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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.

CenturyLink, Frontier: FCC should not re-impose price regulations on special access services

CenturyLink and Frontier have joined forces to petition the FCC over the ongoing special access regulation issue, arguing that the FCC should not re-impose new regulations on wholesale services ILECs provide to CLECs.

Cogent could deliver double digit Q1 2016 revenue as lower-cost Ethernet services grow, says BTIG

Cogent Communications may have faced a number of challenges in recent years, but BTIG Research has forecast that wholesale services and business services could drive double digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2016, marking the first time it has done so since the second quarter of 2014.

Verizon, wireline unions continue negotiations, but lock horns on healthcare, outsourcing jobs and pensions

Representatives from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) continued to lock horns with Verizon management in Philadelphia over the wireline workforce's health care, pension and job security.

Level 3 gains advanced partner status on AWS Partner Network

Level 3 has achieved Advanced Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) status, advancing its standing in the cloud delivery ecosystem for its growing large and medium-sized enterprise customer base.

Google Fiber begins FTTH construction in San Antonio, but can't confirm service delivery timeline

Google Fiber is making progress with its plans to deliver FTTH services to San Antonio residents, beginning network construction in the city.

Verizon and Frontier begin new transitions: Tracking wireline telecom earnings in Q1 2016

The first-quarter 2016 earnings reporting season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the reporting season for updates on providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.

Tracking how the top wireline telecom carriers, vendors performed in Q1 2016

The first-quarter 2016 earnings reporting season has gotten underway, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed.

Verizon CWA, IBEW workers' 2016 strike: full coverage

CWA strikersAfter 10 months of negotiation without a new contract agreement, Verizon's 40,000 wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Follow our continuing coverage of the strike here.

Windstream sees growing momentum in intra-data center connectivity services

Windstream's efforts to tap into the burgeoning data center interconnection (DCI) market continues to pay off, as the telco's recent move to provide intra-data center services at Chicago's famed Cermak center shows.