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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.

Logix thriving on high fiber diet for Texas, Oklahoma markets

Business services provider Logix Communications is, it says, successfully using fiber to strengthen its footprint in the Texas and Oklahoma markets.

U.K. firm Axis offers 'free business broadband for life'

While there are the necessary qualifications and provisos, U.K. business telecom and utilities provider Axis is launching what it calls "free business broadband for life."

Alcatel-Lucent claims broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using existing copper infrastructure

Alcatel-Lucent continues to wring more life out of dying copper infrastructure, this time claiming to have hit a new broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines and prototype technology in Bell Labs tests.

Verizon reveals 150K government information requests in first half of 2014

The U.S. government made close to 150,000 requests for customer information in the first half of 2014, including 72,500 subpoenas, Verizon said as part of its second Transparency Report.

Programmable carrier networks: A new architectural approach

Programmable carrier networks, a new, eclectic, emerging architectural approach, incorporate concepts such as SDN, NFV, shared mesh protection, path computation element protocol and cloud computing concepts and blends them with established transport, switching, routing and network management techniques. The objective of this merger is to overcome the barriers created by traditional network architectures that carriers are encountering as they try to accommodate high and volatile traffic volumes and unpredictable traffic patterns as well as respond to the innovative business models of cloud-based and OTT service providers.

Burlington Telecom sale could ease taxpayer headache

The fate of Burlington Telecom is in the hands of Vermont's Public Service Board (PSB), which is mulling a city-backed proposal to sell off the publicly owned company's assets to a private investor.

America Movil blinks first, says it will sell assets

Facing the inevitability of new rules aimed at breaking its grip on Mexico's telecommunications industry, Carlos Slim's América Móvil announced that it would sell off "certain assets … to a new and solid carrier independent from América Móvil with experience in the telecommunications sector."

Telecom New Zealand offers 'naked' broadband plans for fiber-connected customers

Telecom New Zealand, which will officially become Spark on Aug. 8, is beefing up the types of services it offers to high-speed broadband customers who can live without a basic phone package and who are part of the carrier's growing fiber network.

Report: Google, Facebook 'quiet' when it comes to net neutrality

Google and Facebook are apparently leaving start-ups on their own to wage war with proposed FCC rules that would permit Internet fast lanes.

Moffett: FCC's broadband redefinition would skew penetration numbers

An FCC proposal to raise the definition of broadband will skew penetration statistics, according to a report from MoffettNathanson made available to FierceTelecom.

N.Y. petitioners: Verizon raises prices as landline service deteriorates

Verizon's copper-to-fiber migration and increased focus on broadband wireless have allowed the existing wireline copper infrastructure to dangerously deteriorate, says a consortium of elected officials and consumer advocates who have petitioned the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate why the company is raising prices while its wireline infrastructure allegedly deteriorates throughout the state.

Frustrated with slow speeds, Santa Fe launches muni broadband project

Santa Fe, N.M., frustrated with what it considers slower broadband speeds than surrounding communities like Albuquerque, is launching a $1 million municipal fiber optic network to increase both broadband access and competition among existing service providers.

FCC sets review teams for AT&T-DirecTV, Comcast-TWC-Charter deals

FCC general counsel Jonathan Sallet will ride herd over a steering committee charged with reviewing merger applications from AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Communications, the agency said.

Citizens Broadband Radio Service faces hurdles at FCC

An FCC plan to use spectrum-sharing techniques to open up the 3.5 GHz band for wireless broadband use--the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)--is encountering concerns that it might have unintended ramifications in the United States as well as globally based on ground-breaking efforts to use complicated spectrum-sharing techniques to free up the targeted spectrum. 

Windstream wins DoD contract, goes nationwide with UCaaS

Windstream Communications will be providing enhanced fiber connectivity to Fort Campbell and Dover Air Force base thanks to a $3 million contract it signed with the Department of Defense's Defense Information System Agency (DISA).

Overland Park, Kan., ready to green light Google Fiber

The Overland Park, Kan., City Council is ready to open the doors for Google Fiber to come in and bring super-fast Internet and accompanying services to the city--and Google is apparently finally ready to take that step forward.

AT&T-DirecTV deal will be hot topic as moguls gather in Sun Valley

AT&T's bid to merge with DirecTV is expected to be at the top of the agenda at Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference, long seen as an off-the-record industry incubator.