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Frontier taps Kinney to lead California government affairs following Verizon asset integration fiasco

Frontier has named Jacqueline R. Kinney as vice president of state government affairs for California, signaling a tightening of its hold in the state following a troubling integration of Verizon's wireline assets.

Hawaiian Telcom to wind down FTTH, IPTV investments in 2017

A Hawaiian Telcom executive says that it will begin winding down its FTTH and IPTV investments in 2017 as it reaches the end of its aggressive buildout.

NTCA says new Charter's 2M broadband subscriber requirement could hurt rural telcos

NTCA says that the FCC's requirement to Charter Communications to expand its broadband footprint could actually harm the rural telcos the organization represents by creating artificial competition in areas that cannot support it.

Verizon seeks clearance to discontinue collect calling, other legacy voice services

Verizon is petitioning the FCC to get permission to shut down a series of legacy voice services offered via its MCI subsidiary due to lack of use and little customer demand.

Service provider 100 GE deployments drove up core router market 14 percent in Q1

Service providers' ongoing deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) helped drive up the core routing segment 14 percent year-over-year during the first quarter -- the fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.

Pennsylvania P3 greenlights 550-mile fiber network

Pennsylvania's Public-Private Partnership (P3) board has given its thumbs up for a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission project to install a fiber cable along the state's 550-mile turnpike and extensions to provide capacity for the commission, the state department of transportation (PennDOT), and carriers that need wholesale capacity.

AT&T one-ups Charter, Comcast in San Diego, El Paso with 1 Gbps launch

AT&T is keeping its foot on the fiber-to-the-premises pedal to stay ahead of Charter and Comcast, announcing that it has launched 1 Gbps services for residential and business customers in parts of El Paso and San Diego.

AT&T says Ethernet interconnection success depends on understanding partners

AT&T has been working with the MEF to drive consensus on how service providers should interconnect their Ethernet networks, but the initial challenge is understanding what element of Ethernet each carrier partner has.

Lightower's wireless dark fiber sales create new enterprise opportunities, says analyst

As Lightower continues to roll out more fiber to cell sites and small cells, the service provider is creating a foundation to win more business customers in its footprint.

CenturyLink adds Genband's application server to GSA Networx contract

CenturyLink is now offering Genband's application server solutions to federal government customers that purchase services off its GSA Networx contract vehicle portfolio.

DQE Communications launches optical wavelength service line for businesses, carriers

DQE Communications, a Western Pennsylvania-based business provider, is now offering its customers a new wavelength service option.

Windstream tightens up third-party interconnects in bid to streamline costs, expand on-net footprint

Windstream is tightening up its interconnection points, weeding out unnecessary third-party circuits with other carriers to streamline costs and focus on expanding its on-net footprint, a senior executive said.

Arris' Cheevers says set-tops are transitioning, not dead

Arris recognizes that the role of video services continues to change and the company is moving to evolve with those changes.

AT&T, Comcast: Special access market is already competitive

DALLAS -- AT&T and Comcast often don't agree on much, but the telco and cable MSO say that the FCC's proposals on special access could actually hinder a market where there's already plenty of service choices.

Verizon's Silliman: Special access regulation should encourage competition for buyers, sellers

DALLAS -- Verizon took a different path from its ILEC brethren in the special access market segment when it developed a proposal with Incompas have to regulate special access services.

Lightower to build custom fiber network for Delaware Electric Cooperative

Lightower Fiber Networks said that the Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has tapped the company to build it a custom 250-mile fiber network connecting to 28 sites—including DEC's offices, control centers, and substations—across the state.

AT&T: 40, 100G demand ramps, sees 400G on the horizon

DALLAS -- AT&T's Ethernet footprint expansion is being complemented with a group of higher speed 40G and 100G speeds that are starting to be adopted by more of the carrier's customer base, whose bandwidth needs are exceeding initial expectations.

HPE maintains lead over Cisco in the cloud infrastructure market, says analyst firm

HPE, Cisco and Microsoft are enjoying a comfortable lead in the cloud infrastructure market -- one that includes private cloud hardware, public cloud hardware and cloud infrastructure.

CenturyLink, Verizon, XO say reliability is challenge in implementing SDN, NFV

DALLAS -- CenturyLink, Verizon and XO Communications are chasing the SDN and NFV path for their networks, but the challenge for embedded providers in making this transition is maintaining reliability, particularly for business customers.

AT&T's Donovan: 2016 is a critical year in virtualizing our network

DALLAS -- AT&T says that is on track to virtualize even more of its network functions onto software this year, a sign that it's inching closer to meeting its goal of virtualizing 75 percent of its network by 2020.