AT&T moves ahead with $19M CAF-II funded expansion in Kansas

AT&T is putting to use $19 million in CAF-II funds over six years to expand its broadband reach in Kansas to 35,000 rural and urban areas, the incumbent carrier announced. The amount is part of an annual $428 million in CAF-II funding that it accepted from the FCC in late August to support broadband buildout efforts in the states in which it operates.

Zayo, Netflix establish joint peering exchange in Atlanta

Zayo's zColo division and Netflix have partnered to become founding members for Community IX Holdings' newest community-based peering exchange in Atlanta, Ga.

Google's fiber hut proposals enter review process with Portland city council

Google Fiber appears to be moving forward with long-awaited plans to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to Portland, Ore., as the city council is going to review its applications to install seven fiber huts around the city.

Camouflaged tower companies look to modernize technology, adopt best practices

As wireless operators expand their existing 4G LTE networks by building out more macro cell sites and small cells, they continue to seek help from a community of companies like Stealth to conceal tower sites.

CenturyLink asks FCC to reject Birch, BT, Level 3 special access reform proposal

CenturyLink is the latest telco to join the chorus of protest against a proposal made by Birch, BT and Level 3 asking the FCC to reform special access pricing.

EarthLink introduces software defined WAN-based network visibility services

EarthLink has debuted its Application Performance Optimization services set, giving its customers better visibility into how their applications use bandwidth and the option to adjust how resources are consumed.

16 Gbps SAN remains a bright spot in soft fibre channel market

The overall SAN market may be softening on a year-over-year basis, but according to a new Dell'Oro Group report it's not having any effect on users purchasing fibre channel systems. The research firm said that shipments of 16 Gbps ports rose to over half of the overall market.

AT&T to cut 200 wireline call center jobs at its Houston facility

AT&T is laying off 200 wireline workers in its Houston call center facility that are charged with taking consumer collection calls for its traditional voice and U-verse video and broadband services.

Frontier launches regional E-NNI service for wholesale Ethernet customers

Frontier has introduced its E-PATH service, giving its wholesale Ethernet customers a new regional external network-to-network interconnection (E-NNI) option to connect their off-net business customer locations.

Rogers challenges Bell Canada with plans to roll out 1 Gig to 4M Toronto homes

Rogers Communications is laying out a new competitive threat to Bell Canada, announcing plans to deliver its Ignite Gigabit Internet to 4 million homes by the end of next year.

Verizon faces call to expand FiOS from 14 East Coast mayors

Verizon is facing a call from 14 city mayors on the East Coast to expand its FiOS FTTH network into more areas that have limited access to high speed services.

DSTAC, CableCard, pay-TV apps challenge cable's stronghold on the set-top market

A group of new technologies and services, including DSTAC, CableCard and pay-TV apps are set to challenge the cable industry's long-standing hold on the $20 billion set-top box market.

Charter's TWC deal faces 1 Gig requirement from New York regulators

Charter Communications' proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable could be facing a new catch in New York State as regulators have suggested that the cable MSO should build out 1 Gbps-capable last mile networks.

AT&T lowers 1 Gig prices in markets where it faces Google Fiber

AT&T continues to lower the prices of its 1 Gbps GigaPower service, particularly in markets where Google Fiber has established a presence.

Telus commits $762M to build Vancouver FTTP network

Telus plans to invest $762 million over the next five years to connect the majority of the city's homes and businesses to its fiber-to-the-premises network.

Frontier strikes deals with IBEW unions in California, Florida

Frontier has reached union labor agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers AFL-CIO in California and Florida, allowing it to move forward with its $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas that's expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

NTCA, COMPTEL want FCC to improve Lifeline verification process

COMPTEL and NTCA said in separate FCC filings that the regulator should work to alleviate service providers from the burden of having to verify Lifeline service recipients.

Cablevision, Verizon bury Internet speed claim battle hatchet

Cablevision and Verizon have settled lawsuits over an advertising battle in which each service provider criticized the actual speed of each other's Internet service offerings.

Time Warner Business helps wholesale customers find connected buildings with new portal

Time Warner Cable Business Class is offering its wholesale customers an online tool that it says will allow them to more readily discover locations that are connected to its network.

Comcast Business targets remote workforce with new mobile voice app

Comcast Business has introduced its Voice Mobility product, a new phone line that includes a mobile app that allows employees to continue to get messages and calls if they are not at their desk or are on the road.