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CenturyLink says dark fiber for E-Rate applications should not be treated as "special construction"

CenturyLink says that a request made by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to classify dark fiber leases or indefeasible rights of use agreements as special construction could have grave consequences.

Frontier sued for alleged misuse of $40.5M in federal broadband stimulus funds

Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing the telco over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.

Ethernet Alliance, UNH-IOL to hold plugfest for 2.5, 5 Gbps Ethernet service

The Ethernet Alliance and the Nbase-T Alliance announced a new collaborative effort they say is designed to accelerate mainstream deployment of 2.5GBase-T and 5GBase-T Ethernet. This technology multiplies network throughput of the more than 70 billion meters of Cat5e and Cat6 cabling sold throughout the last 13 years.

AT&T's Stephens: We'll reach 2.6M locations with FTTH by end of 2016

AT&T says it's on track to extend its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to over 2 million locations by the end of 2016, nearly doubling the reach of its fiber network as fulfills FCC requirements related to its DirecTV deal.

Verizon's XO acquisition hits roadblock as FCC asks about EoC, interconnection agreements

Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications -- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments -- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.

AT&T adds just 74K broadband subscribers in Q2, but expects year-end bounce back

AT&T may be one of the largest telco broadband players, but in the second quarter the service provider saw total broadband subscriber additions drop significantly -- a factor it says is related to seasonality.

CenturyLink activates two 100G New York-to-London links on Aqua Comms submarine cable

CenturyLink has taken another step in expanding its European presence by activating two 100G wavelengths on the desirable New York-to-London route via Aqua Comms' new submarine cable network.

AT&T to shutter fractional DS1 services, citing low demand

AT&T has requested the FCC's permission to shutter its fractional DS1 service provided by affiliates in 12 states, part of an ongoing effort to offload unused legacy services as its customers transition to IP.

100 Gbps, metro WDM will drive market to $63B by 2020, says research firm

Service providers' ongoing moves to replace legacy SONET gear to accommodate the growth of higher speed fixed broadband and data center interconnection will drive up WDM equipment shipments to $63 billion between 2016 and 2020.

Google Fiber holds off on Portland 1 Gig launch, may be exploring other service options

Google Fiber's mission to bring 1 Gbps service to Portland, Oregon, has hit another snag. The service provider is going to delay the buildout for the near future, according to a group of contractors and others close to Google Fiber that would be working to build out the fiber network.

Verizon awarded GSA Networx contract extension, prepares for EIS follow-on contract

Verizon has been granted an extension of the General Services Administration's Networx telecom services program, enabling the telco's public sector customers to continue purchasing services while paving a path to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.

Verizon to offer virtual CPE services in 30 markets by the end of 2016

Verizon plans to deliver virtual CPE services to over 30 global markets by the end of the year, allowing business customers to take advantage of software-based services that reside in the telco's cloud network.

CenturyLink-led coalition calls for peer review of FCC's special access proposal

A CenturyLink-led coalition of six service providers has called for a peer review of the FCC's notice of proposed further rulemaking on its special access reform proposal, citing what they say is a flawed analysis of the market.

AT&T's Donovan, Google's Barratt continue to disrupt the telecom industry

AT&T's Chief Strategy Officer and Group President John Donovan and Google's Senior VP of Access and Energy Craig Barratt are clearly disrupting the way service providers think about broadband and how to operate a network.

AT&T, Orange team up to create open SDN, NFV standards

AT&T and Orange are joining hands in a new agreement to collaborate on new open source activities related to SDN and NFV, aiming at developing new standards carriers can follow as they implement virtualization in their networks.

CenturyLink to begin metered billing trial of DSL users

CenturyLink will launch a metered billing trial focusing on select DSL customers in Yakima, Washington, meaning that subscribers will face overage fees if they go over a certain monthly usage limit.

Verizon launches NG-PON2 lab test with Ericsson, Calix, Adtran, laying foundation for 10G business services

Verizon has launched a NG-PON2 equipment test in its Innovation Lab in Waltham, Massachusetts, signaling the next stage of its fiber-to-the-premises evolution.

AT&T, IBEW strike labor agreements covering DirecTV field workers, call center employees

AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have worked out two tentative agreements covering DirecTV employees in 14 states.

AT&T: Diverse virtual environments complicate NFV deployments

AT&T business customers may be interested in the carrier's growing base of on-demand virtual services, but the telco realizes that it has to accommodate multiple environments.

AT&T invests $3B to enhance Illinois local networks, deepens residential, business fiber reach

AT&T has invested over $3 billion in its Illinois wireline and wireless networks between 2013 and 2015, expanding the availability of its Gigapower service and LTE wireless services to more residential and business customers.