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Sizing up 2012's top wireline mergers and acquisitions

What were the big merger and acquisition deals that took place in the wireline telecom industry in 2012? FierceTelecom is answering those questions in our fourth annual wireline M&A report where we detail the top deals of the year.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

FierceTelecom will not publish a newsletter on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be back in your inbox on Tuesday.

Watching the home automation opportunity in 2013

Home automation as we know it has been around for two decades, but in 2013, it may finally come into its own, with analysts predicting a compound annual growth rate of as much as 45 percent. But what's driving the projected growth in home automation? And what could stop that growth in its tracks?

Google's 1 Gbps will unchain the subscriber from bandwidth caps

Google's 1 Gbps FTTP service has managed to simultaneously catch the hearts and minds of the lucky residents in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., and the ire of cable operators that dismiss the service as overkill. But it's also the first step to free subscribers from usage-based billing.


New York City needs to support Verizon's fiber switchover

The resistance to Verizon's replacement of copper infrastructure with fiber by six NYC landlords, and pushback by some subscribers, isn't entirely surprising. But the move to a fiber-based infrastructure is an important step forward.

At ITU's Dubai conference, what's not being said about Internet freedom rings loudest

The United States and Internet freedom advocates worldwide have sounded the alarm about the WCIT conference being held in Dubai from Dec. 3-14. At stake, they say, is the right to free and unrestricted expression, and the foundation of the Internet itself. But to hear the ITU talk about it, this historic conference is really nothing important.

Wireline moves forward amid shifting sands: a look at 2012's trends

It's been an interesting quarter for wireline and the telecom industry in general, with M&A activity continuing and traditional telcos swaying toward VDSL solutions. But some new trends have cropped up in the past few months.

Unified communications breathes new business revenue life into rural telcos

For many smaller independent ILECs, which have spent much of their 100-plus year lives selling nothing more than traditional POTS, unified communications for businesses is becoming a new revenue savior. As the PSTN declines, UC could mean the difference between survival or extinction.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Welcome to the Best of FierceTelecom 2012

In our special Best of FierceTelecom 2012 issue, we highlight some of our most popular, most informative and most interesting special reports and interviews that we compiled during the past year.