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Hundreds rally in Boston as strikers, Verizon show little progress toward new union contract

Hundreds of people rallied in Copley Square yesterday in Boston in support of the 40,000 Verizon employees who are on strike against the company. And it appears that there is no end in sight for the strike that started at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

Access from AT&T launches for low-income Americans across 21 states, offers 3 Mbps for $5/month

AT&T said today it will launch a new program called "Access from AT&T" that will provide inexpensive home wired internet service to Americans who live in the carrier's 21-state service area and who participate in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, which used to be called food stamps.

Google Fiber augments Alphabet's revenues, but also raises capital expenditures

Google Fiber helped increase revenue in Alphabet's "Other Bets" business by 108 percent in the first quarter, the company said, but it also pushed up the company's capital expenditures in that division to $280 million for the period.

Verizon to struggle in move to hybrid cloud strategy, analyst warns

Verizon's cloud team faces a difficult few months as the company transitions away from the public cloud market, predicted TBR analyst Molly Gallaher Boddy. However, the operator stands to make gains in the space if it is able to ramp up its consulting and network and security services around a hybrid cloud model.

Ericsson announces corporate restructuring, refreshed management team with a focus on cloud, IT

Ericsson announced a corporate restructuring that includes business units dedicated to the IT and cloud sectors, news that comes alongside a reshuffled management team and relatively sluggish first quarter results.

Driven by 5G technologies, global wireline capex may pass $144B by 2019

The winds of change continue blowing for the global wireline telecom industry: An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report sees continued capital expenditures for fiber infrastructure, reaching $144.2 billion between 2014 and 2019, as next-generation technologies and particularly 5G make demands on the wireline network.

Amid network sabotage, Verizon warns that strike could 'pressure' Q2 results

Verizon warned that the ongoing strike of 40,000 of its wireline workers could eventually affect the company's financial performance, although the company stopped short of offering specific financial guidance along those lines.

Verizon adds 98,000 new FiOS internet customers, 60% of new subs opt for 100 Mbps and above

Verizon reported relatively solid results in its wireline business, showing revenue slightly below some analyst expectations but FiOS net customer additions of 98,000, above some predictions.

Verizon's wireless business targeted by striking employees

"Don't buy Verizon Wireless" is the latest strategy that Verizon's 40,000 unionized wireline workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are employing in their ongoing battle with the telecom giant.

AT&T's SDN network design winner launches as Waltz Networks with $8.15M in funding

Waltz Networks announced that it raised $6.75 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and $1.4 million in National Science Foundation grants, bringing its total financial war chest to $8.15 million. The company is essentially a collection of Cornell University engineering students who recently won AT&T Labs' first-ever SDN Network Design Challenge.

Lumos: We now offer 1 Gbps across entire RLEC footprint

Lumos Networks announced that its 1 Gbps service, branded GIGABIT FAST, is now available across its entire RLEC fiber-to-the-premise footprint. The announcement essentially seals a promise the company made in March to reach the buildout goal.

Google having 'productive conversations' about selling its OnHub internet router to service providers

Google said it is currently working to sell its new OnHub W-Fi internet router to carriers around the world. Google's efforts to expand distribution of its OnHub device further underscore the company's work to expand its position in the internet services market.

Zayo's small cell, backhaul investments poised to pay off as 5G, IoT come to the fore

Zayo Group is getting increased attention from investment analysts thanks to its ongoing buildout of fiber to the tower and dark fiber, which positions it to benefit from pending deployments of 5G by major operators like AT&T and Verizon.

Cox sponsors Phoenix's Gigabit push in action against CenturyLink, others

Cox Communications said it sponsored a three-year private sector grant in Phoenix to have the city join the nationwide Smart Gigabit Communities project. Initiated in 2015 by US Ignite, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the project is intended to build "a living lab of testbeds for smart gigabit applications."

AT&T reiterates stance for FCC to eliminate non-discrimination requirements on the U.S.-Cuba route

AT&T has reiterated its argument that the FCC should remove the existing nondiscrimination requirements that apply to facilities-based IMTS traffic arrangements on the U.S.-Cuba route.

Verizon FiOS customers unfazed by replacement installers, but activation time remains a concern

Verizon FiOS customers who signed up for service right before the telco's wireline workforce went on strike aren't worried that substitute workers are going to install their service, but rather that they'll get connected on time.

EarthLink, Level 3: EoHFC can't satisfy business customers' dedicated bandwidth needs

EarthLink and Level 3, two service providers that are building out sizeable fiber networks but still have to rent ILEC facilities, say that the Ethernet over hybrid fiber coax (EoHFC) facilities provided by cable operators aren't suitable substitutes to fulfill business service requests.

Aureon acquires BNS Network Solutions, enhances financial industry expertise

Aureon has acquired Des Moines-based BNS Network Solutions (BNS), giving it an enhanced set of features and services to target community bank opportunities in Iowa and Illinois.

Tracking the Verizon wireline union strike

When Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) could not come to an agreement over various issues related to health care and pensions, they went on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

Consolidated Communications acquires CTC for $13M, enhances fiber, on-net building reach

Consolidated Communications is acquiring Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area Champaign Telephone Company and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider, for $13 million, deepening its fiber and on-net fiber building reach.