AT&T makes 1 Gbps debut in Indiana markets, challenges Comcast

AT&T is taking its 1 Gbps FTTH show to Indiana, announcing that it is debuting service in three of the state's cities -- Crown Point, Gary and Hammond -- where it will face off with Comcast.

Former Juniper CEO, Verizon veteran Kheradpir takes reins at Coriant

Coriant has tapped former Juniper CEO and Verizon veteran Shaygan Kheradpir as its new CEO and board chairman, succeeding Pat DiPietro, who will become the company's  chairman.

SMB cloud services could be a multibillion-dollar opportunity for telcos, says research firm

Small to medium businesses are becoming the next battleground for service providers in the cloud services race. A new BCSG study of 500 SMBs located in the United States and the UK revealed that service providers have a lot to gain from supplying services to this segment.

USTelecom says the FCC needs to follow procedure if they re-regulate special access

The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) fired back against CLECs, saying that regulating incumbent local exchange carrier special access services would overstep the FCC's legal boundaries.

Level 3: Freeing CLECs from ILEC lock-up plans for special access can spur $86M revenue boost

Level 3 says that incumbent local exchange carriers' demand lock-up plans for DSn-based special access services will have a number of harmful effects on competitive carriers. More practically, though, easing restrictions on who they buy bandwidth from could boost competitive carriers' revenues by as much as $86 million combined.

Sizing up AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon LTE spectrum holdings

The top wireless operators in the United States  -- AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint -- continue to enhance their 4G LTE buildouts, but the question is how much spectrum do they each have? Check out this FierceWireless special report.

AT&T launches 1 Gbps FTTH service in Texas, Central Florida

AT&T is continuing with its 1 Gbps FTTH service expansion drive, announcing that it is lighting service in two more Texas cities this week -- San Antonio and neighboring New Braunfels -- and in Orlando, Fla.

RCN Business launches 300 Mbps speed tier throughout New York City

RCN Business may be aggressively expanding its fiber network, but its move to provide 330 Mbps to small to medium businesses in New York shows that its existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network is still a viable mechanism to address business customers.

Birch expands metro fiber footprint into 12 new U.S. cities

Birch Communications has deepened the reach of its fiber network into 12 U.S. cities, expanding its on-net fiber building footprint to 320,000 buildings.

Frontier: CAF-II should not place ETC obligations on ILECs outside of service areas

Frontier says that the FCC should clarify that service providers that have accepted Connect America Fund phase II (CAF-II) funding do not have to provide voice service in extremely high-cost census blocks outside of their service area.

Midcontinent to launch 1 Gbps service in three South Dakota towns in early 2016

Midcontinent Communications will soon light its first three markets with 1 Gbps in South Dakota, bringing it another step toward its goal to deliver 1 Gbps throughout its entire footprint by the end of 2017.

Worldwide telecom capex spending to slow in 2016, says research firm

Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, overall worldwide capex spending remained strong this year. According to the Dell'Oro Group, service providers continued to make network investments in the first half of this year and many have not made any significant changes to their guidance for the year.

Verizon joins ILEC chorus against special access, saying Ethernet services should not be regulated

Verizon has told the FCC in a new filing that the commission should not revoke regulatory forbearance on Ethernet-based services because businesses and wholesale CLEC customers have a larger pool of sources to get these services.

Consolidated serves up UC, cloud services for Sacramento, Dallas business customers

Consolidated Communications is taking a larger bite out of the cloud services market with a series of new cloud offerings that it will initially offer to businesses that reside in its Sacramento, Calif., and Dallas metro markets.

Comcast says it is ready to tackle the IPv4 to IPv6 transition

Comcast is aware that the last of the IPv4 addresses have been doled out by the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN), but the cable MSO says it is ready to make the move to IPv6 addressing.

YipTV's Tribolet doesn't anticipate its customers will cut the video cord

YipTV's CEO Michael Tribolet says that he does not think that its customer base is going to cut the traditional pay-TV cord. Unlike traditional pay-TV customers, the majority of its target customers don't have bank or credit card accounts.

NTT Communications scales Japan-U.S. network capacity beyond 1 Terabit

NTT Communications continues to scale the speed of its global network, announcing that the capacity on its Japan to United States route surpassed 1 Tbps this month.

CenturyLink equips 22 Youth Dynamics locations in Montana with managed VoIP

CenturyLink has won a contract to provide Youth Dynamics, a nonprofit mental and behavioral health agency for Montana kids and families, its Managed Office offering at 22 of the agency's Montana locations.

Verizon says CWA created a false impression of the state of its copper network

Verizon has fired back at the Communications Workers of America's claims that it has turned its back on its existing copper networks in its wireline region.

Comcast Business threatens Verizon, AT&T with enterprise unit, but VPN, mobility, and scale remain key issues

Comcast Business has emerged as a potentially new threat to AT&T, Verizon and Level 3 Communications on the large business front with the introduction of a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S. For the operator, it's a logical step.