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CenturyLink to raise standalone, dual-play broadband bundle prices

CenturyLink residential customers are going to find a piece of coal in their service stocking this Christmas season as the telco is tacking on new fees for its standalone broadband and dual-play voice and broadband bundles.

Synergy: Cisco, HP vie for the top spot in the cloud infrastructure market

Cisco is finding new fortunes in the cloud infrastructure equipment segment by taking what Synergy Research said was a 15 percent market share during the third quarter, but that dominant spot is facing a formidable challenger from HP, which saw its share rise to nearly 13 percent.

Verizon tells FCC to address blocking and paid prioritization without Title II reclassification

Verizon has launched its latest salvo in the net neutrality debate, saying that the FCC has enough authority to enforce paid prioritization, blocking and throttling today without having to reclassify service providers under Title II regulation.

CenturyLink, Windstream say FCC's CAF-II timeline is too restrictive

CenturyLink and Windstream are prime candidates for FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) since both telcos serve a large swatch of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, but both telcos are concerned that the timeline to meet the 10/1 Mbps requirement is not realistic.

MRV appoints Bonney as new president, CEO, replacing Stehlin

MRV Communications has tapped Mark Bonney to be its next president and CEO effectively immediately, replacing Dave Stehlin, who is stepping down to pursue other interests.

Report: Juniper, Elliot Management discuss adding new members to company's board

Juniper is set to start yet another new chapter as the vendor is working with hedge fund Elliot Management on how to add new directors to its board, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the talks.

Birch enhances Detroit reach by expanding sales force, opening regional office

Birch Communications is looking to make a bigger splash in the Detroit area by opening a new sales branch office in Livonia, Mich., and expanding its sales force.

Netflix denies building any 'fast lanes'

Despite what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai might think, Netflix says it has never instituted a "fast lane" that interferes with ISPs that are working on caching systems to accelerate content across broadband networks and is actually helping ISPs.

CenturyLink acquires IT services firm Cognilytics

CenturyLink continued a recent buying spree by acquiring Cognilytics, a provider of advanced predictive analytics and big data solutions for mid-sized and large enterprises. Earlier this week the carrier announced it was buying disaster recovery expert DataGardens.

Gardner resigns as Windstream president-CEO

In a management shakeup, Windstream founding President-CEO Jeff Gardner has resigned and Tony Thomas, president of the company's real estate investment trust (REIT) and former CFO, has been named as his replacement. Gardner will stay on as a senior advisor to the CEO and member of the board of directors through Feb. 1, 2015.

FCC raises E-rate subsidies to pay for extended education technology program

Consumers and businesses will pay on average $1.90 a year more in telephone taxes to subsidize an expansion and modernization of the FCC's E-rate program to support education technology.

FCC sets 10 Mbps as new rural broadband starting point

Wireline companies wanting to tap into Connect America funding will have to deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, the FCC has ruled.

Verizon's Shammo clarifies remarks about net neutrality impact on company's investment strategy

Apparently net neutrality will have an impact on Verizon's future investments--much as it will for other telcos--Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has clarified.

Australian government tells NBN Co. to charge developers for fiber connections

Australia's NBN Co. plans to charge developers and owners of new residential apartment blocks fees that range into the thousands of dollars if they want to connect its fiber to their properties, according to a new Australian government policy.

Oregon tax law could trip up Google Fiber's Portland rollout

Oregon tax laws could derail Google Fiber's deployment in Portland, potentially causing the company to pull out from a build it announced in February and taking hundreds of millions of investment dollars along with it, local officials fear.

AT&T's Donovan: Satellite a fourth dimension to delivering linear video

Satellite, presumably via the acquisition of DirecTV, will add a fourth dimension to AT&T's video delivery portfolio, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T architecture, technology and operations, said during Barclays 2014 Global Technology Conference.

Small Canadian ISPs starting to offer TV service bundles using telco, cable networks

Small Canadian ISPs that use unregulated wholesale access to incumbent telco and cable companies' networks are, in a way, starting to bite the hands that feed them by offering IPTV over those networks.

Cisco to acquire network security equipment maker Neohapsis

Cisco is acquiring network, cloud and app security provider Neohapsis and will fold it into its Cisco Security Services organization, the two companies announced.

U.S. stance on net neutrality resonates internationally, could face U.N., WTO opposition

Where the U.S. eventually lands on the issue of net neutrality could have wider reaching international implications, including the possibility of rankling the U.N. and World Trade Organization (WTO).

CenturyLink's Ewing: We'll look at enhancing our data center portfolio with new services

CenturyLink will continue to look at ways to enhance its data center and managed services unit by either building products in house or purchasing another company with specific talents or capabilities. Stewart Ewing, CFO for CenturyLink, confirmed that strategy at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference.