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Supreme Court rejects Verizon's $51M tax appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively ended Verizon's fight with the IRS to avoid paying $51 million in taxes for an obsolete service connected to dial-up modems.

USTelecom petitions FCC for relief from legacy regulations

Regulations dating back to when phone companies had a monopoly on voice services are outdated and need to be revised because they impede investments in high-speed broadband networks, among other things. That's the gist of a petition trade group USTelecom filed with the FCC in which it noted that regulations imposed on telcos are archaic in a new era of telecommunications competition.

Updated: Cox goes Gig-to-Gig with CenturyLink in Phoenix with residential launch

Cox Communications has beaten CenturyLink to the punch by officially launching 1 Gbps service for residential customers in Phoenix.  CenturyLink had previously launched 1-Gig service to 16 cities, including Phoenix, in August.

Frontier's West Va. fiber dealings under federal scrutiny

The U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general has asked West Virginia officials to turn over invoices and thousands of documents pertaining to how Frontier Communications used federal stimulus funds in connection with a $42 million fiber optic network built in that state.

FCC's Wheeler: IP transition is not a license to limit competition

DALLAS—FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, like his commission colleagues, is a champion of the IP transition and the capabilities it will bring to service providers but wants to ensure it does not affect competition.

GCI set to launch 1 Gbps service in Fairbanks; Execulink Telecom targets Delhi, Ontario

Alaskan telecom provider GCI plans to offer 1 Gbps Internet to Fairbanks customers by 2016, making Fairbanks the third community in Alaska where GCI has promised to deliver faster Internet speeds. GCI previously announced plans for 1 Gbps service in Juneau and Anchorage.

Dark fiber, small cells represent the next stage of the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers?

West Virginia regulators send Citynet-Frontier dispute to administrative law judge

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) has essentially washed its hands of an ongoing dispute between Frontier Communications and Citynet. The PSC sent the case to an administrative law judge, who is expected to deliver an opinion by April 3, 2015.

CenturyLink told to modify comparative Internet speed advertising claims

The National Advertising Division (NAD) wants CenturyLink to modify the way it compares its Internet speeds with those offered by Comcast.

Verizon shelves Redbox Instant

Redbox Instant by Verizon, the joint venture that attempted to meld online video content with disc rentals, will deliver its last video rental by the end of Oct. 7, the joint venture confirmed in a terse Web post.

Tower Cloud deepens presence in enterprise market with Ethernet Private Line services

DALLAS—Tower Cloud has enhanced its product portfolio outside of being just a wireless backhaul-centric provider by serving up a new line of Ethernet Private Line services for enterprise customers.

Global Capacity enhances reach to 5,000 rural communities via INDATEL pact

DALLAS—Global Capacity is enhancing its effort to extend services into harder to reach rural areas by establishing a new arrangement with INDATEL, a middle mile network consortium that provides fiber-based Ethernet services in Tier 2 and 3 markets.

Global telecom service provider capex to decline $6B in 2015, says Dell'Oro

Worldwide service provider capex is set to grow about 3 percent in 2014, but new research from the Dell'Oro Group reveals that a number of issues will drive a $6 billion decline in 2015.

Adtran says Q3 results will be impacted by slower enterprise, softer European spending

Adtran gave a preview of its third-quarter 2014 earnings, announcing that revenue should be in the $162 million to $163 million range, but results will be impacted by slowness in its European and enterprise service lines.

WOW! Business employs Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 router for IP network expansion

WOW! Business has put another element into its IP network expansion, announcing that it has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router across the Midwest and Southeastern areas it serves.

Frontier's AT&T Connecticut deal gets state's regulatory approval

Frontier Communications cleared what is one of the final key hurdles in completing its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut operations when the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the deal, reports The Hartford Courant.

TDS completes part of Bois Blanc Island, Mich., broadband stimulus project

TDS Telecom has partially completed a portion of its broadband stimulus-funded project in Michigan's U.P.--around Bois Blanc Island--extending broadband service to some residential and business customers.

Verizon appoints J Crew alum Diego Scotti as new chief marketing officer

Verizon Communications has tapped marketing guru Diego Scotti for its newly created chief marketing officer (CMO) role.

Windstream takes shot at TV game with its Kinetic service

Windstream may be one of the lone holdouts in the telco TV race, choosing to resell Dish Network satellite TV services, but the advent of its Kinetic video service shows that it wants a piece of this growing segment.

Nokia Networks' CTO Moiin sounds off on 5G, potential of millimeter wave technology

While and LTE Advanced networks are still being rolled out, there's already a call to see what the 5G network will look like.