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AT&T battles legacy losses with U-verse, strategic IP business gains

AT&T reported that U-verse was the star performer in the wireline portfolio, rising 21.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014, driving up residential wireline revenues slightly 0.1 percent to $5.6 billion.

State groups, lawmakers say FCC has no authority to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws

A call made by President Barack Obama to the FCC asking the FCC to overturn a series of existing 20 existing state laws that either prohibit or outright ban cities and towns from building and operating their own broadband network businesses will face a number of legal challenges.

Report: TE Connectivity considers selling network business to CommScope for $3B

TE Connectivity is looking to sell its telecom and data equipment business to CommScope in a deal that could fetch nearly $3 billion, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the two companies.

Time Warner Business lights up 10G speeds for Manhattan's One World Trade Center

Time Warner Cable Business Services (TWCBS) is giving current and new business customers that reside at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan the ability to access 10 Gbps Internet speeds.

Report: Google Fiber to roll out 1 Gbps service in four Southeast cities

Google Fiber is going to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service to four new metro areas, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing two people close to the issue.

Tracking wireline earnings in Q4 2014

With the fourth-quarter reporting season in full swing, FierceTelecom is once again tracking the performance of how all of the key service providers performed.

Sovernet brings redundancy to Vermont State Colleges' network

Sovernet Communications, a Vermont-based middle mile provider, has been tasked to provide the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) with an upgrade to its redundant ISP connection at its Community College of Vermont (CCV) facility in Winooski.

PEG Bandwidth lights 2,000 wireless cell sites with fiber

PEG Bandwidth, a wireless backhaul specialist focused on Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, has reached 2,000 cell sites with its fiber in less than four year from its initial launch.

Verizon ponies up $5M to resolve FCC rural call completion investigation

Verizon is going to pay $5 million to settle an FCC inquiry into whether the service provider's rural customers could receive long distance or wireless calls to their traditional POTS phones.

Wireline telecom earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014

​The fourth-quarter 2014 earnings season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the fourth-quarter reporting season for updates on providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.

Obama administration revises call data collection plans

The Obama administration has decided to rethink a proposal to employ a third-party, non-government entity to gather U.S. telephone call data currently collected by the National Security Agency, reports Reuters, citing unnamed security official sources.

Cablevision taps into the Wi-Fi calling trend

Cablevision is taking on the emerging Wi-Fi voice service trend. According to a FierceCable report, the cable MSO will offer the service for $9.95 a month with no contract for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers. 

Lumos deepens Pennsylvania presence with new PoP

Lumos Networks is furthering its foothold in the Pennsylvania business and wholesale services market by opening a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Washington, Pa.

CenturyLink wants Congress to update the 1992 Cable Act

CenturyLink has made a plea to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to reform the 1992 Cable Act so new entrants in the video services race can more effectively negotiate prices for content.

Verizon adds parental controls, guest Wi-Fi capabilities to FiOS Quantum gateway

Verizon is giving customers who use its FiOS Quantum Gateway something to smile about with a suite of guest Wi-Fi and enhanced parental controls.

Google Fiber could make Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte next 1 Gbps stop

Google Fiber is expected to announce that Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, N.C., are going to be the next cities to get its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, with network buildout beginning as early as April, according to a WRAL TechWire report.

Broadband providers, NCTA support Republicans' net-neutrality proposal

Incumbent service providers and industry trade groups back a proposal by a group of Republicans to thwart a potential move by the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II in the 1996 Telecom Act.

CuriosityStream's Hendricks sees potential in nonfiction/factual OTT services

John Hendricks, who is best known as the founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications, is ready to make his own mark in the burgeoning OTT video space with CuriosityStream--a pure-play OTT service--which provides subscription VOD content similar to that of Discovery, History and other linear channels in the nonfiction/factual television category.

Birch names Gibson to lead wholesale business

Birch Communications has tapped David Gibson to lead its product development teams and its emerging wholesale service business as its new vice president of business development.

Proposed bill will let cities build broadband networks

A trio of Democratic Senators has developed a new bill called the Community Broadband Act that is designed to overturn existing state laws that ban or restrict cities and towns from building their own broadband networks.