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Cincinnati Bell taps ETI to migrate business customers from T1 to fiber services

Cincinnati Bell is leveraging ETI Software Solutions' circuit management module to migrate existing T1 copper based business customers to fiber, a process that has worked well for residential customers migrating from DSL to its FTTH-based Fioptics products.

Zayo's Atlanta data center expansion driven by content provider customer win

Zayo is making a large expansion to its zColo Atlanta data center at 1100 White Street SW in order to accommodate a new unnamed content provider customer.

FairPoint says operators must support lit and dark fiber to compete for small cell backhaul

FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.

AT&T expands 1 Gig service in four new markets

AT&T is expanding its 1 Gbps FTTH presence in parts of four markets, a likely response to Comcast's move to expand its gigabit broadband footprint via DOCSIS 3.1 technology.

BT says G.Fast trials are on track with eight competitive providers aboard

BT is on track with its G.fast trials, serving its own customers and eight of its competitive carrier provider customers via its Openreach division. But the service provider is still weighing how it can make an investment case for a broader deployment.

Sprint takes top low LTE latency crown in Q4, while AT&T's HSPA network shows progress

Sprint's LTE service continued to hold on to its low latency status during the fourth quarter, according to FierceWireless' report, "3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q4 2015?"

Comcast ups gigabit battle against AT&T with five-market DOCSIS 3.1 launch

Comcast plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's ongoing FTTH program.

Cincinnati Bell, ATC launch fiber portal targeting SMB customers

Cincinnati Bell and ATC, a telecom consulting company, are jointly operating a new Web-based portal that allows businesses to find quotes and pricing for fiber services.

EarthLink sells IT unit to Synoptek for $29M, sharpening focus on carrier, enterprise

EarthLink is selling off its IT services business to Synoptek for $29 million and turning its focus toward its core wholesale carrier and enterprise business services units. About 1,700 customers that are serviced through data centers and office locations in the continental U.S. and Canada will be affected by the sale.

CenturyLink builds challenge to Comcast with IPTV launch in St. Paul, 19 other Minnesota cities

CenturyLink is furthering its challenge against Minnesota's key cable operator Comcast, announcing that it is now offering its Prism TV service over its FTTH network in parts of St. Paul and 20 other surrounding cities.

CenturyLink, Verizon say FCC should not re-regulate the special access market

CenturyLink and Verizon have fired the latest salvos in the special access saga, claiming that the FCC should refrain from re-regulating the special access market due to the growth of competitive service options from cable providers and CLECs.

New York City launches $10M broadband project targeting public housing

Bill de Blasio, New York City's mayor, said it will invest up to $10 million to deliver free broadband service to over 16,000 residents living in five public housing developments in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Cuba to launch residential broadband pilot, but gives no details on timeline, pricing

Cuba plans to begin offering a broadband service in two Havana neighborhoods as part of a pilot designed to give residential customers access in a country where there's been little, if any Internet service options.

Deutsche Telekom, Nokia achieve 10G speeds over copper in XG-Fast lab trial

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia's subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent claimed they delivered 10 Gbps over existing copper wiring during a lab trial using XG-Fast technology at the end of 2015.

iRis Networks to add 897 fiber miles in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis

iRis Networks, a middle mile provider that serves 250 rural communities in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, is going to build three new key fiber routes totaling 897 new miles.

Google Fiber testing VoIP with select group of FTTH subscribers

Google Fiber is in the process of testing a new voice service with some of its FTTH customers that will allow a user to have one number for any of their wireline or wireless devices.

CenturyLink, ILEC industry groups say FCC's broadband definition is a moving target

CenturyLink and ILEC industry trade groups wasted no time in speaking out against the FCC's new 2016 broadband progress report, saying that it does not take into account the amount of money service providers are spending to extend broadband services to more communities.

Mediacom cites unfair treatment in lawsuit against Iowa City muni network

Mediacom is suing Iowa City, Iowa, and service provider ImOn in an effort to stop a new middle mile network it recently activated to provide voice and Internet services to local businesses.

Small cell backhaul to contribute 25% of backhaul transport revenue by 2020

With wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon moving forward with their respective small cell plans, a new Dell'Oro Group report has forecast that small cell backhaul will contribute about 25 percent of mobile backhaul transport revenue by 2020.

Lumos steps up 1 Gbps FTTH drive with Botetourt County, Va. launch

Lumos Networks may be focusing more of its attention on wireless backhaul and business customers, but the service provider's move to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to Botetourt County, Va., shows it has responded to the Tier 2 market need for higher speed broadband.