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Verizon's Shammo: 1M homes still need to be converted to fiber

Verizon Communications is handling about 300,000 conversions from copper to fiber per year but it still has about 1 million homes left to convert to fiber before it wraps up its entire conversion plan that it has been working on for three years, said a top company executive today.  

tw telecom expands Ethernet service to Philly

tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, is expanding its Ethernet network to Philadelphia, giving local businesses access to the company's business Ethernet and intelligent network services. 

Mercatus Center study says U.S. broadband pricing is below global average

A new study for the Mercatus Center at George Washington University compared broadband costs around the world and found that Americans actually enjoy lower entry-level broadband connectivity costs when compared to the rest of the world. 

Suddenlink to invest $250M in 1-Gig service

Cable MSO Suddenlink is investing $250 million to upgrade its network and make 1-Gig service available to its customers in its 16-state footprint that includes Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

AT&T will deliver 1-Gbps GigaPower service to Miami

AT&T is launching its GigaPower network in Miami, giving residential and small business customers access to symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 1-gigabit per second. The Miami launch is part of the company's GigaPower initiative that it launched late last year in which it promised to deliver its ultra-fast fiber service to up to 100 cities across 25 markets nationwide.

Thinking Phone Networks snaps up Whaleback Managed Services, enhances UCaaS play

Thinking Phone Networks has acquired Whaleback Managed Services, bolstering its status in the emerging Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market.

AT&T begins upgrading Austin customers to 1 Gbps service

AT&T is upgrading existing fiber to the premises (FTTP) network users in Austin, Texas, to 1 Gbps, joining cable overbuilder Grande Communications as the second provider to support such speeds.

China Telecom, Google, KDDI, others to build new trans-Pacific submarine cable

The submarine cable industry just gained another new player as six major service providers have formed a consortium to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER," with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.

How did the top U.S. wireless operators perform in Q2?

Now that the second-quarter 2014 earnings season is complete, FierceWireless is grading how the top U.S. wireless operators performed.

BT Openreach to conduct customer experience trial with carrier customers

Openreach, BT's access network unit, is inviting its service provider customers to participate in a trial where a drop card will be left by engineers asking for feedback from residential customers.

Telus adds 23,000 TV customers as wireline revenue rises 2.4% to $1.23B

Telus continues to see strong adoption of its TV and broadband services, adding 23,000 Telus TV subscribers and 15,000 high-speed Internet customers during the second quarter.

XO provides 50 to 500 Mbps connection to Amazon's cloud services

XO Communications is giving its business customers more options to connect to Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud computing platform by serving up network connections at speeds ranging from 50 to 500 Mbps.

Bell Canada's Fibe TV footprint reaches 4.6M households, but cable competition narrows sub increase

Bell Canada, an operating subsidiary of BCE Inc., reported that its Bell Fibe TV subscriber base totaled 580,643 at the end of the second quarter, up 67.7 percent from the same period a year ago.

TDS' OneNeck IT expands Eden Prairie, Minn., data center footprint

OneNeck IT Solutions, a TDS subsidiary, has added 6,000 square feet of data center space in its Tier III-certified Eden Prairie, Minn., facility, one of the fastest growing business marketplaces in the Twin Cities metro area.

NTT extends global IP network into 2 RagingWire data centers

NTT Communications is giving its global carrier and enterprise customers yet another path to store their data and enhance their cloud ambitions by extending its IP network into RagingWire's data center facilities in Ashburn, Va., and Sacramento, Calif.

Lumos adds 673 fiber-enabled cell sites in Q2, reconfirms year-end target of 825 total sites

Lumos Networks continued to make progress with its fiber to the cell (FTTC) buildout strategy in the second quarter, connecting 673 wireless cell sites, up 40 sequentially, which represents about a 45 percent year-over-year increase in total FTTC sites.

Looking back at Sprint's pursuit of T-Mobile

Sprint's failed attempt to acquire fellow wireless operator T-Mobile US and the departure of Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been the talk of the town in the wireless world this week. 

Cincinnati Bell, CWA reach terms on tentative labor agreement

Cincinnati Bell and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have put together a tentative agreement on a new 27-month labor contract representing 850 wireline workers in the union's District 4 region.

Cincinnati Bell's Fioptics revenue jumps 45% to $34M

Cincinnati Bell's Fioptics success continued into the second quarter as revenues jumped 45 percent year-over-year to $34 million.

Windstream's business revenue rises to $749M, but overall results decline 2%

Windstream reported that enterprise and small-business service revenue was $749 million in the second quarter, a slight increase sequentially from $748 million in the first quarter.