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CenturyLink to battle Comcast with Prism TV in Minneapolis

The turf battle between IPTV provider CenturyLink and incumbent cable operator Comcast just got a bit bigger. The Minneapolis City Council approved CenturyLink's franchise agreement giving the company the go-ahead to launch IPTV service in Minneapolis with the goal of blanketing the entire city with IPTV coverage within five years.

From AT&T to Fatbeam: The top 10 (and more) biggest providers of fiber in the U.S.


Fiber availability to buildings and into other facilities such as cell towers and data centers has become a key issue as wireline operators look to fill their coffers with more enterprise and wholesale dollars. The equation is simple: Those service providers that have more building sites connected to their own network can deliver a larger set of Ethernet and cloud services and control the customer experience. So which companies are the largest providers of fiber in the United States? Here are the United States' Top 10 Fiber Providers, ranked by route miles of fiber.

Verizon will lease more fiber to densify wireless network

Verizon Communications plans to use a combination of fiber, distributed antenna systems and small cells to densify its wireless network instead of relying solely on spectrum to meet consumers' growing demand for capacity.

Service providers' business VoIP revenue offsets sluggish residential growth, says Infonetics

As residential VoIP services like Vonage and Magic Jack remain sluggish, service providers are finding new revenue opportunities in the business segment, one that Infonetics said helped offset residential declines.

Frontier: 1 Gig Ethernet requests up 60% over 2014

Frontier Communications is seeing more retail small and medium business (SMB) customers starting to migrate to 1 Gbps Ethernet connections, with requests increasing by 60 percent over 2014. Lisa Partridge, senior manager of data market management for Frontier, told FierceTelecom that customers that were traditionally satisfied with 20-50 Mbps now want 1 Gbps Ethernet connections.

AT&T lights 1 Gig service in Nashville, but trails Comcast's 2 Gbps offering

AT&T has debuted its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service GigaPower in Nashville, Tenn., and surrounding communities where it will face off with Comcast and its faster 2 Gbps offering.

Telcos, cable, CLECs continue to address the thirst for on-net fiber connections

He who has more fiber wins. In other words, the service provider that has a fiber-rich network is more competitive in the business and wholesale services race. In our new feature From AT&T to Fatbeam: The top 10 (and more) biggest providers of fiber in the U.S.FierceTelecom looks at who has the most connected fiber.

CenturyLink hunts for $150M profit in 2015, banking on businesses, FTTT strategy

As CenturyLink looks to build its revenue back into profitability, R. Stewart Ewing, the carrier's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said that he sees three opportunities to add $140 million to $150 million to its profit in the second half of 2015.

Stacking up the Q1 numbers for T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon

How did the nation's top wireless carriers stack up against each other in terms of metrics? According to Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson, T-Mobile dominated postpaid phone growth when it came to net additions. But smartphones aren't where the growth is for wireless. Why are postpaid tablets and connected device sales on the rise? Take a look at the numbers, and Dawson's analysis, in this FierceWireless special report.

Zayo Group hops onto Hibernia Express 100 Gbps transatlantic network

Hibernia Networks has locked in a deal with Zayo Group that will give Zayo customers a secure, high-speed extension to Europe as part of the new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable currently being deployed. As the first high-speed fiber optic cable that's been laid between Europe in North America in more than 12 years, the cable will provide 100 Gbps transmission capacity between the two continents.

AT&T's Stephenson: Google Fiber 'changed the game' for broadband buildout, but Title II rules could stall efforts

While AT&T's deployment of 1 Gbps fiber in Austin, Texas, is going well, Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of the carrier, credits Google with making the rollout a commercial success. "When Google went into Kansas City and Austin, it changed the game for the industry … in a very peculiar way," he said at a Boston investor conference Monday.

CenturyLink scales its 1 Gig service to 490,000 SMBs in 17 states

CenturyLink has reached a new milestone with its symmetrical 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) service, announcing it has extended the service to 115,000 additional business locations and into five new states.

Verizon's New Jersey legacy phone services poised for deregulation

Verizon may get some landline relief in New Jersey: The state's utilities commission will likely move this week to lift some pricing regulations around basic residential telephone service, making it possible for the carrier to raise its rates for POTS (plain old telephone service) as much as 36 percent--and possibly higher, in time.

LRG: First-quarter pay-TV subscriber growth was sluggish

It looks like the pay-TV industry lost momentum during the first quarter. According to Leichtman Research Group, 13 of the largest pay-TV operators grew video subscriptions by less than 10,000 customers in the first quarter, illustrating a large slowdown from the 250,000 added in the first quarter of 2014.

BT faces mandate to provide dark fiber to competitive business providers

BT may soon have to provide dark fiber solutions to competitors that operate in its territory as the country's regulator Ofcom has proposed that the incumbent telco should provide physical access to its fiber cables.

FairPoint to lay off 260 workers, with majority in northern New England

FairPoint Communications announced that it's going to lay off nearly 260 workers across its 17-state footprint, with most of the employees affected by this change residing in its northern New England territory.

Verizon challenges cable's SMB play with FiOS skinny video bundle

Verizon is taking aim at cable's growing presence in the small to medium business (SMB) market by extending its new FiOS Custom TV service to local businesses that reside in its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) footprint.

EarthLink says network management differentiates its Cloud Exchange service

EarthLink says it will differentiate its Cloud Exchange service, one that allows business customers access to a wide range of cloud players, by offering better network management and monitoring capabilities.

Cisco's Chambers: Service provider market volatility continues as orders decline 7%

The service provider segment continues to be a challenging environment for Cisco Systems, according to CEO John Chambers, who is stepping down as CEO in July after 20 years. Speaking to investors during its fiscal third-quarter earnings call, Chambers said that it is seeing slower service provider spending patterns in the United States and across other global markets.

Wireless charging shows potential after long standards battle

With Starbucks, IKEA and Samsung driving the wireless charging concept, it's clear that it is a market on the move after a years-long battle over standards.