan to build those subscription numbers in the areas where it already has deployed FiOS. But Verizon, which halted new deployments of its fiber product last year, needs to bite the bullet and restart its rollout.

Hot wireline technologies, Carrier Ethernet 2.0, emerging telecom contenders and more

During the past three years, the wireline industry has gone through rapid change as various vendors and service providers have either been bought or purchased other companies.