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Windstream, Salestream Software serve up instant cloud pricing quotes for business, carrier customers

Windstream has taken another step forward with its channel partner program by offering immediate access to pricing quotes via a new Carrier API it created with its partner Salestream Software.

FCC revamps numbering rules, gives VoIP providers direct number access

The FCC has passed a new set of rules that will allow interconnected VoIP providers like Vonage and Ooma to obtain telephone numbers directly.

Cablevision consolidates lawsuits against Verizon over false FiOS advertising claims

Cablevision is not giving up on challenging Verizon's claims that its FiOS network is 100 percent fiber-based, so it is combining its claims into one larger suit.

Synergy: Microsoft, HP dominate $114B data center infrastructure market

Service provider and enterprise spending on data center infrastructure over the past four quarters continued to rise, reaching $114 billion, accounting for 23 percent of the total, says a new Synergy Research report. Microsoft and VMware lead the software market, commanding nearly 90 percent of the software revenues.

FCC agrees to revamp Lifeline and include broadband service

The FCC voted to reboot and modernize the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program by adding broadband service to the mix and having a third party establish eligibility for the program, which is intended to provide discounted telecom services to low-income consumers. The vote was 3-2, with Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly dissenting.

Analyst: Level 3 and Cogent will benefit from net neutrality rules thanks to peering deals

Level 3 and Cogent Communications are scoring peering deals thanks to the enactment of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect on Friday, June 12, according to Wells Fargo Securities Senior Analyst Jennifer Fritzsche. And those peering deals will likely have a positive impact on both companies' bottom lines.

NTCA survey: 85% of the telcos have long-term fiber deployment strategy

A survey from the NTCA-Rural Broadband Association found that rural Americans are seeing significant progress in getting access to high-speed broadband service.

New York City audit says Verizon failed to deliver on FiOS promise

An audit conducted by New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has found that Verizon Communications failed to deliver on its promise to provide fiber-optic service for television and broadband to anyone who wants them by 2014.

FairPoint workers to protest company's planned layoffs

FairPoint union workers will picket the company's headquarters today in Portland, Maine, to protest FairPoint's plans to lay off more than 200 employees in northern New England. FairPoint announced in May that it was going to lay off nearly 260 workers across its 17-state footprint and that the majority of the layoffs would occur in its northern New England territory.

Pittsburgh startup to 'democratize' broadband with free wireless Internet

Meta Mesh, a Pittsburgh startup, is hoping to bring free wireless broadband service to neighborhoods through its PittMesh network, which lets anyone join the network using consumer-grade, off-the-shelf  Wi-Fi hardware.

Telus says Netflix, video services are driving more broadband usage

Telus is not afraid of Netflix eating away at its growing Optik IPTV business, but rather sees it as a complement and a way to drive further broadband growth.

AT&T Donovan: We'll virtualize more FTTP hardware functions in 2016

As AT&T moves forward with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) roll out, the service provider plans to virtualize its GPON optical line terminals (OLTs) it deploys in each Central Office to deliver GigaPower 1 Gbps service to residential and business customers.

FCC's new net neutrality order could drive up pole attachment rates for cable MSOs

One of the potential drawbacks of the FCC's new neutrality rules is that cable MSOs could see the cost of pole attachment rates rise.

U.S. mayors urge FCC to develop broadband performance information

A group of 35 mayors and city officials from various states have sent a letter to the FCC asking the regulator to create a uniform and accessible reporting structure on service provider broadband performance.

Comcast to target 1.5M Michigan homes with 2 Gbps Gigabit Pro service

Comcast is ramping up its 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) campaign, announcing that it will bring its Gigabit Pro service to about 1.5 million homes in Michigan.

Broadband Forum completes G.fast standard plugfest with 14 CPE, network equipment vendors

The Broadband Forum has wrapped up its G.fast equipment plugfest as part of its ongoing program to drive widespread G.fast certification.

AT&T lures property owners, developers to adopt 1 Gig services

AT&T is targeting property owners, management groups and developers to extend its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower FTTP service into new and existing multi-dwelling units.

Frontier takes $283M in Connect America Funding to bring broadband to 650,000 unserved sites

Frontier has agreed to accept $283 million in annual Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support from the FCC that it says will enable it to build out broadband service to over 650,000 rural locations that it could not economically reach before.

Report: Time Warner Cable says DOCSIS 3.1 will meet Los Angeles' 1-Gig goal

Time Warner Cable is confident that the advent of DOCSIS 3.1 technology will enable it to address Los Angeles' 1 Gbps desires that were set out in a recent request for participants (RFP) for its CityLinkLA project.

IHS: Carrier Ethernet drops 2% in 2014, will grow slightly to $29B in 2019

In 2014, the global Ethernet equipment market declined 2 percent from the previous year to $27 billion due to declines in the VDSL, EPON and SONET/SDH segments and a slowdown in microwave sales, said IHS in a new report.