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TDS carves out 1 Gbps niche in the rural FTTP market

TDS Telecom's 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) drive may not have the same sizzle as Google Fiber's, but the telco's aggressive move to expand the service into rural towns like Hollis, N.H., shows that the demand for service is not just a big city phenomenon.

Level 3 takes top spot in competitive Ethernet race, says VSG

Level 3 Communications has taken the top rank in Vertical Systems Group's 2014 U.S. Competitive provider Ethernet Leaderboard, surpassing XO, Cogent and Zayo.

Hawaiian Telcom sees wireless backhaul customers scaling up speeds

Hawaiian Telcom said it is seeing more of its wireless backhaul customers ramp up their speeds from an initial 50 Mbps to 100 and even 200 Mbps.

Bright House, Charter merger talk boosts shares

Even as the FCC continues to review the Comcast and Time Warner Cable mega-merger, a report has emerged that Charter Communications is looking to make a deal to acquire Bright House Networks. 

Level 3 incorporates collaboration services into cloud ecosystem

Level 3 Communications has added unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) into its Cloud Connect ecosystem, giving its enterprise customers another cloud service option.

Hawaiian Telcom's Q4 broadband, TV growth offset by managed service, legacy voice losses

Hawaiian Telcom reported that despite ongoing gains in IPTV, broadband and data center colocation service growth in the fourth quarter, these gains were offset by a decline in managed revenues and legacy POTS voice access line revenue, a factor that drove revenue down to $99.6 million year-over-year from $101 million in the same period a year ago.

AT&T, Verizon remain top incumbent Ethernet providers, says VSG

AT&T and Verizon may be facing new challenges from a host of new cable and CLEC competitors, but out of the incumbent telcos the pair continues to be the dominant duo in the Ethernet services market, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

More consumers plan to cut the pay-TV cord, says TiVo

Facing mounting costs for pay-TV, a new TiVo study revealed that 1.5 million U.S. consumers are planning to break ties with their satellite or cable pay-TV provider by subscribing to an over the top (OTT) video service.

FCC releases net neutrality order, industry preps lawsuits

The FCC has delivered its long-awaited net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, one that will open a host of legal challenges from major telcos like AT&T and Verizon.

CenturyLink taps Cyan to deliver NFV-based services to enterprise, SMB customers

CenturyLink has taken another step forward with its software-based on-demand network plans by deploying Cyan's Blue Planet as its network functions virtualization (NFV) Orchestrator to deliver services to both its growing base of large enterprise and small to medium-sized business customers.

AT&T invests $2.8B to enhance Florida's U-verse, wireless network coverage

AT&T continues to deepen its U-verse footprint in the Southeast, announcing that between 2012 and 2014, it invested almost $2.8 billion to enhance its local wireline and wireless footprint in Florida.

Verizon's small cell moves could provide backhaul bounty for Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint and Lumos

Verizon's intention to deploy more small cells to expand wireless coverage for 4G LTE could be a gold mine wireless backhaul opportunity for a host of regional telcos like Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Lumos Networks.

Masergy serves up SDN-based self-provisioning branch office feature

Masergy is giving its multi-site customers another option to bring more of their locations onto one network by offering its Network as a Service (NaaS) self-service option.

GPON deployments drove broadband equipment spending up in 2014, says Infonetics

Service providers' ongoing moves to upgrade existing copper and build out Greenfield fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services were a key contributor in broadband aggregation revenues, a sector that Infonetics Research said rose 9 percent in 2014 to $8.2 million.

AT&T's Stephens: Friendlier local laws help drive FTTP expansion

AT&T says that its willingness to bring its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) to more communities is being driven by both a mix of customer demand and more favorable local government laws that eliminate barriers to building out service.

Lightower acquires ColocationZone, shores up Chicago data center holdings

Lightower has reached a deal to acquire ColocationZone, a move that will immediately enhance its ability to serve a mix of carriers and businesses that reside in downtown Chicago.

CenturyLink CTO Hussain revamps cloud, on-demand network strategy

CenturyLink's new CTO, Aamir Hussain, may have only joined the company in October, but the former Covad and Liberty Global executive is wasting no time making his mark--by realigning CenturyLink's cloud and on-demand network-services plans.

Zayo enhances on-demand London cloud presence with AWS connection agreement

Zayo has taken another move to enhance its standing in London's growing cloud market by adding Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect portfolio to its Quick Connect portfolio.

IP transition shouldn't be a license to price gouge CLECs, business customers, says Windstream

Windstream says in two new filings it made with the FCC that the incumbent telcos' move to an all-IP network, while promising in terms of new services, should not give them license to raise prices on wholesale circuits they provide to CLECs, a factor that would increase costs for the small to medium businesses (SMBs) they serve.

Wilcon, Key Information Systems bring fiber connectivity to Los Angeles, Ventura County businesses

Wilcon, with Key Information Systems (KeyInfo), has built a new fiber ring that will bring dedicated lit and dark fiber services to businesses located in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.