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Does Google Fiber's iProvo move spell doom for open access?

Broadband proponents hail Google Fiber's buildouts in Kansas City, Austin and Provo as a smart, fast way to get 1 Gbps service into more areas of the United States. But the Internet search giant's potential dominance of the broadband network space may endanger the ideal of open access for other providers.

Unraveling the mystery of software-defined networking

SDN is a new buzz word in the telecom and IT worlds, with promises of automation and enhanced service provisioning times. Yet despite its potential, the SDN concept comes with a number of challenges. Besides the lack of an industry standard, service providers and vendors need to figure out how to integrate SDN with existing OSS/BSS.

Discovering the 15 highest-paid leaders in wireline telecom

As the wireline segment of the telecom industry continues to evolve, so has the pay of its ranking executives, and this year was no different. In our new feature, 15 highest paid CEOs in wireline in 2013, we chronicle the salaries and compensation of the highest-paid individuals in our coverage segment.

Sprint finds its wireline service niche in the mid-sized business market

Sprint may today be known as one of the largest wireless operators, but it is just as strong on the wireline side, where it has found a "sweet spot" in serving mid-sized businesses that have been often ignored by larger players. I spoke with Mike Fitz, vice president, wireline and solutions engineering, on what sets Sprint apart in the business services segment.

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.