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Report: CenturyLink's cloud chief Higginbotham to depart

CenturyLink's key cloud guru Andrew Higginbotham is going to be leaving the telco after a 14-year tenure with the company, according to a Gigaom report.

CenturyLink, Frontier, TDS and others remain divided on new net neutrality rules

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and TDS, three telcos that have a long heritage of serving Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, are taking diverging paths on what they think about the FCC's passing of new rules to reclassify broadband service under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act and Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Windstream CEO: We're ready to deliver 1 Gbps FTTP service

Windstream has not officially unveiled any specific plans for delivering a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service, but according to new CEO Tony Thomas, the company is ready to deliver it in various markets.

CenturyLink's Phoenix fiber network restored after being compromised by vandals

CenturyLink said it has restored service in north Phoenix and northern Arizona after repairing a fiber line that it said was "deliberately cut" in the New River area.

AT&T, Verizon and other carriers debate merits of new net neutrality rules

Amidst a great protest within the agency and by large telcos like AT&T and VerizonFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed Open Internet order passed in a 3-2 vote this week. Now that the order has been approved, it's likely going to see a number of legal challenges from the largest carriers.

AT&T brings on-demand Ethernet service to five new markets

AT&T is expanding the availability of its Switched Ethernet Service via Network on Demand to five new markets, with a particular focus on serving businesses in its fiber-ready buildings.

Grande beats AT&T, Google Fiber with 1 Gbps launch in San Antonio

Grande Communications, a Texas-based cable overbuilder, is leapfrogging competitors AT&T and Google Fiber with plans to launch its new 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in San Antonio on March 3.

AT&T, Verizon say FCC net neutrality move will stifle broadband investment, raise prices

The FCC voted to pass new net neutrality rules for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies, a move that incumbent telcos AT&T and Verizon say will stifle innovation and drive up costs for consumers.

FCC ruling overturns state laws preventing municipal broadband expansion

The FCC moved to preempt elements of state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that were designed to restrict municipal providers in these communities from providing broadband service outside of their current serving areas, a move that could drive other states to act, as well as potential court challenges.

Consolidated's Q4 video, data connection gains offset by ongoing local voice, network access revenue declines

Consolidated Communications reported that while data and Internet service rose to $82.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, those gains were more than offset by declines in legacy local calling and network access revenues.

Hoffman replaces Foster as head of MegaPath's cloud division

MegaPath has hired former Speakeasy COO Kurt Hoffman to be president and CEO of its cloud services division, replacing Dan Foster, who is leaving the company. Hoffman will report to CEO Craig Young and oversee the company's direct and channel sales, marketing, product development and operations.

Study: U.S. fiber cross-connect pricing is higher than Europe

A colocation pricing survey from TeleGeography found that fiber cross-connect pricing is much higher in the U.S. than in Europe. In North America, the median cross-connect price is $300, more than five times higher than $58, which is the median price in Europe.

Adva's Q4 revenues jump 13.8% on enterprise, carrier sales, but profit slips

Adva Optical Networking reported that fourth-quarter 2014 revenue rose 13.8 percent year-over-year to $97.7 million, due to a rise in enterprise network and carrier infrastructure sales, particularly in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

Equipment, software failures cost businesses $4M a year, says Infonetics

Network downtime caused by an equipment or software failure can be costly for any business. A new Infonetics survey of 205 medium and large businesses in North America reveals that companies are losing as much as $100 million per year to downtime related to information and communication technology (ICT).

CenturyLink serves up cloud cost estimator tool for channel partners

CenturyLink is adding a cloud services estimator to its portfolio, a new feature that will allow its channel partner customers to get a better handle on the cloud service spending that they broker for their business clients.

EarthLink gives businesses proactive tool with managed security monitoring service

EarthLink is looking to help its business customers stay ahead of potential security threats with its new Managed Security Monitoring Service.

Windstream struggles with wholesale business, sees potential in long-haul express network

Windstream believes the ongoing buildout of its long-haul optical network will enable it to further offset the ongoing headwinds it faces in its wholesale and carrier business segments, particularly as more of its wireless carrier customers migrate off of TDM-based circuits to fiber and Ethernet.

TDS Telecom's FTTH, bonded copper broadband deployments drive new IPTV growth

TDS Telecom's ongoing buildout of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and bonded VDSL2 broadband into new and existing markets has helped drive up both its broadband and IPTV subscriber bases.

Emerging innovators in wireline: Future leaders to watch in 2015


CEOs may be the leaders who direct the tone and direction of a company, but their visionary leadership is also defined by supporting executives who help innovate on key technology and regulatory initiatives. These are the risk takers who work behind the scenes driving new products, solutions and initiatives to lead a company forward. Every year, FierceTelecom takes a look at these up-and-coming executives in our Emerging Innovators feature. Special Report

FairPoint sees disaster recovery services driving data center growth

FairPoint Communications is seeing a growing demand for its emerging retail data center business coming from businesses that want to implement a disaster recovery (DR) plan.