USTelecom says FCC should consider how Charter-TWC merger impacts ILEC broadband competition

As Charter Communications moves forward with its pending $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, USTelecom is concerned that the deal and other consolidation in the cable market could impede broadband competition for ILECs and other competitors.  

Ericsson CEO says Cisco merger was never an option

Ericsson's President and CEO Hans Vestberg took a moment to squash rumors that Cisco wants to purchase the company following a new partnership the pair announced for future technology developments.

Frontier to add 200 employees to Durham, N.C. workforce as broadband, business services grow

Frontier has set an ambitious goal to expand its presence in Durham, N.C., including a plan to fill 200 new positions to support the telco's growing residential broadband and business service customer base in the area and its pending acquisition of Verizon's properties in three states.

Cogent deepens network reach across nine vXchnge data centers, increasing upsell potential

Cogent Communications has signed an agreement to extend its network into nine vXchnge data centers, deepening its reach in a number of key U.S. cities on the East and West Coast.

Comcast brings 1M multi-family residents onto its Advanced Communities Network

Comcast's Xfinity Communities is making strides with its Advanced Communities Network, announcing that it has installed services to over 1 million residents of multifamily housing properties (condos, apartments, etc.) across 37 states.

CWA says Verizon has neglected Maryland's copper network

Verizon is being called to task about its copper network in Maryland by the Communications Workers of America union, which has filed a letter with the state's Public Service Commission to investigate the quality of the telco's copper network.

U.S. FTTH deployment rose 13 percent in 2015, says FTTH Council

Fiber deployments to homes in the United States grew 13 percent in 2015, says the FTTH Council as more incumbent telcos like AT&T and CenturyLink and insurgent providers like Google Fiber step up their FTTH deployment plans.

Verizon faces more fire from Pittsburgh mayor over FiOS build

Verizon maintains that it won't build out FiOS to any new communities, but Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the telco has not met the goals of the agreement it signed with the city six years ago.

CenturyLink, Infinera provide 1.5 Tbps capacity for SCinet's supercomputing application

CenturyLink will deliver 1.5 Tbps of super-channel transmission capacity to support SCinet during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis this week.

BT Openreach CEO Garner to step down in spring 2016

Joe Garner, CEO of BT Openreach is leaving the company to become the CEO of Nationwide Building Society. Garner, who took the reins of Openreach from Olivia Gardner in 2014, will assume his new post in spring 2016 after the company finds a replacement.

Sizing up how AT&T, Comcast, and TWC pay-TV operators performed in Q3 2015

With a host of over-the-top video options available to consumers, it's clear that traditional pay-TV operators are feeling the heat of subscriber losses, and the third quarter of 2015 was no different.

Smart home products, systems to reach $11M support requests by 2019, says analyst firm

As more U.S. broadband households adopt connected devices, the need for support services will rise. According to a Parks Associates white paper, smart home products and systems will generate over seven million support requests in the U.S. in 2015 and approximately 11 million in 2019. Today, U.S. broadband households now own an average of seven-and-a-half connected computing and entertainment devices, and 18 percent own at least one smart home device.

Windstream to begin 1 Gbps trial in December, sees broadband growing through 2017

Windstream will begin 1 Gbps FTTH service trial with plans for a broader roll out to follow in 2016 in markets where it has previously built fiber to homes.

AT&T asks FCC to grandfather private line voice service in BellSouth territory

AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its BellSouth Analog Voice Grade Private Line services in the Carbon Hill, Ala., serving wire center and in the Kings Point, Fla., serving wire center, marking another step in its TDM-to-IP transition.

Cisco sees routing revenue dip 8% due to timing of large deals

Cisco's routing segment is in a bit of limbo as the vendor reported that first quarter revenue declined 8 percent to $1.8 billion due to the timing of some of the orders it has from its key customers.

Consolidated's Udell: We won't lead in metered broadband

Consolidated Communications is aware that the ongoing growth in broadband consumption will lend itself to a usage-based or metered model, but it won't make its move until it sees how other service providers offer such a service structure.

Consolidated sees growing momentum in small cell backhaul

Wireless operators may have blanketed much of their towers with fiber, but Consolidated Communications is still seeing potential in large macro builds and growing potential in small cells.

TIA launches NFV interoperability testing lab

The Telecommunications Industry Association is launching a lab for vendors and service providers to conduct interoperability testing of network functions virtualization technology.

Sizing up the wireless performance of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and more in Q3 2015

As the third-quarter earnings season draws to a close, FierceWireless is taking a look at how the top eight wireless operators performed.

AT&T's Stephens: Fiber rollout is driving uptick in SMB managed services sales

AT&T may be nearing completion of a fiber-to-the-building program as part of its multibillion-dollar Project VIP initiative, but the service provider is seeing the influence extend into smaller businesses.