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Ciena, Avaya serve up WAN-LAN data networking solution

Ciena has established a strategic alliance with Avaya to create what the two companies say is a WAN-LAN data networking solution, a move that reflects Ciena's move to extend its capabilities into other market segments.

RCN Business continues New York City push with 450-460 Park Avenue connection

RCN Business has made another move to advance its presence in the New York City market by bringing its business services to 450-460 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

AT&T coughs up $52M to settle hazardous electronic waste case in California

AT&T is paying $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance to settle an electronic waste dumping case with California that claims the service provider illegally dumped hazardous electronic waste. 

Windstream to cut 350 jobs to improve cost structure, operations

Windstream said it is going to lay off 350 workers by Dec. 1 in an effort to improve its cost structure and improve its overall operational structure.

Lightower becomes authorized data services supplier for Rhode Island

Lightower Fiber Networks has strengthened its ties with the state and local government market by being named as an authorized vendor to the State of Rhode Island of Administration for Telecommunications Services.

Could online video alliances resolve content fragmentation, consolidation?

A group of 17 companies that have a major stake in the online video space announced the formation of the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA) last week with the aim of bringing order to an industry segment that's been beset with fragmented technology standards and user frustration.

FairPoint unions step up protest with rallies in Boston, Montpelier, Vt.

FairPoint Communications union workers' move to hold rallies in both Boston and Montpelier, Vt., shows that they are not willing to back down in their ongoing strike over disagreement about various concessions related to company benefits.

Comcast takes on CenturyLink in Albuquerque, Santa Fe with fiber network extension

Comcast Business is looking to give local businesses in Albuquerque and Santa Fe another option besides local telco CenturyLink for Ethernet services, with plans to deliver its entire suite of Ethernet services by extending its fiber network into both of these key New Mexico cities.

Verizon drives SMB loyalty with 'Give and Give Back' campaign

Verizon is hoping to strengthen its bond with its small to medium business (SMB) customers that enrolled in the telco's Small Biz Rewards loyalty program by launching a "Give and Give Back" Holiday Sweepstakes that will award $5,000 to a business and their favorite charity.

Windstream implements Overture's 6500 platform for multi-access Ethernet strategy

Windstream is leveraging Overture's 6500 platform as part of its multi-access Ethernet service initiative, accommodating a mix of fiber, copper, SONET and TDM across its ILEC and CLEC footprints.

Grande extends 1 Gbps service into more parts of Austin

Grande Communications, a Texas-based cable overbuilder, is extending its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to all new and existing customers in the West Campus area of Austin.

Summit IG sees opportunities in Virginia with new 170-mile dark fiber network

Summit IG has become the latest service provider to make a name for itself in the burgeoning dark fiber market with the completion of a 170-mile regional long-haul dark fiber network connecting the greater Richmond, Va., area.

Verizon enhances cloud purchasing experience with new marketplace

Verizon is looking to help make the cloud purchasing process easier for its business customers with its Verizon Cloud Marketplace.

AT&T, Cisco serve up new cloud-based conferencing tool for business customers

AT&T and vendor partner Cisco have developed a new collaboration tool that they say lets business customers immediately activate a conference with voice, video and content sharing over any Internet-enabled device, whether it is a smart phone, tablet or traditional desktop computer.

Cisco's service provider routing market share rebounds with APAC, EMEA growth, says Synergy

Cisco may have seen its hold on the routing market slip in recent years, but according to Synergy Research Group, the vendor saw its share of service provider router and carrier Ethernet market improve due to strong performance in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions in the third quarter of 2014.

New Zealand's UFB network boasts 55,000 users, ups build target to 80%

New Zealand's ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fiber network service is now being used by over 10 percent of the country's households where the services are available.

Midcontinent plans to extend 1-Gig service to 3 Midwest states

Midcontinent Communications, a regional cable operator based in the Midwest, has become the latest service provider to enter the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) game, with plans to offer the service in various communities in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Optical gear spending drops 5% as traditional providers tighten spending strings

Spending on optical networking equipment has dipped 5 percent year-over-year as Tier 1 telcos become cautious about spending capital on new network builds, according to Infonetics' third-quarter 2014 Optical Network Hardware report.

Telus serves up cloud-based collaboration, contact services

Telus is enhancing its movement into the cloud services segment by offering its Canadian business customers two new cloud-based services focused on contact center and collaboration applications.

Lightower completes expansion of its Virginia network, enhances Mid-Atlantic reach

Lightower Fiber has completed the 1,100-mile expansion of its fiber network throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro region, deepening its presence in the Mid-Atlantic area.