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Windstream says AT&T's IP pilot doesn't address FCC's wholesale rules

Windstream wrote in a filing with the FCC that AT&T's current proposed plan to conduct TDM-to-IP transition trials in Alabama and Florida does not take into consideration a number of the regulator's wholesale service rules. 

Windstream automates cloud provisioning with new tool

Windstream has introduced a new automation tool in its Hosted Solutions subsidiary it says will reduce the time it takes to provision cloud services.

Zayo adds 550 miles to northern California fiber network

Zayo is enhancing its fiber reach in the California market by starting the buildout of an additional 550 miles of dark fiber in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amazon enters growing streaming video device market with $99 Fire TV

Amazon has become the latest player to enter the growing streaming video devices market with the debut of its $99 Amazon Fire TV set-top box, reports FierceOnlineVideo. According to Kindle VP Peter Larsen, the device is three times as powerful as competing devices from Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV.

Verizon amplifies FiOS retention effort with My Rewards+ program

Verizon introduced a new loyalty plan earlier this year focused on adding value for FiOS customers called My Rewards+, an initiative designed to recognize a customer's service choice and provide rewards for certain behaviors. Now it appears that it's paying off. 

Integra extends fiber reach to 92 data centers

Integra continues to find a strong role in the data center market, announcing that it has connected 30 facilities since October 2013, bringing its total on-net data center footprint to 92.

Juniper to lay off 6 percent of workforce

Juniper Networks is going to lay off 6 percent of its employee base as part of a broader restructuring effort in the wake of a call from its activist shareholder Elliot Management to cut costs.

TDS' stimulus program will breathe broadband life into 27,000 rural households

Out of all the telcos that applied for the USDA's Rural Utilities Service grants as part of the ARRA broadband stimulus funding program in 2009 and 2010, TDS Telecom was the most aggressive. In which communities is it allocating those funds? Find out in this report.

Infonetics: SDN, NFV enter carrier trial phase, but deployments won't happen until 2015

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are clearly the talk of the town in the networking and telecom circles, but the real proof will come as service providers begin to apply these technologies in their live networks.

Comcast Business gets seat on GSA schedule 70, enhances public sector play

Comcast Business has been awarded a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), enabling it to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers in its serving regions.

CenturyLink, Verizon, others sharpen their data analytics skills

The use of telecom analytics is becoming a bigger factor in the wireline segment of the telecom industry as service providers look to retain their customer base and get a better handle on their specific usage behaviors and preferences. 

Aereo, 600 MHz auction, CDN and 4K will take center stage at NAB

The NAB 2014 show is upon us and Fierce Markets will be on hand covering all of the action. Today's NAB preview issue looks at key trends, including Aereo, the 600 MHz auction, CDN and 4K. Read more

Windstream introduces new channel partner pricing tool

Windstream has unveiled its new channel pricing tool, a move that will enable its channel partners to provide direct pricing quotes for its services.

Frontier makes smart home play with Wi-Fi video monitoring service

Frontier Communications has made another step in developing a presence in the emerging smart home market segment with the debut of its new Wi-Fi-based video monitoring service.

Wireline, mobile 3G, LTE broadband traffic drive router growth, says ACG Research

The ongoing consumer adoption of wireline and wireless broadband services like LTE continues to create more opportunities for router and switching vendors.

Illinois asks Gigabit Squared to give back $2M grant

Illinois is the latest state finding itself entangled with Gigabit Squared, a startup focused on providing wireline-based fiber broadband connections to nine communities, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

BT Openreach turns up 40, 100G wholesale service

Openreach, which operates BT's local access network business, is giving UK-based service providers more wholesale capacity by serving up a 100G-based service specifically for UK-based communications providers.

Verizon, Unisys jointly target state and local government cloud, hosting opportunities

Verizon is pursuing new opportunities to extend its growing set of cloud and hosting services to the state and local government market through a partnership with systems integrator Unisys.

AT&T snags 200-site IP-VPN deal with Hilti

AT&T won a wide-scale IP-based VPN contract with Frankfurt-based construction company Hilti that's designed to enhance the customer's retail sales process.

TELUS appoints Joe Natale as CEO; Entwistle takes on executive chairman role

TELUS is realigning its top management team, promoting Joe Natale, its current chief commercial officer, as its new CEO.