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FairPoint to lay off 260 workers, with majority in northern New England

FairPoint Communications announced that it's going to lay off nearly 260 workers across its 17-state footprint, with most of the employees affected by this change residing in its northern New England territory.

Verizon challenges cable's SMB play with FiOS skinny video bundle

Verizon is taking aim at cable's growing presence in the small to medium business (SMB) market by extending its new FiOS Custom TV service to local businesses that reside in its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) footprint.

EarthLink says network management differentiates its Cloud Exchange service

EarthLink says it will differentiate its Cloud Exchange service, one that allows business customers access to a wide range of cloud players, by offering better network management and monitoring capabilities.

Cisco's Chambers: Service provider market volatility continues as orders decline 7%

The service provider segment continues to be a challenging environment for Cisco Systems, according to CEO John Chambers, who is stepping down as CEO in July after 20 years. Speaking to investors during its fiscal third-quarter earnings call, Chambers said that it is seeing slower service provider spending patterns in the United States and across other global markets.

Wireless charging shows potential after long standards battle

With Starbucks, IKEA and Samsung driving the wireless charging concept, it's clear that it is a market on the move after a years-long battle over standards.

USTelecom, CenturyLink, AT&T jointly file for stay of FCC net neutrality rules

USTelecom and its key members AT&T and CenturyLink have filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the FCC's Open Internet order.

AT&T's Stephens: Business services will outpace T-1 and frame relay losses in coming years

AT&T is confident that next-gen IP business service revenues--much like the trend it has seen in the consumer space--will eventually outpace legacy losses from declining services like T-1 access and frame relay.

Verizon's EVP and strategic policy advisor Milch to retire; Silliman assumes duties

Verizon Communications' executive vice president of global public policy and communications, Randal Milch, announced he is retiring from the company later this month.

Zayo says dark fiber makes up 14 percent of its wireless backhaul revenue mix

While incumbent telcos and some competitors have shied away from providing dark fiber for wireless backhaul, a Zayo executive sees interest and adoption of dark fiber continuing to ramp.

AT&T, CWA reach tentative wireline labor agreement

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have hammered out tentative agreements covering nearly 17,000 wireline employees in the Midwest.

CenturyLink preempts Google Fiber with 1 Gig, IPTV launch in Portland, Ore.

CenturyLink has launched its Prism IPTV service that will run over its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Portland, Ore., effectively beating Google Fiber to the service punch.

Sizing up the world's top 10 smartest cities

What makes up a "smart city"? While there are many answers and theories about what makes up a smart city, it's clear that a number of the world's largest cities are making the investment to increase the development of automated processes and services in an effort to better serve residents.

TeliaSonera says 100G opportunities with content companies, enterprises continue to ramp

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) is seeing more of its customer base scaling their demand for 100G optical wavelength services in North America.

Zayo's fiscal third-quarter revenues rise 21% to $341M

Zayo reported that its fiscal third-quarter revenues were $341 million, up $16.8 million sequentially, representing 21 percent annualized sequential growth.

CenturyLink opens Washington hydroelectric powered data center, enhances cloud, disaster recovery capabilities

CenturyLink has opened a new data center in central Washington that operates on hydroelectric power, a move it says will enable enterprises to lower their power costs while serving as another site to deliver cloud and disaster recovery services.

Consolidated's Udell: On-net fiber opportunities drive metro Ethernet success

As Consolidated Communications sees the majority of its revenue mix trend more toward commercial services, particularly Metro Ethernet, the service provider is keen on pursuing business customer opportunities that it can directly connect to its own fiber network.

TDS takes three-pronged approach to lighting business fiber

TDS Telecom may be making waves with its own 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services for residential, but the telco is being no less aggressive with its own fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiatives for businesses in the territories it serves as an ILEC and as a CLEC.

Verizon executive calls for SDN standardization

DENVER—Software-defined networking is the next big area of focus for telecom operators and that's why standards are critical to advancing the SDN effort. "SDN is the next big problem for the industry to solve," said Chris Emmons, director of network planning for SDN implementation at Verizon Communications.

Cable bundles, industry consolidation and OTT dominated INTX 2015's headlines

Now that the INTX 2015 is over, FierceCable is taking a look at the dominant themes of the show.

Frontier gets FTC approval to proceed with Verizon asset deal

Frontier Communications has received Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approval for its pending acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas, clearing one of the...