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CenturyLink calls prison phone rate cap proposed by Pay Tel, Alabama PSC "grossly unrealistic"

CenturyLink said in an FCC regulatory filing that the proposed framework for inmate calling service (ICS) reform from a Pay Tel Communications consultant and the Alabama Public Service Commission is not feasible.

Cisco sheds its data-storage hardware product line, Invicta

Cisco has decided to discontinue its Invicta data-storage hardware line, marking the latest in business units dropped from the roster by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins.

TDS to offer managedIP users second VoIP phone for 1 cent

TDS Telecom is anxious to get more of its business customers to subscribe to its growing managedIP service and is offering businesses that buy a Polycom VVX500 phone to use with their managed service a second phone for a penny.

Tracking telecom earnings for 2015's second quarter

Now that the second-quarter 2015 earnings reporting season has gotten underway, FierceTelecom is tracking how key vendors and service providers in the wireline telecom industry performed.

AT&T agrees extend Gig service to E-rate schools, libraries as part of DirecTV deal

AT&T has agreed to extend its 1 Gbps FTTP service to more E-rate eligible schools and libraries in its wireline footprint as one of the concessions of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV.

Verizon braces for work stoppage as CWA union members approve strike authorization

Verizon is bracing for a possible strike in its wireline division as 86 percent of the union members represented by the Communications Workers of America voted to authorize a strike, should current negotiations for a new contract remain stalled.

Wireline telecom earnings in the second quarter of 2015

The second-quarter 2015 earnings reporting season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the reporting season for updates on providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon implement tools to battle robocalls

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are heeding requests from the FCC and a coalition of 45 state attorneys to develop methods to block automated telemarketing calls, otherwise known as robocalls, reports Bloomberg.

Cisco remains service providers' favorite router/switch vendor, says research firm

Cisco continues to be the service providers' top-choice core/edge router and carrier Ethernet switch vendor, according to a new IHS Infonetics report.

Cox lays challenge to AT&T's U-verse empire with 1 Gig rollout in Louisiana

Cox Communications is gearing up to bring its 1 Gbps G1GABLAST service to residential customers in Louisiana, setting another competitive challenge to AT&T, which has yet to target the state with its own FTTH service.

Verizon's CWA union members to release results of strike vote at upcoming rally

Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America union said they will reveal the results of the strike authorization votes taken over the last two weeks during a rally to be held on Saturday.

Juniper sees 2016 as growth year for security business, but journey will be bumpy

Juniper Networks is confident that security will be a key revenue driver in the next year for the company as more service providers and enterprise customers purchase its SRX platform and security software.

AT&T's Stephens: We're encouraged by our 1 Gig progress

AT&T is confident that its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home is on track and is happy with the subscriber take rates it is seeing thus far in the markets where it is delivering the service. That's according to CFO John Stephens, who said the carrier is sticking to its buildout commitments.

Hawaiian Telcom says SEA-US submarine cable producing nearly $30M in sales

Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales.

Cisco sells off STB unit to Technicolor, realigns IoE, cloud activities

Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins is wasting no time making his impression on the company by selling off its set-top box business to French media technology conglomerate Technicolor and realigning the company's Internet of Everything and cloud activities.

Verizon, CWA union lock horns over pension benefits

Verizon and the Communications Workers of America union continue to be at odds over how to structure pension benefits for a new labor contract. The current contract expires on Aug. 1.

Bell Canada, Telus face CRTC mandate to open fiber networks to competitors

Canada's large incumbent telcos, including Telus, Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and others, must continue to provide special access to competitive carriers for wholesale services--and now must make their fiber networks available, too, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled.

Infinera's Fallon: There's a pent up demand for 100G

Infinera's CEO is seeing continual demand for 100G optical equipment from its mix of traditional telco and emerging data center customers for its Cloud Xpress product line. Speaking to investors during its second-quarter 2015 earnings call, Tom Fallon said customers see 100G as a key requirement.

OpenDaylight's Jacques sounds off on the future of SDN, NFV

I talked to Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, in FierceTelecom's first Twitter chat on Friday, July 24, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. OpenDaylight is a group dedicated to developing open processes for business and technical issues related to the implementation of SDN and NFV, which are being embraced by a growing number of service providers in both the telco and cable community such as AT&T and Comcast. Check out the transcript of our chat.

TDS expands 1 Gbps network to southwestern Wisconsin

TDS continues to make progress with its 1 Gbps FTTH rollout, adding Bagley, Wis., and surrounding areas to its growing rural service footprint.