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Sprint says ILEC control over special access cost U.S. economy $150B over five years

Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint (NYSE: S), said that incumbent local exchange carriers' control over special access connections has "cost...

WOW! Business challenges AT&T by lighting fiber in 38 Chicago center business district buildings

WOW! Business is extending its fiber to Chicago's Willis Tower, giving occupants access to dedicated Internet access speeds of up to 10 Gbps, threatening local incumbent AT&T with an alternative set of services for local business customers.

Google Fiber shutters free Internet service in Kansas City

Google Fiber will stop offering its free 5 Mbps service in Kansas City, Missouri -- the first market it built into back in 2012 -- signaling that it wants to increase broadband margins while attracting more potential customers.

AT&T, CWA to continue negotiating after West, East wireline contracts expire

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America could not reach an agreement by the Saturday midnight expiration of their West Region wireline contract, but the two sides said they will continue to negotiate a new contract.

WOW! Wholesale increases near-net fiber building footprint in 18 markets

WOW! Wholesale, a division of WOW! Business, has laid a foundation to enhance its on-net fiber building footprint by pursuing a near-net fiber strategy that brings fiber close to desirable building locations in its footprint.

Ciena leads in $958M Ethernet access device market, but Adva may challenge in 2016

Driven by carrier Ethernet connections for three main applications -- backhaul from business buildings and DSLAMs, mobile backhaul, and wholesale carrier-to-carrier arrangements -- IHS Research said the worldwide Ethernet access device revenue totaled $958 million in 2015, up 4 percent over the prior year.

Cincinnati Bell offsets cable threat to SMB market with hosted voice solution

Cincinnati Bell introduced a new service to entice small businesses to migrate to a cloud-based voice services system as it looks to thwart emerging threats from Time Warner Cable and its soon-to-be parent Charter Communications.

Cox brings 1 Gbps service to middle Georgia, lays greater challenge to AT&T

Cox Communications is bringing its 1 Gbps show to the middle Georgia market, laying a greater challenge to AT&T and other gigabit players in the state.

Midco expands Minnesota fiber network via Arvig, adds 4,000 route miles

Midco has struck a cooperative agreement with Arvig, giving it an additional 4,000 fiber route miles to address new and existing business service opportunities in Minnesota.

Verizon, Incompas call truce in special access regulation war

Verizon and Incompas have developed a proposal to regulate special access services, signaling that at least one large ILEC wants to come to an agreement following a decade long debate.

AT&T, Verizon express divergent opinions on U.S.-Cuba route policies

AT&T and Verizon are eager to take advantage of the service opportunity in Cuba as the United States has started to lift decades-long restrictions with the island country, but the two telcos take a different view on U.S.-Cuba route policies.

USTelecom touts study saying special access regulations will stifle broadband growth

As the FCC proposes new pricing controls over special access services, a new study commissioned by USTelecom argues that the move could have grave consequences on broadband investments and the country's job market.

Verizon must slash $375M in costs to stay on even keel following Frontier sale, Jefferies says

Verizon completed its sale of wireline properties in three states to Frontier last Friday, leaving it with a wireline footprint concentrated in the Northeast U.S. market. However, financial analyst firm Jefferies says the deal creates headwinds that could affect earnings.

CenturyLink gets invited to DISA's $4B global network services party

CenturyLink is now a U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) authorized network services provider under the $4 billion Global Network Services (GNS) contract, enabling it to compete on multiple service contracts.

LS Networks acquires Quantum Communications, enhances Pacific Northwest fiber footprint

LS Networks, a Portland, Ore.-based competitive fiber provider, has wrapped its acquisition of Quantum Communications, deepening its footprint in the Pacific Northwest market.

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority completes 47-mile middle mile fiber network

Virginia's Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has completed the buildout of 47 miles of fiber serving parts of Salem, Roanoke and Botetourt counties. Set to be turned on before May, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority will provide alternative gigabit speed services to area schools, government agencies and businesses.

Municipally-owned broadband networks should be a last resort, state leadership group says

A new report from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) has taken aim at the municipal broadband movement, suggesting that networks should be the "last resort" a municipality should consider in expanding Internet access.

QoS, security are enterprises' key concerns in adopting cloud services, says research firm

While it's clear that enterprises see value in cloud-based services, concerns over QoS guarantees and security remain top of mind. A new IHS study revealed that the majority of businesses they surveyed will put some applications in the cloud while keeping other mission critical pieces on their own premises.

CenturyLink, FairPoint, Frontier want voice service funded in areas not covered by CAF-II

The CEOs of CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier Communications asked the FCC to provide financial support of voice services for residential and business customers that reside outside of areas covered by the Connect America Fund Phase II program.

Google Fiber signs agreement for fiber huts in Portland, Ore., moving gigabit plans forward

Google Fiber has taken yet another step forward in its movement into the Portland, Ore., market by securing a first land-use application so it can build fiber huts to deliver 1 Gbps service to area residents.