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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.

Choosing the wireline market's top contenders: who backs up their talk?

These days, many wireline-centric providers say they're challenging the telecom market or innovating, but how many of them really stand out from the pack? In our new feature, "The Contenders," we take a closer look at five companies that are walking the walk.

EoC takes center stage at COMPTEL Spring 2013

Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is the talk of the town at this year's Spring COMPTEL event, and FierceTelecom is addressing this service trend in its latest special report. We are also on hand at the Spring COMPTEL event covering all of the relevant news and trends taking place at the show.

TDS Telecom's Baja acquisition sharpens its video, business skills

Cable and telcos have never been the best of friends, but the recent move by TDS to purchase Baja Communications shows that cable properties can offer value to telcos that need to rapidly scale their residential and commercial footprints. The Baja purchase creates various opportunities for TDS, particularly in the video and business services segments.