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CenturyLink takes on Charter by providing 1 Gbps FTTP service to La Crosse, Wis.

CenturyLink is providing a new competitive challenge to local cable operator Charter Communications and fellow ILEC TDS Telecom by launching its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service for residential and SMBs in La Cross, Wis.

Sling TV's Lynch tunes into how consumers want to get their TV

Like other programmers and pay-TV providers, Roger Lynch, CEO of Dish's Sling TV unit, has tuned into the notion that the mobile TV consumer wants to be in control of what programs they watch.

Vonage names Monster.com veteran Gilvar as new marketing chief

Vonage is bolstering its marketing power as it moves further into the business services space by naming Monster.com executive Ted Gilvar be chief marketing officer (CMO).

Could the Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal drive Ericsson to broaden its portfolio with a Ciena, Infinera or Juniper buy?

Nokia has set off a new wave of consolidation in the telecom equipment market, reaching a deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. That move is now fueling speculation that Ericsson will make a similar move to round out its portfolio with more wireline capabilities by making a run for either Ciena, Infinera or Juniper.

Google Fiber says TV service is essential to compete in the broadband game

ORLANDO, Fla.--Google Fiber may have a tight focus on providing a symmetrical 1 Gbps broadband experience for the cities it has targeted for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), but the service provider knows that having a compelling TV offering is just as important.

Ethernet Access Device market growth to be driven by fiber deployments, says Infonetics

The Ethernet Access Device (EAD) market may have declined 3.5 percent to $925 million in 2014 due to ongoing declines in Ethernet over TDM bonded circuits (EoTDM), but Infonetics says that ongoing deployments of fiber to more buildings will help fuel future growth of fiber EADs.

Nokia's $16.6B bid for Alcatel-Lucent puts company back into the wireline game

Nokia announced today that it will purchase Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) for $16.6 billion. The deal will reestablish the European vendor's presence in the wireline space, an area that it largely left behind in recent years to solely focus on wireless.

Global Capacity addresses growing cloud needs with fiber ring in Dallas

ORLANDO, Fla.--Global Capacity has responded to its Dallas customers' needs for more cloud connectivity options between data centers by lighting its own fiber ring in the city.

Sprint's Draper: Access to competitive wholesale backhaul will drive wireless network growth, services

ORLANDO, Fla.--Sprint may be in the midst of aggressively expanding its wireless network with plans to potentially deploy 20,000 cell sites and repurposing existing sites, but all of those efforts will require a robust backhaul network that today in some markets is often limited to just a few wireline operators.

AT&T, Cisco say security remains key concern in Internet of Things

ORLANDO, Fla.--If a recent Goldman Sachs forecast that there will be 28 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 comes true, AT&T and other service providers enabling these connections will have a large security challenge on their hands.

Take a photo tour of CableLabs to see the future of cable

CableLabs' customers need to know whether technologies like virtual reality or devices for Internet of Things applications have a role in the future of the cable business so these products are first developed and tested at CableLabs. See this photo tour of Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs. 

AT&T to battle Comcast, Google Fiber with 1-Gig service in Atlanta

AT&T is taking on Google Fiber and Comcast's new 2-Gig offering with the launch of its fiber-based 1-Gig GigaPower service in parts of Atlanta. AT&T said it will offer GigaPower and a new Wi-Fi residential gateway to areas of Atlanta, Decatur, Sandy Springs and Newnan starting at $120 per month.

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent confirm merger talks

Nokia confirmed reports that it is in advanced talks to purchase rival Alcatel-Lucent. The combined company would create a telecom power player better equipped to compete with market leader Ericsson and Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE.

EarthLink targets social media companies with 500G, Terabit wholesale service

ORLANDO, Fla.--EarthLink is seeing potential to target an emerging set of content company wholesale customers with its managed transport service. The managed transport service will allow customers to build and manage customer networks in increments of 500 Gbps, with the ability to scale up to multiple Terabits as demand dictates.

Global Capacity extends wholesale MPLS VPN service across 9.6M locations

Global Capacity is wasting no time making use out of the wholesale assets it purchased from MegaPath last fall, announcing that it is now offering MPLS VPN service through its One Marketplace network backbone.

Senator Nelson: We can't put a straightjacket on the FCC

ORLANDO, Fla.--U.S. Senator (D-Fla.) Bill Nelson said that one of the key challenges for the telecom industry is that the government needs to give the industry's key regulator, the FCC, flexibility to adapt as new applications and service segments emerge.

Google Fiber's Medin: Net neutrality doesn't promote broadband competition

ORLANDO, Fla.--Google Fiber may be an ardent supporter of the FCC's new net neutrality rules, but Milo Medin, vice president for access services at Google Fiber, says that the order does not address the issue of what he calls "bandwidth abundance."

USTelecom refiles lawsuit against FCC over net neutrality rules

The trade group USTelecom refiled its lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals claiming the agency overstepped its authority with its net neutrality rules. Specifically, the trade group said that the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecom service is an abuse of its power and will be an "unjustifiable shift backward to common carrier regulation" that has existed for more than a decade.

AT&T Midwest, CWA extend labor contract while negotiations continue

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have extended the contract between the CWA and AT&T's Midwest and Legacy T workers until April 14 at 12 p.m. EST to allow more time for negotiations between the two parties. The original contract expired April 11 at 12 a.m.

Tracking 3G/4G wireless network latency

 See how the various U.S. operators stack up against each other in latency during the first quarter.