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AT&T lights 1.6M FTTH customers with services, says it's on track to meet FCC commitments

AT&T is making steady progress in rolling out its GigaPower FTTH service to more customers with its wireline region as it looks to stave off competition from cable operators like Comcast and upstart provider Google Fiber.

SVOD leaders NBCU's Seeso, PlayStation Vue, Starz made aggressive new services push in Q1 2016

NBCUniversal's Seeso, Sony's PlayStation Vue and Starz were among the large providers that made big SVOD service debuts during the first quarter of 2016.

Comcast Business Q1 revenues jump 17.5% to $1.3B as mid-sized business purchasing surges

Comcast Business continues to make a good showing amid the cable operator's overall revenue mix as it sees more mid-sized businesses purchasing its services.

AT&T gains 186K broadband subs in Q1 2015, but overall adds down year-over-year

AT&T may still be adding more IP-based U-verse broadband subscribers, but the service provider's overall growth continues to slip as more cable operators take away market share.

Gigabit speed presents special-access conundrum, Level 3 says

Level 3 Communications may be one of the most aggressive providers rolling out fiber to deliver a host of Ethernet and cloud services, but being a competitive provider it can't bring fiber into every building that wants service.

Level 3's Ethernet, cloud connectivity growth could help it top Q1 earnings expectations

Level 3's aggressive rollout of Ethernet and cloud interconnection strategy should enable the service provider to surpass first quarter earnings expectations, analysts say.

Verizon's 5G plans could spell dark fiber opportunities for Zayo, Level 3, others

Verizon's recent move to establish an agreement with Boston and its pending purchase of XO's fiber network shows that it seeing a new value in fiber assets.

Charter gets FCC green light to complete TWC, Bright House acquisitions

Charter Communications got the thumbs up from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for its pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House, creating a new powerhouse consumer and business service player.

Comcast lights Gig Ethernet for Maryland's Bethesda Green business incubator

Comcast Business struck an agreement to provide Gigabit Ethernet service for Bethesda Green, an incubator for environmentally sustainable businesses in Montgomery County, Md., illustrating its growing presence in the business sector.

Allied Fiber's Southeast subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection, seeks alternative options for dark fiber network

Allied Fiber, a competitive dark fiber player, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amidst its struggles to sell dark fiber on its new Atlanta-to-Miami route.

Dark fiber takes the spotlight again, but providers remain divided on offering it

Dark fiber has become the rage again in the wireline wholesale industry as a growing base of service providers, content providers, and even large enterprises are asking for their own fiber pairs to gain complete control over their bandwidth allocations.

AT&T, Verizon, and competitive providers remain divided on dark fiber, but interest is rising


Dark fiber may be remembered as a product of the .com age where competitive providers built out networks speculatively, but it's clearly back in telecom style. However, unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers -- small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC E-Rate program.

CenturyLink sees government dark fiber sales as part of broader managed offering

CenturyLink may not be interested in selling dark fiber indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) leases to other carriers, but it does sell the service to government customers as part of a managed service offering.

Google Fiber's presence continues to force broadband pricing hand of AT&T, CenturyLink and Comcast

Google Fiber may be in less than a handful of markets today, but it's clear that the service provider's presence is driving incumbent telcos and cable MSOs like AT&T and Comcast to rethink their pricing plans even for their lower speed tiers.

Frontier stands firm on belief that regulating ILEC Ethernet access pricing could distort competition

Frontier Communications is reiterating its stance that if the FCC places new regulations on how ILECs price their Ethernet offerings it could inhibit competition and stall new investments in last mile infrastructure.

Cable One sets focus on broadband, business services as video revenues continue to decline

Cable One, like other cable MSOs, is seeing its once-predictable video cash generator continue to decline, but the company's CEO Thomas Might said new growth will come from two sources: broadband and business services.

NGN makes 100G available across its core middle mile fiber network

NGN, a middle mile service provider serving the North Georgia market, has added 100G capacity across its core fiber network to support its growing residential,  business and service provider customers.

Verizon wraps NFV OpenStack cloud deployment in 5 U.S. data centers

Verizon has taken the next step forward in transitioning to NFV by completing an OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its data centers in the United States.

Massachusetts government stymies WiredWest municipal broadband initiative, report says

Call it a microcosm of the dilemma faced by rural American towns everywhere: the broadband situation in western Massachusetts, just a couple of hours' drive away from tech hub Boston, is "dismal," the co-author of a new report on last-mile internet access says.

Sprint, T-Mobile voice support for Verizon, Incompas truce in special access

In a new filing with the FCC, a group representing the nation's smaller and rural wireless carriers voiced support for Verizon's agreement with Incompas over special access.