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Comcast to 'move on' after killing Time Warner Cable deal

Facing intense regulatory pressure, Comcast has killed its proposed acquisition of No. 2 MSO Time Warner Cable and will "move on," Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement.

FCC rearranges wireline competition bureau staff

FCC Assistant Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Chief Matt DelNero will take over the top position within the bureau when current Bureau Chief Julie Veach leaves the post on May 22, the government agency said.

Verizon, Level 3 make nice with interconnection agreement

Verizon and Level 3 have agreed to make nice. The two potentially contentious telecom players have entered into a long-term bilateral interconnection agreement to ensure "that customers on the two networks can continue to exchange data in an effective and efficient matter," said a Verizon blog post by Libby Jacobson, director of digital communications.

Broadband goes local in Montana and New Mexico

The digital divide is being sliced in two Western states where a rural telecommunications provider, Nemont Telephone Cooperative of Scobey, Mont., and the city of Santa Fe, N.M., have taken it upon themselves to fill the gap between narrowband and broadband.

USTelecom goes to court over FCC Title II broadband reclassification stance

USTelecom has taken its position against the FCC's reclassification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service to the next step, filing a "non-binding statement of issues" with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

AT&T bond sale aimed at financing DirecTV acquisition

AT&T has completed the third largest corporate bond sale--$17.5 billion--to help pay for its DirecTV acquisition.

Underwhelming or overwhelming? A look at Google's Project Fi

As expected, Google unveiled its "Project Fi" MVNO yesterday, but is it a game-changer?

Windstream gets nine-year GSA green buildings deal

Windstream has nabbed a nine-year multi-million dollar contract with the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Building Service green buildings initiative.

California Gov. Brown supports AT&T-DirecTV deal

California Gov. Jerry Brown has told the FCC he likes the idea of a combined AT&T DirecTV because it will mean good things for the Golden State.

House measure proposes help for companies experiencing cybersecurity attacks

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure that should help companies deal with the privacy and financial issues surrounding cybersecurity attacks.

WOW! unveils hosted VoIP aimed at SMBs in Midwest markets

Small business customers in the Midwest with as few as five phone lines will now have access to a hosted VoIP solution from Wide Open West (WOW!).

Programmers balk at Verizon's 'Custom TV' plans

There seems to be a disconnect between Verizon's plans to break apart FiOS video bundles and the way those who provide content for those bundles feel. FiOS, as the company reported in its earnings call earlier this week, is a bright spot in the sagging wireline space and Verizon is hoping to enhance that business by giving customers more choice.

AT&T converts nearly 80% of broadband subscribers to its IP platform

AT&T continues to drive more of its legacy DSL broadband customers onto its IP platform, converting around 80 percent of its subscribers to IP in the first quarter.

AT&T says it needs to invest in FTTP where it makes economic sense

AT&T is seeing that the rollout of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) is the only way it can realistically compete with both existing cable operators and emerging players, such as Google Fiber, that are offering higher speeds than it can deliver on a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) architecture.

Procera sold to Francisco Partners for $240M

Procera Networks will soon begin a new life as the company, having signed an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners for $240 million in cash. Under the terms of the...

Comcast names Florida as its next residential 2 Gig location

Comcast is continuing to shake up the gigabit broadband market, announcing that it will be offering its 2 Gbps service in Florida to 1.3 million customers in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm and Jacksonville areas.

Consolidation, net neutrality, special access and rights-of-way dominated the headlines at Comptel Spring 2015

This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).

Infinera's Fallon sees opportunities in cloud, data center interconnection services

The metro cloud and data center interconnection markets may be still relatively nascent, but Infinera said during its first-quarter earnings call that it is seeing momentum in both segments.

Tracking the performance of AT&T, Verizon and others in Q1 2015

Now that the first-quarter 2015 earnings-reporting season has begun, FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed.

Google Fiber could benefit from revised Oregon state tax law

Google Fiber may finally get the green light it needs to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to Portland, Ore., as state lawmakers signed a law that would exempt gigabit Internet service from a decades-old property tax initially intended for microwave towers.