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INDATEL, ANPI drive unified communications, fiber connectivity into rural areas

INDATEL, a cooperative middle mile provider, and unified communications (UC) operator ANPI have developed a strategic alliance to find ways to better extend next-gen services to rural areas that have been left largely underserved by larger service providers.

Australian consumers' use of 24 Mbps, higher broadband speeds tops 2M mark

Australian consumers continue to adopt higher speed broadband services, including speeds higher than 24 Mbps, says a new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) study.

Unite Private Networks lays out 200-mile fiber network expansion

Unite Private Networks (UPN), an emerging competitive network provider focused on underserved communities, has begun work on a new 200 route mile fiber network expansion connecting the Kansas City and Omaha markets.

BTI names former Arbor, Nortel exec Colin Doherty as its new CEO

BTI Systems has begun its latest growth chapter by appointing Colin Doherty as its new president and CEO, taking over from Steve Waszak.

AT&T serves up new cloud-based web security service

AT&T hopes to unburden more businesses from having to implement their own network security platform with the introduction of its new Cloud Web Security offering.

Los Angeles pursues city-wide broadband plan

Los Angeles may be home to movie stars and rock stars, but according to residents, it lacks enough high-speed broadband options. City officials have launched an initiative to bring service to all of its residents, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

RCN Business achieves MEF CE 2.0 certification for Ethernet service suite

RCN Business, a competitive business service provider, added another potential element of differentiation by gaining the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification.

Vonage CEO Lefar to retire

Marc Lefar, Vonage's CEO, said that he is going to retire from the VoIP provider once a replacement is found.

Frontier enhances broadband, Ethernet reach in New York

Frontier Communications has invested more than $326 million, including $80 million in 2013, upgrading its network facilities New York over the past three years to improve consumer broadband and enhance the availability of Ethernet to more businesses.

Cincinnati Bell sheds wireless assets for $210M, sharpens Fioptics, business service focus

Cincinnati Bell confirmed that it will sell its wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless for $210 million, a move that should allow it to more effectively focus on its growing wireline-based Fioptics broadband offerings for consumers and small to medium businesses.

Telecom Italia's Patuano says AT&T has got the right model for success

Telecom Italia's CEO Marco Patuano found that AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson gave him the best advice on how to turn around his struggling company out of all the high-tech executives he met on a recent trip to the U.S., reports Bloomberg.

AT&T spends $2.95B on Illinois networks, expands U-verse, business fiber reach

AT&T continues to make progress with expanding its local network capabilities and its latest announcement that it invested almost $2.95 billion in its Illinois wireline and wireless networks between 2011 and 2013 is a testament to that trend.

Online video buffering is declining, but not enough for sports fans

Online video subscribers today may be happy that time spent buffering dropped 12.4 percent, from 39.3 to 26.9 percent, according to a Conviva report. However, sports fans, particularly those who stream live sporting events, continue to grow impatient. Conviva said that "viewing time for live action television plummets from over 40 minutes in HD to just one minute if the viewer encounters buffering."

TDS completes parts of broadband stimulus projects in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

TDS Telecom is going to deliver broadband service to more of its rural customer base through three ongoing projects in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Set to be completed this spring, these buildouts will enable a combined 2,750 more households to gain access to high-speed Internet service.

Ethernet entrepreneur and World Wide Packets founder Bernard Daines dies at 69

Bernard Daines, one of the early commercial Ethernet pioneers, passed away last Thursday morning after a long illness, reports The Spokesman-Review. According to his brother Dan Daines, he would have been 70 on April 12.

Frontier's AT&T Connecticut deal faces opposition from CWA union

Frontier Communications' proposed deal to acquire AT&T's Connecticut wireline operations is facing its first protest from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, which says the service provider has not provided enough information to the FCC to review it.

XO lays path for network expansion, completes $500M financing round

XO Communications has put together what it says is a multi-year expansion plan for its U.S.-based network that will leverage $500 million in financing as a way to accommodate the growth of its enterprise customers' unified communications, data services and cloud strategies.

U.S. fiber penetration reaches 39.3 percent of buildings, says VSG

Ongoing aggressive rollouts of fiber by a host of incumbent telcos, CLECs and cable operators throughout 2013 has helped to narrow the U.S. fiber gap by expanding facilities to 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees, according to new research from Vertical Systems Group.

TDS finishes Michigan broadband stimulus project, brings service to almost 1,300 homes

TDS Telecom has put the final touches on a broadband stimulus project near Au Train and Chatham in Michigan, bringing service to nearly 1,300 homes thanks to an $8.6 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant.

CenturyLink to ax 107 CWA union technicians in 8 states

CenturyLink is going to dismiss 107 of its Communications Workers of America (CWA) union network and equipment installation technicians in eight states that made up Qwest's territory, reports The Denver Post.