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Boise becomes 100th city to join Next Century Cities broadband coalition

Boise, Idaho has become the hundredth city to join Next Century Cities, a city-to-city collaborative of mayors who see the availability of fast, affordable, and reliable Internet as a critical piece of their community.

Frontier enacts two-part OSS, customer transition plan for Verizon wireline acquisition

Frontier told the FCC in a filing that it has devised a cutover strategy with Verizon for its purchase of the ILEC's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, one that it says will ensure there will be no service disruptions to its retail and wholesale customers.

Cisco invests in 6WIND, furthers focus on NFV and SDN

Cisco has made an investment in 6WIND, a networking software vendor with a focus on network functions virtualization and software defined networking. Coinciding with the visit this week between Cisco CEO John Chambers, his replacement Chuck Robbins, and France's President Francois Hollande, the investment is part of a broader initiative to commit $100 million to help French businesses innovate.

SaskTel deploys Zhone's MXK platform as part of voice network upgrade

SaskTel is leveraging Zhone Technologies' MXK platform as part of its ongoing movement to migrate its legacy voice network from TDM to IP.

WiredWest to connect 22 Western Mass. towns with 1 Gig service

WiredWest, a cooperative of municipal light plants (MLPs) that are authorized to finance the buildout of networks, has gained the support of 22 Western Massachusetts towns to build a fiber network that will support up to 1 Gbps broadband services.

NYU, Surrey, TU Dresden rank as the top 5G research schools

While wireless operators have 4G wireless LTE up and running, a number of major universities, including New York University, the University of Surrey and TU Dresden are leading research in what will make up the 5G wireless network.

SBA: Broadband choices should be preserved for small businesses

As the FCC moves forward with its review of special access rates that incumbent telcos charge to CLECs, the U.S. Small Business Administration has asked the regulator in a letter to consider the impact such transitions have on small businesses.

Combining health care with connected home tech could boost both industries, Parks says

The recent Supreme Court ruling that ensured continues implementation of the Affordable Care Act also lifts a potential barrier to investment in healthcare technologies by insurers and healthcare providers. That could mean a melding of new health technologies with smart home tech, a Parks Associates report posits.

Masergy serves up software-based router, firewall capabilities, furthers NFV vision

Masergy is offering Virtual f(n), a virtualized network function platform that will enable its business customers to add routing and firewall capabilities via software and forgo the need to purchase network appliances and the associated management requirements.

AT&T to extend 1 Gbps service to 11.7M locations following completion of DirecTV acquisition

AT&T may have asked for another extension to complete its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, but when it ultimately does complete the deal it plans to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises service to 11.7 million customer locations.

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GTL unveils new inmate calling rates, fees in Alabama

Global Tel Link has issued new rates and fees for inmate calling in Alabama that they say are in compliance with the state Public Service Commission's requirements, despite being exempt from making the changes due to a pending lawsuit.

Level 3 acquires Black Lotus, enhances DDoS mitigation capabilities

Level 3 Communications has acquired privately-held Black Lotus, a provider of global Distributed Denial of Service mitigation services, furthering its network security capabilities for its growing enterprise customer base.

AT&T, competitors could benefit from Telmex's opening of its last mile network

Mexico telecom regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones' (Ifetel) move to give competitors equal access to Telmex's last mile network to other providers could usher in a new era of competition from local providers and even AT&T, which is making a big push into the country via its pending DirecTV deal.

Broadband installers say accurate data improves the customer experience

As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and the same can be said when a technician is installing a broadband connection at a customer's location.

CenturyLink names Bobb as VP, global sales, for U.S. East region

CenturyLink has tapped company veteran Jason Bobb to be its new vice president, global sales, for the U.S. East region. In his new role, Bobb will be tasked with increasing the segment's market share and selling hybrid IT solutions to its largest business customers, which are shifting from legacy TDM to IP-based services.

GTT, AT&T sign IP network interconnection agreement

AT&T and GTT Communications have signed a long-term interconnection for their IP networks, marking the latest agreement the telco has made with a competitive carrier in the wake of the new net neutrality rules.

Level 3, Zayo fiber cuts in Northern Calif. come under FBI investigation

Fiber cuts that occurred on Level 3 and Zayo's fiber backbone networks in the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday are now under investigation by the FBI. These latest fiber cuts, reports USA Today, are just one of 11 physical attacks that have taken place in the area's networks over the past year.

Cisco acquires OpenDNS for $635M, bolsters security play

Cisco has reached an agreement to acquire OpenDNS, a provider of cloud-based security solutions for $635 million, a move that will enhance its security services capabilities.

AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch

AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.