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Northern New England Fairpoint workers go on strike after negotiations break down

About 1,700 Fairpoint Communications workers represented by the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike after negotiations with the carrier broke down. The job action affected company locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont after talks in Boston broke down.

AT&T: DirecTV deal good for rural customers, has nothing to do with Comcast-TWC

A combined AT&T-DirecTV will be good for rural customers, effectively helping bridge the digital divide, but it has no connection with Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, AT&T argues in a new filing with the FCC.

CRTC: Canadians spent more for TV, wireless and broadband, less for wireline voice in 2013

The average Canadian family doled out $191 (U.S. $168.56) a month for communications in 2013, 3.2 percent more than the $185 ($163.27) in 2013 but spent $2.01 ($1.77) a month less for wireline telecom, paying $32.85 ($28.99), according to the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Frost & Sullivan cites 8x8's cloud and contact center expertise

Frost & Sullivan has singled out 8x8's hosted IP telephone and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) services for its 2014 North America Award for Customer Value Leadership, the two entities said in a press release.

Telstra boosts strategic enterprise product push with Bridge Point acquisition

Australian operator Telstra's acquisition of channel partner Bridge Point continues a buying spree designed to boost its enterprise IT presence.

Lumos' Pittsburgh NOC aims to improve fiber-to-the-cell traffic

Lumos Networks fired up a Pittsburgh-based parallel Network Operating Center (NOC) that will concurrently replicate the functions of the company's NOC in Waynesboro, Va., and connect with the company's Project Ark all-IP network overlay designed to handle fiber-to-the-cell traffic.

California sheriff: Criminal act, not falling tree, caused AT&T outage

In a twist on the old falling tree in the forest riddle, Tuolumne County, Calif., Sheriff Jim Mele said a criminal act, not a falling tree, actually caused a fiber cut that disrupted AT&T phone and Internet service outside the town of Sonora.

Telekom Austria subsidiary serves residential customer with 100-plus Mbps data rates using G.fast

G.fast, which promises to wring fiber-like bandwidth from existing copper infrastructure, got another boost when Telekom Austria's domestic subsidiary A1 collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver speeds exceeding 100 Mbps per household to a residential customer.

CenturyLink launches Cloud Development Center in Seattle

CenturyLink continues to aggressively chase the cloud and use the resources it gained when it acquired Tier 3.

Wheeler's competition agenda, dark fiber, small cells and permitting dominated Comptel Plus Fall 2014

This fall's Comptel Fall Plus 2014 trade show centered on how the competitive industry is evolving to meet its customers' needs and new challenges as industry consolidation and the IP transition continue to ramp. FierceTelecom identified four key trends from the event that will have an impact on the competitive telecom industry.

CenturyLink seeks FCC approval to shut down Frame Relay, ATM service

CenturyLink is seeking to shut down its legacy Frame Relay and ATM services in both its Embarq and CenturyTel affiliate regions, reflecting the service provider industry's ongoing shift to IP-based Ethernet business services. It filed a similar application for its Qwest affiliate last year.

Fox Sports' Davies sounds off on 4K's impact today, tomorrow

Fox Sports' cameramen may be using 4K devices to zoom into replay during football games, but when it comes to 4K for broadcast, Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations at FoxSports, says it's a large investment that they are not "going to get into soon." 

Pacnet taps BTI Systems to connect metro data centers with 100 GigE

Pacnet, an Asia-Pacific-based service provider, has selected BTI Systems 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect platforms to interconnect data centers in Hong Kong and Tokyo to keep up with growing demand for cloud-based services.

WOW! Business makes Maryland its next customer target

WOW! Business is making its first mark in the Maryland market by adding Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to its growing service area in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Frontier gets final PURA approval for AT&T Connecticut wireline asset acquisition

Frontier Communications has cleared the last major hurdle in its pending purchase of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut as the State of Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has given its final approval of the acquisition.

Adtran's Q3 revenues dip to $163M on slower enterprise, European sales

Adtran reported that its third-quarter 2014 earnings declined to $162.9 million year-over-year from $177.4 million due to a decrease in its European business and slower enterprise sales.

CenturyLink, Frontier say CAF-II should support 10/1 Mbps in all high-cost areas

CenturyLink and Frontier Communications say in a joint filing that the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) should support the regulator's 10/1 proposed broadband definition in all rural areas they serve today.

FiberLight taps Ciena's platforms for South Florida optical overlay build

FiberLight has employed Ciena's 6500 converged packet optical platform and 5160 Service Aggregation switch for an optical network overbuild of its South Florida network, a move it says will enable it to better respond to higher speed requirements from its mix of business and wholesale customers.

Data center SDN sales will jump 65% this year, says Dell'Oro Group

Sales of software-defined networking gear for Data Centers is on the rise and will likely jump 65 percent this year, according to new research from the Dell'Oro Group.

Zayo, Netflix partner on Florida Internet Exchange

Zayo's zColo division is teaming with Netflix to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX's other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.