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Clinton, Miss., qualifies for C Spire's 1 Gbps FTTH service

C Spire said that Clinton has become the fourth Mississippi city to reach the homeowner pre-registration threshold, enabling the service provider to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband data, HDTV and phone services to the community.

AT&T steps up competition against Comcast by bringing 75 Mbps U-verse service to Houston

AT&T is bringing new heat to Comcast in the Houston market by serving up its 75 Mbps U-verse tier for residential and small to medium business (SMB) customers.

Verizon faces pressure from unions to expand FiOS into new markets

Verizon has been adamant that it has no plans to expand FiOS service outside of the areas where it has established agreements with local communities, but that's not stopping the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from launching a campaign called "Where's My FiOS?" to bring the service to more cities.

Cable becomes emerging special access source for CLECs, but trails AT&T and CenturyLink's ubiquity

Cable operators are in an interesting position to drive new competition in the wholesale special access market, giving CLECs the ability to connect their multi-site business customers in areas where they can't economically reach with their own facilities today.

Akamai: D.C., Delaware, Virginia maintain top U.S. broadband speeds

If you're searching for what U.S. states have the highest broadband speeds, look no further than the District of Columbia, Delaware and Virginia--three states that Akamai says in its Q4 State of the Internet report have the country's best average and peak speeds.

Verizon retirees challenge 'golden parachute' severance payment program

Verizon Communications' retirees group BellTel has launched their 17th annual shareowners' reform campaign by introducing a proposal that would require "golden parachute" severance payments be approved by shareholders.

Bell Labs launches consulting division, sets focus on SDN, cloud, IP routing trends

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs unit has launched a new consulting division that it says will focus on advising the IT and broader communications networking industry as it prepares to deal with upcoming network challenges that will emerge in the year 2020.

SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix aren't enough to offset video piracy

Illegal pirating of video services has taken on a new form: direct streaming of online video. The proliferation of low-cost SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix has done little to slow the rate of online video piracy.

Tennessee files suit against FCC for overturning law on muni broadband networks

Tennessee has become the first state to pose a legal challenge to the FCC's move to overturn a state law that puts a limit on how far a municipal-run service provider can grow its network.

Google Fiber takes on CenturyLink, Comcast in Salt Lake City with 1 Gbps service

Google Fiber is extending is presence in Utah by naming Salt Lake City as the next city where it will deliver its 1 Gbps-capable fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, challenging the trio of incumbent players AT&T, CenturyLink and Comcast.

AT&T to FCC: There are plenty of alternative choices for special access services

AT&T says that as the FCC looks to analyze the data it has collected in the special access proceeding, it will see that there are plenty of alternatives to incumbent players that CLECs can choose from to purchase wholesale circuits to extend their service into areas where they can't reach today.

Obama administration creates broadband council, aims to increase investment, lower deployment barriers

President Barack Obama has taken another shot in his broadband agenda by signing a Presidential Memorandum to create a Broadband Opportunity Council, naming the Commerce and Agriculture departments as co-chairs.

USTelecom files appeal against FCC's net neutrality rules

USTelecom has made the first move to challenge the FCC's new net neutrality rules by filing a review petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Synergy: Cisco retains lead in public cloud, while HP dominates private cloud market

Cisco and HP continue to be the vendors to beat in the cloud infrastructure market, accounting for 27 percent of worldwide revenues, says a new Synergy Research report.

Verizon taps Ciena, Cisco to build its 100G U.S. metro network

Verizon is moving ahead with plans to incorporate 100G optical technology into its U.S. metro network, naming Ciena and Cisco as its packet optical network system (P-OTS) suppliers.

AT&T dedicates $1.6B to enhance fiber, U-verse reach in North Carolina

AT&T invested more than $1.6 billion to improve its wireline and wireless networks in North Carolina between 2012 through 2014, adding more customers to its U-verse network and expanding the availability of its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service.

Celtic-Plus GOLD project explores delivery of Gigabit over copper wiring

Celtic-Plus, an industry-driven European research initiative, has introduced a new product looking at how to deliver multiple Gigabit of bandwidth over copper pairs based on G.fast technology.

Level 3 establishes PoP in Manchester LDeX2 data center, deepens UK presence

Level 3 Communications has built a new point of presence (PoP) at LDeX Group's LDeX2 data center that it recently debuted in the Trafford Park area of Manchester, a move that will immediately expand its presence in the United Kingdom.

AT&T's Title II status could help it reap $12M in interstate overcharges

AT&T may be one of the loudest opponents of the FCC's effort to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act as part of new net neutrality rules, but a ruling about a voice services dispute with two rural telcos shows that Title II could work in its favor.

C Spire says Jackson, Miss., meets qualification for 1 Gbps service

C Spire says that more neighborhoods in Jackson, Miss., have met the qualifications to get its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service and related HDTV and voice services.