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CenturyLink plans to equip 505 Utah housing developments with FTTH

CenturyLink may be facing new competition from Google Fiber in Salt Lake City, but the telco has some ambitious plans to expand its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service by bringing it to 505 new multi-unit housing developments this year in Utah.

Kentucky governor Beshear green lights telecom deregulation bill heralded by AT&T

AT&T has won what could be a victory in Kentucky as Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a law that will limit a service provider's obligation to provide POTS service to consumers and businesses. 

SIP trunking helped enterprise session border controller market hit $271M in 2014

Businesses' ongoing adoption of SIP trunking continues to be a boom for enterprise session border controller (SBC) vendors, a market segment that saw worldwide revenue rise to $271 million in 2014, says Infonetics in a new report.

CenturyLink expands IPTV service in Denver

CenturyLink is moving forward with its plans to bring its Prism IPTV service to Denver residents after the City Council approved a 10-year video franchise agreement with the telco earlier this week.

Windstream's board grants final approval for REIT spinoff CS&L

Windstream's board of directors has given its thumbs up for the company to proceed with the tax-free spinoff of its telecom assets into its real estate investment trust (REIT) Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L).

AT&T appeals to U-verse SMB customers with Small Site Wi-Fi service

AT&T is looking to strengthen the bond it has gained with its growing base of small to medium business (SMB) customers that use its U-verse and wireless services, particularly restaurants and retailers, with its new Wi-Fi Small Site service.

Bare metal switches to accelerate in data centers, says Infonetics

Bare metal switches, which decouple hardware from software and offer other benefits including agility and cost savings over traditional data center switches, are making a bigger dent in the data center market, rising 11 percent in 2014, says Infonetics in a new report.

Report: Google Fiber says Oregon tax bill will make serving Portland 'extremely unlikely'

Google Fiber has come into another local community tangle in Oregon, where it has told lawmakers that the state's proposed tax changes will make it "extremely unlikely" the service provider will bring its service to the Portland area.

Clinton, Miss., qualifies for C Spire's 1 Gbps FTTH service

C Spire said that Clinton has become the fourth Mississippi city to reach the homeowner pre-registration threshold, enabling the service provider to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband data, HDTV and phone services to the community.

AT&T steps up competition against Comcast by bringing 75 Mbps U-verse service to Houston

AT&T is bringing new heat to Comcast in the Houston market by serving up its 75 Mbps U-verse tier for residential and small to medium business (SMB) customers.

Verizon faces pressure from unions to expand FiOS into new markets

Verizon has been adamant that it has no plans to expand FiOS service outside of the areas where it has established agreements with local communities, but that's not stopping the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from launching a campaign called "Where's My FiOS?" to bring the service to more cities.

Cable becomes emerging special access source for CLECs, but trails AT&T and CenturyLink's ubiquity

Cable operators are in an interesting position to drive new competition in the wholesale special access market, giving CLECs the ability to connect their multi-site business customers in areas where they can't economically reach with their own facilities today.

Akamai: D.C., Delaware, Virginia maintain top U.S. broadband speeds

If you're searching for what U.S. states have the highest broadband speeds, look no further than the District of Columbia, Delaware and Virginia--three states that Akamai says in its Q4 State of the Internet report have the country's best average and peak speeds.

Verizon retirees challenge 'golden parachute' severance payment program

Verizon Communications' retirees group BellTel has launched their 17th annual shareowners' reform campaign by introducing a proposal that would require "golden parachute" severance payments be approved by shareholders.

Bell Labs launches consulting division, sets focus on SDN, cloud, IP routing trends

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs unit has launched a new consulting division that it says will focus on advising the IT and broader communications networking industry as it prepares to deal with upcoming network challenges that will emerge in the year 2020.

SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix aren't enough to offset video piracy

Illegal pirating of video services has taken on a new form: direct streaming of online video. The proliferation of low-cost SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix has done little to slow the rate of online video piracy.

Tennessee files suit against FCC for overturning law on muni broadband networks

Tennessee has become the first state to pose a legal challenge to the FCC's move to overturn a state law that puts a limit on how far a municipal-run service provider can grow its network.

Google Fiber takes on CenturyLink, Comcast in Salt Lake City with 1 Gbps service

Google Fiber is extending is presence in Utah by naming Salt Lake City as the next city where it will deliver its 1 Gbps-capable fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, challenging the trio of incumbent players AT&T, CenturyLink and Comcast.

AT&T to FCC: There are plenty of alternative choices for special access services

AT&T says that as the FCC looks to analyze the data it has collected in the special access proceeding, it will see that there are plenty of alternatives to incumbent players that CLECs can choose from to purchase wholesale circuits to extend their service into areas where they can't reach today.

Obama administration creates broadband council, aims to increase investment, lower deployment barriers

President Barack Obama has taken another shot in his broadband agenda by signing a Presidential Memorandum to create a Broadband Opportunity Council, naming the Commerce and Agriculture departments as co-chairs.