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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.

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

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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?