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Windstream hires tw telecom veteran Lackey as SVP of carrier operations, furthers carrier, data center focus

Windstream has named former tw telecom and Level 3 Communications executive Beth Lackey as senior vice president of carrier operations, shoring up more of its leadership for a division that's increasing the scope of its customer targets.

Cisco's Q3 switching, routing revenues dip on softer service provider spending

Cisco is seeing the effects of its service provider customers' cautious spending habits as third-quarter sales in its switching and routing division sales slid 3 percent and 5 percent to $3.45 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively.

FCC's set-top box proposal gets thumbs up from group of House Dems

A group of Democratic lawmakers, including Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued a letter encouraging their colleagues to support the FCC's plan to allow pay-TV customers to purchase their own third-party set-tops instead of renting device.

Verizon hopes strike ends soon, says FiOS subscriber installs will ramp afterward

Verizon has not yet come to an agreement with the wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW, but a top company executive says they are getting closer to a resolution as the strike enters its sixth week.

Verizon's Shammo: Our Boston FiOS build was driven by LTE needs

Verizon's recent announcement to bring FiOS to Boston -- one of the cities that was initially left out of its initial build target -- was driven by a desire to fulfill its wireless LTE and business service desires, its top financial executive said.

Sprint's Fitz on revamping wireline's identity, Ethernet, managed services growth

With so much focus being on wireless much of the world seemingly has forgotten that Sprint has a profitable wireline business. The company is working to change that attitude by launching a separate wireline division dedicated to its business customer base. Leading this segment is 10-year company veteran Mike Fitz.

Netflix tool allows users to measure mobile, wireline broadband speeds

Netflix  has introduced a new tool called Fast.com that allows customers to check how fast their wireline home or mobile broadband connections are in real time. The service works from any location in the world and a broadband user does not have to be a Netflix subscriber to use it.

Frontier redirects attention to Verizon cutover's bright spot, San Antonio

Frontier Communications' issues in the three wireline markets it entered through its purchase of Verizon's wireline assets in Texas, California and Florida are well documented, but its 46,000 customers in San Antonio aren't seeing much of an effect. That bright spot is one the telco is anxious to highlight in its latest update.

USA Fiber gains access to Maryland right of way assets through resource sharing agreement

USA Fiber continued its high-speed romp into the Ashburn, Virginia data center region, announcing that it is one of just a few competitive providers to qualify for a Resource Sharing Agreement (RSA) with the State of Maryland. The agreement requires USA Fiber to provide the state dark fiber strands on the path the CLEC is constructing between Ashburn and Baltimore.

TDS Telecom implements 250 GB monthly broadband cap in four markets

TDS Telecom has joined the growing ranks of wireline operators beginning to implement or increase usage caps on their broadband customers.

Birch names Rise Broadband vet O'Brien as EVP, COO as part of management shakeup

Birch Communications has named Jim O'Brien as its new executive vice president and chief operations officer, another move in the company's ongoing realignment of its top management team.

Verizon, CWA, IBEW unions invite federal mediator to contract negotiations

Verizon and the wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW unions that came back to the negotiating table yesterday have sought the assistance of a federal mediator to sort out issues.

CenturyLink argues for longer reporting period on simplex events

CenturyLink is concerned that the FCC's new two-day reporting period requirement for simplex events on its next-gen services like VoIP and other advanced services is too short.

MetTel challenges AT&T, Verizon with alternative SD-WAN solution

MetTel has joined the competitive carrier movement to offer a SD-WAN service for enterprise and medium-sized business, challenging incumbent players like AT&T and Verizon with an alternative service.

NTT demonstrates high density fiber that supports 19 optical paths

NTT, in partnership with Fujikura and Hokkaido University, claim they have demonstrated the "world's highest density optical fiber" using a deployable optical fiber diameter of less than 250 micrometers.

AT&T responds to Google Fiber's $70 challenge with 1 Gbps launch in San Francisco area

AT&T is making another statement in the wake of Google Fiber's move to bring competitively priced FTTH into the San Francisco metro market by launching its 1 Gbps GigaPower FTTH service in six areas at the same $70 per month price point.

Frontier issues mea culpa to Dallas-Fort Worth customers, outlines improvement plan

Frontier Communications has hatched a strategy to alleviate service issues in Dallas-Fort Worth under which customers have been suffering since the telco took over Verizon's wireline facilities in Texas in April.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon lose more broadband subscribers in Q1, LRG says

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon and other telcos collectively added just 65,893 broadband subscribers in the first quarter as customers churned to cable operators that can offer higher speeds, particularly in areas where slower speed DSL is the only available broadband service.

Cable operators to help drive SDN market to $8.7B by 2020

BOSTON -- The cable industry is working to embrace software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), but the transition will require a significant amount of work.

Verizon, CWA, IBEW to reignite labor contract negotiations

Verizon and representatives of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing nearly 40,000 wireline workers in the Northeast have agreed to come to the negotiating table again.