Cowen: Comcast's new business services unit could prompt purchase of Level 3

Comcast Business' creation of a new unit focusing on large businesses has raised speculation that it could purchase Level 3 Communications as a way to gain a national fiber footprint. 

PON equipment sales drive broadband access market in Q2 2015, says research firm

Service providers' ongoing FTTH deployments that incorporate passive optical networking (PON) have driven the worldwide broadband access market to $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report.

Sprint, Windstream, industry groups applaud public availability of special access data

Sprint, Windstream and a host of industry groups have come out in support of the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau's decision to make industry data gathered about special access services available for public review.

Level 3's Storey: Comcast's large business unit may enable new wholesale opportunities

Level 3 Communications isn't afraid of Comcast's recent creation of a new division to serve the complex wholesale segment, and sees potential wholesale service sales opportunities with the cable MSO, according to an executive.

Windstream's Thomas: We see an opportunity to reduce $1B in special access spending

As Windstream looks to grow its market share in the enterprise services space, the service provider has set a goal to reduce spending on special access fees to the ILECs like AT&T and Verizon where it does not have its own last mile network facilities.

Zayo pre-sells 7 new customers for planned Omaha-to-Dallas fiber route

Zayo has secured contracts with seven new customers for its dark fiber service on its upcoming Omaha-to-Dallas fiber route following its initial anchor customer sale last year.

Level 3 to cut jobs as part of tw telecom integration process

Level 3 is going to lay off some employees as it continues to move forward with integrating tw telecom into its fold.

Improved submarine cable reporting rules proposed, setting stage for provider accountability

The FCC voted to approve new rules that would require submarine cable operators to report outages to the regulator, an initiative that could hold operators more accountable.

Cincinnati Bell capitalizes on enterprise, wireless operator dark fiber interest

Cincinnati Bell has broken ranks with the large telcos in the dark fiber race, offering the service on a case-by-case basis to a growing group of enterprise and wireless operator customers.

GCI launches 1 Gbps service to Anchorage consumers, businesses

Alaskan cable operator GCI has begun offering its 1 Gbps service, 1 GIG red to consumers and businesses in Anchorage with plans to scale it across all of its territory by the end of the year.

Verizon's McAdam: We have no near-term plans to sell the wireline business

Verizon's chief says that despite emerging rumors about the company's future, the telco has no intention of divesting any more of its wireline assets.

Altice builds U.S. business services foothold with $17.7B Cablevision acquisition

Altice has reached an agreement to acquire Cablevision for $17.7 billion, a deal that would give the service provider a larger presence in the business services market via the MSO's Lightpath division.

Frontier's Jureller: We can improve Verizon's broadband service without large investments

Frontier Communications says that as it moves to complete the integration of the Verizon assets it is buying in California, Florida and Texas, the service provider won't need to make a large capital investment in the networks to deliver higher DSL-based speeds.

Data center server shipments dip in Q2 2015, says analyst firm

While server shipments to cloud data centers dropped in the second quarter of 2015, a new Dell'Oro Group report revealed that overall servers are still a dominant part of the market. The research firm said that server market unit shipments recorded a tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.

Pai says FCC needs to solve the rural standalone broadband problem by 2016

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says that in order to enable rural telcos to deliver a compelling broadband-only option to consumers and businesses, the regulator needs to make changes to the USF rules regarding financial assistance to build networks that support these services.

iRis, NGN Interconnect to provide 100G connectivity between Tennessee, North Georgia

iRis Networks and NGN have established a new fiber Ethernet interconnection agreement that will enhance the reach of their networks while broadening broadband availability between Nashville, Knoxville and Cleveland, Tenn., and Atlanta and North Georgia.

Frontier entices new broadband subscribers with 1 year free Amazon Prime offer

Frontier is offering one year of free membership to Amazon Prime as a way to lure new broadband subscribers into its fold.

Comcast challenges AT&T, Verizon with multisite business division

Comcast has launched a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S., putting them in direct competition with large telcos AT&T and Verizon.

CenturyLink asks FCC to eliminate syndicated exclusivity rules on video programming

CenturyLink may be scaling its IPTV video business with over 2.6 million addressable households as of the end of the second quarter, but the telco has asked the FCC to eliminate non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules in order to get more competitive content rates.

Drones, TV production and 4K video dominate the show floor at IBC 2015

Don't worry if you couldn't make it to this year's IBC show in Amsterdam. FierceCable captured the highlights of this year's event in a new report, IBC 2015 in pictures: What it was like on the show floor.