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Verizon Wholesale enables Poland's Exatel to launch global VPN service

Exatel, a Poland-based service provider, has begun offering a global VPN service to its large enterprise customers via an agreement with Verizon Global Wholesale.

Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse trail Frontier and CenturyLink on Netflix's June speed index

Verizon may have moved to resolve network congestion issues that impact the quality of experience for its FiOS users that access Netflix's service, but the service provider instead dropped two places in Netflix's monthly speed index.

Wireline telecom earnings in the second quarter of 2014

The Q2 2014 earnings season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the second-quarter reporting season for updates...

FCC enacts online video clip captioning rules

Online video providers will soon have to abide by a new FCC rule to caption online video clips. The new measure is an extension of a 2012 captioning requirement that applied to long-form videos posted online, such as television shows and movies.

FairPoint extends broadband reach to 10 additional Vermont towns

FairPoint Communications continues to make progress with its northern New England broadband expansion plan by extending broadband service to 890 homes and businesses in 10 towns in its Vermont territory.

Equinix brings Microsoft's Azure ExpressRoute to Washington, D.C.

Equinix is giving Washington, D.C., businesses another option to get Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute by offering the service out of its Washington, D.C., Cloud Exchange facility.

Cbeyond introduces cloud-based storage for small businesses

Cbeyond is taking advantage of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 to introduce its new TotalCloud File Storage (TCFS) service, offering cloud-based file storage, sharing and backup service to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).

Orange gets regulatory clearance to put VDSL2 over all its copper lines

Orange has gotten regulatory clearance from the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) and its independent Committee of Experts to implement VDSL2 over all of its existing copper lines that are connected to its remote terminal (RT) cabinets.

C Spire adds next-gen home automation to its service lineup

C Spire has found yet another use for the FTTH network it is building in Mississippi: home automation, which is being added into a suite of services it calls C Spire Home.

Report: Google Fiber starts Austin buildout

A published report indicates that Google Fiber has begun its anticipated buildout in Austin, Texas, but that the company will miss its original deadline to start connecting homes by the middle of 2014.

FCC approves $2B E-Rate changes aimed at improving broadband and Wi-Fi for schools, libraries

The FCC voted to move forward on a proposal that is intended to modernize the subsidy program that supports Internet access for public schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate. The changes will drive $2 billion toward the effort, including funding for Wi-Fi in schools. The agency also established a budget for rural broadband experiments.

Volatile Verizon stock swings up after positive 2Q comments

Verizon stock, more volatile than the late-afternoon weather in July, turned sharply upward yesterday after CEO Lowell McAdam said its wireless arm would report more than 1.4 million retail postpaid additions in the second quarter.

Verizon says it's working with Netflix to improve streaming quality

Verizon has taken the offensive--sort of--in sorting out complaints that its network is responsible for network congestion that impacts the quality of experience for its FiOS customers viewing Netflix.

Mexican legislators push through telecom overhaul

Mexican telecom reform legislation is now on the desk of President Enrique Pena Nieto after the lower house of Congress voted to approve sweeping new laws intended to break up the monopolies controlling the country's telco and broadcast businesses and open those markets to outside competition.

Sen. Franken asks regulators to 'carefully scrutinize" AT&T-DirecTV deal

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has turned his anti-merger fervor towards AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

NTCA: Rural schools doing OK when it comes to broadband

The digital divide isn't overwhelming rural schools and libraries, according to the NTCA-the Rural Broadband Association's "Schools and Libraries Survey."

Writers Guild of America East opposes Internet fast lanes

The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) has made clear its opposition to any form of Internet fast lane.

Choice Hotels gives Comcast Business a thumbs up

Although it's unlikely they'll be unveiling any "Brian Roberts Slept Here" signs, Choice Hotels has given Comcast Business a thumbs up as a "qualified technology provider" that can be used by any of the company's 5,000 franchise properties in the U.S. 

Colorado school district to get access to 1G private dedicated network

Thirty schools and administration buildings in the Weld County School District in Colorado are getting access to a 1 Gbps private dedicated network as part of a build completed by Boulder, Colo.-based Zayo Group.

Connecticut union boss backs AT&T-Frontier deal

CWA Local 1298 President William Henderson III has done an about-face and now says he supports AT&T's sale of landline and U-verse businesses to Frontier Communications.