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Astra closes Logix acquisition, appoints Murphy as new chairman and CEO

Texas-based enterprise fiber voice and data provider Logix has been officially acquired by Astra Capital Management, a D.C.-based equity firm co-founded by Grande Communications veteran Matt Murphy. The deal, announced in November, closed this week.

Verizon sets West Roxbury as Boston's first FiOS neighborhood

Verizon has named West Roxbury as the first destination for its FiOS FTTH buildout plan in Boston, following the results of the telco's campaign for residents to pre-register for service. Beginning in September, Verizon will start building out network facilities in the northwest section of the community, and the first customer will be connected at the end of the year.

AT&T stays ahead of Comcast threat with Indianapolis 1 Gig launch

AT&T has launched 1 Gbps service for residential and business customers in Indianapolis, signaling another move by the telco to keep apace of competitive threats from Comcast as it introduces similar service over its hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network.

IEEE wraps work on four new Ethernet standards, addresses 25G and IoT applications

The IEEE has released a series of four new standards that will address a variety of speeds, including 1 Gbps, 25 Gbps, and 40 Gbps. Ethernet players will be able to respond in a standards-based way to a host of applications such as hyperscale data centers, enterprise, cloud computing, automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), and Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Polycom abandons Mitel deal as Siris Capital bids $2B for the company

Polycom has struck a deal to be acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital for $2 billion, abandoning its previously announced agreement with Mitel.

Frontier applies for Middletown, New York video franchise, sets stage to compete with Charter

Frontier Communications has applied for a cable franchise to offer IPTV service in Middletown, New York, posing a new challenge to Charter Communications, which entered the market via its acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

CenturyLink, Frontier lead new special access coalition targeting BDS proposal

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a group of service providers have formed the "Invest in Broadband for America" coalition as the latest effort to encourage FCC to reconsider its business data services proposal.

EarthLink taps health care veteran Ferro to lead technology and products

EarthLink has named Jacob J. Ferro, Jr. as executive vice president, chief information officer and product officer, marking the latest in a series of executive changes at the competitive provider.

Zayo's aggressive network builds spell new revenue growth opportunities, says Wells Fargo

Zayo Group's ongoing network buildout via acquisitions and organic builds, intended to satisfy its growing customer base, will also enable it to grow its top line annual revenue, says Wells Fargo in a research report.

Frontier could face state, federal investigation for recent California 911 outage

Frontier's network woes in California continue to rise as the telco is being taken to task by the Riverside County officials over a recent 911 service outage in Coachella Valley.

New Charter assures TWC customers its integration won't see Frontier-level chaos

Charter Communications has told existing Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers that they won't suffer the same issues that plagued Verizon FiOS customers after Frontier took over operations in three states in April.

Oak Hill Capital acquires Oxford Networks, combines operations with FirstLight Fiber

Oak Hill Capital is acquiring Oxford Networks, a fiber-based provider serving Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, reflecting the ongoing consolidation of the competitive provider market in the Northeast.

Windstream CTO Nicklas leaves company, duties assumed by three executives

Windstream's Chief Technology Officer Randy Nicklas has left the telco, and his duties will be assumed by three other company executives.

Cox acquires major stake in Unite Private Networks, deepens metro fiber portfolio

Cox Communications is acquiring a large stake in Unite Private Networks, bolstering its metro and regional fiber portfolio across a number of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets. The cable provider joins Ridgemont Equity Partners and the company's management team as a major shareholder in UPN.

Clyburn, congressman ask broadband providers to be up front about service costs

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) are concerned that U.S. consumers aren't getting all of the information they need about the actual costs of their wireline and wireless services.

AT&T's Donovan: Our workforce is 'reskilling' to be data scientists

As AT&T moves forward with its virtualization program, the service provider must retrain its workforce to become more familiar with the software-driven environment it is creating through its implementation of SDN and NFV in its network.

AT&T adds request to shutter analog video service in Alabama and Florida

AT&T (NYSE: T) has filed a petition with the FCC to shut down its BellSouth analog video service in Carbon Hill, Alabama, and Kings Point, Florida, citing low demand and the growing availability...

Equinix wraps sale of 8 data centers to Digital Realty

Equinix has completed the sale of eight European data center assets to Digital Realty for $874 million, fulfilling a mandate by the European Commission to gain approval of its Telecity Group acquisition.

Frontier, Charter battle over service advertising claims

After struggling through a challenging integration process from the properties it acquired from with the Verizon in April, Frontier is battling with Charter over advertisements related to service quality claims.

Windstream offers up to 100 Mbps via VDSL2 in over 1,000 markets

Windstream is now providing its VDSL2-based 100 Mbps service to residential and business customers in more than 1,000 markets following the completion of network upgrades on its last mile network across 15 states.