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EarthLink serves up Wi-Fi for multi-site businesses

EarthLink is playing into the mobile nature of its multi-site business customers with its Secure Wi-Fi service that it is coupling with its wireline-based MPLS network.

AT&T, Chernin Group $500M online video pact plays into bandwidth, content hunger

AT&T's $500 million agreement to launch an over the top (OTT) video venture with The Chernin Group reflects the telco's move to enhance its growing video business with another option that plays into the consumer desire for content and higher bandwidth broadband services.

Keeping tabs on Q1 2014 wireline revenues

The Q1 2014 earnings season is underway and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed.

HickoryTech seeks shareholder approval to change name to Enventis

HickoryTech is ready to take on a new identity and it has asked its shareholders to approve its request to change its corporate name to Enventis Corp.

Alaska Communications serves up 1 Gig for business, ups consumer broadband speeds

Alaska Communications has jumped into the superfast broadband game by offering local businesses up to 1 Gigabit speeds in Anchorage thanks to an ongoing expansion of its fiber network.

Wireline telecom earnings in the first quarter of 2014

The Q1 2014 earnings season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the first-quarter reporting season for updates...

AT&T targets 100 cities for its fiber-based broadband service

AT&T is doubling down on fiber to the home (FTTH)-based service, announcing an initiative to expand its fiber network to up to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.

tw telecom lights up service in Salt Lake Valley area

tw telecom continues to make progress with its nationwide network expansion effort, making Utah's Salt Lake Valley the latest market to bring its services to both businesses and wholesale data center customers.

Google Fiber signs tentative agreement with Portland, Ore., but local issues will determine outcome

Google Fiber has taken another step forward in its proposed move to bring its 1 Gbps service to Portland, Ore., by crafting a tentative franchise agreement with the city, reports The Oregonian. This is one of the first major cities where it has signed such an agreement. 

States to watch in the muni broadband fight

The idea of community broadband as a way for municipalities to drive broadband into lightly serviced areas is again flaring up across the country. Citing a Government Technology article, FierceCable reports that five states in particular--Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah and Tennessee--are worth watching. Read more

Birch Communications adds Cbeyond to its fold in $323M deal

Birch Communications has re-ignited its ongoing buying streak with a $323 million all-cash deal to acquire Cbeyond, creating a new company that will serve about 200,000 customers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Verizon taps Avaya veteran Chris Formant to oversee enterprise business

Verizon has appointed Christopher Formant as its new president of its Verizon Enterprise Solutions division.

FairPoint expands Ethernet, hosted PBX service reach in Maine

FairPoint Communications continues to be aggressive with its Ethernet expansion strategy. The telco's recently completed upgrade of its Norway, Maine, central office (CO) puts Ethernet into an additional 300 local businesses and local public institutions.

AT&T wins multi-site Ethernet, unified communications deal with SCHOTT

AT&T has put another multi-site business contract into its win column by securing an $8 million deal to provide SCHOTT AG network connectivity to all of its production plants, data centers and corporate offices.

Tracking Q1 2014 wireless earnings trends

The first-quarter 2014 earnings season is underway and FierceWireless is capturing all of the action. Tune in to stay up to date as the FierceWireless team covers the earnings of wireless carriers, handset makers, network infrastructure providers and chipset vendors.

Integra secures seat on GSA Region 8 contract

Integra has added another arrow to its growing government contract quiver by winning a Local Integrated Services Acquisition (LISA) contract from the General Services Administration (GSA).

Lightpath surpasses 7,000 on-net building milestone in New York metro area

Lightpath has further solidified its growing presence in the New York metro Ethernet services market by announcing that its fiber network now reaches more than 7,000 buildings and spans more than 5,800 route miles.

Verizon lures new subs with $50 HBO, FiOS broadband bundle

Verizon is appealing to new potential FiOS subscribers with a new $50 video, broadband promotional bundle, but customers will need to be prepared for the price jump when the promotional period ends.

Google Fiber to conduct small business pilot in Kansas City

Google Fiber's initial focus of its 1 Gbps fiber to the premises (FTTP) service has been on the residential market, but it looks like it is going to finally begin testing a new small business product in Kansas City, reports the Kansas City Business Journal.

Good Friday holiday

In observance of the Good Friday holiday tomorrow, FierceTelecom will not publish. We'll be back in your inbox first thing next Monday morning. Have a great Good Friday and Easter holiday.--Sean...